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Talkback: How to make a rock garden in a trough

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 07:39

Me again.  I stood my trough on bricks which are just hidden. The trough appears to float, which is a nice ironic garden touch.Improves drainage too.

If you can get to Wisley the alpine area has a number of troughs planted up in different ways. I particularly like the one with vertical slates/roof tiles, with the plants placed between. You might like to line up parallel slate pieces to look like vertical rock strata breaking through the soil.

There are some pictures of my troughs on the Hello Forkers thread, posted by Gardengirl a few weeks ago.

Talkback: How to make a rock garden in a trough

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 07:29

HI, i have recently planted a range of troughs with alpines and followed the process that Berghill describes so well above. Just 2 suggestions. I was advised to use JI no.1 as it has less food in it. Alpines do not need it and you may not want them getting leggy. Second if you place some of your rocks very close together you can squeeze the plant into place and emulate their natural environment. If you look at where they grow above the tree line on mountains they seem to thrive in nothing at all!

Anyway go for it. it is surprisingly easy to do.

More thoughts. Position the trough before you fill it. They weigh a ton and it's there for good. Also the main risk is from winter wet conditions. So you may wish to think how to do this. In the wild they are often kept relatively dry by low rainfall levels and a layer of snow.


Posted: 03/09/2014 at 09:07

Morning all, mist dispersing here, and after planting all my phlox and roseannes yesterday I am having a day off at the cricket.

New garden new start... Fingers crossed

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 09:04

Nice one FG... seriously though for new gardeners you can't rely on rain for plants in containers. Never enough.

New garden new start... Fingers crossed

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 07:50

Oops sorry, missed that. Lots of moveable stuff might be the order of the day, so that you can take it with you. Pots in profusion are a favourite, and you can grow lots of  vegetables in containers too. Some of the principles of garden design still apply, such as surprises, rooms etc. Invest in your watering system and off you go.


Posted: 02/09/2014 at 07:30

I "saved" a young hedgehog recently which was starving to death.Two siblings sadly were already dead. Took him to a rescue centre who returned him to me recently to release ... he was as big as a barrel, and hopefully still out there somewhere gobbling up nasties.

New garden new start... Fingers crossed

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 07:27

Hi SP, think long term and be brave enough to rip out anything you don't like, even if it looks as if it hasn't been there long. It's your's now and needs your stamp of authority.Don't be led by other's ideas. Your " blank canvas" is in fact quite a structured layout. Why not sit down and draw out your ideal garden, as if there was nothing there.However if you like the current structure go with that. 

Alan Titchmarsh said a garden design should be a journey, with surprises along the way.Possibly divide your space into "rooms' each with its distinctive character.  And he talked about the rhythm of planting, i.e. repeat things rather than have a multitude of different things.  Less is definitely more in this sort of space.


Posted: 02/09/2014 at 07:13

Jack Dixon was a bobby, plain and simple, wore a bobby's uniform. "Evening all"...( dum de dum de dum de..) I'll get Verd's coat. Does anyone remember PC 49?

Chicky, our telly was more various shades of grey ( oops) than black and white.

Lovely day here and planting will ensue, before shift on the tills at the shop. 


Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 21:12

Lovely to put faces to nom de plumes.

Tomato Blight

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 18:37

No, Steve, the flies were common or garden houseflies, attracted by the smell of the toms, I think. No Toms this year, few flies.

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