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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Dec 16, 2013 9:06 AM CST
Interested in seeing member photos of rock gardens in their entirety. I've seen many lovely plant-specific photos, many of which were uploaded by member @growitall , but those have just whet my appetite for more. Big Grin

If you have a rock garden, please post some photos here.

TIA!
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Name: June
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JuneOntario
Dec 16, 2013 5:03 PM CST
I'm not sure if this qualifies as a "rock garden", as it is mostly gravel, and flat, but it does have rocks in it. The first pic was taken in September 2006, and the second in June 2010. The entire flowerbed now needs taking apart and re-planting, as the middle has been taken over by creeping thymes and the edges have been invaded by grasses and weeds from the lawn.
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Dec 16, 2013 6:25 PM CST
I like that area, June! Thumbs up
Did you have issues with lots of stray wispy grasses popping up in it before it filled in, or did the gravel mulch keep that to a workable minimum?
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Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Dec 16, 2013 6:26 PM CST
Me agrees!

LOVE that area! Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Dec 16, 2013 6:29 PM CST
Very nice!
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Dec 16, 2013 6:30 PM CST
Okay, I apologize ahead of time if this is too many photos. But this was my beloved rock garden. This is from my first house. It is bittersweet to revisit these pictures. Oh how I loved my rock garden!

These are the pictures of how it looked when I moved in

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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Dec 16, 2013 6:32 PM CST
Here is the redo. It was a long couple of days. Thank heavens I had Mom to help me

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Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Dec 16, 2013 6:33 PM CST
You got the rocks! Looks great! Thumbs up
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Dec 16, 2013 6:36 PM CST
More progressions




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Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Dec 16, 2013 6:36 PM CST
So glad you posted those Jen, but are you going to post some of after you redid the rocks/path and then we planted it? I loved that rock garden!
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Dec 16, 2013 6:36 PM CST
Ha! Cross posted! Sorry!
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Dec 16, 2013 6:38 PM CST
And more
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Dec 16, 2013 6:40 PM CST
Some other views

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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Dec 16, 2013 6:42 PM CST
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Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Dec 16, 2013 6:45 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

And now you have HUGE rocks to work around!

Loved that garden above the rock garden as well.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Dec 16, 2013 6:56 PM CST
Me, too! Hurray! Out of all the great images in this set, I like this one the very best.

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Sweet!

Thanks so much, Jennifer! I tip my hat to you.



I think my greatest fear in designing one of these is in the maintenance. I've spent so much time in the past digging and flinging rocks out of my beds... Rolling on the floor laughing
Once weed roots get in under the rocks isn't it a major job to extricate them?


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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Dec 16, 2013 7:06 PM CST
I am sorry if I posted an obnoxious amount of pics. Of all the gardening I have ever done this still is my all time favorite area. Oh how these pics take me back. So heartbreaking since I know the current owners have not done anything with it.

My biggest struggles with this rock garden were not with weeds. They were with the plants that existed there before I redid it. Snow on the Mountain, oregano, orange ditch lily, lily of the valley. I was still fighting them when I moved. Weeds were not a huge problem for me as I packed it so full of plants. The first year it was mainly annuals. But over three years it became mostly perennials.

Back then I did not have the Cobra Head tool. But that tool would have been very helpful working around those rocks.
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Dec 16, 2013 7:19 PM CST
Excellent rock garden, Jennifer! If you feel the urge to drop by and re-do mine, I won't stop you.

Chelle, in answer to your question about seedling grasses, I don't recall any problems. Annual weeds pull out very easily. The gravel is more than a mulch. I think about 5 tons of gravel went into the bed. To make the bed, I excavated soil so that the gravel would be four to six inches deep. I should have gone deeper. At a perennials nursery I know, there is a raised bed filled several feet deep with gravel, and all kinds of plants love growing in it. The gravel is just road grade, sandy gravel dug from the local gravel pit. While it dries fast on top, it stays moist beneath the plants.
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Dec 16, 2013 7:26 PM CST
A few from here...
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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chelle
Dec 16, 2013 7:42 PM CST
JuneOntario said:... At a perennials nursery I know, there is a raised bed filled several feet deep with gravel, and all kinds of plants love growing in it. The gravel is just road grade, sandy gravel dug from the local gravel pit. While it dries fast on top, it stays moist beneath the plants.


This just amazes me; no added compost or decomposable materials whatsoever? It sounds way too easy...well, except for moving all that gravel! Whistling

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Beautiful, David. Thumbs up

What type of material is used for the structural layer of this tall one?

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