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« on: July 26, 2013, 17:54:49 PM »
considering putting one at the bottom of my garden.

any tips?

will only be about a metre square and I need it to look after itself with as many unfussy plants as possible.
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Re: rockeries
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2013, 18:41:41 PM »
Drainage. Lots of drainage. Jam small stones and gravel in the gaps, that will help the roots hold onto some compost. Saxifrages and the like love 'em.

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Re: rockeries
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2013, 20:39:13 PM »
Alpine plants do well, in rockeries. :)
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Re: rockeries
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2013, 08:59:19 AM »
Watch last evening's Gardeners World on iPlayer. There is a bit on rockeries and their plants (2nd item). I have loads of sedums and houseleeks.

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Re: rockeries
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2013, 09:35:28 AM »
We've gone off of Gardener's world. They've gone all elitist.

Only people with oddles of dosh could even dream of doing most of the stuff they do, now. :(
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Re: rockeries
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2013, 11:32:57 AM »
so what's the best way to construct one?
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Re: rockeries
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2013, 12:52:10 PM »
Get some rocks  :laugh:

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Re: rockeries
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2013, 15:00:40 PM »
I used brieze blocks to make the general shape of the one I built. Tumbled in a pile rather than stacked up. Soil and rocks added.   Snowdrops, crocus and daffs give good colour planted in groups.  Sempervivens would do well.  Smallish heathers work well for ground cover and help keep the weeds away.

http://www.uky.edu/Ag/HLA/Geneve/teaching/PLS%20220/groundcoverSempervivens.pdf
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Re: rockeries
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2013, 22:06:07 PM »
Get rocks that have a pattern/strata - and align them to look natural; it should look like the rocks were there all the time.
You don't want it to look like a bun sprinkled with currants.

Build two or three layers like mini-terraces, and allow the plants to grow/drip over them.

I had one when I lived in Chatham before - I planted blue flowers cascading down the centre - it gave the impression of a waterfall ;)

Alpine plants are best because they grow slowly - don't use plants that will grow over 6" tall as they will take over.

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Re: rockeries
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2013, 06:20:10 AM »
ooo I like the terrace idea... ta
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Re: rockeries
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2013, 09:10:38 AM »
A lot depends on what rock you can hold of. Slabs of slate look nice, but they are VERY expensive. Or you could go "foraging" on the Rhigos road... but don't take any important pieces or you might cause the road to vanish again.  ;)

River pebbles look nice, but the only rockery I saw made with them was stolen bit-by-bit over a few weeks.

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Re: rockeries
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2013, 09:52:00 AM »
it's sourcing rocks that's the first hurdle..
river is one option.

I put an ad on free cycle. there are some old stone walls that have been cleared and I was offered the rocks/stones. but it's too far out for me to get them and it would take forever on a bus, a couple at a time..

I shall have to go for lots of mountain walks with the kids and bring home one at a time.
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Re: rockeries
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2013, 10:00:10 AM »
I shall have to go for lots of mountain walks with the kids and bring home one at a time.

The kids? ???

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Re: rockeries
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2013, 14:50:54 PM »
why would I bring them home. was hoping to swap them
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Re: rockeries
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2013, 18:34:36 PM »
one rock for each kid seems a sensible, and far cheaper choice. ;)
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