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If you would like to incorporate a rock or wall garden to your setting, you may choose to confine it to a single bank that lies against a fence or wall. The artificial background should also be covered with ivy or creepers to give it a more natural appearance.

In nature a rock wall does not just suddenly begin and end, therefore your rock garden should gradually merge from the surface of the ground, with some rocks being placed in ground level beyond the raised portion of the wall.

Alpine plants thrive in rock gardens so long as they are protected from the infringement of coarser plants. Outlying rock pieces can be covered with masses of phlox, aubrietia, or dianthus, which, unconstrained by any rocky limits, will spread into wide cushions of color.

It is best if you learn each of your plants by name and sight, and not have to place names around the garden as it begins. This is not attractive, as it looks like an auction site or garden store.

Mother Nature has a distinct way of allowing plants to adjust to new homes, and the creation of a wall garden is a prime example of this crafty ability.

A ruined wall that has been taken over with beautiful blooms and foliage is a stunning picture. This idea is not difficult to replicate, so long as you have the right type of wall. The wall should be full of cracks and crannies, and not a new flat brick wall. Snapdragon, toadflax, and sedum, or hung with the charming grey foliage and glistening white flowers of cerastium are all wonderful options.

This is especially true if there is an attractive landscape beyond. The character of the immediate environment should determine both the height of the fence and the design, which may be open, closed or a combination of both.

To create a wall garden just place soils into the chinks and then sow the seeds of the desired plants. The seeds should be covered to prevent birds from eating them. Alpines will flourish and you will have a stunning wall garden!

If you must build a wall, make sure to plan for the amount of plants you wish to house. You can create the wall from concrete, rubble, rough stone, or old bricks. The last three are the best. If the wall you build is sturdy enough, wall water fountains can be added to give the garden a bit of serenity and relaxation. Make sure ample spaces are left to provide homes for plants.

Stone and rubble, using irregular blocks, would give opportunity for earth pockets and crevices of various sizes. Only enough mortar needed to secure the structure should be used, and it should not form a point.

Large spaces should be filled with compost recommended for the plants that will be sown here. Fill the smaller chinks with soil already mixed with the seeds. The best time to plant a rock or wall garden is in the fall.