Alpines and rockery plants cover a wide range of perennials and sub-shrubs that are small in size, compact or low growing. Most require good drainage, full sun and protection from winter wet.
The following section lists a selection of alpines and dwarf plants that can be grown in rock gardens in Great Britain (England/Scotland/Ireland).
Mount Atlas Daisy
White Rock cress
Thrift, Sea pink
Snow in summer
Despite their compact size and delicate appearance many true alpines are extremely hardy and thrive well in the garden if given the correct growing conditions. Not all the plants listed here are true alpines, many are basically miniature versions of standard herbaceous plants, which can be also grown with good success in the border.
Most domestic rockeries in the UK are not true rock gardens in the natural sense but are generally raised areas, slopes and screes, that have been artificially engineered to provide good drainage. Rocks are often added to improve the structure and aesthetic appearance. These features help to recreate the natural conditions where these plants are found in the wild, helping to shown off them off to their best advantage.