Just over 4 months ago I planted this trough with saxifrage and draba. If you are an alpine gardener, you typically love form, texture and pattern.
You are also patient. These before and after shots below illustrate the amazing speed of growth that you can expect from these plants in a Zone 3 gardening season, which is typically short but sweet. This trough lived in part shade, part sun as the angle of the sun changed throughout the summer months and it was watered, fertilized and appropriately babied.
I’m still learning how to plant troughs. This type of top down image doesn’t show the hills and dells in the trough. But is does show the moss that is starting to establish itself on the tufa rock and the beautiful, subtle spread of these tiny plants. The trough is now tucked away out of the wind, will winter it out on the balcony and I know that most of the plants should survive to grow another season.