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Step by step guide to making an Alpine Trough

Friday 17th March 2023

An Alpine trough is an eye-catching and low-maintenance addition to any garden. Alpine plants are hardy, extremely resilient and easy to grow. Alpines naturally grow at high altitude on scree, or in well-drained growing conditions, which makes them ideal for our gardens being hardy and needing little water.

  1. Select a container, ideally shallow for easy drainage, but anything can do as long as it has a hole in the bottom.
  2. Place some stones at the base of the container for drainage.
  3. Mix John Innes No 2 compost with some grit to add more drainage.
  4. Plant up with a selection of plants. We have used Dianthus deltoids ‘Maiden Pink’, Cotula hispida, Iberis sempervirens ‘Erber Zweg’, Campanula ‘Clockwise Blue’ and Lewisia cotyledon ‘Elise’.
  5. Top with gravel, grit, slate or some other attractive topping.
  6. Place container in a light spot and water sparingly.
Alpine Trough

Items you’ll need for making your Alpine trough.


Alpine Trough

Fill your container with John Innes No 2 mixed with grit.


Alpine Trough

Plant your Alpine plants leaving good space between each one.


Alpine Trough

Top with gravel, scree or grit.

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