Rockscaping

Rocks in the garden are great! They never die, and they don’t drop leaves in the pool or get eaten by caterpillars. You don’t need to water them or worry about which fertilizer to use. And as long as they’re large enough, you won’t even lose them during a cyclone. In my opinion no native Australian garden is complete without the presence of a rock or two or maybe a dozen or more. And the bigger, the better.

In my experience, there are only three difficulties encountered when landscaping with rocks. The first is availability. Most landscape suppliers and some raw material suppliers will have landscaping rocks available, but it may take a couple of phone calls to track them down. But please… don’t take rocks from the bush, as they provide habitat and shelter for lots of little creatures.

Once your rocks arrive at your front door, problem two will become obvious. They’re heavier than they look and the idea of carrying them around doesn’t sound like such a good one anymore. The skillful use of a crowbar and wheelbarrow may help, but in the case of really big ones, a bobcat may be required to lift them into place.

Placing your rocks is difficulty number three. Some people have the ability to place rocks in such a way that they look completely natural and the resulting scene resembles a beautiful bush setting. While others end up creating a cross between Lego-town and Stonehenge. Which is okay if that’s the look you’re after, but if not, then get the assistance of someone who has an eye for the natural. And if that doesn’t work, simply get in your car and drive to a rocky creek, take a few photos of rocks in the wild and use that for inspiration.

Planting amongst rocks is fun and a lot more interesting than in a plain garden bed. There is a lot more texture to work with and you have to think more about how the plants will look in relation to the rocks.

Just remember that your rocks are features and you want to keep them in view, so don’t hide them under big bushy plants. Stick to small ones like Callistemon “Little John”, Baeckea virgata “Miniature”, Banksia spinulosa and Lomandras.

Or if in doubt, pop into Yuruga and they’ll help you out.

Happy rockscaping.
Marcus.