Alpine Gardens

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape November 21, 2014|Print

Alpine gardens are designed with plants that grow in high mountain elevations around the world. Due to harsh growing conditions and a short growing season,  these plants are slow growing,  and have a low and compact growth habit.  Most alpine plants are suitable for rock gardens and can be planted at lower elevations. 

Tips for Designing an Alpine Garden

  • Group plants in patches to create a more natural look 
  • Repeat color, texture, or form throughout the garden to create unity
  • If possible, observe how plants grow in their natural habitat
  • Visit demonstration gardens in your area for ideas

wildflowers in a mountain meadow


alpine plants in foreground frame a mountain view

A native high elevation meadow blooming at about 9,000 feet in Northern Utah. Photo credit: S. Buffler


An alpine garden in the mountains of Switzerland features plants from around the world. Photo credit: Brian Rosen Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Rocky stairsteps planted with alpine flowers



Alpine demonstration garden. Photo credit: La Cita Vitta Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0


Additional Resources:

Selection and Culture of Landscape Plants in Utah
Mountain Plants of Northeastern Utah
North American Rock Garden Society
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens