Inspirational ideas of Pond rockery
If you’re a lucky owner of the natural or handmade pond in your garden, it’s very important to make the landscaping around it to match. One of the best ways of doing that is to create a rock garden that will frame your pond.
It seems like a hard work, and in some sense it is (the rocks might be really heavy), but this is a project that will give you a very satisfying, low-maintenance designer piece, that will stay there for years. So, maybe starting today?
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One of the main criteria for a successful pond rockery is that it should be as natural looking as possible and have a maximum rustic quality. It’s not that easy to achieve.
There’re couple of things to help you to create this effect:
- Take a look around, go for a hike with the camera. Take pictures of the natural rock compositions. The most picturesque once can help you with your own design.
- If you have a large boulder or just any rocks next to the pond – keep them at their place and start your composition keeping them in the center of it.
- Use irregular shape rocks, mostly of the same kind. If you make a sandstone meet granite in one set up this will not make it more believable.
- Use pebbles only where they have reason to be – like, for example, in the water.
Of course this doesn’t mean that you cannot make something highly modern with the fluorescent rocks and monochrome shades. By all means, please do.Important! If you find in the forest a beautiful rock with moss that you’d like to add to your rockery – don’t hurry. Often the different conditions, such as more lighting, will change the vegetation on the rock.
The best place for the rockery ponds is a slope, it helps to make it look less fake than if you would be doing it in the middle of flat and featureless lawn. If you have a good slope next to the pond you can use it to make a very special rock composition – such a small waterfall or a stream creek.
If you use the engine and pipes to circulate the water from your pond through this waterfall, then you got yourself a beautiful aeration system. This is really important if you have fish or water plants in your pond.
Now, to start planning the rock garden, you should make the project. The more proper will be the scaling – the easier it will be to order the rocks you need and count for the amounts.
Once you order the materials your project require – ask to deliver them as close as possible to the final place – carrying rocks is not adding to the fun.
Choosing rocks for a naturally looking garden is not easy. Hold on to the rule “if these rocks would never meet in natural environment, they do not belong together”.
This way you will not be placing grey granite next to the lava rock. The same idea stands for the installing plants for rockery around pond.
Don’t use the palm tree in alpine slope and don’t put cacti in tropical jungle. Unless, once again, kitsch is what you’re aiming for.
It’s always better to start doing rockery garden ponds in the cool times of year. Check for the soil around your pond and start in the driest place, don’t plant your rocks into the swampy area, or make precautions for proper drainage – lay a layer of sand, for example.
You should normally start the rockery around ponds either with the biggest rock, if your composition is flat, or from down up, if you have a slope.
But before starting the rock game you should make sure you not going to have weeds growing through your rockery:
- Clear the soil from debris, roots, weeds (find out effective ways of killing unnecessary grass).
- Use the chemical weed barriers.
- Place the landscaping fabric with the strategical holes for the plants you wish to grow.
When you’re finished with all the rocks and plants, make sure there’s no fabric still visible. Cover it with the rock or wooden mulch and special soil.Advice! Every now and then take a look on what you’re doing from further away and from different angle. This way you will correct your mistakes immediately and won’t need to relay the whole rockery later.Learn more information about rock types for landscaping: for pool, crushed rock, small, large and flat rocks, white marble, gravel, slate stones, glass landscaping rocks, lava rock and it’s pros and cons. Also fake and river rock.
Now it’s the time to plant the flowers or shrubs. Be careful in choosing the plants if your rockery is overshadowed by a big tree, this can make the growth of certain plants impossible.
The best pond rockery plants are the ones that grow slowly and do not spread around too much. Some of the designers’ favorites are:
- wild Thyme;
- dwarf Conifers;
When you put the plants, don’t forget about the pond, think of all the leaves and flowers that will be falling in it and avoid the ones that tend to shed a lot with the seasons changing.Here you can find more design ideas of rock landscaping:
There is a short video that demonstrates some rockery pond designs and how pond with rocks can change the whole view of the garden:
There are some garden pond rockery ideas:
Now, if everything is done right, you have your own private “piece of nature”, that you can enjoy yourself and proudly show to your astonished guests. Don’t forget to brag how easy it, actually, was .