Rock Garden/ Alpine Plants

Stop by Fort Collins Nursery to check out our amazing selection of rock garden and alpine plants grown locally at Laporte Avenue Nursery. Rock gardens are a great way to add a rugged, natural look to your garden and landscape and usually require little to no maintenance.  These plants come in many varieties, like Columbine, Penstemon, Saxifrage, and Phlox. They are well adapted to our environment and well suited for growing in rocky and low fertility soil. These exceptional plants are loved by everybody and come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Our expert staff will help you pick out the perfect plants for your rock garden today!

Here are some lovely varieties to get you started:

Pasque Flower

Pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Hybrid’

  • Description: Pasque flower is an early season favorite that provides rock gardens and beds with fabulous early spring color. Their cheerful flowers bloom in rich lavenders, pinks, and purples with bright yellow centers. Their fern-like foliage and fringed petals contribute to their beautiful and elegant appearance.
  • Height: 6 in.
  • Spacing: 8 in.
  • Water: Regular
  • Bloom: Spring
  • Zones: 4-8

Silene acaulis

Silene acaulis

  • Description: Silene acaulis is an exquisite gem that should be added to every rock garden. Mats of tiny deep green needle-like leaves are smothered beneath pretty pink flowers that bloom in late spring to early summer.
  • Height: 1 in.
  • Spacing: 8 in.
  • Water: Moderate – Low
  • Bloom: Late spring to early summer
  • Zones: 2-9

Sugarbowl Clematis

Clematis scotti

  • Description: Sugarbowl Clematis was a Plant Select introduction in 2013. It features non-vining upright stems, narrow blue-green foliage, and rich purple-blue turban-shaped flowers that bloom in late spring and early summer. Sugarbowl Clematis are somewhat slow to establish but long-lived once situated.
  • Height: 12-15 in.
  • Spacing: 12-18 in.
  • Water: Moderate – Dry
  • Bloom: May – June
  • Zones: 4-7

Draba zapateri

Draba zapateri

  • Description: Draba zapateri is a bun-shaped plant with tight, deep green foliage and pure white flowers that bloom in late spring. These plants need partial shade and do well on northern slopes.
  • Height: 2 in.
  • Width: 5 in.
  • Water: Low Water
  • Bloom: Mid-April to early May
  • Zones: 5-8

Originally Posted March 31, 2016. Updated April 4, 2019.

4 Responses to “Rock Garden/ Alpine Plants”

  1. Ixora Roberts says:

    Nice pictures, I would have loved to buy all the plants, shrubs and plants I need from you but….no online store????…so sorry.

    • jesse says:

      No online store (shipping for plants is an expensive and logistical nightmare unless you’re buying a semi-truck full), but we’d love for you to visit sometime!

  2. Barbara says:

    Will these plants work at 8500′? I live in Crystal Lakes. North of Red Feather Lakes.
    Thanks so much,
    I will be in soon to buy 2 trees & hopefully save 20%.
    Purchased Service Berry not found up here, and it survived the winter. YEAH.

    • jesse says:

      Many of these plants will survive at your elevation, especially if they have some protection from wind and are tucked in your rock that will help absorb daytime temperatures. In particular, I would look for anything that is a zone 3 or lower, as these will have a better chance of survival.

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