American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See rock garden.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An artificial mound formed of stones or fragments of rock, earth, etc., for the cultivation of particular kinds of plants, as ferns.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Gardening) A mound formed of fragments of rock, earth, etc., and set with plants.
- n. a garden featuring rocks; usually alpine plants
“A rockery is a part of the place in which plants are grown in pockets between rocks.”
“Presently, armed with an order to view, she was standing in the old-fashioned long drawing-room with its two french windows giving on to a flagged terrace in front of which a kind of rockery interspersed with flowering shrubs fell sharply to a stretch of lawn below.”
“This "rockery," as it is called, is clothed in summer with verdure and flowers, and from its summit one finds an extended and charming view of the village, with its cottages, its workshops, and the villas of the proprietors of the latter.”
“Arthur had made a fantastic "rockery" of skulls and shanks and ribs, and filled it in with earth, enough to furnish growth for trailing nasturtiums, whose bright red and yellow blossoms were strangely at variance with their sombre setting.”
“Near the sycamore, where an old oak had fallen, the rotting stump was hidden by a high "rockery," edged with conch shells, and over the rough gray rocks a tangle of garden flowers ran wild -- sweet-william, petunias, phlox, and the mossy stems of red and yellow portulaca.”
“There's no real feeling of a barrier between you and the animals (except the highly dangerous big-cats and eagles), with water barriers and a kind of rockery-barrier-meets-electric-fence thing.”
“The hike leaves from Silvermine Reserve (entrance R15 per adult) and took us roughly 40 minutes to cover the walk through spiderwebs, fynbos and rockery.”
“A cornucopia of flowers bursts through rockery walls.”
“Unfortunately, we aren't zoned that way, and the half I'd love to sell off is a very steep slope with a rockery that rises about thirty feet in the first third of the lot.”
“They descended through a rockery, the stones planted with many beautiful flowers and interspersed with many circles of carefully combed sand.”
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