When designing your rock garden, think of the space as a series of eye-catching vignettes that paint the overall landscape. Here, the orange blooms of Eriogonum umbellatum stand out against the gray-green foliage and pink blooms of Mojave sage (Salvia pachyphylla). Both plants are drought-tolerant and thrive with little maintenance./
Commonly called Basket of Gold, perennial alyssum makes a wonderful wall or rock garden plant. Every spring it develops masses of cheerful yellow flowers that look terrific tucked between rocks and boulders.
Totekiko, the smallest Japanese Zen rock garden. Note that this only one of the four dry gardens within Ryogen-in temple, and is in fact a relatively recent design. This garden was created in 1958. One of the other gardens in this temple was created in the 16th century. Ryogen-in is a must-see when travelling to Kyoto.
Rock gardens are fun, multi-dimensional spaces. The opportunity to populate the garden with diverse plants can create a fascinating show of color, texture and form. Check out our top 5 plant recommendations for rock gardens.