I am a newbie...Help with rock garden please..

sheshebop(z5MI)May 31, 2007

I usually hang out in Cooking. I am new here. I have 14 acres of woods and wetlands, and my house sits on two huge lots. One lot is quite wooded, but has a huge dip in it. It seems to me that it would be the perfect place to create a rock garden with steps down into the dip where we could set a garden table and seating. It is, however, very shady there. Do a lot of the plants you put in rock gardens grow in the shade? Or would I have to take down more trees in this area to make it sunnier? I don't even know if I am creative enough to do this, but I would sure like to try if you think that flowers (you call them alpines?) would grow in the shade. What do you think? Please help out an ignorant newbie here, lol.


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tracyvine(6 NE Ohio)

Hi sheshebop! I'm new myself! Welcome. My best friend has a nearly full shade yard and she created a rock garden with a pond in the center. She has tons of hosta, sweet william, peonies and spiderwort in her yard. Many of these around the stone patio and rock garden. You are plenty creative enough for gardening. It's easy after time.

Plant what you think will look nice after finding out if they are hardy to the coldest temperature that you live in. Put taller plants to the back of the beds you create and graduate down in height toward the front.

After the plants take off, decide if you like them where they are, if not, then move them somewhere else. We all do this. Gardening is trial and error just like making a new recipe!

Here is a few links to some online nurseries that offer suggestions on shadey perennials. Take a look and see if anything looks nice to you!




This next site not only has ideas for plants but also design plans for your beds too. If you look further down the page you will find a link to rock gardens as well.


Good Luck and let us know what you do!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2007 at 2:29PM
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leftwood(z4a MN)

Hi Sherry! And welcome. There aren't many alpines that do well in wetter areas, but tracyvine gives good advice.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2007 at 10:06PM
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tracyvine(6 NE Ohio)

Sherry, I found one more website that offers excellent site preparation directions for starting out on creating a rock garden. I am posting the site for you.


Let me know what you think.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2007 at 3:40AM
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Thank you for the welcome and the links. I have not had time to look at them yet, but am excited to get started with them. I am sure I will be back here often with questions.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2007 at 7:56AM
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