For those looking to fill smaller garden spaces with colourful, hardy, low-maintenance plants then a wide selection of lovely choices can be found in the range of plants traditionally called “Alpines”.
Containers, raised beds, border edges, even in between paving are all examples of places that can be enhanced with the right choice of plants. The key thing to remember is good drainage – incorporate some horticultural grit or gravel when planting. Here are a few top choices from our extensive range.
Phlox subulata ‘Candy Stripe’
This showy little perennial is a great choice for popping into permanent planters, providing pink striped flowers in spring. There are many other attractive colours available.
Erigeron ‘Sea of Blossom’ and ‘Profusion’
An absolute must-have for dry stoney spots, these dainty little daises literally flowers non-stop from spring until autumn. They will self-seed to fill along walls and in between cracks and crevices.
Helianthemum (mixed varieties)
Rock Roses are tough little fellows that grow to form mats of evergreen foliage with masses of attractive flowers in spring and summer. Really easy to grow and last for years.
For beautiful year-after-year spring colour there is little to match the tough reliability of Aubretia. ‘Kitte’ is a special selection with larger flowers which gives a real show. Available in purple, blue, white and red.
This beautiful little bellflower has upward facing blooms and quickly forms an attractive spreading patch of dwarf foliage ideal for edging paths or cascading down walls. Very popular and very easy to grow.
Rhodanthemum ‘Sunshine Peach’
This attractive low-growing evergreen has fine silvery foliage and during summer is covered with bright peach daisy-like flowers. Great choice for hot sunny locations.
This little lovely has cup-shaped pink flowers in spring and a neat ground hugging habit. Popular with our customers.
Saxifraga ‘Peter Pan’
Like its namesake, this delightful plant never grows up! It makes a neat cushion of rich green foliage which is studded with attractive red flowers in spring. Easy as child’s play to grow!
Sedum Acre ‘Aureum’
If you want a dwarf plant and you never get around to watering then give this little Sedum a go! It grows as a carpet of succulent foliage, the tips of which turn golden in spring accompanied by little yellow starry flowers.
Adjuga ‘Black Scallop’
Here’s a little something for a shady spot. This useful black leaved bugle produces spikes of blue flowers in spring and will creep to cover the ground and deter weeds.