Like many other 'forgotten' plants, alpines are undergoing a well-deserved revival and are some of the most delightful plants that you can grow. There's a plant for every taste, from tiny spring bulbs to miniature trees, and our selection of perennials is the best way to get started on this fascinating hobby.
Robust and hardy in growth, yet charming and often delicate in form, they're really easy to grow and very rewarding, with a gorgeous mix of leaf and flower shape and colour, and in many cases, they need little more than a pot of free-draining compost.
Alpines cope easily with periods of drought as they are used to sporadic or low rainfall, which make them the perfect candidate for eco-friendly gardens and for areas often subject to hosepipe bans!
Plants can be grown in small spaces such as pots and troughs, which simulate the natural rocky areas from which many of them come. This is increasingly important to those of us with small gardens, terraces or balconies.
Easy to grow and low-maintenance, alpines are the perfect plant for new gardeners as you can leave them to their own devices, with the occasional watering if conditions get too dry.
Supplied as 12 plug plants in 6 varieties, ready for you to pot up and grow on before planting out into their final positions.
Erodium 'Bishop's Rose' – A low-growing cousin of the geranium, this spreading perennial storksbill has dainty rose-pink flowers. H20cm x W50cm. Flowers June – August.
Erodium 'White' – A low-growing cousin of the geranium, this spreading perennial storksbill has dainty white flowers. H20cm x W50cm. Flowers June – August.
Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' – An evergreen ground cover plant with silvery leaves with wine-red tones. Blue flowers from May – June. H50cm x W100cm.
Ajuga reptans 'Braunherz' – An evergreen ground cover plant with purple-bronze leaves. Dark blue flowers from May – June. H50cm x W100cm.
Lysimachia 'Goldilocks' AGM – Golden creeping Jenny, ideal as a trailing plant in hanging baskets. H10cm x W90cm. Flowers June – October.
Armeria martima 'Morning Star Rose' – The hardy sea pink, or thrift, is a compact, evergreen, mat-forming perennial with needle-like, grey-green leaves topped with dainty pink flowers. H8cm x W15cm. Flowers April – May.
Supplied as 12 plug plants, ready for you to plant straight out into their final position:
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