They say that people are divided into those who love the seaand those who love mountains. If you are of the second type, then this article is for you. Learn how to transfer a piece of your favorite landscape to a regular site. The main thing to remember is that this is a piece of the Alpine ecosystem on your site. And even if the plants are not truly alpine, it is in your power to arrange everything so that the slide will be no worse than Mont Blanc. Creation of the foundation First of all,decide on the size of the slide. They can be very different, it all depends on and on the desired proportion of the rock garden. Especially effectively you can beat the natural slope of the site. An artificial slope is recommended to be done to the southwest or southeast. When arranging a site, excess land often arises, which is very convenient to adapt to the base of the slide. The top layer of soil 20-25 centimeters deep is removed and the depression is filled with broken brick. Such drainage is absolutely necessary, since all "alpine" plants cannot tolerate wet soil. Placement of stones The next step is placementstones. Everything here is limited only by your imagination, but there are some recommendations that can greatly simplify the process. So, it is better to put a plastic wrap under the stones with holes for water drainage - this will interfere with the growth of weeds. It is better to orient oblong stones in one direction. It is recommended to place the largest and most beautiful stone at the base, smaller stones on the periphery. Small gaps of soil should be left between the stones, where plants will develop. The choice of plants Rock garden is by no means ephemeraleducation, which means that the plants must be selected so as to ensure the continuous flowering of the slide. Conifers will look great: juniper, thuja, black pine, Canadian spruce, mountain pine, fir and other dwarf or creeping forms. They replicate the natural plant community of the mountains and serve as a background for the rest of the plants. In some compositions, however, they can act as an independent bright accent. Conifers can be selected based on the color of the crown - there are blue, dark green, yellowish options. The top of the rock garden is planted with light-loving andundersized plants, ideally - soil cover. Such a choice is justified by the fact that they strengthen the soil on top and do not obscure other plants. For such purposes, a variety of cleaning agents are excellent, for example white purification or oreganum. Dilute the vertex composition will help blotches of Iberis, phlox or saxifrage, but the latter is better still to obscure anything from the direct rays. The main thing here is to remember about the specific conditions on the top of the rock garden: we are talking about intensive lighting, high temperature of the stone and scarcity of the soil. In summer, the top of the hill must be watered every day, because in such conditions the water evaporates very quickly. The middle tier of the hill is best plantedlight-loving, but half-shade plants. Do not forget that the alpine hill is not a flower garden, so plants need to be selected not only ornamental flowers, but also decorative-deciduous ones. For the middle tier, such flowers as the Carpathian bell, crocus, pincer, siliceous phlox, coin-colored sunflower, various rings, youngsters are suitable. The lower tier and the northern side of the hill areplant with shade-loving plants. Fern can be an exotic addition. The shadow saxifrage will also feel great. The harmony of an alpine slide is based on a combination of stone and plants, so whatever plants you choose, you should not completely plant stones. Otherwise, the rock garden will be indistinguishable from a simple slope. Slide maintenance The Alpine slide requires careful maintenance. Firstly, all manipulations must be carried out manually, because standard "means of mass destruction" is quite problematic to wield in the tight spaces between stones. Perennial weeds such as wheatgrass can be problematic, so efforts must be made to eradicate them immediately and prevent rhizome development as soon as they emerge. In addition, the soil, due to its small volume, quicklydries up, so in hot weather the slide requires abundant and frequent watering. the plants are covered, and the hill is covered with snow. This way, the delicate plants will retain their vitality, and already next spring, the blossoming mountain flowers will color your little Alps.