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We plant flowers on an alpine hill: what and how

This year we have a long-awaited structure at our dacha – an alpine slide. Since it was made late, almost just before the frost, the “settling” of the plants was postponed until spring. Tell me what you can plant on an alpine slide? The wife definitely wants at least one coniferous culture, well, and also flowering bushes.

alpine slide Alpine slide is a popular element of landscape design, which is gaining more and more popularity in recent years. She not only decorates the site, but also gives it the most natural look. Various plants, from flowering to ground cover crops, surrounded by rocky rocks look very impressive when chosen and combined correctly. Before deciding what to plant on an alpine slide, you should read the general recommendations.

Read also an article on the topic: do-it-yourself alpine slide!

Some tips for plant placementblue juniper

First of all, for the alpine slide, you should select only those crops that are capable of growing in the local climate. It is better if flowering plants replace each other, blooming in turn. Particular attention should be paid to undersized and adjacent flowers. It is important to take into account the growth rate so that neighboring, taller and faster-growing crops do not oppress the compact plantings of “slow” bushes.

When planting perennials in the free space between them, you can arrange annual flowers – they will hide empty areas under them until the perennials grow.

An excellent choice for an alpine slide is dwarf conifers. Their year-round green branches will become the main feature of the rocky flower bed, especially if you combine species with different shades (juniper, thuja, cypress).

In the intervals between the conifers, you can plant undersized crops or carpet.

Principles of tier filling of the hill with plants

When choosing crops for an alpine slide, it is necessary to take into account the fact that they will not grow on a flat surface, which means that lighting and moisture will receive unevenly. Visually, the slide can be divided into three tiers: top, middle and bottom..

In order for all plantings to have the opportunity to develop, each “floor” should be populated with your own plants, based on the following principles:

  1. At the top of the hill, it is necessary to plant light-loving ground cover crops that do not require a lot of moisture, and plants with different budding times will provide continuous flowering. Iberis and perennial carnation, creeping thyme and alpine edelweiss are well combined here..iberisedelweiss
  2. For the middle tier, you can choose flowers that prefer light, but are able to grow in partial shade. From flowering crops, pleasing to the eye in late spring, phlox are suitable. Schmidt’s wormwood or woolly wormwood will look beautiful against their background. Aubrietta with its decorative leaves will help to add a touch of “greenery”. Various bulbous, primroses and heucheras will also take root well on the “second floor”.phloxesaubriettawoolly scum
  3. The foot of the alpine slide should be allocated to moisture and shade-loving crops. It is here that it is best to plant dwarf conifers. Chic rhododendrons also look beautiful. Even on the lower tier, you can plant saxifrage or liatris bushes, adding a bright note.saxifrage

There can be a lot of options for creating beautiful compositions, the main thing is not to overdo it, otherwise the plants will be cramped. Get creative and create your own masterpieces.

Plants for an alpine slide – video

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