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Which type of rock?

Posted by eddie1979 (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 14, 11 at 15:20

Hello, which type of rock is best for a Japanese style conifer/maple garden? I have a choice between "blast" rock and natural rock that is more smooth looking.

I'm guessing a mix of the two would be a bad idea unless it was planned very carefully/creatively.

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RE: Which type of rock?

How about Lava Rock? Why must it be smooth?
Also any dark metamorphic rock, such as a basalt.

RE: Which type of rock?

I visited the Japanese garden in Seattle and learned the Japanese way to position rocks is to bury them 2/3 deep. It must be why the Japanese gardens never look like a rubble yard.

RE: Which type of rock?

  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Sun, Nov 6, 11 at 6:37

Blasted quarry rock can be used to make rock outcroppings.

Rounded rock works best with water.

I wouldn't mix the two haphazardly.


RE: Which type of rock?

I have a small feature garden out the front our our place. I used dark brown volcanic rock with a stream of white rocks through the middle for contrast...

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