Posted: 13/03/2015 at 23:51
Ah...Andy, if you are near Bonhard... take a wander along to Branklyn Garden to get inspiration for placing your rocks there. Perhaps you know this but if not... they've a great scree rock garden and plant sales too. Gardens like this help for placing rocks.
Popped in to Linden and Glendoick today (both on Perth-Dundee road) there are lots of small plants there which are perfect for starting up a new rockery. Glendoick have a nice table height display also.
Its been a while since I made my first rockery (age 10) but my tip would be lots of fine grit both in your soil mix and as a mulch. You will never have too much grit for your rock plants. I never spoiled my young plants with any feeding and they did ok. Remember plants like Lewisia like to be planted on their side so the water drains away from the foliage rosette.
I have spent some considerable time placing/grouping rocks together over the years - its great fun. Enjoy building yours. Use your larger stones as key stones and work out from there. Remember to stand back and look at your stone groupings from all angles you will view it from in your garden so you get a feel of the look you are going for - its your rockery after all. Expect to have most of your rocks/stones covered in soil and plants. Your stones are ledges, really only there for structure and drainage.
Don't rush your build in one day. Build a bit, come back to it, take it apart if you are unsure, rebuild it again and repeat if necessary. Your stone combinations will begin to work and you'll wonder why you were ever unsure about what you were building.
Another garden for some serious rockery inspiration is Edinburgh Botanics - do take a look at their new alpine display in tufa rock too, its taking shape now. There's a nice rockery scree at St Andrews Botanics too.
Good luck - have fun