Rock Gardens are inspired by the local cliff ecosystems of the higher elevations of the Shawangunk Ridge, NY. They are characterized by dry and rocky soil, small evergreen and deciduous shrubs and trees, clumps of flowering perennials, and large rocks to balance the greenery. We also combine plants from other dry plant communities, such as Beach Plums (beach dunes), Sumacs (forest edges), and Grasses (prairies). Thunderhead and Mugo Pines, our evergreen standards, provide a visual anchor in the garden through all seasons. Openings between plant groups mimic the spaces in arid rocky landscapes, and give the eye a place to rest.