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Your Source of Shade Plants For Rock Gardens

We're all looking for ways to beautify our properties, whether we want to elevate our home's curb appeal or make our storefront more enticing to potential customers. Whatever the case for you, Moon Valley Nurseries is here to help. We carry a wide variety of trees and shrubs, as well as plenty of perennial plants for rock gardens. Be sure to stop by one of our many locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, and Florida to learn more about which plants will thrive in a picturesque rock garden. We're happy to point you to the specific plants you're looking for, or we can help you brainstorm ideas for your garden.

Why a Rock Garden Is an Excellent Choice

Rock gardens are a popular choice in the American South. They're quite practical for hot climates and don't require lots of added maintenance. What's more, you'll rarely, if ever, need to deadhead the plants in your rock garden. If you choose the right plants and perennials for your rock garden, poor soil and little rainfall won't stop them from blooming. Other benefits of rock gardens include:

  • Beauty
  • Covers an uneven or unsightly landscape
  • Can be used as a space to relax
  • Eco-friendly and sustainable without excess water

What Kinds of Plants Work Best in a Rock Garden?

Fortunately, you have lots of options as you create your rock garden. At Moon Valley Nurseries, you'll find a wide selection, including flowering plants for rock gardens and much more. Below, you'll find some of our favorite flowers, plants, and shrubs to make your garden pop.

  • Rock Cress: Rockcress comes in yellow, pink, and white varieties and does quite well growing between boulders. Choose rockcress when you need a plant for a rock garden in full sun.
  • Prickly Pear: Cacti are a staple of any Southwestern garden. A prickly pear cactus is a popular way to add a touch of the desert to your garden. Not only do they stand up against drought conditions, but they also produce fruit despite the dry climate.
  • Ice Plant: Based on the name alone, you'd think that ice plants wouldn't thrive in sweltering temperatures. Nevertheless, this purple flower loves the sun and makes an excellent ground cover. Keep in mind that an ice plant requires good drainage.
  • Snow-in Summer: These small white flowers cover the ground, almost like the winter snow. Unlike snow, however, this plant thrives in heat and rocky soil. Be sure to choose a spot with good drainage.
  • Dragon's Blood: This plant has a unique aesthetic and a tendency to survive hot temperatures. Dragon's blood also attracts butterflies to its pinkish flowers.
  • Lavender: Lavender is popular in many areas of the country, but it grows especially well in full sun and average soil. You might even choose to plant a lavender hedge to maximize on these gorgeous violet flowers.
  • Creeping Thyme: These tiny purple flowers make a lovely ground cover for any rock garden. Creeping thyme tends to grow over rocks and stone walls, creating a vine-like quality. What's more, this plant is aromatic and edible.
  • Yellow Alyssum: These small yellow blooms are perfect for adding a touch of color to your landscape. Yellow alyssum does well in dry, sandy soil.
  • Hens and Chicks: If you love succulents, Hens and Chicks will thrive in your rock garden. They can grow in stone walls and between stepping stones with little moisture.
  • Reticulated Iris: This type of iris blooms in rich shades of blue and purple in the spring. Reticulated irises love dry soil and also require good drainage. We recommend planting lots of irises to create a beautiful pop of color in your rock garden.

Follow These Maintenance Tips

Maintaining a healthy, lovely rock garden is simple. Most plants won't require too much maintenance, especially if you consciously choose blooms that don't tend to wilt in the summer sun. Although you won't be on the hook for lots of special care, keep the following maintenance tips in mind:

  • Weed Regularly: Weeding is the only major maintenance task you'll need to do for your rock garden. We recommend thoroughly weeding the area before planting new flowers and constructing your rock garden. Doing a little extra work ahead of time can save you a headache later!
  • Watering: Even the most drought-resistant plants will likely need watering once in a while. If the soil feels bone dry to the touch, your plants could probably use a drink. However, it's always a good idea to do your research into each shrub or flower and learn the specific watering needs of each.

Bounce Your Rock Garden Ideas Off Us

The team at Moon Valley Nurseries is happy to help you create the rock garden you've always envisioned. Our landscape professionals are here for you whether you know exactly what you want, or you're still in the brainstorming phase. We welcome our customers to speak with a team member and bounce their ideas off us. We can tell you which plants work best in a rock garden and will stand up to the American South's sweltering temperatures. Our team will point you to plants such as:

  • Palm trees
  • Desert trees
  • Fruit trees
  • Shrubs
  • Hedges
  • Vines
  • Ground cover plants for rock gardens
  • Cacti

Contact Our Team Today

Whether you're in the market for ground cover plants or beautiful flowers, Moon Valley Nurseries can help. Our team loves working with homeowners from California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, and Florida and helping them create a luxurious rock garden. You'll find everything you're looking for at our nursery and then some. What's more, our professional team offers a wealth of knowledge and can give you advice on maintenance for your newly-bloomed plants. Contact us today to learn more about rock garden plant life.