3 responses to “Armeria juniperifolia ‘Bevan’s Variety’”

  1. Beverley

    Armeria juniperifolia ‘Bevan’s Variety’ – Z8 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
    Armeria juniperifolia ‘Bevan’s Variety’ – Z5-7 – A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk

  2. Maurice Grout

    Hi Daniel, Lovely photo of the Armeria, obviously taken by someone who understands the fundamentals of depth of field, composition and lighting. A couple of questions, if I may, what is the spindly plant to the right of the Armeria? Looks a bit like a bitter cress to me, but I cannot see the rosette of leaves at the base. Also is the soil composition natural or has it been constructed to simulate an alpine herbfield?

  3. Douglas Justice

    Indeed, the plant to the right of the thrift is a bitter cress species, Cardamine oligosperma. This is a very common weed–at times it seems like the dominant vegetation in the alpine garden. The smaller rosettes to the left are plants of creeping speedwell, Veronica filiformis, and the larger, incised leaves above them belong to Aquilegia grata seedlings. All of these plants enjoy the open, sunny aspect and lack of significant competition.

    The soil in the E.H. Lohbunner Alpine Garden is manufactured. Our existing native soil is thin, and although well-drained when left intact, it tends to loose much of its organic content, aeration porosity and infiltrability when worked. Because most of our precipitation occurs in the winter, as rain, we need to provide excellent drainage year-round. A considerable amount of grit and coarse organic matter is mixed into the soil as a consequence, and we top-dress with a gravel mulch to reduce moisture accumulation at the plant-neck level. However, the real advantage we have on this site is what underlyies the soil: tonnes of rock. See the Alpine Garden Interpretive sign at http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/education/alpine_garden.php, and the web entry on the Alpine Garden here: http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/garden/alpine.php.

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