What are the best plants for a rockery?

Plants for rockeries

  • Ajuga.
  • Phlox subulata.
  • Euphorbia myrsinites.
  • Iberis sempervirens.
  • Dwarf rhododendrons.
  • Lithodora.
  • Silene schafta.
  • Sisyrinchium.

What rockery plants flower all summer?

Sedum. Sedum plants are sometimes called stonecrop and are perfect alpine plants for a rockery. They have succulent leaves and clusters of tiny star-shaped flowers in summer.

What plants grow in the Alpines?

Alpines include a wide range of plant types, including small shrubs, dwarf conifers, ornamental grasses, perennials and annuals. All have naturally evolved to withstand harsh conditions such as drying winds, bitter cold, scorching ultraviolet rays and the short growing season of the tundra, high above the tree line.

How do you make an alpine rockery?

Bring your rockery to life

  1. Mark the boundaries.
  2. Do away with weeds.
  3. Add a 15-cm-deep base.
  4. Separate the base layer from the compost.
  5. Place the biggest rocks first.
  6. Mix your compost and add it around the rocks.
  7. Grab a rake and spread the compost.
  8. Add the living components to your garden.

Do alpine plants come back every year?

Alpine Bulbs. Many bulbs and corms are suitable for alpine gardens and grow well at the edge of borders or in rock gardens. Most also do well in pots. They can flower year after year if repotted but I like to plant mine out in the garden once flowered and refresh my pots each year.

What grows in shady rockery?

Shade Loving / Tolerant Alpine & Rockery Plants Ajuga, Aquilegia, Brunnera, Campanula, Cyclamen, Epimedium, hardy ferns, Lysimachia, Omphalodes, Pulmonaria, Soldanella, Tellima, Tiarella, Vinca and Viola are just some of the shade tolerant alpine plants and rockery plants that you can grow.

Are alpine plants easy to grow?

Alpines are charming little plants, with flowers in various vibrant colours, often produced in generous profusion. They come originally from mountainous regions, so are cold hardy. They’re easy to grow too, as long as you use a sharply draining compost and don’t overwater them.

Do Alpines come back every year?

Do alpine plants survive winter?

Many alpines are hardy, so can cope with cold winters. However they don’t like standing in cold, wet soil, so the main thing to consider when growing them is drainage. They can cope with some rain, and do need some watering, but they must be planted in well-drained soil or compost.

Do alpine plants like sun or shade?

Most alpines like plenty of sun, although there are options for shady spots too.

Can you build a rockery in the shade?

Although rockeries are often located in full sunlight, you can build your rockery in partial shade. Select plants accordingly and consider the growing needs for each plant. For example, if your plants require afternoon shade, don’t plant them in full sunlight.

What to plant in an alpine rock garden?

In an Alpine Rock Garden consider: Bulbs such as species tulips and narcissus. Cyclamen. Papavear alpina (alpine poppy) Abies (low growing cultivars)

Where can I buy alpine and rockery perennials?

Browse our range of alpine and rockery perennials and be sure to select varieties with preferences in terms of soil type to create an eye-catching and easy-to-maintain garden feature. Show out of stock items?

What kind of plants go in a rockery?

Make a focal point in your garden, such as along the tops of walls or in a rockery for delicate alpine plants. We have a wide variety of rockery perennial plants to choose from that ensure a beautiful display year after year – classic alpines, Edelweiss, ‘Blossom of Snow’ or houseleek, Sempervivum arachnoideum ‘Coral Red’ to name but a few.

What kind of rock plant is low maintenance?

Spike Speedwell (Veronica spicata) They are low-caring landscape shrubs with tapered long spiky stems blooming mini star-type flowers in dazzling purplish-blue color. Besides, the leaves are harpoon-shaped about 2 inches in length. The required soil composition is loamy and sandy moist well-drainage soil.