The Rock Garden (a.k.a. 'Kochia Mountain')
This garden began to take shape in January of 2006 when the large boulders were placed on the mound of soil that we gradually accumulated over the years by piling up excess soil and sod from landscaping jobs. This mounded garden was conceived primarily as a way to conceal employee vehicles and to raise up plant roots above the heavy clay soil and create a great environment for various conifers. A few plants that never cease to be of interest are the Variegated Yucca Color Guard, the Formanek Weeping Norway Spruce (Picea) the Skylands Oriental Spruce (Picea orientalis 'Skylands') and the three Raywood's Weeping Arizona Cypress (Cupressus glabra 'Raywood's Weeping') which look great silhouetted against the whitewashed barn. The stones create an easy stair step up the side for a nice overlook of the mound.
Over the years, this garden has evolved from a modest planting of Kochia (Kochia scoparia) to what has now become known as Kochia Mountain. With the addition of a grove of Japanese Maples in 2012, this garden turns to vivid reds and scarlet in October.