A gravel garden is one of the easiest ways to get your green fix without having to spend copious amounts of time pottering in the soil to make sure your plants survive.
Gravel is easy to install and is prized for its drainage capabilities. A layer of gravel in a garden ensures moisture is properly distributed to the plants gradually, so there’s no need to water as frequently.
It’s also great for preventing weed growth since the rocks block sunlight from reaching weed seeds in the soil layer.
And finally, gravel just looks good. Picture a clean area distinguished by white rocks that add texture and a unique aesthetic to your landscaping. It’s a win-win with gravel!
If you’re toying with the idea of a gravel garden, one of the most important things to consider is what you’ll grow. Some plant varieties are easier to maintain with gravel than others, and in this post, we share some of our favorites!
This pretty flower is an excellent gravel garden edger, adding colorful brilliance while growing easily in the rocks. This is also pollinator-friendly, boosting the ecosystem of your garden.
These drought-tolerant flowers offer a great variety, with different species that serve unique purposes, contributing to the overall well-being of the garden.
For example, euphorbia x pasteurii gives off a pleasant sweet aroma while euphorbia myrsinites sprawls out over the ground, making it perfect for the front of your garden.
This is a shrub-like plant with small, rounded blossoms that come in shades of pink or white. Cistus is a versatile plant that combines well with other Mediterranean, drought-hardy varieties like rosemary and lavender.
For grasses, you can’t go wrong with stipa. The long stalks and golden color of stipa are a perfect contrast against colorful blooms, adding texture and movement to your gravel garden.
A striking plant gives your gravel garden an exotic feel, and there are no better species to accomplish this than an agave. This variety is a bit more high maintenance if you live in a cold region. You’ll have to keep it dry during wet, winter days.
To boost the pollinator benefits of your garden and provide ground cover over the gravel, stachys varieties such as ‘Big Ears’ and ‘Silver Carpet’ are a perfect choice. Not only that, they look unique with silver, fuzzy leaves. Wool carder bees like to use the leaf fuzz to line their nests.