Use alpines to spice up colour
Alpines are great lowmaintenance plants which grow well here in the UK.
They are found in places where other plants just don’t do as well and they come back year after year.
With a bit of sun and water these plants will thrive and will brighten up any garden, even in the winter.
August is the perfect time to plant alpines as it means they have a couple of months to settle in before winter arrives.
They are ideal for growing in rock gardens and also look the part growing in between cracks on paving and walls but they look their best in stone troughs or wooden planters.
If you decide to grow your alpines in a trough or container all you need is some multi-purpose compost, preferably with no added feed as alpines do better without this.
I would also recommend adding grit if you can get a hold of it. This will help with drainage and looks good if placed on the surface of the container.
When you’re arranging your plants make sure to put trailing varieties around the edges. This gives the container a more natural look.
Only water when dry and place in a sunny spot and you can’t go wrong.
Alpines are becoming more popular due to their low maintenance yet still colourful qualities. Here is a quick list of alpines to look out for next time you visit the garden centre:
Sedums - Come in a variety of colours from yellow to blue and have succulent like leaves which have a trailing habit and look their best during winter.
Ameria - Its tall 30cm stems hold white globular flowers which appear from early June onwards. It is also great for attracting bees and adding some height to an Alpine container.
Alpine Viola (Viola Elaine Quinn) – Unlike the bedding plant kinds these violas come back year after year and have a mass of vibrant purple and white flowers which adds some much-needed colour to an alpine container.
As you can see from my list above, alpines do not have to be dull and boring. If you choose the right ones you can have a really colourful display that is still easy to look after.
I hope you have found these tips helpful. If you have any gardening questions you want answered you can email me: firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Growing Alpine plants can bring a splash of colour to your garden