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An attractive, easy-to-grow evergreen perennial which forms a low-growing mat of jagged, hairy grey-green leaves. It produces masses of stunning, sweetly-scented, pure white flowers in loose clusters between March and May, followed by long, narrow fruits.
Ideal for using as an edging plant or growing around the base of shrubs and hedges, it requires good drainage and will thrive in sun or shade. It can be used to clothe a bank and looks excellent when set off against a backdrop of large rocks, making it a great choice for the rock garden.
We recommend cutting back after flowering to keep the plant in check.
Buying Alpines from Jacksons Nurseries
At Jacksons Nurseries we lightly trim back our alpines after flowering to ensure that the plants remain neat and tidy whilst in the pot. The more tender the plant the less we cut back to help protect exposed stems from winter frost. Depending on the plant variety we will then prune back further in spring once the risk of the more severe frosts is over.
As a result, depending on the time of year you buy alpines, they may not look like images showing their ‘prime time’ in flower and looking at their best.
From late autumn onwards and dependant on variety, there may be very little visible above the soil except for a few cut back dormant leaves or stems. It is perfectly normal for dormant plants to look like this from autumn onwards, they will however burst back into life in spring.
Ours standard delivery starts at £7.99 for orders £20.00 and over, for orders between £10.00 & £19.99 delivery is £9.99 and orders under £10.00 are charged at £11.99. Delivery for larger items or high volume orders requiring a pallet start at £40.00 the exact cost will be caluclated at check out.
Orders are usually dispatched 7-10 working days following receipt of your order. In many cases we dispatch sooner than this although during busy periods or when an item or items on your order are out of stock and we are ordering them from a supplier then please allow up to 30 days.
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Alpines are a group of perennials that generally grow in rocky conditions at high altitudes.
As for all plants, soil preparation is time well spent. Dig over the area to be planted ensuring that the ground is free draining. If not then you may wish to either consider planting in a different spot or raising the level of the planting area by adding additional topsoil, well rotted garden compost and/or well rotted manure. Add ‘Fish, Blood and Bone’ fertiliser or a high potash fertiliser to encourage good root growth and development.
It’s always a good idea to plant a few of the same plant together, we recommend planting in 3’s or 5’s to provide a bold effect but allowing them plenty of room to develop.
By using this simple guide and a little time, alpines can make an absolutely spectacular difference to your garden.