Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Part 2: How to Create a Crevice Garden

Creating a crevice garden is not just throwing any kinds of rocks, pebbles, or gravel on where you want to establish your crevice garden--it is the art of setting up stones and filling in plants in a manner that it will resemble as if Mother Nature molded it herself. In the mountains of California and on peaks of the Canadian Rockies, one will notice plants growing from fissures in rocks from rocky terrains which are produced because of natural erosion.

You will need:
  • rocks of various forms (flatter, round, rough, smooth, etc.) around 8 to 10cm thick and approximately 500 to 1000kg.
  • gravel or pebbles (you can opt to choose one color throughout or spice it up with a different color tone) weighing 50kilos.
  • rock garden/alpine plants
  • a mound of soil or sand
NOTE: You can increase the number of rocks and soil if you want a bigger crevice garden.

  • Before doing anything, it is important to plan the outline of your future crevice garden. Pay attention to the location of the garden (sunny or shady), and have a rough idea of what plants you want to include and the overall look of the area.
Photo from WildGingerFarm
Photo from E. Drcar
  • Cultivate the soil (and add in some sand if you want to pull off a desert look with cacti and succulents). A 3m by 3m measured crevice garden is ideal for someone who is just starting to master his skills in creating this kind of garden theme, or if he does not have enough space to make this garden. (For inspiration, you can get crevice gardening ideas by checking crevice garden images online).
  • Layout the bigger rocks on the ground first. Do it in such a method that it looks like a gently sloping hill. Position it at least twenty degrees to assist with drainage of water from the top to bottom. The other side must be a lot steeper. Start placing the rocks and work your way from the top going down. Position the rocks at least 5cm apart. Border the bottom stones against the top rocks to reinforce the foundation (rearrange the rocks until it looks natural and you are contented with its appearance).
  • On the more steep side, bury the rocks in the mound as if you are forming a ledge. Tilt it inwards while following the same angle (20 degrees) as on the other side. Dig about 2/3 deep when burying the rocks.
  • Add soil to fill in the cracks or crevices. Start planting with your chosen plants. Cover it with mulch (fine gravel or tulfa depending on your preference) to put everything together.

No comments:

Post a Comment