A natural boulder scene, or a rock garden, is a good idea for a number of reasons. Not only is there something special about rock gardens, or a designated boulder scene. They inspire peace and tranquility while invoking the natural world in the best way possible in your yard. Zen gardens, often with rock and water features, have been popular features in gardens for hundreds of years, and more recently, they have become increasingly popular in modern homes.
Relatively Low Maintenance
In comparison to other gardens, rock gardens require relatively low maintenance and are pretty easy to take care of. Of course, this does depend on whether you decide to include a stubborn plant life in your garden or not. However, having lots of gravel mulch around your boulders can eliminate the need for a lot of watering, pruning, and even mowing.
Suitable for All Climates
Your natural boulder scene in your garden will survive whatever the weather throws at it, whether that is extreme cold with blistering winds or smoldering heat and droughts, meaning that with the right combination of flowering plants and foliage your spot of peace and tranquility will remain just that all year round!
Adds Texture and Diversity
Other than bringing incredible beauty and peace to your garden, as well as being extremely easy to manage, adding a natural boulder scene to your garden is a great idea for adding unique texture and depth to your landscape. You can choose from various rock colors, sizes, and textures to add depth, strength, and structure to your property.
There a few ways to do this, and the boulders are usually used to define a space while using smaller stones and gravel create the bedrock for any plants or decorative pieces. Try to use rocks and stones that are local, also because this is much cheaper but also because it helps give the space a natural look and feel.
The plant life you choose depends both on the local climate and the aesthetic you are aiming for. There are guidelines available by the USDA, which recommend which plants are good for different parts of the US, and many garden store assistants are very good with this information too.
Many like to add water features to their rock gardens, particularly Japanese Zen gardens. Adding flowing elements are believed to complement the natural and peaceful aesthetic of stone and water.