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Do my Alpine plants look healthy?

Hi All,

very new gardener here, I've not clue what i'm doing really but I am creating a rockery in my slopped back of the garden. i bought some Alpines from a garden centre and from a website to start planting.

They have been in for about 2 weeks, some of look okay some of them look less than okay and a couple look like they are dying. Can anyone look at my pictures and see if they look healthy? They don't seem to have grown much since I planted them and just worried that they are all going to die!

any help appreciated.

Plant 1



Plant 2

Plant 3


Plant 4


Plant 5


Plant 6


Plant 7


Plant 8


plant 9



Plant 10


Plant 11 Has something been eating this one :(

Plant 12


Plant 13


Plant 14


Plant 15
 

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  • MolamolaMolamola BelgiumPosts: 97
    I am also a novice gardener but to my eye many of them look like they've settled in well and have new growth. Plant 10 and 11 look less happy and 11 does look like it's been savaged. Maybe give it a bit more water while it gets established? Others on the forum might have more ideas. 

    I also just wanted to say they look really cool. Please do share pictures once they are bigger or even a zoomed out view, and I would love to know the name of the plant with fern-like foliage. 
  • tariq.signifytariq.signify Posts: 7
    edited May 2021
    Molamola said:
    I am also a novice gardener but to my eye many of them look like they've settled in well and have new growth. Plant 10 and 11 look less happy and 11 does look like it's been savaged. Maybe give it a bit more water while it gets established? Others on the forum might have more ideas. 

    I also just wanted to say they look really cool. Please do share pictures once they are bigger or even a zoomed out view, and I would love to know the name of the plant with fern-like foliage. 
    Thanks for your reply Molamola, I agree 10 and 11 are struggling. They are next each other maybe its the sun they are getting or something to do with the soil. I will deffinately post pictures when they grow bigger with flowers.

    You where asking the name of one of them which plant number was it you liked i'll let you know what its called.

    Thanks
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,105
    10 is a heuchera and they're not really alpines. They prefer a bit of shade (although the purple ones like yours will take some sun). It has new growth showing so I think it'll be OK once it's settled in, as long as it isn't too hot and dry there. If it is in full sun, maybe consider moving it to a spot with more shade. 11 doesn't look good  - it looks as if the soil is washing away from around its rootball and also maybe the foliage has got muddy? Perhaps it could do with a rock on the downhill side of it to give it a horizontal planting pocket and keep the soil in. The others look fine to me. A few yellowing or browning older leaves is usually nothing to worry about - you can pick them off if you like.
  • Thanks Jenny for the reply, all of those plants are in full sun, there is not much shade where they are on the rockery, I'll atempt to move the heuchera, if it won't like it there although there isn't much shade anywhere around there really. plant 11 i'll try to save and put more soil round that root ball and put a rock underneath like you said to stop the soil from washing down it is slopey there so maybe the soil is just washing down.

    thanks for looking at my pictures.

    Taz
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,618
    They all look fine to me, they're just settling  in  :) A nice selection. 
    As well as the advice above, l'd just snip off that brown leaf on plant 2 ,also keep an eye out for vine weevil around the heuchera (number 10), they're very partial to heucheras. 
  • MolamolaMolamola BelgiumPosts: 97
    Thanks @tariq.signify The plant I was referring to is Number 6 - what might it be? (:
  • didywdidyw East SuffolkPosts: 1,725
    Is plant 11 a nepeta?  If so it could be that a cat has been eating it.  I had one that looked similar so I have put a bamboo cage over it to keep the cat off and it is recovering very well.  If it is nepeta (catmint) will need more soil around it.
  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,484
    edited May 2021
    Most of them are not alpines tbh. Alpines like a very fast draining gritty soil or they will rot. 

    Plant 10 is a Heuchera and they prefer half shade. It may be 'Palace purple', I have the same one. 
    Watch out for the Cerastium tomentosum, it's a thug but very pretty. 

    The last one is definitely nepeta and been crushed by a cat probably, look out for a drunken looking cat. 

     
  • Molamola said:
    Thanks @tariq.signify The plant I was referring to is Number 6 - what might it be? (:
    That's one of my favourites I think that one is called Achillea Colorado Group (Yarrow Colorado Group) I believe when it flowers it has different coloured flowers making it look really nice!
  • Bijdezee said:
    Most of them are not alpines tbh. Alpines like a very fast draining gritty soil or they will rot. 

    Plant 10 is a Heuchera and they prefer half shade. It may be 'Palace purple', I have the same one. 
    Watch out for the Cerastium tomentosum, it's a thug but very pretty. 

    The last one is definitely nepeta and been crushed by a cat probably, look out for a drunken looking cat. 

     
    Most of them aren't Alpines, ah right, I just typed Alpines on Google and just bought from a website lol, i hope they all still grow okay. I have replanted that Palace Purple I have planted it near the fence so it should get some shade later in the day.

    I didn't realise I had a catmint plant! one cat I know of was already coming into the backgarden and I think hes invited his friends I'll try and put something round it and see if it keep growing

    Thanks everyone.
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