The Nurseries Alpines sell well, coming in mixed packs of six, and as individuals 9 cm pots, so well in fact we often get new plants in every week.
One of our most popular Alpines are Sempervivums, known for there fascinating geometric shapes, they were popular during the Roman period, there common name being ‘House Leek’.
Alpines are not in fact a single taxon, they are any plant that grows in an Alpine climate above the tree line, and can include mosses, cushion plants, perennial grasses and lichen. Alpine plants have adapted specifically for their environment and as such are suited for free draining, bright, and cold conditions, able to thrive despite a limited growing period. Interestingly they have also adapted to be able to withstand high levels of ultraviolet radiation, though how is not clear. It is suggested that perhaps the influence of the ultraviolet radiation has lead to smaller growth, and other mutations unique to this group.