Alpines and rock garden plants may be grown in the crevices of dry-stone walls, and these include the retaining walls of raised beds and sloping banks. The most suitable plants to be grown in this way are trailing plants. If possible try to plan for any planting in walls before construction work starts. Leave planting niches at intervals in the wall and plant them up when the building work is finished. It is also a good idea to position the plants while construction is in process. This is an easy way to plant and also it makes easier to eliminate air pockets in the compost and firm it around the roots.Read More »
Alpines, usually require more attention than other plants, so growing them in pots ensures that special watering, compost or feeding requirements are provided for each plant. You can grow them in plastic pots, which retain moisture well, or in clay posts, which are more attractive if you are going to exhibit your plants. In plastic pots, the soil dries out slower than in clay pots, so be careful not to overwater the plants grown in plastic pots. To prevent any further problem with diseases you should clean and sterilize all pots before you use them. To sterilize your pots you can use sterilants based on dilute solutions of sodium hyper-chlorite. Do not use tar-based disinfectants.Read More »
After you have found out in our building projects are how to make your own troughs now is time to find out how to plant them with alpine and rock garden plants to make them look nice and to attract the eyes.
Because the final planted trough will be maybe too heavy to move it around it is better to place it in its final position before it is filled. Find a warm and sunny spot for it. Troughs look best when they are raised on bricks or concrete blocks but make sure they are stable and will not tip over.Read More »
If you choose to plant alpines in your garden all you have to do is give them good growing conditions and they will ask very little from you and will provide all year interest in your garden. For taking good care of your alpines, here are some thinks that need to be done, by the season, in order to help you.
Spring care for alpines
In early spring weed thoroughly and take precautions against the slugs. Most of alpines are flowering in spring so the rock features that you use should look at their best now. This is also a perfect time to add new plants into your alpines if you want to make them look more spectacular. After flowering don't forget to take cuttings if you want to propagate your alpines, by using the soft, young shoots of the new growth. Root in pots of seed compost in a well ventilated cold frame in shade. It is better to propagate your alpines regularly so when the old plants are exhausted you will be able to replace them with new ones. In this period you can give them a light feed.
Sempervivum, also known on their common name as Houseleeks or Hens and Chicks, are succulent evergreen perennials that produce low, compact, evergreen, flower-like rosettes of succulent leaves. The plants send out numerous offsets, and spread in this manner to form a dense colony. The parent rosettes are the hens, and the smaller rosettes that spring from them are the chicks or chickens.
Although grown for its foliage, usually used in rock gardens, hens and chicks do flower. Flowers of up to half a metre develop on the branches and their colour vary from rose to pink. The foliage of hens and chicks plants are normally green at the base and reddish brown at the tip, all with close, rigid dented edges.Read More »
Purple saxifrage or Purple mountain saxifrage, Saxifraga oppositifolia, is a species of cushion forming, growing to 3-5 cm high, hardy, evergreen perennial, alpine plant that produces attractive, cup-shaped flowers in spring. The flowers are solitary on short stalks, almost stemless, deep red-purple to pale pink or white, 1015 mm across, growing above the cushion of small leaves.
It is one of the first spring flowering plants, often flowers while the snow is melting, continuing to flower during the whole summer in areas where the snow melts later. The leaves are small, 5 mm long, rounded, scale-like, opposite in 4 rows, fringed with tiny hairs to capture heat. This is an ideal plant for a rock garden or stone trough.Read More »
Edelweiss - Leontopodium alpinum, is one of the best-known European mountain flowers, belonging to the sunflower family. The name comes from German edel - meaning noble and weiss -meaning white. The scientific name, Leontopodium, means "lion's paw" and is derived from the Greek words leon - lion and podion - diminutive of pous, foot. Edelweiss flowers are quite rare in the wild and considered endangered in several countries.
Edelweiss are hardy perennials, alpine plants that can reach about 30 cm in height. They bloom from late spring throughout the summer and carries white stellar shaped flowers, like miniature, woolly starfish. Plants form a low clump of silvery grey foliage, lance shaped and woolly in nature. They are perfectly suitable for your rockery or border, best suited to growing in a well-drained rock garden or alpine trough that mimics their natural habitat.Read More »
Rock Cress or Aubrieta, often called Aubretia is an evergreen, mat-forming, low-growing perennial, that only grow 15 cm in height, good for rock gardens, stone patios or between stepping stones or for hills and slopes, where is it difficult to grow grass or other plants.
Aubrieta makes a colorful splash in early spring, producing a profusion of fragrant flowers, almost covering the plant's dense mat of leaves. Cultivars of Aubrieta can have white, pink, magenta, lilac or crimson flowers and some of them can even have semi-double flowers or variegated leaves.Read More »