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Rock Gardens & Ground Covers

Ideas for rock gardens and alpine gardens, including plants and ground covers that are perfect for these type of gardens. Whether you are looking for a perfect plant for a rock wall, or have a full alpine garden, I hope you find ideas and inspiration for your garden! If you enjoy gardening & landscaping be sure to check out my other gardening boards for specific gardening topics!

Rock Gardens & Ground Covers

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Creeping Phlox Rock Garden

Asheville Landscape Company | Asheville Landscape Architects

Bearberry Plant - Bearberry is a low growing evergreen.

Bearberry Photos

Chelsea FS 1994. Design: Peter Tinsley. Alpine rock garden, Spring flowering alpine perennials May, by John Glover.

Front Yard Rock Garden. Even if you don't have a naturally rocky site, you can easily create one. In this front yard, a stone wall offers an ideal foundation and border for a variety of low-growing alpine classics, including Aubrieta 'Royal Blue', Phlox subulata, and Potentilla. Gypsophila franzii and Dianthus 'Tiny Rubies' fill crevices between stones and help to integrate the stone wall with the rest of the terrace garden

Rock Garden Design Ideas

Ice Plant, Delosperma | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Ideas for a rockery - For great rock garden plants check out my board:

rockery ideas : My front garden in springtime.

Moss Phlox (Phlox subulata) is a richly flowering, clump-forming phlox that stays green in both summer and winter. In spring these plants produce innumerable crimson and white flowers that attract butterflies. These Phlox like to be planted in full sunshine.

Moss Phlox | Plants from Spalding Bulb

Rock Garden

Phlox Subulata and a lovely stone pathway in the garden

Creeping thyme

Thymus praecox 'Elfin' (Creeping Thyme)

Ranunculus glacialis

Rock garden succulents

Sedum Spurium

Wine cups, Callirhoe involucrata, long-flowering, drought-tolerant, vertically-challenged hibiscus cousins are amazing groundcover perennials.  Callirhoes come in white, wine-red, and this mauvy form, Callirhoe involucrata var. tenuissima.  If you have full sun and like this color theme, you’ve got to try some of the easy-to-grow, American native winecups!

Drink up with a wine cup in your garden.

Heath (Erika) Perennial, needs excellent drainage and acidic soil. Sandy soil amended with organic matter is ideal.

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Dalmatian Bellflower produces beautiful mounds of purple bell-shaped flowers from late spring through summer. Low-growing plant is perfect for adding color in front of other perennials. Grows only 6-9" tall. Spreads 12". Prefers full sun to partial shade. Deer resistant.

Wall bellflower 'Dalmation bellflower'

Coreopsis 'Limerock Ruby'

For west facing planter - Veronica pectinata -Blue Woolly Speedwell, 2" x 18" wide, gray-green carpet with early spring long blooming blue to lavander flowers. Available at High Country Gardens or Digging Dog Nursery (mail order nurseries)

Mostly thyme

Lavender - Houzz

"One of the most beautiful and decorative coverings perennial garden is Lithodora diffusa Heavenly Blue. Mature plant height is 10-15 cm, and the small flowers are deep blue. Lithodora supports very well both sun and semiumbra and is ideal for creating a garden floral rug. Blooms in May-June."

Arabis blepharophylla, gooseherd popularly called, is a decorative perennial herb, 20-25 cm tall, ideal for flower gardens. Gooseherd develop white, pink or lilac, during March-June.

Gentiana acaulis Hybrid 'Maxima' (TRUMPET GENTIAN, STEMLESS GENTIAN, ENZIAN) - Easy to grow trumpet gentians are besides the Edelweiss the most classic Swiss Alpine flower and shouldn't be missing in any rock garden. This one reblooms as well in summer/fall, comparable to 'Undulatifolia'. For any good garden soil, needs light shade in hotter regions.

Lewisia cotyledon

Lewisia cotyledon

Lithodora, 'Star' - True blue perennial, excellent for ground cover. From April through June, the unusual true blue 1" flowers banded in white float like stars above a mound of narrow, hairy, olive green leaves. Excellent in rockeries and massed as ground cover. LifeCycle: Perennial - Zone: 6-9; Sun: Full Sun, Part Sun; Height: 15 inches; Spread: 15 inches; Uses: Beds, Borders, Container; Bloom Season: Spring, Summer.

Star Lithodora Seeds and Plants, Perennnial Flowers at

Lewisia cotyledon