Silene alpestris, aka Heliosperma alpestre, is commonly called the alpine catchfly. It is native to damp but stony meadows and slopes, at an elevation of 1200-2500 m. It's range is from the eastern Alps to the Balkans, usually on limestone substrates. Plants form low tufts or mats to 15 cm high. It spreads slowly by thin rhizomes. Narrow deep green leaves are paired. The white flowers are produced in loose terminal cymes June to August. Individual flowers have five petals, each with three to five notches.
Alpine catchfly requires full sun, well-drained but moist soil soil. It prefers alkaline conditions. It is hardy to...
Hypertufa Containers: Creating and Planting an Alpine Trough Garden
by Lori Chips Workman Publications, Inc., 2018 256 pp., paperback.
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This book is a complete guide to every sect of designing, making and planting fascinating, creative hypertufa troughs. If you are a total novice, Lori’s clear, detailed, engaging writing will take you through every step with confidence. I’m definitely going to recommend and make a gift of this book to friends who aren’t really gardeners, but would enjoy making and planting a trough to display on their patio.
If you are an old hand I think...