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Rock Gardens & Ground Covers

Ideas for rock gardens and alpine gardens, including plants and ground covers that are perfect for these type of gardens. Whether you are looking for a perfect plant for a rock wall, or have a full alpine garden, I hope you find ideas and inspiration for your garden! If you enjoy gardening & landscaping be sure to check out my other gardening boards for specific gardening topics!

Moss Phlox (Phlox subulata) is a richly flowering, clump-forming phlox that stays green in both summer and winter. In spring these plants produce innumerable crimson and white flowers that attract butterflies. These Phlox like to be planted in full sunshine.

Moss Phlox | Plants from Spalding Bulb

Phlox Subulata and a lovely stone pathway in the garden

Ranunculus glacialis

Wine cups, Callirhoe involucrata, long-flowering, drought-tolerant, vertically-challenged hibiscus cousins are amazing groundcover perennials.  Callirhoes come in white, wine-red, and this mauvy form, Callirhoe involucrata var. tenuissima.  If you have full sun and like this color theme, you’ve got to try some of the easy-to-grow, American native winecups!

Drink up with a wine cup in your garden.

Heath (Erika) Perennial, needs excellent drainage and acidic soil. Sandy soil amended with organic matter is ideal.

17 best plants for cool-season color

Dalmatian Bellflower produces beautiful mounds of purple bell-shaped flowers from late spring through summer. Low-growing plant is perfect for adding color in front of other perennials. Grows only 6-9" tall. Spreads 12". Prefers full sun to partial shade. Deer resistant.

Wall bellflower 'Dalmation bellflower'

For west facing planter - Veronica pectinata -Blue Woolly Speedwell, 2" x 18" wide, gray-green carpet with early spring long blooming blue to lavander flowers. Available at High Country Gardens or Digging Dog Nursery (mail order nurseries)

Mostly thyme

Lavender - Houzz

"One of the most beautiful and decorative coverings perennial garden is Lithodora diffusa Heavenly Blue. Mature plant height is 10-15 cm, and the small flowers are deep blue. Lithodora supports very well both sun and semiumbra and is ideal for creating a garden floral rug. Blooms in May-June."

Arabis blepharophylla, gooseherd popularly called, is a decorative perennial herb, 20-25 cm tall, ideal for flower gardens. Gooseherd develop white, pink or lilac, during March-June.

Gentiana acaulis Hybrid 'Maxima' (TRUMPET GENTIAN, STEMLESS GENTIAN, ENZIAN) - Easy to grow trumpet gentians are besides the Edelweiss the most classic Swiss Alpine flower and shouldn't be missing in any rock garden. This one reblooms as well in summer/fall, comparable to 'Undulatifolia'. For any good garden soil, needs light shade in hotter regions.

Lewisia cotyledon

Lewisia cotyledon

Lithodora, 'Star' - True blue perennial, excellent for ground cover. From April through June, the unusual true blue 1" flowers banded in white float like stars above a mound of narrow, hairy, olive green leaves. Excellent in rockeries and massed as ground cover. LifeCycle: Perennial - Zone: 6-9; Sun: Full Sun, Part Sun; Height: 15 inches; Spread: 15 inches; Uses: Beds, Borders, Container; Bloom Season: Spring, Summer.

Star Lithodora Seeds and Plants, Perennnial Flowers at

White Vinca. Easy to grow and loves the heat and sun. "Vincas are the indestructible beauties of the garden. While resembling impatiens, they thrive in full sun and intense heat. Hardy, large, bushy plants provide a dense layer of sparkling color and evergreen foliage to beds, borders and containers. Plants require almost zero care." Annual, Full Sun. Plant Mar - Sep in zone 9b.

Rock garden ideas | rock garden landscaping

rock garden landscaping

Phlox subulata, Pink - A long lived, cold-climate perennial, it is perfectly suitable for rock gardens, rugged ground cover, and sunny drought conditions. Cascading over slopes like puddly waterfalls, it grows 2 to 6 inches tall, spreads 12 to 18 inches in width. The early spring pink flowers that illuminate the flowerbed are intense. After the short-lived blooms fade, the rugged, evergreen, pinnate-textured foliage serves as an elegant-looking yet rugged groundcover.

Dragon's blood sedum

Buy Sedum Dragon's Blood Red online at Greenwood Nursery

Trailing ground cover, rockcress I think!

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