rock garden in front yard - Knowledgebase Question

cleveland, Oh
Question by geminic
June 4, 2010
i would like to not have to cut my grass and add a rock garden any suggestions

Answer from NGA
June 4, 2010


"Rock garden" can mean different things to different people. To some gardeners it is a label for a special planting of alpine plants or dwarf conifers, for others it is a catchall for easy to care for plants that like good drainage. In your case, it sounds like you would like some easy to grow plants that look nice and thrive in rocky soil. Without knowing the sun exposure it is difficult to make specific plant recommendations. However, if it is sunny you might grow junipers, creeping phlox, and sun-loving herbs such as the various creeping thymes. If it is shady, you might consider a ground cover such as creeping myrtle or ajuga. Check your local garden center for drought tolerant plants - they will be perfect in a rock garden. More suggestions: Asclepias tuberosa - Butterflyweed; Agastache foeniculum - Anise hyssop; Amsonia spp. - Amsonia; Artemisia spp. - Artemisia; Aster spp. - Asters; Baptisia australis - False blue indigo; Centauria montana - Perennial bachelor?s button; Coreopsis spp.- Coreopsis; Dianthus spp. - Pinks; Echinacea purpurea - Purple cone flower; Echinops ritro - Globe thistle; Erygium spp. - Sea holly; Euphorbia sp. - Spurge; Gaillardia spp. - Blanket flower; Geranium macchrorhizum - Bigroot geranium; Helleborus sp. ? Hellebores; Hemerocallis spp. ? Daylily; Hibiscus moscheutos - Common mallow; Hosta sp. - Hosta; Iris sibirica - Siberian iris; Lavendula angustifolia -Lavender; Liatris spp. - Gay feather; Nepeta spp. - Catmint; Paeonia sp. - Peony; Perovskia atriplicifolia - Russian sage; Phlox spp.- Phlox; Rudbeckia spp. - Black-eyed Susan; Salvia spp. - Sage; Sedum spp. - Sedum; Sempervirens tectorum - Hens and chicks; Stachys byzantina - Lamb= ears; Stokesia laevis - Stokes aster; Thymus spp. - Thyme; Verbascum spp. - Mullein.

Good luck with your new project!

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