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The right rocks are essential for a rock garden

Choosing the right rocks and stones for a rock garden sounds simplistic, but this essential task isn't as simple as it sounds.

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A Japanese rock garden at The New York Botanical Garden mixes autumn-colored blooms with interesting stone placement and shapes suggesting mountains, streams, and shoreline. Rocks used in these gardens generally are muted in color, weathered and scarred by age.

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