What girl doesn’t love a big rock?

I sure do….landscape rocks that is. I’m fortunate that the purchase of my property included a number of them. Boulders really. Large enough that the neighborhood kids named some of them. 

Whale Rock is located in an area that I just revamped. That’s right, when a gardener needs more space, it’s out with the old and in with the new. I removed some of the prolific Stylophorum diphyllum (Celandine Poppy) which declined rapidly in hot and dry summers and replaced them with Phlox stolonifera (Creeping Phlox), Carex siderosticha ‘variegata’ (Broad Leaf Sedge), and Helleborus orientalis (Lenten Rose). The plantings are still new, but I’m confident the ‘blue’ phlox will provide a lovely sea in which my beloved Whale Rock can swim. 

House Rock is a long standing feature of my garden. Who needs garden art when you have such a stellar, nature-made sculpture? Positioned in a picture-perfect spot, House Rock has graced many a page of my annual garden photo calendar over the years. I planted Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff) initially but it only thrived in spots so I’ve added many Helleborus ‘Brandywine’ and I’m letting the two plants duke it out. So far the hellebores are winning by far. I look forward to having this ‘house’ surrounded by flowers in late winter as the blooms of the hellebores emerge. That will be a photo opportunity for the calendar I am sure!

House rock surrounded by a new planting of hellebores

While some of the other boulders on my property haven’t been named, I love them just the same. The crevices in them provide a wonderful setting for Corydalis lutea (Yellow Corydalis), Polystichum tsussimense (Korean Rock Fern) and Sedum ternatum (Woodland Stonecrop) to thrive. They are also placed in just enough shade to encourage moss to grow. I love that look as well.

The crevices in my boulders are perfect for Korean Rock Fern
Corydalis lutea makes its home in the smallest crevice of a rock
Moss and sedum are perfect partners with the boulders on my property

Once again I have Mother Nature to thank for providing the rocks in my landscape and for positioning them so appropriately in my garden. With that kind of gift, why would a girl want a single big rock when she can have so many sparkling diamonds in the woodland?

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