A rock garden, also known as an alpine garden or a rockery, can easily give your garden space a beautiful upgrade with the use of texture and contrast in color with the greens. With the use of rocks, boulders, and stones, you can transform big and small boring spaces in your garden into something more interesting.
Beautiful Rock Garden Ideas You Can Easily Do
When we usually think of gardens we think of the greens of trees and plants and colorful flowers you can see everywhere. What some people might usually miss is the usage of rocks to make a garden more complete. Just like plants, rocks come in different sizes but what differs from them is the color. It has a unified hue that brings out the earth tones that balance the colorful flowers and astounding greens from your plants in your garden.
There are many ways in making your own rock garden. From the simple things like painting it with your kids with colorful patterns to making it a centerpiece of your garden. There are so many things you can do with these rocks and let’s get into them.
1. Buddha Rock Garden
This will be much easier if you already have a rock buddha statue lying around. You can set up pebbles below the buddha then set up larger rocks around it like a border to make your own mini shrine. You can also add smaller rocks outside the larger rocks that served as a barricade for the statue.
For other ideas and if you don’t have a buddha statue lying around, you can use other statues and make it a centerpiece in your rockery.
2. Japanese Zen Rock Garden
Japanese zen gardens usually require a larger space because of the elements it requires. However, you can still create a smaller version of it using rocks. It is perfect for rocks, too. Japanese zen gardens’ elements typically require the touch of nature and earth and using stones to do that is just perfect. The mixture of greens, water, and different sizes of rocks can make up a Japanese garden. Just don’t forget to add a small pagoda lantern as a centerpiece.
3. Rock Garden Pond
When adding a pond in your garden, even if it’s just a small one, stones are big components to it. The use of smooth stones is perfect when creating a garden pond. Place it on the banks so it will be easier when you need to step on it if you need to get into the pond.
A simple rock pond can give life to your garden because of the flowing water and serene scene it can contribute to the entire garden.
4. Rock Garden Mosaic
How about trying something different? Instead of incorporating the rocks and stones to your garden, use them as a design and art form on its own. You can create a mosaic using rocks by getting creative with them by mixing small and bigger pebbles with different hues and create a simple design just like how you would see it in the photo above.
5. Rock Garden Entrance
This may be difficult to pull off since it may require more landscaping and structural skills than gardening skills. But if you are able to pull this off, you’ll have a very beautiful entryway made of rocks for your garden. It will surely wow anyone who wishes to enter your garden.
6. Kid Designed Rock Garden
The best thing to do for me especially when you’re doing something for your garden is doing it with your kids. Design and paint tiny rocks to add to your alpine garden. The sky is the limit for the design and you just have to use your creativity in painting. Some ideas may be drawing a cactus and placing it alongside other cacti or painting rocks as animals or bugs and laying them around your garden. Just remember to have fun when you do it with your kids.
7. Stone Seats
Creating a seat or a bench using stones can be a great idea and be a great addition to your garden. It can be simple to do if you wish to use large boulders as seats or create a bench by using big flat rocks. Just add cushions to your seat and backrest. A perfect way to build your bench around on is by creating a fire pit for your garden as well.
8. Tabletop Rock Garden
For a simple garden design that you can bring indoor, create a tabletop garden out of rocks and small plants. This is perfect for those who have no yard to work on. By using small rocks you can create a tiny zen garden in a small container. You can add small pebbles, twigs, and tiny faux plants to design your own mini rockery.
9. DIY Spiral Rock Garden
A great idea for mixing rocks with plants and soil. Build pots or mini raised beds using rocks as walls. You may need more rocks than usual as you will need to pile up rocks to build a container. It will be easy to do and be very eye-catching as well.
10. Cactus Rock Garden
For those who love cacti like me, creating a cactus rockery is very easy. Cacti are very easy to grow and manage and mixing them with different kinds and sizes of rocks will make the greens of your plants pop out and be a wonderful corner to your whole garden.
Watch this video from Great Home Ideas for a DIY rock garden:
Using rocks in the garden is very common but using it as a prominent part of the garden hasn’t been really used. Building a rockery is a great way to bring out the colors of your garden and also giving a different perspective on gardening in general.
Use these ideas to create one of your own and don’t forget to show us by leaving a comment in the section provided below!