A spectacular alpine hill, arranged according to all the rules, with well-chosen plants, will delight you for a long time with the magnificence of forms and the beauty of abundant flowering. But in order for the rock garden to shine with beauty and please with a well-groomed appearance, it is necessary to follow some rules — details in this article.

Assortment of plants for rock garden

The choice of plants for decorating a rocky hill must satisfy the following rules:

  • A variety of shapes and colors — coniferous trees and ornamental shrubs should not have a monotonous (monotone) color. Modern varieties of conifers abound in blue, emerald, dark green hues, look amazing on an alpine hillock of dwarf trees, which widely spread the crown, emphasizing the picturesqueness of textured stones.
  • Sufficient frost resistance — it is very important to include plants in the landscape of an alpine hill that can tolerate cold well. Additional shelter creates the impression of some chaos; a garden composition with a large number of plants covered for the winter looks especially ugly.
  • The combination of heights — the growth of planted plants must be taken into account strictly, because often inexperienced amateurs plant undersized specimens behind a dense wall of dense tall shrubs. The beauty of the first tier of plants is completely invisible; for sun-loving species, a shortage of sunlight is created.
  • Required illumination — it is very important to plant plants on a hill, taking into account the requirements for the intensity of sunlight. You can not grow shade-loving plants on the southern slope of rockeries, and vice versa.

Usually, the following types of plants are used to decorate the slopes of an alpine hill: conifers; ornamental shrubs; perennial flowering plants; herbs; succulents, bulbous. Occasionally, low berry bushes and mushrooms are used.

Of particular difficulty is the design of sunny slopes, which in the summer receive an excessive amount of ultraviolet radiation. The earth in such areas heats up more and dries out faster, especially if the slope is decorated with dark-colored stones that accumulate heat, giving it to the soil. It is worth talking about plants for the sunny slopes of the rock garden in more detail.

Plants for rock garden: southern slope

As carpet plants on the southern slope of the alpine hill, stonecrops and young ones feel great.


Representative of the Tolstyankovye family, the second name is sedum. The name of the plant comes from the verb «to subside», because earlier the herb of sedum was used to heal wounds. The plant forms dense curtains, which are content even with rocky soil and a minimum of nutrients. Stonecrop has numerous, swollen, whorled leaves, which, when falling off, easily take root in the ground.

The best varieties of sedum for creating carpet plantings on the slopes of an alpine hill: Blush (rounded leaves and crimson bright flowers collected in corymbose inflorescences); Cristatum (curved fantastically beautiful shoots); Coral Carpet (copper-green leaves and pale pink inflorescences); Cloud Walker (numerous caps of lilac-pink flowers during the flowering period completely cover the bush).

Young or stone rose

Spectacular plants with original rosettes of fleshy leaves with a different shade of leaf color. The ancient Greeks took young juice with wine, believing that in this way poisoning with poisons could be avoided. Young carpets were planted on flat roofs, it was believed that these plants were able to prevent lightning strikes. Young on the slope of a rocky hill are able to create a fantastic garden of many growing daughter children. The best varieties of stone roses: Othello (carmine-red leaves); Blue Star (grey-blue rosette); Ruby (the variety has a cobweb in the central part); Tomentozum (the graceful forms of this plant are emphasized by high peduncles with bright crimson small flowers).

Ornamental grasses can be planted from perennials on the south side of the hill, which quickly cover the soil with a lush fountain of tender leaves. Almost all perennial grasses overwinter well in the open field, do not require special care.

One of the most unpretentious herbs for rockeries is fescue. The grass quickly builds up mass, turning into a dense gray tussock. If necessary, fescue can be grown in a container, using it to decorate rocky slopes.

Among the variety of fescue, the most popular varieties can be distinguished: Golden Topi (gentle emerald thin blades of grass); Silberricher (the variety blooms with soft fluffy inflorescences, very impressive among blue-green leaves); Blauglut (dense, rounded bushes that look like a fountain). In addition to fescue, the following are ideal for decorating an alpine landscape: fearless mülenbergia; lagurus; sedge Amazon fogs; mace-bearer Prickly blue.

What flowers to plant on an alpine hill

Of great importance is the selection of flowering plants balanced in color, capable of turning a hill into a fabulous garden. Plants need to be planted taking into account the necessary illumination.

Slope orientation to cardinal points

Name of plants


south slope



Achillea (yarrow)

Golden Fleece


Blue Beauty;

Astra alpine

Danke Sean



Gibson Scarlet; Tangerine


Pink Blanca; Ruby; Toronto; Maggie



Purpurea; winterglod


Weizwerg; Golden Falls Wit; Mouth; Clot of Gold


Bicolor Meteor F1, Rosanna


Sprite; Midget; Flamingo


Purple Palace; Venus


Gold Standard; cherry berry


European charm




Carpathian bell

Blue Clips; Weiss Clips

Brunner large-leaved


berry streams

Bushes of fragrant strawberries look very impressive on a rocky hill. Small-fruited remontant varieties, subject to the cultivation agrotechnics, look decorative throughout the summer season. For growing berry crops, it is necessary to choose well-lit places; fresh nutrient soil is added to the hole when planting. You can immediately mix the soil with double superphosphate and potassium salt.

The best varieties of strawberries for growing in rock gardens: Seasons; Baron Solemacher; Regina, Alexandria.


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