Plants in the Alpine House or Cold Frame: The Alpine House at Kew this week
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The Davies Alpine House at Kew (5 years old this year) has reached its spring peak so I thought I'd share a few photos with you.
One of my favourites is the white-flowered Paeonia clusii, from Crete. It is perfect now, but the flowers won't last long! It also grows on the rock garden but the Alpine House gives the delicate flowers some protection from wind and rain (not much of that at the moment though).
Elsewhere there is plenty to see and the house is full of colour, in the plunge beds, on the benches and in the permanent plantings.
The benches at each end of the house are filled with pots brought in from the alpine nursery. This one has lewisias, mossy saxifrages and lachenalias, amongst others.
The next photo shows some of the permanent plantings among the sandstone rocks. Blue Lithodora zahnii, pink Geranium glaberrimum, yellow Primula edelbergii and the grey leaved Alkanna oreodoxa.
So if you haven't got a ticket to the Conference in Nottingham, you can always come to Kew!