From Alyssum and Aubretia to Zauschneria, we stock a fantastic range of alpines from early spring through to late autumn. Carefully planned planting can ensure that you have a colourful rock garden all year round.
Miniature spring flowering bulbs such as Galanthus (snowdrops) and Narcissus Tete-a-Tete get the year off to a good start. Aubretia, Rhodohypoxis, Campanula, Veronica, Saxifrage, Sedum, and Gentians all follow well and provide continuous colour throughout spring and summer.
(Aubretia and Rhodohypoxis)
Helianthemums come in a wide range of colours ,pinks, whites, reds, yellows and oranges. Camassia and Alliums will give some height between the low growers. The Primula family flower in spring and autumn giving good colourful hues.
Cylamen hederifolium flowers from September to November and Cyclamen Coum flowers from January to March, giving a splash of colour in those cold winter
months. Dwarf Dianthus are easy to grow and flower freely in a well-drained sunny site.
Making a rock garden is simple and growing in containers when space is limited can be fun if using something quirky to grow in. Plant in old teapots or buckets, or even shoes and boots for novelty. Use John Innes No.1 and coarse grit at a ratio of 50:50 for good drainage. Pots and containers can be topped with shingle or slate for a good-looking finish.
When planning a new alpine garden, ground preparation is the key to success. Good drainage is essential, so if your garden is on clay make sure you dig in lots of coarse grit to improve drainage. Lay Mypex to prevent weed growth. Plant through the Mypex when you have decided the planting plan by making a cross in the Mypex with a sharp knife. Cover Mypex with decorative shingle or slate.
It’s easy to keep the alpine attraction going. If you need advice just ask any of our knowledgeable staff.