Detail of a rock garden, via I Can Stop Tomorrow
Not all soil is ideal for all types of gardening. Trying to make a stubborn patch something it isn’t can be an exercise in frustration. If sections of your yard or garden aren’t living up to expectation, converting them into rock gardens may be just the solution you’ve been seeking. By planting with drainage in mind, you can transform the frustration of loose soil into gratification.
Start by building up the garden problem spots. The plan is to bring in plants that grow well in spaces where water disperses quickly, so you don’t want to plant them in depressions where water might pool. Studding it with bricks or rocks bolsters your garden against the occasional downpour. Judiciously employed, they can also add an attractive austerity to your garden, as in the picture above. (Check out the Tumblr I Can Stop Tomorrow for more ideas on how to beautify your rock garden with succulents.)
Once you’ve prepared the area, select tenacious plants that grow well without the benefits of rich soil. April is your opportunity to plant perennial herbs and flowers that thrive in a sandy or rocky base.
Pinks in bloom, via Linda N.
Try a dianthus, sometimes called a carnation or a pink, though their coloration varies. The Firewitch Garden Pink is a low-maintenance and attractive variety. These long-blooming flowers burst out in a vibrant purplish hue against silver-blue foliage. Their clustered tufts make them ideal for narrow spaces in direct sunlight, like the bare edges of your garden or walkway, and they blossom in a scented bloom that butterflies love. And because dianthus grows well with minimal care, your rock garden will mean less toil, moil, fuss and scurry for you.
For more ideas and advice on plants appropriate for a rock garden, check out the Garden Club, and be sure to take a look at The Home Depot’s online selection of perennials.