rock garden


: a garden laid out among rocks or decorated with rocks and adapted for the growth of particular kinds of plants (such as alpines)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Situated on an island, the Yamato-kan is designed after a Japanese villa with an open-air, landscaped courtyard and dry rock garden, known as a karesansui in Japanese. Kari Barnett, Sun Sentinel, 14 Apr. 2023 Jacqui Crocetta stands an ivory cloak that embodies her White privilege within a rock garden planted with text about racial issues. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2023 Long and her husband, Patrick Long, said whiskey fungus had already inundated the property, darkening the copper roof and exterior walls, creeping over the rock garden and metal gate, and encrusting the branches of magnolia trees. Michael Levenson,, 4 Mar. 2023 Leila: way or toss them on the rock garden. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 29 Mar. 2022 Like the rest of the property’s 105 freestanding villas that have been built into the bluffs or sit above the tree canopy on stilts, the spa, which is situated in a volcanic rock garden, follows the natural landscape utilizing local clay, cumaru wood, and stone extracted from the site itself. Celia Ellenberg And Jessica Diner, Vogue, 18 Jan. 2022 For urban apartments, this might mean incorporating a small container garden, or a rock garden, on a balcony or window space. Kimberley Mok, Treehugger, 22 Mar. 2023 Landscape Architecture of Bend installed water-wise native plants, an automatic drip irrigation system, recycling water feature and rock garden. oregonlive, 7 Feb. 2023 They are lovely naturalized under trees or shrubs or planted in a rock garden to add winter interest. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rock garden was in 1836

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“Rock garden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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rock garden

: a garden laid out among rocks or decorated with rocks

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