Building a rockery wall

What do I need to build a rockery?

To build a rockery you will need:

  1. A spade and shovel for moving soil.
  2. A trowel for planting.
  3. A crowbar for manoeuvring heavy rocks.
  4. Stretch of permeable landscape fabric.
  5. Enough hard core/rubble to cover the area (broken pots, old bricks and stones are ideal)

How high can you build a freestanding wall?

A 4-inch-thick, nonreinforced concrete masonry screen wall should not be built higher than 6 feet, 8 inches unless it is supported laterally in the horizontal or vertical direction every 6 feet, 8 inches.

How deep should a foundation be for a brick wall?

Start digging at the lowest part and go down until firm ground is found. For a light garden wall, a trench 30 cm (12 inch) deep should be sufficient if the soil is firm and well drained. But on unstable or weak ground, make it 46 cm (18 inch) deep.

Can you build a rockery in the shade?

Although rockeries are often located in full sunlight, you can build your rockery in partial shade. Select plants accordingly and consider the growing needs for each plant.

What are the best plants for a rockery?

Here are my top 10 alpine plants for the rockery:

  • Pulsatilla vulgaris. This is also known as the Pasque flower. …
  • Thymus vulgaris. This Mediterranean herb is also a decorative plant, producing purple flowers and tiny green leaves. …
  • Gentiana verna. Spring gentian is grown for its striking deep sky-blue star-shaped flowers.

How do you make a rockery look natural?

Aim to use rocks of a similar colour and rock type as this also looks natural. Make sure your rockery is very stable: you may need to support larger rocks in place by partially submerging them or using bricks, mortar and smaller stones to hold them in place.

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How tall should sitting walls be?

18 to 24 inches

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