How to make an alpine hill

How to make an alpine hill Table of contents:

  • 1 Choosing the right place
  • 2 Marking and preparation of drainage
  • 3 Selection and laying of stones
  • 4 Planting flower beds
  • 5 Rock Garden Care
  • 6 videos
  • 7 Photos

In the event that you decide to give your country landscape especially picturesque and original look – make it alpine slide, which can be a real surprise for your guests. IN article we will tell you how to make your alpine slide your hands in the country, as well as give photos and video instructions.

Choosing the right place

Alpine Hill PlanAlpine Hill Plan

The construction of a rock garden should begin with a competent selection places under it. It is recommended to proceed from the following considerations:

  • place of planned placement of this element of garden design should be located on the sunny side;
  • it must be removed from the buildings (i.e. located in a picturesque corner of the garden, for example);

An important condition for the sound execution of an alpine hill is soil quality at its location, precluding proximity groundwater.

Marking and preparation of drainage

Drainage PreparationDrainage preparation

After choosing a place for the hill, you can start marking plot produced in accordance with previously selected dimensions. At the end of the markup, it will be necessary to do the preparation grounds for “rock garden”, which should be reliable protection from torrential rains and seasonal floods.

To this end, you need to dig a ditch along the perimeter of the marking. about forty centimeters. The bottom of such a foundation pit falls asleep specially prepared drainage mixture, in the quality of which residues of construction waste (crushed stone, pebbles, broken brick). Then all this is covered with a layer of sand thick about 5-10 cm, and on top is closed in several layers fertile soil containing mineral nutrient mixtures. The soil it should be well loosened and removed from it weeds and roots.

Thus formed basis should be allowed to settle in for several days, during which all its layers will settle and pick up strength required for subsequent work.

Selection and laying of stones

Stacking Alpine slide stonesAlpine Stacking slides

While the base of the slide is shrinking, you can proceed with the selection of stones for her. Properly selected a combination of stones of various sizes and shapes will allow you to create quite original and at the same time natural looking alpine hill. It does not require too much of them quantities, since it’s possible to create an excellent composition sometimes from 5-6 large stones (plus several small ones).

Arrangement of rock gardenArrangement of rock garden

Before laying, lay out all the stone workpieces and select the most beautiful and original in shape. Preference should be given. stones made of valuable natural material (granite, limestone or boulders, for example). The most suitable option for a slide various types of limestone are considered; not bad on it sandstones and schists also look. All operations recommended proceeding from the following considerations:

  1. It is best to lay boulders in several tiers, and between separate stones should leave small gaps that later it will be possible to fill up with earth and plant dwarf trees for example. The very bottom of these spaces can be laid out small “fight”, preventing the growth of weeds.
  2. During installation, the largest stones that burrow into the ground by about two-thirds. it will allow you to securely fix them in the ground, and also create the illusion the naturalness of the resulting composition. Paths around the hill Recommended to lay out from small flat stones or from chips suitable form.
  3. It is also necessary to monitor that there is free soil between stones were enough to plant plants in it.

The slide will look more natural if you make the composition asymmetric, i.e. with a slight deviation from geometrically regular shapes.

Planting flower beds

PlantingPlanting plants

When erecting an alpine hill, due attention must be paid choosing suitable plants that can make it attractive appearance. It will look quite good in such a landscape stunted plants covering the ground with a continuous colorful carpet. In this case, one must take into account the sophistication of their foliage and the beauty of the inflorescences themselves.

Ordinary snowdrops will look perfect on an alpine background or violets, and only a few will yield to them in this regard saffron, phlox, daffodil, primrose or forget-me-not. It is also allowed to land on single plants like juniper, barberry or heather.

Rock Garden Care

Watering the rock gardenWatering the rock garden

Proper care of the hill involves its timely watering, and also regular tillage. Very carefully should be related to watering during the period of growth and flowering plants. Autumn slide requires special care, consisting in harvesting dried leaves and plants, as well as pruning excessively overgrown shrubs. Separate plant samples should be for the winter to insulate.

Spring care involves tamping the soil and protecting flowers from harmful insects. At the same time, you can fertilize the soil with using special mineral mixtures.


In the following video you will learn how to make alpine Beginner’s slide:

A photo

Typical Alpine FlowersTypical flowers for alpine roller coaster


Round rock gardenRound rock garden

Mountain plantsMountain plants

Designer rock gardenDesign rock garden

Design rock gardenRock garden design

Large rock gardenLarge rock garden

Rock garden by the pondRock garden at the pond

Rock garden at homeRock garden at home

Terraced rock gardenTerraced rock garden of type

With green plantsWith green plants

With small pebblesWith small pebbles

With carpet plantsWith carpet plants

With mountain flowersWith mountain flowers

On the plotOn the plot

Alpine slide with a fountainAlpine slide with fountain

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