Rock Garden Supplies Chicago IL

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

Grand Street Gardens
(312) 829-8200
2200 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL
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Jayson Home & Garden
(773) 248-8180
1885 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL
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Marguerite Gardens, Inc.
(773) 506-6295
1624 W. Wolfram
Chicago, IL
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The Good Earth Greenhouse
(708) 366-9500
7900 Madison St
River Forest, IL
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Gethsemane Garden Center
(773) 878-5915
5739 N Clark St
Chicago, IL
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Charles J Fiore Nursery
(773) 533-1414
2901 W Ferdinand St
Chicago, IL

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Fertile Gardens
(773) 929-9330
1646 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL
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Farmers Market Garden Center
(773) 539-1200
4110 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL
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St. Boniface Cemetery
(773) 457-3988
5801 N Clark St
Chicago, IL
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Advance Garden Center
(773) 685-6030
2933 N Central Ave
Chicago, IL
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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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