Alpines are easy to grow and, after planting, require little care or maintenance. Originating in high altitude regions where they have adapted to grow in harsh conditions, they are tough and hardy despite their small size. The only condition they don’t like is being waterlogged, so free-draining soil is important for these plants, most them even being drought tolerant.
There is an alpine for most areas of the garden. They can be planted in containers or troughs, rock gardens, borders, between paving slabs to soften edges and even in walls where they can tumble over the stones. Favourite garden alpines include Aubrieta (good for cascading over walls) and Sempervivum (tough and hardy houseleeks).