Plant profile

  • sempervivum red kite
  • sempervivum arachnoideum
  • semp black knight
  • sempervivum funkii

    Sempervivum the evergreen houseleek popular for their foliage colour and appearance useful between stones and in pots and can also be used in wall planting, the leaves are fleshy with a wide variation of colour grey/red/green with black tips all changing colour slightly throughout winter a few forming a cob web effect in the summer. The leaves form a rosette producing many younger ones around the edge the older rosette will flower in shades of dark pink then die back, needing full sun well drained gritty soil with some grit under the rosettes will be shallow rooted but other wise fully hardy.


    • sax cloth of gold
    • sax balanca
    • saxifraga apple blossom
    • sax winfred

       Saxifraga plants are another group of alpines like the sedums that every garden should have several varieties growing, ranging from early spring the cushion group mid to late spring the mossy group and early summer the encrusted group. All are evergreen with most needing a moist well drained soil with a little shade from the mid day sun the encrusted varieties mainly silver foliage will thrive best in full sun, there is a saxifraga suitable for a small pocket in the rockery or gravel bed and others which are good for groundcover

      • sedum cauticola lidakense
      • sedum rubrotinctum
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      • sedum reflexum aurea

        Sedums no rockery, raised bed or gravel bed is complete without a few sedum plants even between paving flourishing in dry and poor soil with plenty of sun the sort of places where little else will grow.They can be either evergreen excellent for winter foliage or deciduous with most being groundcover, used mainly for their foliage colour ranging from grey/red/green/yellow to varigated. Promises to always look good against stones and gravel some varieties will need more gritty soil than others but there are many easy to grow ones with the summer flowers being enjoyed by the bees and butterflies.

        • dianthus nyewoods cream
        • Dia little jock
        • Dian fusilier
        • dianthus indian star

          Rockery pinks or alpine dianthus plants form a neat evergreen cushion 4-6in high of various shades of grey foliage some more compact than others these are covered in flowers mainly pinks reds and white some sweetly scented throughout late spring into summer. Ideal for rockeries, raised beds, tubs and troughs the more vigorous varieties (deltoides) with green foliage can be good for quick groundcover in front of borders or over walls they all require a well drained slightly gritty soil in full sun.

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          • campanula poscharskyana e h frost
          • campanula mrs resholt
          • campanula eliizabeth oliver

            Dwarf campanula plants have either bell, star or cup shaped flowers in various shades of blue and mauve also white produced in abundance throughout june and july some will spread well like the poscharskyana range useful for trailing over walls and stones others like the cochlearfolia range will make more compact mats but still spreading , the garganica and pulla varieties make smaller clumps useful for tubs and troughs or small pockets in the rockery. Sun/light shade but with the golden foliage varieties being better only in light shade all need well drained soil otherwise easy to grow.

            • hel hen brill
            • hel the bride
            • helianthemum jubilee
            • helianthemum law pink

              Helianthemum the evergreen rock rose plant popular for their brilliantly coloured saucer shaped flowers throughout late spring and summer makes a good groundcover for a dry sunny position most reaching 12in high x 18/24in spread so give them space to grow. Lightly trim after flowering to keep the plant compact and encourage another flush of flowers in late summer easy to grow and good colour range.

              • GERANIUM HIM GRAV
              • geranium sang
              • geranium cantabrigiense biokovo
              • GER CIN BALLERINA

                 Dwarf geranium plants with some being semi evergreen forming either small clumps useful between rocks or in a raised bed/gravel bed or having a spreading groundcover habit for larger areas. Needs a sunny well drained soil but not to dry some will take light shade, geraniums are summer flowering in shades of blue/pink/mauve and white making a colourful and reliable alpine the foliage is mainly green with a few turning red in autumn with  some trimming in early spring needed to encourage new growth.

                • phlox douglasii rosea
                • phlox clouds per
                • phlox subulata amazing grace
                • phlox eva

                  The alpine phlox plants are easy and reliable for covering rocks or tumbling over walls also suitable for groundcover in front of borders with a good range of varieties the colour choice is excellent producing a profusion of flowers mainly from late spring to early summer covering the foliage. Low spreading habit but remaining compact semi evergreen so some die back in a hard winter needing a average soil not to dry but also not to wet sun/light shade some pruning may be required in spring.


                  • 1 primula den alba
                  • primula sieboldii spring rose
                  • 1 primula garryardi guinevere
                  • primula wanda

                    Hardy alpine primroses the plant that makes you feel like spring has finally arrived being very colourful with a range of shapes and sizes generally making small clumps with some the juliae range being low carpeters ideal for semi shade being not to dry or not to waterlogged. There are many hardy reliable ones to grow in the open ground and some like the pubescens range are minature enough for troughs,pots and raised beds providing early colour and the popular auricula range where we are growing only the more hardy varieties for the garden.


                    • thymus serpyllum minimus
                    • thymus andersons
                    • thymus russ2
                    • thymus highland cream

                      Low rockery thymes are useful in many low planting schemes being used for there aromatic and interesting foliage colour making them very popular for gap filling between paving,trailing over walls and pots, early summer flowering in various colours.Being evergreen they can make the foliage interesting in winter but may need cutting back lightly in spring to maintain good vigour needing full sun well drained soils.