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  • New alpine garden developments
  • New alpine garden developments
  • New alpine garden developments
  • New alpine garden developments

New alpine garden developments



Late summer at Slack Top finds us underway with some major new garden developments which we hope our garden visitors will find very interesting next year. We've started work on renovating a large area into a series of curved raised beds. It was originally planted with dwarf Rhododendrons, Trilliums, Roscoea, willow gentian to name but a few but over the years things have grown larger (as they do) and it is time for a revamp. So we've dug everything out to give a blank canvas for redesign, and built the first of two large contemporary raised beds. Gravel paths will edge the beds, and the beds will hopefully be much easier to maintain than a large planted bed. We’ll plant the first bed up with some shade loving alpines such as Primulas, Haberlea, Ramonda and also semi-shade lovers such as Cyananthus, Campanula betulaefolia and Scleranthus. A new little butterfly border is doing its job by attracting plenty of late summer species such as Painted Lady and Red Admiral. It is planted up with nectar-rich species like Sedum and Origanum. For those interesting in crevice planting we’ve built a large 6ft x 4ft raised bed and filled it with small cushion plants that like growing between rocks. We’ll probably give it a little protection over winter as we get such high rainfall (up to 60” a year!). It will have a temporary ‘roof’, leaving the sides open to allow our very fresh air to circulate. If you can’t wait until spring, then we’re still happy for you to visit the garden and nursery throughout September as long as you give us a quick call to let us know when you plan to visit.
Posted by Slack Top on 08/09 at 09:50 PM in General news