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Raised bed for alpines

KT53KT53 Posts: 8,750

We have recently completely redesigned our back garden and have a raised bed approximately 7' x 3' and I've just thought about using is as an alpine bed.  The bed is in partial shade during the winter months but will get a lot of sun in the summer.  There is trellis to the east and south on which I plan to grow clematis.

The question is, is this location OK for an alpine bed, and if so which plants are likely to do best in this situation?


  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,454

    Hello, if the bed gets lots of sun during the summer months you could put all most anything in it. bulbs - Bedding plants - perennials etc or veg plot . I am not the biggest fan of alpines but i am sure they need plenty of drainage, you normally see alpines in rocky type gardens

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,997

    It sounds fine to me - the only thing I'd worry about is that some alpines are a bit fussy about being cold and damp in the winter - I'd try to give these some additional overhead protection from rain/snow and don't let autumn leaves accumulate around them.  

    If you've already got the bed built then most of this video will be superfluous, but there may still be some bit of information that will help ....

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,750

    Thanks for the thoughts folks.  We have a lot of garden to fill so I'm just thinking of practical alternatives for different areas.  In addition to 2 raised beds we have about 100' of border which gets full sun, roughly the same with partial shade and a section about 25' in full shade, part of which is shaded by our neighbour's conifer hedge.

    All of the above are virtually empty at present.

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