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Alpine garden


I created this bed for a client who didn’t want a raised bed and wanted something nice to look at from the terrace area.
For those who know me and remember me – I haven’t been on here for a while – my planting theme is usually semi tropical and I push hardiness to its limits!

Needless to say I haven’t worked much with alpines so I needed to research this and this is what I came up with..

I hope you like it, please let me know your thoughts



I have put some Tulipa humillis Magenta Rose along the central ‘path’ of the bed and a mixture of crocus Ancyrensis Deep yellow and Iris Reticulata Purple gem along the bottom.
There are so many beautiful alpines, I just didn’t realize – and tenacious little plants they are!!

Penstemon Newberryi

Antirrhinum pulverulentum – alpine snap dragon

Scutellaria Texas Rose

I also used several varieties of sedum – stonecrop, sempervivum, alpine scabious, thymus bressingham pink, saxifrage and dwarf hebe.
To compliment the planting I used 4 different types of gravel to break up the area including small pebbles and Isle of Wight stone.
I am really pleased with it and it will stay interesting all year round – I hope my clients like it, they are away at the moment and haven’t seen it finished.

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Alpines are addictive. That's going to look so good in Spring. Lovely job done.

27 Sep, 2011


oh wow, looks really great, my friend has loads of alpines she loves them, i can see why. I live in north east scotland, elgin, and they do very well, so have to be hardy. You have done a really lovely job, bet was hard work. Love the different stone and gravel gives a great texture.

27 Sep, 2011


It looks so natural, really good job!

27 Sep, 2011


Looks great.

27 Sep, 2011


Thats looking fab, I've never built an alpine garden either, but my hubby would love one! I do like the little alpine pouring out of the tipped over pot, very cute, I'm sure your clients will love it!

27 Sep, 2011


Your clients will love it Andrea...I adore alpines....Love the little Penstemon and Snapdragon....I planted a lovely blue alpine Aquilegia last Spring....turned out lovely....:>)

27 Sep, 2011

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