Rock Garden Supplies Boston MA

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 Boston, MA that give access to rock gardens as well as advice and content on landscaping and rock garden design.

Mahoney's Garden Centers
(617) 787-8885
449 Western Avenue
Brighton, MA
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Annuals, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Irrigation Supplies, Mulch, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Portable Irrigation Systems, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees

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West Roxbury Roche Bros.
(617) 469-5747
1800 Centre Street
West Roxbury, MA
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Vegetables

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Land Escapes
(617) 308-7063
11 Harvard Street
Arlington, MA

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Mahoney's Garden Centers
(781) 729-5900
242 Cambridge Street Route 3
Winchester, MA
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Annuals, Aquatics, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Groundcovers, Perennials, Roses, Shrubs, Trees, Vines

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Needham Sudbury Farm
(781) 449-9180
1177 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA
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Vegetables

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Green Goat Lawn Care
(617) 276-5823
30 Fremont St # 3
Somerville, MA

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Almquist Flowerland Inc
(617) 472-4897
30 Hooper St
Quincy, MA

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Quincy Roche Bros. (granite Crossing)
(617) 471-0500
101 Falls Boulevard
Quincy, MA
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Vegetables

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Capeway Florist
(781) 337-1470
249 North St
North Weymouth, MA

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Wellesley Roche Bros.
(781) 237-2115
184 Linden Street
Wellesley, MA
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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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