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By Gaz6404

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom Gb

hi all iam trying to put a rockery in my garden south facing next to a pond but not sure were to start any ideas
i am taking up a concrete patio and hopeing to use this the soil is good do i have to put mesh down first to stop the weeds coming up through the finished garden regards gaz



Rockeries look best if you can use layers of rock that look as if they are just protruding from the ground. Don't just heap up a load of stones. Look at some pics under 'rockeries' for ideas. Also, it's difficult to make a rockery next to a pond look like anything other than 'where shall we put the stuff we've dug out'!! Check the growth sizes of any plants that you would like to grow. Some 'rockery' plants are thugs and can take over quickly. Avoid Sedum acre and 'Snow in Summer'.

30 Aug, 2011


thanks i will try to make it look something but havent really got green fingers

30 Aug, 2011


And don't add the concrete to your rockery... you need natural stone. A good rockery is a work of art, takes years to bring together fully and needs a lot of care and attention to keep weed free and the plants looking good.

30 Aug, 2011


My rockery ajoins my pond and looks great coming down to the water, but ditching concrete into it will not work nothing but weeds will grow. Bite the bullet and get a skip etc. The point of a membrane is to suppress weeds if you clear the area first digging out any perennial weeds a membrane will not be needed and the soil on top will seed weeds anyway. A rockery is supposed to look like a natural land scape so your rocks should be 2/3rds buried and the grain running in the same direction. The other idea is a scree garden?

30 Aug, 2011


may i ask what is a scree garden

30 Aug, 2011


Scree is found in mountainous areas. It is bits of loose rock, stones etc broken down over many years in which plants grow. It is best to make it on a slight slope and I have one coming down from the back of my rockery. I think they look better than most garden rockeries as the stones are more natural in their random sizes/siting. The bigger stones are at the bottom and it gets small/finer toward the top. Creeping alpines do look good in it and hold it in place.

30 Aug, 2011


Don't rely on weed membrane. Remove all weeds and roots from the soil you use, and thereafter the only way to keep a rockery weed free is to keep on regularly hand weeding it.
They are quite high maintenance. But they are lovely and worth the work.

30 Aug, 2011


thanks for all your advice ther is a lot to think about

31 Aug, 2011

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