A Rock Garden to Celebrate Spring (and a Wedding)
About 2 weeks before her daughter's garden wedding, my friend was in the throes of pre-wedding running around and decided that her overlooked hillside rock garden needed help, and fast.
She asked me, "Can you improve upon my little rock garden? It looks so unkempt."
Within 5 days, we transformed a forgotten corner of the property into a little gem of a garden. We added wonderful rock garden plants and several evergreen yews at the top of the rock garden to act as a green backdrop for smaller plants.
The biggest hit of all were the annual flowers that we planted, Gomphrena 'Buddy Purple' and the trailing White Bacopa. They are not standard rock garden plants but they provided a splash of color on the rocks all summer long. Some of the plants listed below are not hardy in my area - but they looked great during the wedding.
The Rock Garden Plant List
Campanula posharskyana Serbian Campanula 6"- 8" h. lavender
Cotoneaster dammeri 'Coral Beauty' 'Coral Beauty' Bearberry Cotoneaster 2' -3' h. red berries
Delosperma cooperi Ice Plant 6" h. vibrant purple
Delosperma nubigenum Hardy Ice Plant 2" - 3" h. yellow
Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Bath's Pink' 'Bath's Pink' Dianthus 6 - 8" h. pink
Dianthus allwoodii alpina Alpine Dianthus 8" h. pink
Geranium 'Biokovo' 'Biokovo' Geranium 10" h. White w/ Pink
Helianthemum nummularium 'Raspberry Ripple' 'Raspberry Ripple' Sun Rose 6" - 10" h.red & white
Helianthemum 'Wisley Pink' 'Wisley Pink' Sun Rose 6" -10" h. soft pink
Iris cristata Dwarf Japanese Iris 6" - 8" h. purple
Kamtschaticum ' Varigatum' Variegated Sedum 4" - 5" h. orange
Sempervivum 'Mahogany' 'Mahogany' Hens and Chicks 3" h. red tinged
Thymus wooly Wooly Thyme 3" h. pink
Veronica repens Creeping Speedwell 2" h. light blue
Veronica 'Waterperry' 'Waterperry' Speedwell 4" - 6" h. light blue