Rock gardens can be an attractive, practical landscaping solution, and are a great way to add color and texture to your lawn.
Gord Nickel explains how to build and design a rock garden in your yard with little seedums and a variety of pots.
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Well you know, you do not necessarily have to have a big rock to have a beautiful rock garden. Then people want to plant these lovely little cedams, but they do not have some place that they can plant them properly.
Well, that is not true.
You can get these little pots and they were great for rock gardens.
Now, there is product called Feather Rock that you can actually, it is a pamas and you can carve a hole in plant little alpines in it. Or you can buy plantures like this one, which is actually a cement planter and it is glazed nicely. It has a drain hole in the bottom so, it is got good drainage which most alpines, if not all alpines need.
And, it works really well because it looks like a nice little rock.
So, it is really, really simple to put something like together.
And, my rule of thumb is you try to get the small cedams or alpines if you can. But you know what? You can plant something like this up and if starts to grow too big, we can break them apart a little bit later on and I make show you that later on too.
So, the first step is to try to get some good potting soil and I have used this one. Typically use this one, this is a pronex because it did not have,
This one is called an organic mix and did not have a pollemer in it. So, it is not, does not have any kind of wedding agent in it.
And I am going to mix in,
Actually, I will put a little bit more,
About 10 to 20% sand in with this because it is a fairly pidding next.
I stick a little about more,
Just so it is nice and got good drainage.
Now, the first one I am going to start with this is this one, which is, this is a little cedam. And, I like this one, just primarily because of the foliage color. It is called puerperium.
We just take that guy out,
And we are going to slide them.
Now, you unifying that the nice thing about daisy, you can crunch them right in.
I am going to make this one cascade over the side here.
The next one that I am going to put in, and this one is called the spectabilis, and it is really handsome weed.
This is very similar to that beautiful one that you see, in the fall called Autumn Joy.
Well, this is a dwarf one, it should not grow very high at all. And, it will have a nice sort of pinkish flower on it.
And, that one will just fit in the back,
And then, for an accent,
I am going to put this guy right up to the front.
I like some of these mosses, they go on here.
I am going to push him right in the corner there.
And the last one, is I got this little cedam. I thought he was cute and,
All these colors accent one another.
You have got sort of a purplely red, and if you notice, this one matches the stone colors, really quite nicely.
So, it is just going to blend and nice in it. It would probably fall over the edge a little bit.
Gord Nickel has been a professional horticulturalist for almost 30 years. Taken from his popular TV show, Gord, who has been working in gardens since he was 15 years old, teaches easy, fun gardening skills.