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Alpine pot display

You will need

  • Sempervivum
  • Saxifraga x canis-dalmatica
  • Saxifraga 'Elliot's Variety'
  • Alpine pinks
  • Erodium 'Bishop's Form'
  • Sedum spurium 'Purpureum'
  • Wide, shallow container
  • Multipurpose compost
  • Horticultural grit


The dry conditions enjoyed by alpine succulents attract solitary bees such as red mason bees and leafcutters. Here, in this alpine container display, we've combined a variety of sun-loving succulents with bamboo stems, which some soliray bees like to nest in. Keep the pot in the driest and sunniest spot possible, and you'll be rewarded with a stunning display of drought-tolerant plants and even a few nesting bees.

Plant it: March - April
At its best: April - June
Takes just: 20 minutes

How to do it:

Adding horticultural grit


Drill drainage holes in the container if necessary, and then add a 4cm layer of horticultural grit, to aid drainage.

Planting up the pot


Fill the pot two-thirds full with compost and mix thoroughly with the horticultural grit.

Planting up the pot


Place the plants in the pot, adding the taller ones towards the back. Firm them well and add more compost around them to fill in any gaps. Water the container and allow to drain.

Placing bamboo pieces in the container


Add the cut pieces of bamboo, pushing them down into the compost. Angle them to deflect any rain. Cover the compost with a mulch of more horticultural grit, and move to its final position.

Our tip

Keep the pot in a sunny, dry spot such as in a porch. Both the bees and plants thrive in very dry conditions, so water sparingly and keep the container as dry as possible.

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