2 days ago
We've finally completed our rock garden. It used to be a wood deck that we weren't really using a whole lot. And it was pretty unsafe in the winter months, as algae would grow on it because the water didn't run off it very quickly.
The main tree in the middle is a Japanese Maple - Tamukeyama Laceleaf and the two small evergreens are dwarf conifers - Chamaecyparis pisifera 'True Blue'.
For now, this garden is done. Perhaps in the future we will add a sculpture, like a pagoda or something, but it's not a priority right now.
The rocks - both large and small - were purchased at a local place called PCC for less than $100. We highly recommend this place for landscaping materials. We did the self-hauling and was glad to have a powerful truck to hold all the weight. We ended up making two trips for the smaller rocks because we underestimated how much we would need!
The plants were purchased at Hayes Nursery. The Japanese maple was pricey, but it helped that it was on a 20% discount. The staff there was very friendly, and it's a great place to visit for inspiration. They have a Japanese garden you can wander through that includes water features and mature specimens.
The pots were the hardest thing to find. Pots can get really expensive. The place we wanted to go to ended up going out of business. When this happened, we do not know. But we drove by and it was closed. Home Depot didn't offer much to our liking. But we ended up at another hardware store, McLendon's, to get our paint and decided to check out their selection. They had a lot of pieces to choose from at reasonable prices, and they were having a storewide sale which helped reduce the cost.