Rock Garden Supplies Anchorage AK

Rock gardens are also known as Japanese rock gardens, landscape gardens or Zen gardens. See below to learn more and to gain access to garden supply stores in Anchorage, AK that give access to rock gardens as well as advice and content on landscaping and rock garden design.

Aurora Nursery
(907) 746-6811
2610 Minnesota Dr
Anchorage, AK
 
Alaska Botanical Garden
(907) 770-3692
4601 Campbell Airstrip Rd
Anchorage, AK
 
Alaska Mill Feed & Garden
(907) 276-6016
1501 E 1st Ave
Anchorage, AK
 
Bells Nursery & Gifts
(907) 243-1020
7653 Cranberry St
Anchorage, AK
 
Smg Landscapes
(907) 333-4413
2520 Chandalar Dr
Anchorage, AK
 
Tryck Nursery
(907) 345-2507
Rabbit Creek Rd
Anchorage, AK
 
P & M Garden Services Inc
(907) 694-9293
Mi 3 1/2 Eagle River Rd
Anchorage, AK
 
Bush Landscaping & Nursery
(907) 344-2775
2848 Lore Rd
Anchorage, AK
 
Faltz Nursery
(907) 349-0575
1401 Labar St
Anchorage, AK
 
Evergreen Nursery & Garden Center
(907) 344-2588
12580 Old Seward Hwy
Anchorage, AK
 

Rock Gardens | A garden for any season

A garden for any season

If you've been told that you have a "brown thumb," don't worry; you can still create a beautiful outdoor sanctuary. Rock gardens consist of an array of carefully arranged stones and other natural materials. Unlike traditional plant gardens, landscaping rock gardens are easy to maintain and simple to create using inexpensive supplies.

Creating Japanese Rock Gardens

Japanese or Zen rock gardens are, perhaps, the best-known types of natural rock gardens. In some parts of Asia, these gardens or "dry landscapes" are considered a true art form and have graced the land around Zen Buddhist temples for over 1,000 years.

The basic layout of a Japanese rock garden consists of one or more large, dark-colored stones surrounded by a field of small, lighter-colored pebbles, which are often raked into smooth, neat rows. The arrangement is intended to conjure up images of craggy islands rising out of the ocean waves and to provide an aesthetically pleasing respite from the hubbub of modern life.

To create Japanese rock gardens, select small and large stones of contrasting colors. Try to find multi-toned, irregularly shaped "island" stones that resemble actual mountains and natural landscape elements. Mossy stones are ideal, because the moss will appear to be "grass" growing on the "island." For your "ocean" pebbles, look for stones specially made for Zen rock gardens or select smooth, sparkling white pebbles at your local landscape supply store.

Creating Rock Water Gardens

The rock water garden, an unusual subtype of rock garden, is the polar opposite of the Japanese dry landscape. Many people build elaborate ponds in their backyards, but you can also create rock water gardens in small natural or hand-dug ponds or in large, shallow artificial containers. Fountains, waterfalls and various lighting effects are easy to add using simple kits. Fish and water plants are optional, but add vibrancy to any natural rock garden.

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