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.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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When to Start: Early fall
At Its Best: Spring
Time to Complete: 30 minutes
- 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.
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.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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If you have a sunny wall, buy young geraniums in late spring to create splashes of vibrant color in summer.