The Q&A Archives: Rock Wall Garden

Question: What type of perennial plants would be most suited for a rock wall garden with acidic soil and partially shaded (afternoon sun)?

Answer: In general, a location with hot afternoon sun would require plants that are able to withstand full sun rather than those listed as needing partial shade. Your location is probably also very well drained, so you will need plants that do not require a moist soil. Here are some to consider and experiment with: sedums and thymes of all kinds, rock cress, arabis, verbena, penstemon, creeping phlox, dwarf or miniature iris, minor spring bulbs such as crocus, perennial geraniums, dianthus and creeping baby's breath ( these two may require a slightly less acid soil but the plants should do well in that type of location), creeping phlox, veronica "Crater Lake Blue" and houseleeks or hens and chicks.

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