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Gravel gardening – the beautiful and convenient alternative

Gardening is fun, no doubt about it, but not everyone has the time and patience, or even the climate needed to arrange a garden with soil, lawn, etc. Fortunately there are plenty of alternatives for everyone who wants a low maintenance garden with many beautiful and hardy plants as well.

So, what is the solution you may wonder? It’s actually gravel gardening. It’s such a fascinating solution, and it’s a great solution if you want to create a cosy garden with a touch of the Mediterranean. The great thing with this kind of gardening is that you can arrange a gravel garden wherever you live. You can make it on any soil type, but if you have the possibility to choose, it’s definitely better to do it on sandy or gravelly soil.

How to make a gravel garden

There are several types of gravel to choose between when you’ve decided to create your own gravel garden. Medium-grade gravels can be a wise choice as they are more pleasant to walk on than the small-sized gravels, but if you want to keep cats away, large-sized gravel can be a good alternative too.

Look for local gravel and get it delivered with truck, it’s a convenient way to get it where you want it, and local alternatives will usually be a cheaper choice.

Self-seeding plants will make your garden look more natural and wild, which is perfect if you want a real beautiful and cosy place, where you and your friends can walk about and discover new flowers and plants from day to day. You’ll soon notice that the market is filled with suitable plants to use for gravel gardening. Lavandula, salvia and rosmarinus are all perfect for this purpose, and you can also plant yucca, cistus and juniperus with successful result.

If you’re looking for suitable perennials you should try osteospermum, sedum, euphorbia or phlomis, just to mention a few, but you should also consider to add a few climbers, like campsis, to get an even more fascinating garden.

Low maintenance but still as beautiful

The great thing with a gravel garden is that you won’t have to remind yourself to water your plants daily, as they will keep growing anyway, and the rainfalls will provide the water they need. Another thing you don’t have to do is to add fertilizer on a regular basis. These plants are hardy and will grow without such help.

What you need to do is to keep an eye on the gravel level and add more when needed. You should also remove spent flower stalks in the autumn, but in case you forget to do it then, you can also do it after winter, early spring that is.

Do you think this would be a solution that would be suitable for you? I think it would be a wonderful idea to try, and I would definitely consider doing it if my garden was bigger. Have a look at the photo from Beechwell… It looks so totally natural, and it’s obviously a great choice if you want an amazing garden without investing several hours each day cutting the lawn, watering plants, etc.