Containers offer an ideal way to grow and display alpine plants, fitting any type of garden. In a small garden they offer the opportunity of displaying a world in miniature in a limited space. In a larger garden they can be used to create an individual garden room or area. Some alpines are suitable for a striking display as a focal point in a garden. Others, you may need to be able to view at close range to fully appreciate their beauty.
A typical alpine container is a stone trough. There are also many troughs made of other materials to look like stone. Sinks are another popular choice. Make sure you have sufficient drainage holes in the bottom as alpines hate to sit in soggy soil or compost. Some alpines such as sempervivums and sedums will generally grow well in shallow troughs or containers. Others prefer a greater depth. Many are used to sending their roots way down between rocky crevices to moisture in the soil beneath and these plants like a deep, cool root run.
Collections are available in the Shop for containers, or select your own favourites to grow together. Some alpines spread far more quickly than others, so think of this when selecting suitable plants.