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Alpines

Technically, Alpine plants are plants that grow in the alpine climate, which occurs at high elevation and above the tree line. Alpine plants grow together as a plant community in alpine tundra. Some gardeners are discouraged whenever they see the word 'alpine'. They think they'll have to build a special greenhouse in order to grow alpines or mix up barrow loads of special soil. But that is not always the case.

Here we use the word loosely to describe a range of low growing plants suitable for a wide range of environments for ground cover, rock gardens troughs and containers etc. It is true; some alpines are very fussy about where they grow. But many of the most colourful are easy to grow and need very little special treatment. While some alpines confine their burst of colour to spring, many provide foliage or flower colour all the year round.

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Erodium chrysanthumValued mainly for its foliage effect alone. Makes neat rosettes of fine silvery-grey finely divided leaves, almost white in dry weather, above which float branching heads of creamy-yellow flowers in early summer on 25 cm stems. One of the best plant for a hot dry position in full sun on poor soils. A lovely well behaved and easy rock plant.

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Erodium x kolbianum NatachaErodium x kolbianum Natacha grows in neat clumps with silvery grey ferny foliage. During the summer it produces masses of light pink flowers with blackish coloured eyes. Prefers well drained soil in full sun and grows to a height of 15cm.
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Frankenia thymifoliaFrankenia thymifolia is an unusual alpine plant with prostrate foliage which turns to bright red in cooler weather. During the summer it produces prolific amounts of miniature pink flowers. Can tolerate a coastal aspect with....
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Mentha requienii (Corsican Mint)
Mentha requienii, commonly called Corsican mint or creeping mint, is a delightful miniature mat-forming herb that typically grows to only 2.5cm tall but spreads by thread-like stems which creep along the ground rooting as they go to 30cm or more to form a dense flat diminutive and highly aromatic ground cover.
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Primula Snow Mound (Schneekissen)

Primula ‘Snow Mound’ (Schneekissen) a delightful small variety with the purest white flowers and a delicious scent. A delightful little plant and so easy to grow. Starting to flower from mid February, this is one of the gems of the woodland garden. Not weak like some of the Primulas it is a slow and low growing perennial but very tough and reliable. Large purest white flowers with a distinct yellow eye.Ideal to grow as ground cover under deciduous trees and shrubs in any soil as long as the soil is not too dry.




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Primula vulgaris subsp. sibthorpii

Primula vulgaris subsp. sibthorpii is actually a form of our native primrose found in the Balkans. A delightful little plant and so easy to grow. Starting to flower, and WOW, does it flower, from mid February this is one of the gems of the woodland garden. Not at all weak like some of the Primulas it is vigorous, low growing perennial and very tough and reliable. Large soft lilac-pink flowers with a distinct yellow eye. Ideal to grow as ground cover under deciduous trees and shrubs in any soil as long as the soil is not too dry.


 


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