There is a myth that planting and growing alpine plants is very difficult but here at Garden Hub, we would like to clear this up once and for all.
Especially in the heat waves we have had in the last couple of years, there are many benefits to starting an alpine garden:
Where to place your alpine plants
Choose a place where the plants can receive the most sun possible throughout the day and remember it is always better for the plants to spend a few hours in full sun than remain shaded all day. If you want to introduce some shade loving varieties, these can be planted in shady areas provided by the rocks in your display.
It is essential that alpine plants have great water drainage so choose a spot on a slope or artificially create one. Alternately you can use a raised bed.
It is recommended to draw out a plan of what you want your garden to look like before you actually start so you can bear in mind any factors that will interfere with the health of your plants.
When planting, remember to allow for a plants height and spread as giving them enough room to grow is crucial.
A basic planting mix would be:
Remember to adjust these for individual plant requirements!
Top-dressing the plants with a layer of gravel will help reduce evaporation and deter slugs and snails, this is essential for both Rock gardens and potted displays such as sink gardens.
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*This calculator is only intended as a rough guide to help you approximate the likely volume of gravel, slate or other aggregates needed for your project.