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Rock and Crevice Garden


The steep slope of the backyard garden was managed by building retaining walls. The retaining walls created terraces and therefore planting opportunities. The homeowner hired Jeremy Schmidt, a landscape designer, to install the rocks in the crevice style in two places to connect natural outcroppings.

The inspiration for the garden style reflects three key influences: 

   William Robinson ( Irish 1838-1935). William published a book “ The Wild Garden” that is considered the basis of the English cottage garden as we imagine it today. William believed in combining herbaceous perennials with annuals, grasses, native plants and shrubs. He encouraged a less formal garden.

   Piet Oudolf likes the use of grasses and a naturalistic approach to gardening.

   Monty Don is a self taught gardener and a popular garden program host who believes in organic gardening.