Many alpine plants are beginning to flower this week, and I suggest you fill gaps in the garden with these easy to grow, inexpensive plants. I've also got tips for those of you with ponds and those planning new lawns. You can never let your guard down as far as slugs and snails are concerned either, so there's a little reminder here too!
If you have used a water heater, remove or switch it off now. Turn on the pump to circulate and oxygenate the water and start feeding the fish if you have them.
If you fancy some early colour in your pond plant Marsh Marigolds Caltha palustris. They are an excellent plant for bees too!
If your garden has large paved areas, try to get low growing thyme in any cracks. Why not plant a container full of these little plants? Use John Innes no. 1 compost and add a third, by volume, of fast draining grit. Position in full sunshine if possible.
Top dress alpine plants with sharp sand or grit. Get it in under the base of the plant so that there is excellent drainage there.
Alpine plants are not just for rockeries. Fill gaps at the front of borders with easy low growing alpines. Start with dwarf pinks Dianthus, Campanulas, rock roses Helianthemum, rock soapwort Saponaria ocymoides and saxifrages.