Even the large stone stairs seem to "spill" from an upper lawn to a lower one, as water would spill between ponds, in this scene from the upper, walking garden in this otherwise small suburban backyard east of Seattle.  Imagine the boulders as pondside platforms and the Japanese Bloodgrass as cattails in this Zen-like interpretation of a traditional Japanese rock garden. Design by Sander Groves landscapes, Inc.

Walking garden in this otherwise small suburban backyard east of Seattle. Japanese Bloodgrass as cattails in this Zen-like interpretation of a traditional Japanese rock garden.

ditch - more natural looking, and does have low in the front and tall at the back...but then need something to break up the back view

"Prairie Planting" Russian Sage, Echinacea, Sedums and Grasses - front yard

Crevice garden at the Alpine Garden Society garden in Pershore, Worcester, UK.  // Great Gardens & Ideas //

Crevice garden at the Alpine Garden Society garden in Pershore, Worcester, UK. - My Gardening Path

Rocks

Lovley garden with dry stacked stone wall.I especially love the cobble stone pathway

Dry Stream Does Double Duty | Fine Gardening Prettying up a french drain

Dry creek bed - If have some river stones and other rocks and have a drainage problem. plan to add an element like this for beauty and function.

Blue lithodora, a great  garden plant Литодора очень любит солнце, К почвам не требовательно, хотя предпочитает плодородные супесчаные почвы с  умеренной влажностью. Большой плюс литодоры – высокая морозоустойчивость. Семена высаживают летом, чтобы к следующей весне получить готовую для посадки рассаду. Рассаду литодоры высаживают весной, соблюдая расстояние между растениями примерно 25-40 см.

I have these, but love the mixture with boulders.Blue lithodora - They are low-growing, evergreen shrubs and subshrubs, producing blue or white The Greek lithodora literally means "stone gift", referring to their preferred rocky habitats.

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