Enhance your home's appearance with front garden rockery

By John Brennan, 21/12/2021

Enhance your home

Your back garden is your home’s private oasis; it’s often far bigger than the size of the plot at the front of your house and it’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main road. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make the most of the space you have got at the front of your house. After all, your front garden is key to creating a good first impression with visitors to your home. So although you may be pushed for space, why not enhance your home’s appearance with front garden rockery? 

It will add an interesting structural element to your space, help make use of unwanted bricks or paving slabs, and provides an ideal platform for planting. Here at Yorkshire Gardens, we’ve put together a handy guide to show you how easy it is to design and build one for yourself. 

Know when to start

While the colder winter months may bring about a natural halt to planting in your garden, it’s the perfect time to begin planning a rockery for your front garden. By starting during these leaner months, you will give the soil enough time to settle for planting in spring. Once you have identified an area that is ideal to build on, wait for a few days of rainfall and then make your move. The rain will make the soil softer and easier to manipulate. 

Prepare your space 

Before you start to assemble your rockery, you’ll need to ensure the space is cleared of any weeds which can have a destabilising effect on the structure of your rockery over time. After you have removed the weeds, it would be wise to put down a layer of rubble to improve drainage, and then cover it with landscape fabric to prevent weeds from returning and to keep your soil in place. When it comes to the type of compost that is most suitable for a rockery, you’ll want an even mixture of topsoil, leaf mould and horticultural grit. 

Strategically place rocks 

The best thing about creating a rockery is you can use a variety of inexpensive materials, from house bricks to discarded tiles. How you choose to structure your rockery is entirely up to you, but there are a few simple rules you should follow. Use the biggest and sturdiest rocks towards the bottom, using smaller rocks to offer support, and create flower beds at different levels using an assortment of smaller rocks in a horseshoe shape before filling with compost to encourage plant growth.

Start planting 

By planting a mixture of small and alpine plants, you can create an attractive rockery in your front garden. Alpine plants are native to mountainous regions, which means they will thrive in this rocky setting. You can grow both plants that do well in the sun and shade, with sun-seeking plants being grown in the foreground while the shade-seeking plants can be grown in the shade cast by larger sections of rock in your display. From Saxifrages and thyme to aubretias and houseleeks, you can create a visually stunning display with some simple planning and forward thinking. 

If you’d like to know more about how to start building your own rockery, contact us today and one of our gardening experts will be in touch.

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