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.

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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

alyssum saxatile yellow flowers

Alyssum saxatile
Alyssum

Arabis variegata

Arabis
White Rock cress

Thrift Sea Pink

Armeria maritima
Thrift, Sea pink

variegated aubrieta

Aubrieta
Rock cress

Campanula carpatica blue flower

Campanula carpatica
Serbian bellflower

snow in summer flowers

Cerastium
Snow in summer

Globularia

Globularia
Globe daisy

minature rock rose

Helianthemum
Rock rose

Hepatica flowers

Hepatica
Liverleaf

iberis white flowers

Iberis sempervirens
Candytuft

lithodora

Lithodora
Purple gromwell

Leontopodium

Leontopodium
Edelweiss

Lewisia

Lewisia
Siskiyou

Omphalodes flowers

Omphalodes
Navelwort

oxalis flowers

Oxalis
Pink sorrel

Phuopsis flowers

Phuopsis
Caucasian crosswort

Polygala

Polygala
Milkwort

mossy saxifraga flowers

Saxifraga
Rockfoil

Sedum Acre yellow flowers

Sedum
Stonecrop

Sempervivum

Sempervivum
Houseleek



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, that 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.