Rock gardens were an essential element in the English country garden – and even in small town gardens – for most of the last century. But too popular often turns to neglected and taken for granted. Now there’s a rockery revival – it’s a good way to deal with a slope, to add vertical interest and to grow drought tolerant, easy care plants. Here are rock garden tips from Amicia Oldfield of Doddington Place Gardens and garden designer Posy Gentles.
00:05 The Rock Garden at Doddington Place Gardens, open to the public twice a week between April and September: https://www.doddingtonplacegardens.co.uk/
00:55 Video on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 https://youtu.be/D8m7opL12NA
01:37 Garden designer Posy Gentles: https://www.posygentles.co.uk/
02:07 Where to place a rock garden
02:15 How to make a mound for a rock garden
03:17 Should you use a weed suppressant membrane?
03:51 Get ideas for your rock garden from the historic rock garden at Doddington Place Gardens
04:59 How to choose rocks for your rock garden
07:05 How to save money on buying rocks
08:03 What plants for a rock garden?
08:47 Start with the evergreen structure
09:01 Include vertical interest with conifers and trailing plants
09:14 Rock gardens are good for bulbs
10:38 Are rock gardens low maintenance?
10:53 More good rock garden plants
10:39 Leave moss and lichens to look natural
12:10 Do you need sculpture in a rock garden?
12:40 Look at other rock gardens when planning your own
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