Alpine slide is a fashionable element of landscape design that any summer resident can create on his site.
Do you want to break a beautiful alpine slide on the site? We will tell you what is needed for this. Actually – not so much.
How to choose a place for a rock garden?
Wherever you set up a flower garden, it will in any case be a decoration of the site. But in the case of an alpine slide, it is very important to choose a spacious area well-lit by the sun. Then consider whether your future rock garden will be clearly visible if you place it in this place.
The characteristics of the soil are also important. Sandy soils are well suited for a rock garden, since plants can be planted directly in them. If the soil is heavy clayey, you will have to equip drainage. All this in the future will greatly facilitate the care of the alpine slide.
Many mountain plants, which are most often planted in a rock garden, do not like stagnant water in the ground. Therefore, many garden designers advise equipping drainage, no matter what kind of land you have on the site.
To make a base for an alpine slide, it is necessary to remove the top layer of soil (no deeper than 30 cm). This can be done in two ways: dig a solid depression or several holes. Further, crushed stone, broken brick, fine gravel or construction waste should be poured onto the bottom of the recesses. From above, all this needs to be covered with sand, and then earth and watered to eliminate air cushions.
Plants need to be planted in a special soil mixture, which is made up of clean soil, coarse sand and crushed humus, taken in equal proportions. It is necessary to form a slide from this mixture. On average, its height should reach 1 m. The soil from wormholes can also be used as soil.
After laying the drainage and forming the mound, the slide should be left alone for 2-3 weeks. During this time, the slide will shrink, after which stones can be placed on it. They are best placed in tiers to give the illusion that they are coming out of the ground.
Closer to the top of the mound, the size of the tiers should decrease. In order for all levels to be strong, it is recommended to lay a massive stone at the bottom point of each level. This will protect the smaller stones from rolling off the slope.
Stack stones randomly, as if they were in their natural environment. Symmetry is out of place here. Alpine composition will look especially impressive if the stones are similar in color and texture. But do not overload the alpine slide with stones, leave enough space for flowers.
You can decorate the peak of the rock garden with one large stone, which will protect the composition from soil erosion during rains. Several small stones can be laid out on top, building a pyramid out of them.
The best part about creating an alpine slide is planting flowers. A hill made of earth and stones “comes to life” right before our eyes, when plants appear on it. You can plant flowers on an alpine hill both in spring and in autumn. If necessary, during planting, you can add soil mixture to the flower garden.
What flowers to plant on an alpine hill? Stonecrop, crocus, viola, edelweiss, rejuvenated, saxifrage, lumbago, alpine aster, Japanese spirea, aquilegia, dwarf barberry, juniper look great on it. There is no universal rule for combining plants. You will have to be guided by your own preferences and sense of style.
If you don’t have an alpine slide yet, but you really would like to create one – get to work! All you need is soil, rocks and plants. But leave various decorations and garden figures for another flower bed.