Rockeries, Screes, Crevice Gardens and Talus Beds
Rock gardens can be simply a display garden for those fabulous rocks and
driftwood that seem to leap into the back of the car whenever you stop
at a beach, or more importantly, a specially tailored growing area for
many alpine and rockery plants.
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Cactus Garden Design
Building a rock garden for those special plants that absolutely demand sharp drainage can become an addiction.
known those that started with a little bed just for a few Hens and
Chicks, and ended up with their whole garden filled with crevice gardens, rock retaining walls planted with choice alpine plants and scree beds for those exceptionally finicky cliff dwelling plants.
Be warned, you too could fall victim to the rock garden obsession!
However, having said that, planning and creating a rock garden, planting
those precious little jewel-like plants, caring for them and marveling
in the fascinating bun-like growth and exuberant flowers is a lot of
You can join a club for alpine plant fanciers and buy many rock garden plants including hardy cacti
such as Opuntia with their brightly coloured tissue paper blooms
protected by barbs and spines from mail order suppliers, or better yet,
grow your own from seed.
Propagating alpine plants and succulent plants from seed
is a long term prospect – sometimes taking several years before you see
the flowers, but you can end up with a completely new form or variety
from seed. This is how hybridizers produce all new plants in the nursery trade.
Not all your results will be so successful, but at least you will get
many plants to swap, sell or plant in some of the amazingly creative succulent crafts.
Finding Rock Garden Plants
Great plants to look for in alpine plant or seed
specialty nurseries are those that are hardy in your climate zone, easy
to care for, and yet still produce a long season of bloom or other
Plant sales put on by garden clubs in larger centers such as those at Vancouver British Columbias vanDusen Gardens
several times a year give you a huge selection of choice plants,
including some extremely rare plants and are well worth the trip to
many places it's illegal (and unethical) to dig up plants in the wild,
so please only take the plants with you on your camera.
Landscaping with Rocks