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20/03/2014 at 14:04

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.

20/03/2014 at 17:57

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.

20/03/2014 at 18:14

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:


20/03/2014 at 20:44

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 

20/03/2014 at 20:59

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.  


20/03/2014 at 21:03

Many thanks Verdun, 

20/03/2014 at 23:02

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 

21/03/2014 at 01:41

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.

21/03/2014 at 07:24

Too far for me, thats a shame.

21/03/2014 at 07:35

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

21/03/2014 at 08:21

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

23/03/2014 at 12:49

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

 And then the 4 together.


23/03/2014 at 12:58

What area are you in Lily?

23/03/2014 at 13:03

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

23/03/2014 at 13:23
23/03/2014 at 14:03

Thanks Edd, will have a look.

23/03/2014 at 16:30

Is it yours Edd 

23/03/2014 at 16:38

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

23/03/2014 at 17:02

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

23/03/2014 at 17:07

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.

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