An easier and more popular way of growing and displaying alpines being more adapatable to the smalller more modern garden both cheaper and less space demanding than the rockery. Raised beds can be constructed of stone walling or wood with various levels and different shapes to create interest the idea behind a raised bed being above ground level it is both free draining and easier to appreciate the plants select any site as long as no lying water can collect below the bed and incorporate drainage holes into the base of the side walls avoiding total shade. The soil as for the rockery needs to be well drained yet moisture retentive making up a mixture of 1/3 good loam soil or john innes compost no3 1/3 leaf mould or peat and 1/3 horticultural grit adjustment can be made in different parts of the raised bed to give different conditions. Rasied beds can be built on concrete bases if you have no alternative but you must add broken coarse stones at the base as well as side drainage holes, Top dress the soil with gravel to give a nice appearence and backdrop to the foliage of the plants also providing quick drainage from around the base or neck of the plant which many alpines require especially with the winter wet. When planting select plants similar to the rock garden but allow the soil mixture to settle for a few weeks as it will drop before top dressing.