Plant a Rockery Wall

Dry stone walls make perfect homes for alpine plants, which create a mass of evergreen foliage and cascades of pretty flowers in spring. Choose small plants and use this planting method to secure them in the wall.

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Aubretia Grows on Garden Wall DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

When to Start: Early fall
At Its Best: Spring
Time to Complete: 30 minutes

Materials Needed:

  • bucket
  • piece of dried turf
  • alpines, such as: aubrieta (Campanula poscharskyana), hens and chicks (Sempervivum), gold dust (Aurinia saxatilis) and saxifrage (Saxifraga)
  • cactus potting mix
  • potting soil

Prepare to Plant

Dunk the dried turf in a bucket of water to drench it. Remove and allow to drain. Water the plant and remove it from its pot. Wrap the damp turf around the plant roots.

Preparing Dried TurfEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Ease Plants Into Crevices

Carefully wedge the turf-wrapped plant into a crevice. Fill around it with a half-and-half mixture of potting soil and cactus potting mix. Mist the plant regularly.

Wedged Turf PlantsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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