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A Guide For Designing Garden Rockeries

Posted on 14th March 2022

At Stone & Surfaces Direct, we boast an impressive collection of natural stone products that are ideal for designing rockeries in your garden. In addition to making a beautiful feature, rockeries with our products are easy to maintain and simple to install.

Building a rockery for your garden not only provides aesthetic and structure but is also the perfect environment for alpine plants to thrive. A rockery garden can be as big or small as you like, so no matter what size space you have, our guide is suitable for all garden types.

Create a unique garden feature to enjoy year after year with our top tips.

Choose your location

If you are designing a rockery where you want plants to thrive, we recommend choosing a location in your garden away from trees and shrubs that will cast shadows throughout the day.

Even if you are creating a rockery that won’t feature plants, you will still need to consider what area of your garden will best suit this type of structure, depending on the size.

Purchase suitable rockery

With our partners, we source and create an exclusive range of natural stone products that are perfect for creating outdoor features and rockeries.

Our hand-selected South Lakeland blue slate rockery is a practical and beautiful stone from the southern Lake District fells. Available in three different bag quantities, we have the right amount for any application depending on your preference.

Combined with our South Lakeland dove grey boulders and large South Lakeland blue slate boulders, there is the ability to make the most eye-catching rockery.

Prepare the area

Prior to building a rockery, we recommend removing any existing weeds from the area you wish to build on because these can destabilise the structure as time goes by.

Once there is clear ground, install a stabilising layer of rubble to improve drainage and support the rocks. The next step is to cover it with landscape fabric to avoid future weeds growing through.

Place the rocks

We recommend starting with the largest rocks and placing them in a way so that they create a mountainous structure. To ensure variety within your rockery, face the rocks in different directions. Note that larger rocks can be stabilised by smaller rocks.

Once all the larger rocks have been placed, it’s time to start working on the shape of the structure. Using small rocks, layer with topsoil as you go then arrange the smallest rocks into a horseshoe shape. This will create planting pockets to encourage plant growth.

Add your plants

Spring is the perfect time to fill your rockery with beautiful plants because this means they will have an entire season to settle in before winter arrives.

When it comes to placing your plants, it will depend on their specific requirements. However, generally speaking, plants that thrive in cooler climates should face north. Plants that are sun worshippers are better suited to facing south.

With over 25 years of experience distributing natural stone paving, porcelain paving, aggregates, and interior solutions worldwide; we are the people to help you achieve the perfect patio, garden, or home interior. Talk to one of our experienced stone professionals about your specific needs today.

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