draylon I wouldn't write off alpines, I have pots in my garden that get left out all winter and have been fine for the past two winters - as long as they have decent drainage and you don't pick anything too fussy. I've got sedum, saxifrage, lewisia (this gets the most upset by persistent rain but has not yet died!), thrift.
Mine are just coming into flower now and they look ADORABLE. So dinky