Summer is upon us, and that often means spending a lot more time enjoying your garden. It also provides more opportunities to work in it. It may be a good time to start a fun and interesting new garden design project. One that will add some stunning floral beauty to your garden. A rockery can be just the ticket for you to enjoy on those sunny summer days, and rockeries can be fun to create. They provide a base to keep gorgeous alpine plants that can give you small, attractive bursts of floral colour.

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Rockery with Alpine Plants

A rockery can be built straight into your garden. For the same beautiful effect on a hard surface like a patio or deck, create one in a large planter. Here are some tips to help you build a beautiful rockery as a fun summer garden project.

Rockeries Work Best in the Sun

Alpine plants are known for being hardy little things, but they still thrive best with abundant sun exposure. Make sure your planned spot for your rockery is not in the shade. Trees, hedges, walls or other features, will minimise their direct sunlight and rob their success rate. As you design your rockery, look to have the plants facing south and west. As a result, this will help ensure that they get the most sun and grow at their optimum.

Choosing and Placing Your Rocks

The rocks you use in a rockery are not just to create the right kind of environment for alpines to grow at their best, but also to create your structure and the beautiful look of the rockery feature. It can be a good idea to use local stones, and you may also be able to source some lovely reclaimed stones that can give your rockery a unique look. Start with the largest stones and partially submerge them in your ground or container, filling in around them with a gravelly soil that your alpines will take root in. Building your rockery and getting the perfect configuration of stones to get a great look that offers stability can take a bit of trial and error, but it can also be a lot of fun!

Growing Alpines in Containers

If you want to create a display of pretty alpines without building a rockery, or creating a rockery in a large container, you also have some other options. Terracotta pots and special alpine pans can be ideal for showing off these lovely plants. You can also make beds of them in troughs, sinks and other containers. Also, the important thing is to have rocky material in the base, and gravelly soil to replicate their natural habitats.

So, alpines can make a beautiful addition to your garden this summer. Building rockeries or a container display for them can be an interesting project if you are feeling green fingered!

This is a guest post on behalf of Carpenter’s Nursery in the UK. You can find everything you need to get started your alpine rockery project here.

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