Rock garden quarterly

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Many Troughs in a Small Space

LIVING MY ENTIRE life on the small, suburban, central New Jersey property that I have inhabited since the age of one and being interested in the cultivation of a vast array of plants has always been a challenge for me. By small, I mean a 50 ft by 100 ft (15 m by 30 m) lot that also includes a 35 ft...

From Alpines to Bogs: Gardening in Pots and Troughs in a Brooklyn Garden

I’M ALWAYS AMUSED by articles on “small gardens” which invariably feature a plot around the size of a small suburban yard. In Brooklyn, we know small, as in truly tiny or postage-stamp sized. Those of us in New York City and other dense urban environments are happy to have any outdoor space at all...

Rooftop Conifer Garden

IN ANY GREAT pugilistic match, the first few rounds are a feeling out process. You have to learn the strengths and weaknesses of your opponent, adapt, and prepare for surprises. Like a boxing match, the conifer test and display garden atop the Arsenal in New York City, which was my first experience...

Trough Gardening Among Skyscrapers

I HAVE BEEN the steward of a unique, urban garden for several years. It comprises two parallel terraces just a few floors above street level at Rockefeller Center in New York City, planted over 20 years ago as a rock garden. There are 98 troughs raised on pedestals, with shallow, inset green roof...

Closing the Garden Gate

AS THE NARGS Executive Secretary, a position that includes handling memberships, I often receive notes from members telling me that, because they are downsizing, they will have no space to garden, and therefore are canceling their memberships. I've often wanted to write back, suggesting they...

Constructing a Container Crevice Garden

Jeremy Schmidt: In early 2020, Bobby Ward asked if I would like to build a tiny crevice garden in each of two half-barrel-sized outdoor containers. “Sure!” I said.

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Androsace carnea

General Information:

This species is native to the western Alps and eastern Pyrenees, growing in alpine habitats at elevations up to 1900 m. It generally grows on granitic rock. Plants form evergreen rosettes of small, narrow leaves. The flowers are produced in umbels on stems 5-15 cm tall. Flowers, 5-9 mm in diameter, are pink or white, with yellow eyes. There are several subspecies available including rosea (halleri), laggeri (deep pink) and brigitanica (white). In the wild, it...

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Linum elegans
Linum elegans
Iris reichenbachii
Iris reichenbachii
Iris reichenbachii
Iris reichenbachii
Crocus veluchensis
Crocus veluchensis
Anemone caucasica
Anemone caucasica
Rhododendron 'Wren'
Rhododendron 'Wren'
Rhododendron 'Wren'
Rhododendron 'Wren'
Clematis marmoraria
Clematis marmoraria
Polygala calcarea
Polygala calcarea
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Convolvulus suendermannii
Convolvulus suendermannii
Kalmiopsis leachiana
Kalmiopsis leachiana
Kalmiopsis leachiana
Kalmiopsis leachiana
Lewisia columbiana var. rupicola
Lewisia columbiana var. rupicola
Lewisia columbiana
Lewisia columbiana
Lewisia columbiana
Lewisia columbiana
Draba incerta
Draba incerta
Draba incerta
Draba incerta