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rock garden

a garden on rocky ground or among rocks, for the growing of alpine or other plants.
a garden decorated with rocks, usually a wide variety of interestingly shaped, multicolored rocks, especially quartz.
Also called rockery.
Origin of rock garden
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The shadow of the house stretched velvet and blunt over the rock-garden.

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • Either in the border, rock-garden, or grass, it is very effective when in a mass.

    The Book of Bulbs Samuel Arnott
  • There is a kind of rock-garden from which you must approach from that side.

  • "Come and look at the rock-garden," said Caroline to Maurice Bradby.

    The Graftons Archibald Marshall
  • Cilicicum and alpinum are tiny little species with red or white flowers and small leaves, and are best suited for the rock-garden.

    The Book of Bulbs Samuel Arnott
  • The hardy Cyclamens or Sowbreads are charming little flowers which grow well under the shade of trees or in the rock-garden.

    The Book of Bulbs Samuel Arnott
  • For early flowering in a sunny place in the rock-garden, the lovely H. azureus, or Muscari azureum, should be grown.

    The Book of Bulbs Samuel Arnott
  • The Milla can be grown in the border or rock-garden, but it likes the edge of a gravel path, where it will soon establish itself.

    The Book of Bulbs Samuel Arnott
  • The writer has, however, frequently seen plants established in the border or rock-garden.

    The Book of Bulbs Samuel Arnott
  • The species are easy to cultivate and well adapted for borders or the rock-garden.

British Dictionary definitions for rock-garden

rock garden

a garden featuring rocks or rockeries
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rock-garden

1819, from rock (n.1) + garden (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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