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Discussion in 'Alpine Gardening' started by nightofjoy, Apr 20, 2018.

  1. nightofjoy

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    Hi.

    We have a long, wide border outside of our flat which is ours to plant up, which we do every year and it always looks very nice.

    At the far end, in between some small shrubs and a large conifer there's a space of about 1m, which always looks a little untidy.

    I put an ad on Gumtree and a very kind local chap donated some nice stones from his rockery, and it's my aim to make my own mini one to fill that space, but I've no idea about plants.

    Ideally we're after plants that will offer colour and spread like crazy - totally happy for the plants there to take over. They'll be going into generic garden centre compost.

    I was thinking of popping in a few Lobelia, which are a failsafe of ours, but any other suggestions would be very welcome.

    We replant the entire bed each spring, so annuals would be fine, but happy to leave any perennials in that would survive winter.

    Thanks.
     
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    Can you add some pictures of the area?

    I have a rockery and mine contain alpines and rockery plants which are mainly perennials. You can get some lovely coloured plants which will spread like in these pics

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    • Marley Farley

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      Hi @nightofjoy there are a lot of Alpines that do well in rocky areas as long as a bit of soil..

      Aubretia is a must as it comes in several colours..
      Sempervivams
      Campanula
      Alpine pinks (dianthus)
      Thyme
      Pasqueflower
      Sedums (again lots to choose from)
      There are ornamental grasses that are colourful short and tall I have a very attractive small black Mondo grass
      Saxifraga
      Snow flake
      Super
      Creeping Jenny
      Calibrachoa

      To name but a few, have a google and make a list of what you like.. :thumbsup:
       
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        You could try Gentiana verna. This one is suitable for a rockery. It's mat forming and is slower growing them some alpines. Pics are off the net.



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        If you like helping bees and butterflies creeping thyme is good....

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        I also recommend sedum, also good for bees ....

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        Aubrieta is also a good one.

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          Good ideas there
          Kazzawazza, excellent display of alpines, rockery plants etc. Looks wonderful :)
           
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            Lots of excellent suggestions.... thanks everybody
             
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              Also.... bit of an add-on question. I think this little container is brilliant. Can someone please tell me the plants? Thanks.
               

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                Its
                Erigeron karvinskianus
                Mexican fleablane

                It flowers for about nine months of the year and gently self-sows into all the nooks and crannies. A brilliant value plant which no garden should be without and its a hardy perennial :)

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                  The green tufted ones with larger leaves are sweet Williams..:SUNsmile:
                   
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                    SPLENDID!!! Thanks to all, and a happy summer's gardening. I'll post some pics when our modest lil plot is in bloom :)
                     
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                      Hmm. Looks like I'm going to have to buy the Dianthus online. Wyevale keep the Erigeron but it's in 1L tubs. Is there any way of dividing one tub into two or three clusters? The container I'm aiming to fill isn't large enough to go around the rim with 1L plants, and plus there's the cost....
                       
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                      You could buy Erigeron seeds which would be cheaper and you are still ok to plant seed during April indoors
                       
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                        Thought about that and there's a couple of reasons why we can't plant indoors... needs to be young potted plants really...
                         
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                        You can divide the root system of a plant to make new plants and now is a good time for doing this.
                         
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                          Ok, thanks. Do you have any experience of dividing the root system of this type of plant? I Youtubed it but I think it might be a slightly too specific ask
                           
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