7 Alpines You Can Grow In The Border

How to successfully grow select Alpine plants in typical garden borders.

Many Alpines need special cultivation, but in this article I explain how I integrate some of the tougher species into my garden.

Includes cultivation tips, flowering times, and planting design potential.

Garden diary — Spring 2024

Here are some of my gardening adventures during the first quarter of the year: seasonal observations, new plants in, old plants out, redesigns, renovations, plannings, musings, gardening experiments, clear-outs and lots of little triumphs. Oh, and some lovely plant photos of course. All good, not-so-clean fun.

Renovating the Green Roof (2023)

The green roof on my garden workshop is now 14 years old, but was in need of some work. Here’s what I did to improve it and make sure it has another 20 years of life in it. Lots of low-maintenance ideas, especially helpful if you are thinking of making your own green-roof or renovating a garden building.

3 New Lenten Rose seedlings

When renovating part of my woodland garden this month I discovered three self-sown Hellebore seedlings that have flowered for the first time — and they are absolutely wonderful. Take a look and tell me what you think of them.

Snow In Summer
(Cerastium tomentosum)

This underused perennial has two distinct seasons, first a mass of flowers in late spring, followed by brilliant silver foliage that lasts until the frosts. Easy to grow and versatile, it deserves to be more widely known.