Alpine plants originate from high altitude regions, above the ‘tree line’. There is good drainage and usually cold, dry winters, with high light levels. Generally, ‘rock plants’ embraces not just alpines, but also includes smaller shrubs and perennials that, because of their modest stature, look good in the rock garden. You don’t need a big garden to grow alpines as it is possible to incorporate a rock garden into all sizes of plot. Alpine plants tend to be small and you can use them in a small space, this video passes on some great tips about how to use alpine plants in your garden.
You can brighten up any outdoor space, big or small, with some pretty alpine plants. This video tells you all you need to know about how to plant an alpine container and when to plant. You can also add spring bulbs to give even more colour to your container.
A rock garden can provide several different habitats in even quite a small area. Rocks can be placed so that plants make the most of a sunny spot whereas a shade-tolerant plant can nestle in the same rock’s north-facing shadow.