Building the rock wall in my backyard was meant to be rustic, so it flows with the woodland that surrounds my house. I also wanted a garden that we could entertain our friends in. I didn’t want a garden set away from everything. I wanted the garden to be right where we spent most of our time.
Before we put in the rock wall, our back yard was a slope so when it rained the water would pour into our basement! We had to change the land to channel the water away from our home.
Getting Help From A Professional
Our friend who is a landscaper recommended a wall to make two levels and to bury pipe under the ground and behind the wall were the excess water could drain into the pipe which would be long enough to carry the water away from our house.
Somehow the cost of putting in a straight formal wall where all the rocks were perfectly lined up didn’t flow with my style of gardening. This rustic rock wall cost less actually, maybe because we caught a deal on craigslist for a pile of rocks, but also we did as much as possible ourselves.
I like to have pockets of dirt here and there to plant draping specimens, and I enjoy planting in odd number groups that do not line up but rather are scattered “here and there”. These rocks provide or demand that opportunity
To get the rocks from the place we bought them we had to hire an excavating company to haul them by dump truck which took several trips back and forth. Another piece of equipment set the rocks, and a friend helped my husband place the stairs. The planting was my contribution, but the wall was made possible by my husband John and a few friends. It was no small feat and a little hard on the back, but all was “so worth it.”
This stone wall is one of the projects we accomplished around our home but with lots of help! I had a blast shopping for the plants and then planting all of them. It was a lot of work, but it was the kind I classify as fun. Scroll down to see the other pics!
Some of my favorite draping plants are Verbena, Petunias, and Sweet Potato Vines. I am working on gradually adding more perennials every year just to lower the workload, but also the cost.
Shopping at greenhouses is one of my favorite things to do, particularly as it helps to take away any leftover winter blues. I found if you wait til the end of June or early July, greenhouses that do landscaping are the best. Because they use their plants to landscape, the plants are tended to and still look healthy by July. One greenhouse in my area ran a particular the first couple days of July. It was to fill a flat with as many annuals as you could for ten dollars. I filled it with Caladiums since they’re usually expensive. See what I did with the Caladiums here
A Few Of My Favorite Plants
Below are some of my favorite plants. It’s making me so excited to start planting again. How about you?
This plant directly below grew more than 6 feet in a pot. I cannot find the name of it anywhere, so sorry. When I went back to the greenhouse, they told me they call it a Christmas poinsettia. The greenhouse had sold them all. It is a great conversation piece for picnics on the patio!
This hydrangea is a is a “twist and shout” blue hydrangea
This variety of Lantana below is orange marmalade. It grew and spread fast and brought beautiful butterflies too.
This plant is a “sombrero adobe orange coneflower”.
Do you have a stone or rock wall to plant around?
What are some of your favorite plants to use there? I would love to hear any suggestions you may have!