A Lot Of Alpines Are Great Seaside Plants!
Rock Garden Plants are great groundcover plants for seaside gardens. Alpines add color to rockeries and dry flower beds. These creeping plants are great for hanging over walls and rocks. Rock garden flowers are hardy perennials that are great in surviving harsh coastal conditions and poor soils.
Blue Aubretia in a rock garden
Photo Credit: dadoobe
Alpines are these small creeping plants that we so often see in an alpine garden, in a rock garden or cascading over a stone wall. Most of these types of rock garden plants originate from high altitudes where the plants have to cope with poor soil conditions and a lot of wind. Being used to these conditions makes them ideal candidates for seaside gardening.
The ground those alpine plants grow in is often very stony and free draining. Most of them therefore won't survive in boggy or wet soils. Once you provide them with a well drained soil and a reasonably sunny spot they will survive and perform in any garden.
A lot of alpine plants like Aubretia or Cerastiums are mat-forming and make great groundcover plants. Cushion-forming alpines also like to fall over edges or stone walls. This looks particularly beautiful during spring when most of these great little performers flower.
Alpine plants can also be used to grow in containers and window-boxes. Well done alpine troughs can look like a miniature landscape. You can use stone troughs or old sinks for this purpose. Rock garden flowers like Sempervivum, Saxifragas, Sedums or Armeria are amongst the most popular ones for this purpose.
Make sure to use a free draining soil mixture for alpine container gardening. You can add coarse sand, gravel or perlite for this purpose. And remember that alpines don't like a nutrient rich soil.
Alpine pot with Sempervivums And Sedum
Photo Credit: Ivan Walsh
Here is a list of alpine garden plants suitable for seaside gardens (click on the links to learn more about the plants):
Seaside Garden Center, Renard Rd, Caherciveen, Co. Kerry, Ireland