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Rockwork \Rock"work`\, n.

  1. (Arch.) Stonework in which the surface is left broken and rough.

  2. (Gardening) A rockery.


n. ornamental work done with rocks, as for example around a pond.

Usage examples of "rockwork".

I grow it in the border, on rockwork, and in a half shady place, and it seems at home in all.

Where verdant dwarf subjects are in request, either for edgings, borders, or rockwork, this is to be commended as one of the most reliable, both for effect and vigour.

This is a gem for rockwork, and, if it did not belong to a rather ordinary race of plants, it would, perhaps, be more often seen in choice collections.

Seen in crevices of dark stone on rockwork, or in bold tufts near the walks, or planted with judgment near other dwarf foliaged subjects, it ever proves attractive.

I should like to say that on rockwork this shrub has a superb effect, and I imagine the better drained condition of such a structure is greatly in favour of its health and hardiness.

Either as a cut flower, or a decorative subject for the borders or rockwork, it is a first-rate plant, being neat and showy.

The flowers are too stiff for cutting, and otherwise their fine forms, colours, and perfume cannot well be enjoyed unless the plants are grown either in pots or at suitable elevations on rockwork, the latter being the more preferable way.

For some weeks in early spring it forms a graceful object on rockwork, where it seems to thrive well.

On rockwork, in vegetable soil, this low shrub grew taller, being less woody, and was killed by severe weather.

To me this is clearly proved by other plants, which, in all respects but one, are treated the same, the exceptional condition being that they are planted on the sloping face of rockwork, where they scarcely grow and never bloom.

In borders of rich soil it is grown to the height of about six inches, but in drier situations, as on the upper parts of rockwork, it is more dwarf.

If, therefore, it is planted on rockwork, suitable provision should be made for this propensity.

On a bit of rockwork I have grown a specimen for nearly five years, and it was an old shrub when planted, yet it is not more than 2ft.

During the winter it becomes a conspicuous object on rockwork, where it seems most at home.

I scarcely need add that for more open situations, as rockwork and borders, it is in every way suitable.