How to build a rockery and create a stunning low-maintenance focal point in your garden

Beautiful colorful spring rock garden, blooming flowers
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There are many benefits to learning how to build a rockery in your garden. They make a great low-maintenance focal point in landscapes of varying sizes, by adding height, structure and alpine planting.

Rockeries can be built on top of areas in garden landscaping which have previously been troublesome to cultivate, for example, on an area of heavy clay.

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Melanie Hick

Melanie Hick will design a show garden at the prestigious RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2024. The “Climate-Forward Garden” will embody the core principles of MHGD, depicting a front garden re-imagined for today’s ever-changing climate. 

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Fiona Jenkins

A landscaper and gardening expert with over 25 years of experience in the industry. Currently she works for MyJobQuote as their resident expert on all things gardening. She is highly knowledgeable and her expertise have featured in many reputable publications.

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Tom Clifford

Tom has been in the garden landscaping business for over 13 years making him an expert in garden design. He is the director of Gardenstone Limited a garden landscaping materials company.

Teresa Conway
Deputy editor on Homebuilding & Renovating

Teresa was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens in 2018 and worked as the Editor on this magazine. She has extensive experience writing and editing content on gardens and landscaping on brands such as Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Living Etc magazine. She has developed close working relationships with top landscape architects and leading industry experts, and has been exposed to an array of rich content and expertise.

In 2020 Teresa bought her first home. She and her partner worked alongside architects and builders to transform the downstairs area of her two bedroom Victorian house in north London into a usable space for her family. Along the way she learned the stresses, woes and joys of home renovation, and is now looking to her next project, landscaping the back garden.