Category Archives for Rockery Garden

DESIGNING THE MINIATURE ROCK GARDEN

ALTHOUGH some very pleasing effects can be achieved with formal layouts, to most people a miniature garden implies a miniature rock garden. Yet, to judge from appearances, few seem to give any thought to the question of design. Any smallish … Continue reading

20. April 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Catmint: Nepeta x faassenii

Nepeta, a member of the Labiatae family, grows everywhere in the northern hemisphere. It is a bushy, clump-forming perennial with lavender-blue flowers arranged in whorls on long, dainty spikes. The silver-green leaves of N. x faassenii exude a distinctive aroma … Continue reading

10. December 2013 by Dave Pinkney
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M-Z of Rock Plants and Alpines

Morisia A real miniature, M. monanthos makes a prostrate creeping tuffet of green, studded with dainty, yellow flowers in late spring. However, this only happens if it has the exceedingly sharp drainage that it likes best, so plant in sandy … Continue reading

26. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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A-L of Rock and Alpine Plants

Acaena Natives of New Zealand, acaenas are vigorous, ground-covering plants with long, trailing branches covered in small leaves and, in some species, bearing wonderful, tiny burr-like flowers. Look for A. buchananii, with its soft green foliage and brassy, little flowers. … Continue reading

26. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Pests of Rock Plants

Alpine and rock plants are no different from ordinary garden plants in the range of pests to which they are prone. A few samples of these pests are given below (in order by degree of horridness). BIRDS For some reason, … Continue reading

26. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Rock Garden Plants: Propagation

Once you have the garden established and your expertise evolves, you may want to turn your attention to increasing stocks of your collection; either by renewing plantings that are fading with age, sharing with fellow rock gardeners or simply selling … Continue reading

26. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Rock Gardening: Alpine Houses and Frames

As you will no doubt be aware, there are rock plants and alpine plants. In the latter category, there are a number of choice plants known as high alpines that only the most dedicated of alpine gardeners will want to … Continue reading

26. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Rock Gardening and Peat Beds

Rock gardening is a specialised pursuit. Gardening on a peat bed is even more specialised, for it provides acid soil conditions suitable for only certain plants. Traditionally, peat beds were formed using large chunks of peat rather than rocks to … Continue reading

26. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Rock Garden or Scree Garden?

When considering a rock garden, and obviously this involves sizeable rocks – we can always use something rather more manageable – gravel, as used in making a scree garden. Scree refers to the mass accumulation of broken rock and small … Continue reading

26. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Dry Stone Walls and Raised Beds

Field boundaries marked by stone walls are a common landsc in the country. A close inspection will reveal that these walls colonised by plant communities, flourishing in the perfect drainage and shelter the stone fabric provides. These walls can be … Continue reading

26. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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