Rock Garden Plants For The Coastal Garden

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Rock Garden Plants are great groundcover plants for seaside gardens. Alpines add color to rockeries, banks, container gardens and dry flower beds and they are very low-maintenance.
These tough creeping plants are great for hanging over stone walls and rocks.


Do you have a dry area with poor soil in your garden where plants keep dying? Then try these rock garden flowers for these difficult spots. They are hardy perennials that are great in surviving harsh coastal conditions and poor dry soils.

Alpines are these small creeping plants that we so often see in an alpine or rock garden and 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 coastal 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.

Alpines Are Great Groundcover Plants

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.

Rock Garden Plant For Walls

Use Rock Garden Flowers For Your Containers

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.

Succulents In Containers

Rock Garden Plants For Coastal Gardens

Here is a list of alpine garden plants suitable for seaside gardens (click on the links to learn more about the plants):

Arabis
Armeria maritima
Arenaria montana
Aquilegia
Aubretia
Cerastium tomentosum (Snow In Summer)
Campanula var.
Dianthus var.

Erigeron glaucus - Seaside Daisy
Lampranthus
Limnanthes douglasii (Poached Egg Plant)
Mimulus
Saxifraga
Sedum var.
Sempervivum
Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ears)

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