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star gaze lily

Earlier this week I bought 2 pink saxifrage. I now quite fancy a small rockery garden in a container of some kind. Would also like suggestions on other plants to go in there. Many thanks.


A lot of people do this kind of thing in an old, shallow ceramic or stone sink/trough. Sedums and alpines I would imagine are the things to plant. The effect can be very attractive.


I have a nice terracotta pan which I have some sedums etc in. I had pasqueflowers in it last spring and cyclamen before that. The pasqueflowers have been planted into the raised beds so I'm about to put some other things in. 

This is it with the cyclamen:

 and with the pasqueflowers last year:


star gaze lily

Thank you artjak and fairy.

Love old butler type sinks, but I think they are quite pricey.

Love your bowl fairy must look out for one of those.

Thanks for the suggestions on plants too 

Made my own containers from old ceramic sinks look like stone troughs. (a legacy from Geoff,Hamilton)

Lewisias are lovely in small terracotta pots....planted slightly on their very well drained compost with added perlite.  Placed in the sun and they glow 

A nice shrubby plant is euryops acraeus.  I love this silver grey dome with bright yellow flowers.  Again in a terracotta pot on its own.

Convolvulous maritima is a lovely trailing plant with velvety purple/blue flowers from mid summer to autumn.  Have this growing by my drive entrance and it is an eye opener.  



I would like to grow some of the little alpines again.  Need to re discover these gems.  

Hey may start me off with a new addiction to choice alpines 

If you're anywhere near Rainham in Kent, the Apline Garden Society is holding its spring show at Rainham Girls' School on Saturday (22nd). Lots of inspiring exhibits and some great nurseries.

Woody is the expert here.....where is he?  

star gaze lily

Don't know Verdun, haven't seen him for awhile. Hope he's ok. 

star gaze lily

Just bought these to go with my saxifrage, for my rockery. Yet to find container...

 And then the 4 together.



What area are you in Lily?

star gaze lily

West Sussex, there's a place called pots and pithios a few miles away but they are expensive.



I would be fitting it in my shed if it was lily.

star gaze lily

Love butler sinks, this one seems to good to waste on plants, its got me thinking tho 


Have you thought of trying hypertufa troughs, my better half loves alpines and our garden is bedecked with a series of troughs she has made.

The easiest way is to find a polystyrene fish box as your base and cover with the hypertufa mix. Lots of "how to" on you tube.

The end results are great and the bonus is they weigh a fraction of stone troughs.