You likely wouldn’t be surprised to learn rock gardens originated in East Asia, but many of the modern iterations we see today have their roots in 17th-century Europe and America. Early Asian rock gardens were focused on unusual rock forms, while Western rock gardens were inspired by beautiful mountain ranges that people wanted to recreate on their own properties. Either way, both sides of the world developed rock gardens to bring joy, peace, and tranquility into their daily lives, and these rock garden ideas will assist you in doing just that in your own backyard.
Whether you have sprawling green space or a minuscule patio, there are plenty of rock garden varieties to fit your landscaping needs. From classic Japanese gardens to modern outdoor art fixtures, our favorite rock garden ideas below are sure to inspire.
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Ryōan-ji is Japan’s most famous rock garden, residing in the capital city of Kyoto. This garden is enclosed by clay walls and serves as a meditation space for monks studying at Myoshin-ji school of Zen Buddhism.
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This desert scene is from Moorten Botanical Garden, an iconic Palm Springs destination for exploring the area’s unique flora and fauna. Several varieties of cacti offer a fun twist on the classic rock garden.
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This rock garden offers the best of both worlds, with plenty of greenery and flowers surrounding the stones. Plus, the water feature makes for some lovely background noise.
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All Who Wander
This tranquil outdoor space belongs in the historic Chicago Botanic Garden. A large stone path creates interest and keeps your smaller rocks looking pristine.
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This beautiful streamside rock garden is lovely inspiration for those with more narrow space or who love being close to water. It serves as a stunning backdrop for all of your outdoor gatherings.
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This article was written by Lauren Wicks for Veranda©