The Alpine hill — one of the most popular corners of the seasonal dacha, the piece of a mountain landscape which is harmoniously combining the bright blossoming plants and a strict stone. You can not doubt, this place on your site will be the real ornament. You will find answers to questions which inevitably will appear at you when you are going suit a rock garden on the site in this article.
Rock garden the hands
First of all, of course, it is necessary to choose the suitable place for the Alpine hill, it has to fit into the general image of the site. At the same time it is necessary to remember that one of the main requirements to a rock garden is its visibility, therefore, it is better to have it on a lawn in front of the house, or near an arbor, in a recreation area. If your site is located on a slope, then use it for a rock garden construction if the site equal — means, you will make the hill for the hill independently.
The following task which faces us — the choice of a stone (look this) for the Alpine hill as the stone plays exclusively large role during creation of a rock garden. It is possible to choose granite or limestone from a pit nearby, and it is possible also slate or sandstone from the coast of the small river, watching what is pleasant to you more. Here it is important to use a stone of one breed, weight not exceeding 200 kg.
At the choice pay attention to a form and a coloring of a stone which can be the most different: gray-green or light gray, red or reddish, black-and-white or golden, with beautiful streaks or without. We sort the chosen stones, we need flat, large and average stones.
There now, the preparatory stage is complete, it is possible to start construction of the hill. For a start peel the site of weeds, a grass, for this purpose it is required to remove the top layer of earth on shovel bayonet depth on all area. After that the prepared surface needs to be filled up with filling brick that there was a possibility of removal of rain water, a drainage. Further, on the highest place we establish a big stone, its height can be up to 2 meters which will be a rock garden basis. Near it it will be good to look a flat stone, «plateau». We stack the third, rounded shape the stone having an interesting relief. Under the bases of each of three stones of composition stones props which won’t be visible subsequently keep within. After creation of «framework» of a rock garden, we start filling by its stones less, we arrange terraces and tiers of various form and the sizes.
When laying walls of terraces stones need to be stacked with a bias in 30% towards top, otherwise it will fall out. When lay all stones, fill up the remained emptiness and hollows with gravel. Unstably standing stones and big cracks can be fastened with cement from a reverse side. Further we fill up the fertile soil mix consisting of the earth, sand and fertilizers. Condense the soil, having plentifully poured with its water, so you will be able to avoid its flash. If necessary to a podsypta the soil in the sunk places. Landscape designers recommend to be engaged in creation of a rock garden in the fall and not to plant on it a plant that during the winter the hill finally sank. In the spring just it is required to pour the soil, and it will be possible to be engaged in plants.
So, the hill was created, it is possible to pass to a final stage — planting of plants. In classical option of a rock garden landing of the plants growing in mountain areas is supposed, but, over time requirements were softened. The main thing — to pick up the grass and flowers suitable to the available breed of a stone, for example, sandstone and granite well will be suitable a heather, a rhododendron, and for limestone — a hand bell. It is necessary to pick up so plants that the Alpine hill looked attractively at all seasons of the year. Will be pleasing to the eye — primrose, crocuses, daffodils, a moss pink in the spring; in the summer — a thyme, a Carpathians bluebells, Alpine carnations; in the fall — an autumn colchicums, a chrysanthemums, a dwarf coleus. During any season a barberry purple, leaves of irises, a creeping juniper and other coniferous plants beautifully look.
Plants for a rock garden
Summer flowers for a rock garden
Here, actually, and everything, our Alpine hill is ready. Let it give joy to you and your relatives as long as possible and will be the real decoration of your site.