Ask a Question forum: Choosing rock garden plants in Southeast Alaska

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May 19, 2016 7:59 PM CST
New to the site. I looked through the forums but couldn't find a thread that fit my question. I live in Southeast AK, temperate rainforest, zone 7b I think. I'm trying to plant a rock garden; I have a successful daffodils, Rhody, azalea, ajuga and geraniums in another I planted some years back. I'm not a total garden dummy, also grow spinach, lettuce, and cherry tomatoes in a small homemade greenhouse, but my problem is, I'd like some ideas for a nice contrasting rock garden with some late-season bloomers that will do well in my climate, preferably one time planting, not sure where to start looking. Space is about a 10-12' circle. Thanks for any input.
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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May 20, 2016 10:54 AM CST
Welcome! to NGA

You live in the banana belt of Alaska! It could be warmer at your house than it is at mine in Reno. The difference is that you will get a lot more rain. Some of my favorites are Bell Flowers, coral bells, wood violets and penstemons. Look for Alpine plants that don't mind getting wet. Marsh marigolds come to mind. Sundews.

Hope this helps.

Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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May 20, 2016 11:01 AM CST
Welcome! @AlaskaKat. Where in the world is SE Alaska? I have been to Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, and many areas only accessible via sea-plane, but those are all SW Alaska. Go east and I know of nothing but mountains until you fall into Canada. Are you in some sort of Alpine valley?
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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
May 20, 2016 11:13 AM CST
It's the little strip that is bordered by Canada on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west. You apparently have been there but failed to look at a map. From south west Alaska, you would have a view of Russia from your front porch. Smiling

Name: Sandy
Croft, PA (Zone 5a)
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May 20, 2016 12:33 PM CST
My kid lives in Kotzebue, Alaska. Russia is closer to him than I am. Sorry I am not talking about what this thread is about.


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