Diane Clements from the Midland branch of the Alpine Society gave a wonderful talk about her own garden.
Entitled”A garden for all seasons” it certainly covered the brief.
She made a point of showing the audience that this garden experienced a large amount of shade.
This made the wide variety of plants grown even more of an achievement.
I was interested to know that she used two different types of mulch.
Bark for a “Woody” spot and gravel for the sunny ,rocky site.
There are some great small shrubs that suit this type of garden, including Hamamelis, Daphne and small Rhododendron.
Underplanting completes the scene . Such plants as Cyclamen, Galanthus and Eranthis can be used.
Later in the year Meconopsis make a show in the sunny areas.
I hope to have a go at planting small lilies this year.
There were lots more plants that were new to me.
I think that I may well have to increase the area of my garden devoted to Alpine plants!