The above garden is so special to me. It holds rocks from some past events in my family. It holds precious little gifts my kids hand picked for me in their younger days. Matter of fact they both recently went on a trip to the mountains hiking & brought me back some lovely rocks! In this post I want to share with you why I think rock gardens are cool.
Let's say you do not have a green thumb. But you want some sort of garden. Let's say you don't want the maintenance of watering a garden. You want one that is care free and needs no tending. A rock garden might be it for you! I truly love rocks. Rocks are free. You can collect them on hikes or trips! They will mean something to you. Then place in pots & such to display. Below are some very simple rock gardens I have on my patio at my townhouse. They are all rocks given to me at special times or ones I found I liked while walking. None are large but all small so they will not take up a lot of space.
I placed some in a small staggered pot set. I also started to add sea shells my kids collect here & there to give me. Why not mix rocks & shells. Actually rocks in these little pots are working better than flowers because water kept washing all the dirt out & my flowers wouldn't live long. So the weight of the rocks help and it still looks cute! I can't wait to add a few more to it in the future!
You can put them in containers if you wish. I have done that with most of my rocks because of living in a temporary townhouse apartment. When I move most of my rocks I can just pick up the container & move them. Rich soil beneath them helps the rocks to pop & stand out I think!
Or you can put them right in the ground. I did that in this little spot for decor. The large flat jagged slate looking rocks in the picture above & below , I randomly found buried in the dirt at my old house, I just had to bring the with me. I am slowly collecting rocks one by one to put here to fill it in more. I do plan on digging these up when I move.
( look at the pink flowers everywhere. The trees keep dropping pink! )
You can several rock gardens! You can mix them with real plants or if you have no time just use alone! The best advice I can tell you with your rock garden is have fun.