What are the best rock garden plants?
No home is complete without a garden.
They maximize the beauty of your home and make it stick out from the
crowd. Rock gardens are best known for what their name suggests:
their beautiful rocky nature, but that doesn’t mean plants are out
of place here. In fact, the plants are what make rock gardens look
even more enticing. This begs the question, which plants are best for
this kind of landscape design? That all depends on your habitat, but
in the tropical climate of Malaysia, the more plants you have that
need full sun, the better. Here are some of the favorites across
Malaysia and the world:
- Euphorbia: tough white perennial, drought and heat
tolerant, long blooming, low maintenance, needs full sun
- Rock cress: purple perennial, edible leaves and flower,
- Sedum: perennial, comes in multiple colors, drought
tolerant, groundcover, full sun
- Candytuft: pink or white perennial, low maintenance,
deer and drought resistant, full sun
- Alyssum: fragrant blue, pink, or white annual, good for
privacy or groundcover, full sun
- Thrift: pink or white perennial, full sun
- Hens and chicks: pink or yellow perennial, slope and
erosion control, drought tolerant, full sun
- Snow in summer: white perennial, groundcover,
slope/erosion control, low maintenance, full sun
- Lesser periwinkle: blue, purple, or white perennial,
deer resistant, groundcover, slope/erosion control, full sun
- Red creeping thyme: blue or pink perennial herb, grows
quickly, groundcover, full sun
- Soapwort: pink or white perennial, deer resistant,
drought tolerant, low maintenance, full sun
- Lamium: purple or white perennial, deer resistant,
groundcover, partial shade
- Creeping phlox: blue, pink, red, or white perennial,
drought tolerant, full sun
- Wooly thyme: blue or white perennial, groundcover,
slope/erosion control, full sun
- Ice plant: purple perennial, groundcover, full sun
- Blue fescue: blue/green perennial, drought tolerant,
groundcover, deer resistant, full sun
- Irish moss: green perennial, partial sun
- Blue star creeper: light blue perennial, ground cover,
do I build a rock garden?
clear the slate. Remove any brush, bushes, or undergrowth in your
rock garden area. Use a shovel to dig out the bushes from the roots.
a design and visualize the outline and where all of the rocks and
flowers will go. Draw a blueprint so you can keep track of the space
you’re taking up.
the stone. Get a good variety of large and small to keep things
the boulders. Roll the heaviest stones into place using crowbars and
stone shims. Make some footing to set the boulders so that they look
natural and stay on top of ground level. Small stones can weigh up
to 50kg, so make sure a garden planner helps you place the
plants. Look for plants that are from your area and local climate.
They should have varying colors to enhance the beauty of your rock
the riverbed. Outside gardens just deserve a garden pond and river rock landscaping
increases the value of your home tremendously. Use small boulders
and river bed stones to create the river. Put juniper bushes on the
top and work down with the stone to create a natural looking river
that will end in a basin. Set the junipers with peat moss and
fertilizer. The peat moss holds water next to the plant, and the
fertilizer feeds it. Once the junipers are set, dig out the river
bed. Set small boulders along and in the river to make a natural
flow. Take your time setting them and do it as a footing. Then add
the river bed stones.
the plants. Work down the landscape and mix plant textures. Add
colorful flowers, but spread them out so that it doesn’t look
the walkway. The path will serve as walkway for your visitors to see
your new garden, as well as a good place to weed, water, and
decorate from. Dry lay the stones to make sure they’re in the
right position and then set them.
soil do I need?
In order to have healthy flowers in a rock gorden, you
need fertile soil. Here are a few of our recommendations:
a. Use all your organic waste
b. Avoid using chemicals
c. Use rock phosphate
do I maintain it?
There’s a system to properly maintaining a rock garden
that needs to be upheld in order to keep your plants and river
- Keep an eye on it and go out at least once a week to
look for weeds, dry-looking plants, or foreign objects.
- Prioritize the weeding. If they get out of hand, they
could take vital nutrients away from your flowers.
- Don’t overwater the plants. Your garden is outside
and will be subject to a lot of rain anyway.
- Cover sensitive plants in the winter months.
- Make sure your plants don’t die. If the soil is full
of dead plants, you’ll need to change all the soil
How do you make moss grow on rocks?
The easiest way to get moss is to take if from another
place and put it in your desired zone. It will spread over time. But
if you start from scratch, there’s a method to it. You need to have
partial to full shade where you want the moss to grow, and the area
should also be humid. Use a mix of buttermilk or yogurt with either
fresh or dried moss and set it on the rocks. Maintain the humidity by
spraying it gently with your garden hose and keep it shaded. Always
remember to keep weeds away so they don’t take over the moss.