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Heasley Rock Garden

Layers of native stone provide niches for alpine plants, bulbs, and miniature shrubs. Most are perennials. This garden displays plants adapted to conditions found in alpine and coastal environments, such as dry, marginal soils and sunny and windy habitats. Such adaptations include succulent and/or hairy leaves, and vegetative reproduction.

This garden is at its most spectacular in early spring and summer as bees forage among the miniature flowers.

Alpine plants also tend to flower early, and remain small and spread out
for protection against strong, desiccating winds. True alpine plants in
the garden include a 15-year-old moss campion, ‘Pygmaeus’ penstemon,
and dwarf baby’s breath.

Botanic Garden, entrance driveway
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