An eco-conscious family wished to convert their landscape to a water-saving rock garden, with succulents and other low-water plants. This can be tricky in a rainy climate like Portland, but with the appropriate gravel-based soil and subsurface drains, the resulting landscape is thriving in the Oregon climate.
Rock Garden-01_alpine_104362359.jpg: Lavender and tufts of dryland grasses peek out from between stair-stepped rocks in this alpine-influenced section of the rock garden.
Rock Garden-02-Japanese_181838490.jpg: These large, round boulders, displayed at the front of the home, are reminiscent of those found in Japanese Zen rock gardens.
Rock Garden-03-sedum-thyme_133954744.jpg: Succulents and herbs, like sedum and thyme, respectively, happily coexist amongst the rocks in these backyard planters.
Rock Garden-04-silver sedum_491965279.jpg: Silver sedum is an excellent addition to the low-water garden and can be successfully grown as ground cover, or in pots, throughout the landscape.