Fashion is everywhere, and landscape design is no exception.
Today, the creation of alpine slides or rockeries attracts many people who want to bring something unusual to their garden interior and make their site special.
It must be said right away that some people do not see any difference between an alpine slide and a rockery. In fact, there is still a difference. At the base of the rockery there is a flat platform made of stone or gravel. And an alpine slide is an elevation, an embankment. This building was dubbed Alpine for the fact that plants are planted on it, which, as a rule, can be found in mountainous areas.
Like any work, the creation of a rock garden begins with planning. To choose a place for an alpine slide, you need to decide on its dimensions. If there are hills on the territory, then it is better to choose the highest place. There are no specific advice on the height of the structure. Here you need to be guided by the features of the landscape design of a particular site.
An alpine slide should not be conspicuous and disturb harmony. It should also be remembered that you will need to water the plants. Answer the question - is it possible to supply water for irrigation to the selected place. A fountain or waterfall will only emphasize the overall composition.
Do not forget that it would be nice to have a flower garden near the rock garden. Such a solution will add elegance to the slide, as well as bring an additional effect to the landscape design of the site. In the event that there is no flower garden, it is necessary, when preparing a place for a rock garden, to leave a small area around for a flower garden. Stony soils in their natural environment do not retain water and dry quickly. Plants growing on such soils are not used to high humidity.
The first step is to lay the future “bedding” on the site that has been selected. To begin with, we put gravel, broken brick or small crushed stone. This layer will serve as the "foundation" of the entire structure, so it must be compacted. The second layer is coarse-grained river sand. It should also be well sealed. The third layer will be soil. The soil can be taken from the site, but nutrient mixtures, such as peat, should be added to it.
After that, you can proceed to the external design. In the mountainous area, cobblestones of various shapes and sizes are located completely randomly. Therefore, to give the appropriate look, you need to take into account some recommendations:
• First, you need to remember that everything should be harmonious, but you should not strive for symmetry. This will deprive the slide of its naturalness. • Second, large stones should be stacked at the base, and small stones will look better higher. • Third, you should not stack stones tightly to each other. Plants are to be planted between them. • Fourthly, in order to avoid the destruction of the rock garden, it is necessary to firmly ground the soil in the place where you are laying the stones.
After the rock garden is ready, the plants are planted. Landscaping experts advise planting undersized plants that will not shade the space behind the slide.