Now snow has almost completely melted and it's time to start a new garden season. Two years ago the old fence of my garden had been changed to new one and a dry place for planting appeared. Constantly coming back to this new spot I'd been thinking to create a small Alpine garden, how to better use it. One year has passed and I went to RHS Wisley, visited the Alpine garden, took a lot of pictures of alpine plants that Wisley's gardeners planted there.
I want to show some alpine plants from Wisley's and tell which of them I would like to grow in my 'alpine corner'. Many of them you know well, others are new to me and maybe to some of you too.
Campanula has wavy edged leaves, becomes covered with flowers of a deep violet-blue in late spring. It can be grown best in a light open soil in the sun.
Astra alpinus is a suffrutescent plant, blooms in late May - mid-June, its leaves are oblong, don't die in the winter.
Veronica schmidtiana is one of the most decorative Veronicas, it's undersized compact plant with many blue-mauve flowers, gathered in dense brush.
Viola is well known, it's native to the mountains of Europe, where it grows on calcareous rocks, but not at high altitudes.
Sedum is growing in rocky crevices, I want to plant it on a gravel bed. Rhododendron dwarf is prostrate alpine plant, I grow the variety “Elvira” with deep red flowers.
Сinerariа maritima is an annual, decorative plant. Its leaves are pinnatipartite, covered with silvery felt, therefore the plant has a white and silver color.
Aquilegia saximontana is found at higher altitudes throughout the Northern countries grows in open meadows and woodlands. I have different shades of it.
Primula is a delightful plant, easy in growing and is first in vernal flowering.
Pulsatilla is called 'The Easter flower' is one of the oldest plants in cultivation, and also one of the easiest to grow.
Marguerite is a small herbaceous perennial, it is a nice addition to alpine
beds. I love growing it and its propagation is very easy - by dividing roots.
Did you ever think to create an 'alpine corner'? What is your opinion: is its maintenance easy or not? What flowers would you choose to plant there?