Alpines and Miniature Plants for Rock Gardens

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.

Despite their compact size and delicate appearance many true alpines are extremely hardy and thrive well in the garden, where 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 and help to shown off them off to their best advantage.

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The following section lists a selection of alpines and dwarf plants that can be grown in domestic gardens in Great Britain (England/Scotland/Ireland).

Anacyclus daisy flower

Anacyclus
Mount Atlas Daisy

Anagallis

Anagallis
Pimpernel

alyssum saxatile yellow flowers

Arenaria
Sandwort

Arabis variegata

Arabis
White Rock cress

Thrift Sea Pink

Armeria maritima
Thrift, Sea pink

snow in summer flowers

Cerastium
Snow in summer

minature rock rose

Helianthemum
Rock rose

variegated aubrieta

Aubrieta
Rock cress

Campanula carpatica blue flower

Campanula carpatica
Serbian bellflower

Sedum Acre yellow flowers

Sedum
Stonecrop

Sempervivum

Sempervivum
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