Softening the hardscape of concrete or stone paving, steps or walls with pocket gardens can give you the look of a well established landscape in a short time.
Certain plants lend themselves to these exquisite little gardens, particularly those plants that drape and billow naturally.
As the colony grows the chicks fall to the ground to create an intriguing textural tapestry.
Planted at the edge of patios, brick walkways or paved areas these drought tolerant steppable plants give the whole area a feeling of romance and antiquity.
Steps specially constructed with small cavities and fissures can be planted with Armeria, Iberis or alpine plants which relish the dry well drained conditions.
They’ll enhance the landscape with flowers in succession and textural foliage through out the seasons.
Investigate plants that are easy to maintain and not invasive, as the tight confines can be difficult to renovate.
Pay particular attention to the type of soil that you plant the hardy succulents into.
Depending on what is surrounding the garden such as pavement, flagstones or concrete it's crucial to have really good drainage, and make sure in the design stages that you don't accidentally create a sump, where excess water will collect - this is the surest way to kill off any type of succulent plant, and most other delicate and fragile alpines.
Design your pocket gardens to accent existing plantings, soften hard landscape features or draw attention to a focal point in the bigger picture of the xeric garden.
Thyme lawns or steps are drought resistant and tough enough for any environmental challenges.
It used to be that once in a while these kinds of plants would come to the fore, and successfully maneuver dry summers, but now it's obvious that these are the most suited to what is becoming the norm.
Seeing how beautiful these unique landscapes are and how well they perform in challenging conditions will encourage others to find unique plants to use in their own xeric garden.