New to forum - not sure if I can fit in
I'm in zone 5a Illinois. I've read the fact page and even went to the NARG's site. I'm not new to GW but haven't been sure if my geographic location can be considered rock garden country! I see others here for IA and IL so I'm confused.
Is it possible to have a rock garden here without seriously altering the soil composition?
I'd say our farm that grows corn is loamy clay and doesn't have much sand, gravel, decomposed granite... like seattle or CA. I'd say our Ph is not acid. There are no mountains, or elevation to speak of. Boulders don't exist here. Snow cover is intermittent and freeze thaw occurs on the top layer of soil for 3 months of winter
I do decorate with rocks and like the look. I'm not going to buy them tho.
The idea of a rock garden appeals to me if it means success with plants that don't have to be watered over the long droughty summers. It however doesn't appeal to me if I have to ammend the place with sand! Our rainfall is heavy in the spring and crownrot is a problem. Plants that can't take wet winters and spring don't come back. So I'm not sure "rock garden" plants are a good fit here but you decide and LMK!
These are plants in my garden which are successful with the soil as it. They are also listed on the NARG's site.
Perhaps these are successful not because they are rockgarden plants but becasue they tolerate wetness better then most rock garden plants?
alyssum sax. compactum
aster- not sure if alpine type (has no name)
silene (annual here)
Possible rock garden plants that have died due to moisture retention in the soil ( I think)include
I'm so confused. Maybe a better fit for me would be a"drought tolerant/ wet feet tolerant" forum?