scree and rock gardens

countrygardengalNovember 7, 2006

hello all: new to the garden web, wonder if anyone had any experience withh a scree garden, i am considering adding two scree gardens to my rock garden,i have anidea on how to start them but don't know what plants would do well and what type of gravel would work for good drainage,something that would do well with a clay soil bottom any ideas would be helpful.


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Pipersville_Carol(z6 Bucks PA)

Hmm, I've never heard of a scree garden, am interested to hear what people say about this. Is it a desert-type garden?

    Bookmark   November 7, 2006 at 6:13PM
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earthlydelights(6 pushing 7)

carol, a scree garden is basically an area of gravel, rocks, or pebbles where plants that don't require a lot of water can grow. usually a difficult area or where water or run off water (rain) doesn't really reach.

cindilynn - try some creeping thymes, sedums, hens and chicks would be an excellent addition, dwarf bushes/shrubs, trilliums, any rock or alpine type plant, dutchman breech, maybe some anemone.

as for the gravel - river rock or pea gravel would be good. when you are planting, if you purchase plants, just take them out of their respective containers, push aside the gravel/pebbles/rock and place them in that hole bringing the rocks. you might want to dig out a bit of soil before you lay the rocks, add a layer or so of sand and then maybe some peat moss, and then your gravel/rock.

how big is the area you are working on?

best of luck on your project.


    Bookmark   November 7, 2006 at 9:52PM
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