When you think of rocks, most people would not have the word “gorgeous” in mind. However, when strategically designed and complimented with beautiful, delicate flowers, they can become just that. The Japanese have used the rock garden or Zen garden as part of their landscaping for over a thousand years, a physical reminder of the different elements of the earth. Although they may have begun with spiritual meaning, it is also a wonderful way to transform your difficult yard areas into low maintenance beauty.
Finding Your Area
Many people like to use sloped areas that are hard to mow or spots that have been difficult to cultivate for their rock garden. Of course, you can add one anywhere for just the pure aesthetic value they can add to your yard. A sunny slope is ideal, but any sunny area can work.
If you are a slope, the area will need to be excavated to rid the area of the grass or weeds. Usually digging out the area a foot down will do the trick. If you are doing this yourself, you will then put a layer of drainage rocks, a layer of sand and then a layer of top soil. The same will apply for a raised garden on a flat area; you will just need to create an elevated area with the use of foundation rocks.
The final step is arranging and adding your plants and rocks. This can be done with the help of a professional landscaper who will be able to suggest types of rocks and plants for your garden and put it together for you. Even if you choose to do this yourself, you will need to spend some time with a landscape supplier that has quality rocks and plants that will work well in a rock garden. With a little help or advice, you can finish up your garden and enjoy the Zen!