Posted: 16/10/2015 at 18:29
I currently dont have a rockery or alpines. Used to grow a few in stone troughs. I love them but here in Cornwall it is a little too damp and warm over winter for these gems without overhead cover. I will start again allowing for glass covers
rockeries mostly look AWFUL. often a pile of different stones arranged without looking tiered or natural and filled with sprawling over- vigorous plants that aren't really alpines
a scree........grit dug in well and gravelled.....can look great. Use of the same type of stone with varying depths so that some stone is almost completely buried whilst others are almost completely above soil is the way I will do it. Choice of alpines must be made with regard to their size and needs.
librarians garden, sorry to poo poo your ambition but because you have concrete that looks like stones is not a good starting point. Preparation of soil, sunny aspect mostly with some stone creating shade for those that need it and selecting matching stone and gravel are very important