How to make the most simple Alpine hill on the site, in the garden
Build an alpine hill of stones and rubble, plant low-growth and ground cover plants on it. The landscape will become much more interesting and natural.
The alpine hill, as it seems to us today, was born in England, in a cool and humid area. She came to the Mediterranean countries later, and, since the climate there is completely different, this also affected the selection of plants. In cool areas, plants growing on the rocks, and undersized "Alpines" are usually planted. The latter often have fleecy and fleshy leaves, better retaining moisture, prefer well-drained poor soils and sunny places. In a warm climate for gardening "slides" use lavender, gorse, small succulents; in hot - cacti.
Nuances of choosing plants for rock garden
The choice of plants depends on the situation. For sunny places well suited; bell of the Portenschlag. Myrtolithic euphorbia and Veronica spica. For stony soil - alpine gutchinzia, bourzer poppy and horned violet. For shady and moist areas, primrose and forget-me-not.
In the crevices between the stones laid on the ground, geranium, mint and thyme grow well; while the lumens in the walls can be filled with Erinus alpine or different types of gazelle. At the dacha, where you can not often come, we advise you to plant saxifrage and immortelle alternating with cleaning.
If you are planning to set up a rocky garden in a large area, you should work with small stones, moss and pebbles. However, moss requires a cool and very humid climate; if your conditions are different, use only pebbles, planting a group of flowering plants between the loose stones. At the same time, keep in mind that the classic “alpine hill” is usually embossed and must have a bias.
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Under the sun
The Alpine hill has taken root everywhere, especially in hot countries. The illusion of a southern rocky garden can be created in cooler regions. If the climate allows, you can plant more heat-loving and even exotic plants. The rampant garden crops will create an unusual contrast between domestic and exotic pets.
In the "crevices" between the plates of the garden path and on the slopes of the hill immortals and stonecrops perfectly take root. Limestone looks very southern. An unusual garden can turn out if you use it not only for the design of the slide, but also for free-standing garden walls, paving.
In a small summer cottage there is no need to "fence" steep cliffs with wide slopes that will "eat" half of your lawn.
Nice well-kept mini-kindergarten can be placed even on one square meter. Several large almost square stones, laid close to each other on a site with a slight slope, will create a very natural group. It remains to fill it with succulents and creeping plants - and the home "Alps" are ready!
DIY Alpine slide - progress
Remove sod from the ground, sprinkle and compact sand. Lay crushed stone, stones and bricks on top to get a wide "hill" of a natural shape with a height of 20-30 cm.
On the stones, sketch inverted pieces of turf (dry grass, branches). At the top, fill a layer of fertile ground with a thickness of 5 cm, mixing it with peat.
On top of the soil, lay fragments of sandstone of different sizes. Place their ledges, turn the most uneven and "corroded" sides out.
Do not cover the whole earth, leave free zones. Fill these free zones and “pockets” with fertile soil mixed with peat.
Plant the plants in the prepared soil between the stones. Miniature conifers and shrubs are planted at the bottom of the hill, varieties withering for the winter - at the top. To create a pocket for plants, place a pair of wooden blocks under the stones: they can be removed after a few days, when the stones are stabilized.
At the beginning of the season, granular fertilizers are poured in between the stones.
Advice for the summer owner
If the roller coaster style allows, plant herbs on it, primarily thyme and oregano. So you combine business with pleasure and save a place in the garden.
In the crevices
Sometimes for an alpine slide, only a couple or three species of plants are enough to harmonize with each other. But whatever plants you choose, if you want to plant them in existing crevices between the stones, make sure that these holes are not through, otherwise the earth can fall asleep and the roots will be outside. To prevent such trouble, first fill the opening of the cleft with small stones to make a closed pocket, and only then pour the substrate.
Alpine hill without stones
Everyone is used to the fact that the Alpine slide is a composition of plants and stones. But what if the whole idea of the slide is like, but there is no way to get the right stones in the right amount, or they just don’t like it, or the style of the garden is such that the stone doesn’t fit too well into it? Well. there are alpine hills without stones, and sometimes they are much easier to make than classic ones (with ground cover, flowering and unpretentious plants planted between stones and rocky dumps). The stones in these slides are replaced with other materials.
Choose a slide option
For an elevated hill (and they sometimes are flat), you first need to create a kind of relief, that is, a small hillock. Form it with rubble, expanded clay or broken bricks, then fall asleep with soil. Instead of large stones, use any of the following ideas.
Alpine slide made of snags. Such a hill is also called rutarium. Instead of stones, driftwood, beautiful roots and tree branches, stumps and saw cuts, logs and tree bark are used here. Hence the name comes from English root (root). All this wealth is laid out (like stones) on a hill: driftwood and roots are similar to large stones in the most prominent place, and wood saw cuts are similar to pebbles or decorative gravel as a dump. In between, alpine plants are planted.
Alpine hill with decorative chips - Finely chopped chips first steamed, processed with special compounds and then painted in different colors (both natural and bright). Further all is simple. On the hill plant Alpine plants (at a great distance from each other), and the intervals between them are covered with chips. If there is a desire that on such a hill there should be no weeds at all, before covering with chips, the ground is covered with geotextiles.
Alpine hill with broken ceramics. This option is suitable for those who have on the farm a lot of broken pots, dishes or ceramic tiles. They are first chopped into small fragments by a hammer, and the gaps already covered by the ceramic fill the spaces between the plants (as in the case of chips).
Classics of the genre
Plants for such non-trivial slides use classic ones, that is, those for traditional rock gardens. This is a soap dish, awl-shaped phlox, clove-grass, saxifrage, tenacious creeping, shaved, armeria, Carpathian bell, arabis, rock alyssa. Ferns are also suitable, but special, dwarf: onoklea, ossicles, vesicles. You can also use any stonecrops, only small ones: white, bent, thin, eversa, rocky, visible. Other plants are also suitable: any varieties of youngsters, gray fescue, dwarf hosts, cuff, wormwood, thyme, alpine asters, heathers. You can add one or two miniature conifers to the composition. In addition to alpine plants, it is quite acceptable to use other perennial or annual flowers, suitable in style and size, because a rock garden is a work of art. So do not be afraid to experiment.
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Alpine hill - beauty in the country!
Probably, there is no summer resident who would not like to see an alpine hill on his site. She gives the garden a well-groomed appearance and very often becomes a separate pride of the owners. Winter is the most suitable time to plan an alpine hill on your site, slowly choosing your favorite composition.
One of the most important issues when planning an alpine hill is the composition of the plants that should be there. It is worth noting that each mistress decides for herself what to include in this ensemble. However, there are recommendations which plants should decorate your slide.
What do the experts say:
- the alpine hill should consist of rough shapeless stones, and not of boulders and stones with a smooth surface;
- on one hill it is recommended to plant no more than two identical plants, otherwise the composition and the author’s idea will be violated;
- the alpine hill should not be too high: the recommended height is 50-80 cm.
It is important to know
The composition of the slide should look natural and organically fit into the landscape. Cliffs and rocks most often do not look at the cottage and only spoil the general view. It is advisable to make compositions without a pronounced peak.
Very often you can see beautiful alpine slides that depart from the traditions of its creation.
It is advisable to select plants in such a way that they retain their beauty all season, otherwise withered leaves will spoil the entire composition, and hiding them behind the rest of the beauty of the slide is quite problematic. Therefore, it is better to use "flyers" - and your slide will be pleasing to the eye for a long time.
So how to plan an alpine hill?
The technology for creating an alpine hill consists of the following steps:
- We decide what size the slide will be, and in accordance with these data we choose a place.
- We plan sections of the hill.
- Draw a contour and remove the turf.
- We fall asleep drainage.
- We prepare fertile soil and fill it up.
- We form the "core" of the hill, pour the soil.
- We plant plants.
What place to choose alpine for the slide? We look at the following factors:
- the central zone of the site;
- entrance area;
- by the gazebo, pool, pond;
- in the garden;
- at retaining walls.
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