7 best groundcover plants for rock garden
The role of ground cover plants in the design of rocky gardens cannot be overestimated. Of course, each alpine hill and rock aquarium has its own soloists and touching crumbs from among rare mountain species, but it is precisely the various rugs that remain the main crops in landscaping. Tireless draperies, they form the very landscape imitating mountain landscapes, which even though created with caring hands, but looks like a piece of wildlife.
The range of groundcover for rock gardens is very large. Indeed, among the plants you can find both modest dense pillows and large-leaf curtains.
In the rockeries and rock gardens, the ground covers create charming rugs and pillows, sometimes loose and sometimes amazingly dense. Depending on the decorative characteristics, all groundcover plants for rock gardens are divided into:
- flowering species;
- decorative foliage species.
Moreover, complete dominance of only one trait is out of the question. Even in the best decorative and deciduous species, flowering is modest, but plentiful and attractive, and the most impressive flowering beauties are still distinguished by dense foliage that looks great the rest of the year.
Some plants suitable for growing in rocky slides can boast even a winter-green outfit: they will decorate a rocky garden and the coldest time of the year.
Groundcover should be planted immediately after woody plants. They are located at the foot of the alpine hills or on their top, combining color spots and textures in such a way as to obtain the most spectacular transitions. And the plasticity of the lighting requirements of plants allows them to decorate the hottest southern sides, and places with unstable penumbra on boulders, tree and shrubs, and even the northern sides and crevices.
Rules for selecting locations for groundcover in a rocky garden:
- on the top place plants that are resistant to drought and heat (Iberis, cloves, rock alyssum, thyme, young, etc.);
- at medium height plant abundantly flowering and ornamental foliage plants - shaving, phlox awl-shaped, woolly purse, etc.
- at the foot alpine slides and in the shade of boulders plant shade-hardy rugs - tenacious, lyatris, etc.
Groundcover in a rocky kindergarten will play the role of:
- a masker of voids, unsightly areas and soil;
- placeholder and stock for soloists and shrubs;
- Background for architectural elements (waterfall, stairs, pond, statues, etc.) and the most valuable plants;
- plants that will create a natural, natural landscape.
The main advantage of such plants is the ability to grow under rather specific conditions of stony gardens, on loose, loose, not too fertile and stony soil. Most landowners who are able to settle on an alpine hill are not only drought tolerant, but also hardy, tolerate heat and drafts.
Let's get to know better the best of the ground covers for alpine hills:
For a list of the best ground covers for alpine slides, see the next page.