(Revised 5 Jan 2016)
Over the years, many small and petite plants that I adopted were spread around the garden trying to fit in. A few ‘experimental rockery areas’ were eventually prepared to accommodate these little treasures. These plants look and survive better in a rockery environment.
Although my rockery garden areas are not intended to ‘simulate alpine conditions’ as in a ‘real rock garden’, I still want to try some of these ‘alpine’ treasures out of curiosity. My limited experimental rockery gardens so far indicates to me that weeding in a rockery garden requires more frequent effort than my other garden areas. In my haste to try out ‘rockery plants’, I keep forgetting that many of them can be weedy and invasive by self-sowing or root running like many other perennials. Information about such characteristics of this class of plants may not be readily available. Most perennial reference books I have tend to skip this class of plants. So far, I have kept each of my rockery garden area small enough that weeding requirement does not appear to be overly futile at a glance, but big enough that my little rockery plants do not look like weeds around the bigger plants in the garden, and their beauties can be individually appreciated (by me).