Creating an organic relationship with thedesigning a rocky section of any form with other elements of the garden is the main task in this article we will look at creating an alpine slide. For the rock garden is very important choice of viewpoint, the right choice of stones alpine coaster - their rock, texture and shape, as well as the use of the effect of perspective.
Stones for the alpine slide is only necessary oneswho have weathered (grown old) surface covered with moss or lichen. Do not forget that the bright sun require certain types of lichen, and prefer shade and many hygrophilous mosses. Terms of the natural growth of plants should be maintained in the event of transfer of stone, along with the growing on it plants for the alpine slide.
Plants for the rock garden
The success created an alpine slide his handswill depend largely on the associated vegetation. Ground cover plant species are the basis of the range: they are unpretentious, have a long and early flowering, also grow rapidly. On the alpine slides made with their hands look great thyme, Aubrieta, chickweed, Iberis, various stonecrops, saxifrage, Arabis, phlox styloid, saponaria, which fill gaps and covering up the void, and they quickly give all the brilliance of the composition to form a multi-colored mats. However, out of control to produce these plants should not be: when landing on fertile ground, they quickly and aggressively conquer new territory, thereby displacing more "peaceful" neighbors.
What plants are more suitable for alpineslides? In the first place it is planted those in the usual flower bed can simply get lost and to be crushed by powerful neighbors. Also under those plants, refers to those who are less developed due to improper humidity and low soil nutrient. It is not surprising that such plants, it is best to be in a rocky garden. To those include, in particular, low-growing bulbs ephemeroids. They very first blossoming between stones in spring. Also suitable grouse, crocus, dwarf bulbous irises and bows. From mid-June the empty place after withering, again, it may take regrown by this time already foliage of other plants.
An impressive decoration for any madealpine slides his hands serve as a low-growing shrubs such as heather and cotoneaster different horizontal and decorative forms of softwood - junipers, pine decorative, arborvitae.
About beautiful flowering perennials are not worthforget, among which we can choose the variety and types that are suitable for growing in a rocky garden. For example:. Chinese Astilbe, reaching a height of 15-25 cm, which blooms compact paniculata mauve buds in mid-July or Dicentra exclusive, in which the height of not more than 20-30 cm, and blooms from mid-May to early August. pink, gathered in racemose inflorescence flowers and flax long, baby's breath, various primroses, avens and many other plants.
Bulbous flowers for rock garden
It is impossible to ignore and early spring floweringbulbous. Samimi first to set up an alpine hill with their own hands with the first warm sunrays bloom crocuses and snowdrops, then there will be Proleski and hionodoksy. Be sure to plant species tulips recommend Greig and Kaufman, as well as daffodils, animating the rocky landscape of bright sparks of their flowers.
Materials for the rock garden
In order to make the Alpine hill at the cottage,there are different rocks, which, by their impact on vegetation and different origin. The most valuable stones for the alpine slides are considered "warm" stones - coquina, tuff (trafertin), dolomite, limestone and sandstone. Air and water-permeable, porous structure, layered data sedimentary rocks slightly alkaline soil and most plants are perfectly combined. The only drawback is their relative fragility.
Igneous rocks of a type verydecorative and landscape design is widely used. Diorite, gabbro, granite, diabase, basalt Unlike sandstones and tuffs. But, unfortunately, when creating an alpine slide his hands of such material to the selection of plants should be approached with great care, since it is "cold and dense stones: next to them a little soil becomes acidic. Plus, chopped chunks tend to be slow, "aging", therefore, do not fit into the surrounding landscape. The properties are very similar and metamorphic rocks such as quartzite and slate.