In general, I just don’t get rock gardens. They leave me baffled. Perhaps this is because I come from a region of deep soil but few rocks. (Or maybe it’s just jealousy – sour rocks?)
Whichever. Even with all the rocks, I found the Ft. Collins garden of Carol and Randy Shinn to be sumptuous and exciting.
Much of this garden was not a traditional rock garden but rather a crevice garden, with flat stones pushed down vertically into the soil. To me this has a more dynamic look, suggesting stone thrusting upward with the collision of miniature tectonic plates.
Then there are the generous use of richly-colored rock garden plants, like the rose-colored Lychnis above.
These, however, are mixed with luscious cottage garden favorites. Oh, the Irises – the Irises!
Not to mention the Peonies.
And the Poppies.
Just because you have a lot of rocks doesn’t mean you have to buy into a whole austerity program.
I like the ground-covering ‘Biokovo’ Geraniums (Geranium x cantabrigiense) in the lower right corner with a nice little Salvia on the other side of the rock. And sure, the miniature conifers provide a nice contrast to all the bright colors.
OK, here people are heading into the Back Garden. Nice arbor!
The Back Garden is full of contrasts. There is more rock garden but also a shady corner for contemplative moments. Note the faucet water fountain to the left.
A brick path leads to a vegetable garden.
Sweet little succulents.
I love this tiny Clematis.
Here’s the vegetable garden. Those pea vines look very content.
Many thanks to the Shinns for opening their garden to the flingers, and showing us another side of rock gardens.