Rock Garden Plants for a Healthy Backyard

rock garden plants

Rock garden plants provide unique ecological balance in any landscape. They have distinct visual features and are extremely robust and hardy. Rock garden plants can be used indoors as well as outdoors, where they will thrive in a variety of environments.

Growing Rock Gardens from Zone 5 is ideal for increasing productivity, providing contrasting contrast and providing optimal drainage. Creating aesthetically pleasing structures in your yard provides an opportunity for people of all ages to take part in an activity that requires little maintenance. Growing rock garden plants in zones five provides optimal sun, drainage, texture and diverse environmental exposure. Growing rock gardens from zone five begins with carefully selected seedlings, which are then layered in the soil with natural compost and fertilizers.

Annuals And Perennials

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Many rock garden plants will flower late in the year. These include both

Most rock garden plants can be used successfully in all three seasons; however some require different planting techniques. For instance, you should avoid planting tall grasses and large woody root systems in the warmer zones. Tall grasses and woody roots will attract bees and other insects that will destroy your flowerbed. Also avoid planting evergreens in the cooler zones as they will shade your bed and cause your flowers to wilt. You should also plan to plant mixed grasses and flowering ground covers in the warmer zones if you want to attract some birds and wildlife to your garden.

Soils With Good Drainage

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Most rock garden plants have straight, upright growth with very little climbing growth. They grow best in soils with good drainage, as they require more moisture than grasses. The best time to plant perennials is from early spring through the fall. However, be aware that this is an outdoor garden, and some perennials will need to be divided and replanted each year. Be sure to check the soil conditions often and ensure your plants get plenty of moisture.

Plant Them In Groups

Many types of rock garden plants grow well together, especially if you plant them in groups. One of the best combinations is a group of boxwood and phlox with some wetland grass or other ground cover in the bottom. Boxwood will resist droughts better than grasses, therefore it is best planted in dry, not damp climates. Phecosia grows well alongside euphorbia, as they like full sunlight and shade to thrive.


The other perennials in our list of rock garden plants that grow well together are the common lily. The larger Lesser Periwinkle flower grows up to three feet tall, spreading up to six inches from base to tip. The smaller Lesser Periwinkle plant blooms in a variety of colors, from white to pink to yellow-green. Lesser Periwinkle does not grow well in acidic soils and needs a soil with lots of light, so be careful about over-watering.

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