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Rock gardens

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Anne Corke20-Jan-03 06:32 PM EST 5a   
betty21-Jan-03 09:05 PM EST 5a   
Rai23-Jan-03 07:47 AM EST 6a   
Dan24-Jan-03 10:42 AM EST   

Subject: Rock gardens
From: Anne Corke
Zone: 5a
Date: 20-Jan-03 06:32 PM EST

I garden just west of Peterborough and my rock garden needs a bit of a rethink this year. As I get older I find it more and more difficult to clamber over the rocks to maintain the garden. I am looking for suggestions for good, low maintenance rock garden plants which will like a south exposure and can compete with two nearby lilacs. I want something well behaved not a monster which covers the rocks! Thanks in advance.

Subject: RE: Rock gardens
From: betty
Zone: 5a
Date: 21-Jan-03 09:05 PM EST

Here are a few suggestions. lewisia, dwarf iris, dwarf columbine,wild ginger, barrenwort, saxifraga, candytuft, and even heather as it does not spread too fast, or at least not for me. I have all of these with south exposure but with partial shade.

Subject: RE: Rock gardens
From: Rai (
Zone: 6a
Date: 23-Jan-03 07:47 AM EST

Talk to "BLOSSOM HILL" on Fife's Bay Rd. very pleasant and knowledgable people, or join/attend a meeting of the Ont. Rock Garden Soc.,you will find either one very informative.

Subject: RE: Rock gardens
From: Dan (
Date: 24-Jan-03 10:42 AM EST

Pasque flower, scotch moss, New Zealand Bur, thrift, painted ferns (you might be surprised what they can accept in terms of light and moisture)

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