A Scree Garden For Early Spring (That Rocks)

Succulents in tufa pot

We are barely one week into spring but I must confess I’ve been watching my plants grow (literally) from my bedroom window on a daily basis-I can’t resist! My daffodils are glorious, but all else is coming along…slowly.  Thankfully, I have my scree garden to provide a little early spring interest as I chomp at the bit for flowers, flowers, flowers!

Succulents along a rock wall

Some may be wondering, ‘what is a scree?’ The term has an alpine derivative.  A scree is a mass of small loose stones covering a slope on a mountain- essentially the terms refers to loose rocks.  In nature, plants peek through this lazy and haphazard mass of stones, to opportunely cascade along the nooks and crannies.  If you’ve ever gone hiking in the mountains, this vignette is hard to miss. The most common plants used for this type of garden in my area are phlox, sedums and other succulents. For example, creeping phlox, Sempervivum, sedum album, etc. These plants are waking up now in my garden, and they will soon flower to perfection.

If you don’t have a rock garden, the next best thing is constructing a scree garden in a concrete tufa pot. Arranging the various textures and colors to artistic perfection is part of the fun, and their awakening in your garden will mark the beginning of spring for you too.


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