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Designing a Rock Garden

Learning how to design a rock garden will arm you with enough design knowledge and inspiration to get out there and make your lawn more beautiful. There just as many ways to design your garden as there are rocks and plants that could go in your garden, but careful planning can ensure you have a garden that is aesthetically pleasing and will become a rewarding experience as your neighbors look on your yard with envy.

The first step in designing your rock garden is to look at your space. Every lawn has at the very least a ground surface. Some may include grass, weeds, trees, and other vegetation. If you have a section of your land that doesn’t have any vegetation, then this is probably a prime location for your rock garden.

A popular method of rock gardens is to take bedrock and theatrically show the bedrock jutting from the ground with a vegetation plane above it. In this arrangement, the plants are there to hide the cracks in the bedrock or even give an illusion to there being a single piece of bedrock, instead of lots of little pieces.

Another method is the Japanese rock garden. This method is usually just sand in a contained area with a few rocks, and designs traced into the sand with a rake. This can be very pretty and you could change the look as often as you wanted to.

After taking a look at your land, you should first choose any area that already doesn’t have anything growing on it. If you’re looking at a pile of dirt or a natural rockscape, then you’re in luck, because your pre-planning stage is done.

If you have a solid plane of grass all around your house, then your job is a little harder. You could use the rock garden to enhance your driveway or your walkway, or any way in between. Maybe you want to break up the land by having a rock garden between some shrubs or even if your location is completely bare except for the grass.

Clear the area of everything. You don’t want any accidental vegetation appearing in your rock garden because that would throw off the design. Then, you get rocks! But, not just any rocks. Consider your area and what rocks are indigenous to your area and get only those.

If you already have a rocky area in your yard it will provide an excellent start. You could consider breaking those rocks up and using them in another area of your yard. What about plants?

Well, consider what plants your area would have in rocky areas. These plants are typically small and need less water than other plants. If you’re going for the “mimic nature” approach, then your choice of plants will be limited as you’ll have to follow your area’s ecology to make sure you mimic accurately.

The best way to arrange a rock garden is to take a few rocks of random sizes, probably no more than five, and make some small piles with them. Don’t arrange the rock piles in a linear pattern as this is not the method in nature.

If you wish to add plants, then add them sparingly in between a lot of rock piles or even interspersed with the rock piles. Any vegetation in your rock garden should be deliberate. Then you’ll have your completed, low maintenance, lawn decoration.

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Flower Garden Design Tips

Designing your flower garden may seem like a scary prospect. Once you’ve planted your flowers, it might be a bit hard for you to tear them up if you don’t like the layout, so it’s very important to get it right from the beginning.

If you’re an artist, you may find it easy to come up with a great garden design. If not, you may struggle with deciding which colors to use, where to put everything, which varieties to use, etc. Many people have trouble making these decisions. But you don’t have to be an artist or a landscaping professional to design a beautiful flower garden!

One of the most important parts of designing a flower gardening is texture. You need to use flowers in a wide variety of shapes and heights. You should include plants with various sizes of flowers, different leave shapes and sizes, etc. Variety is very important to the aesthetics to of your flower garden. It will be very boring if you have too many flowers that are extremely similar!

You need to keep the seasons in mind as you design your garden. You’ll probably want to work to keep your garden blooming for as much of the year as possible, but you may prefer to focus on a particular season.

If you want your garden to bloom mostly in the spring, you might want to choose pinks and purples, or you might want to go with classic tulip colors such as red and yellow. A lot of spring-blooming flowers are yellow, so that’s a very classic color for the season.

Whites and blues are very good for summer, and if you add red it will make a wonderful garden for the fourth of July! You can also use spring colors or fall colors in your summer flower garden.

Fall flower gardens should probably contain reds, yellows, and orange. These colors are wonderful for the fall, and look striking with the standard oranges and browns of the fall leaves. African Marigolds are wonderful for fall gardens.

You don’t have to stick with these colors, but you’ll definitely need to choose colors that go well together. You probably won’t want to mix blues, purples and oranges together, for example. You might wish to use a wide variety of colors together for a wildflower garden.

It’s fine to use a wide range of colors if you intend to go for the wild, natural look. But if you want a more refined or elegant garden, you need to be careful to choose colors that complement each other well.

You need to remember to vary the height of the flowers you plant. If you’re planting flowers near a border of some sort, like a fence or wall, then you should plant taller varieties in the back, gradually planting shorter and shorter flowers as you move forward. Then you should plant some sort of very low-lying ornamental grass in the front to act as a border between the flowers and the walkway.

You probably won’t want to plant solely annuals, because annuals need to be replanted each year. You should mix annuals in with perennials. After all, one of the best things about a flower garden is how relaxing it can be. If it’s too much work, it might not be so relaxing!

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