Use alpines to spice up colour

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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: jor­dan1­trainer1@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as pos­si­ble.

Grow­ing Alpine plants can bring a splash of colour to your gar­den

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