Lay a Gravel Garden

Drought-tolerant plants that originate from arid, rocky places look at home in a gravel garden. Ideal for a hot, sunny spot, a gravel border is easy to make and creates a mosaic of colors and textures.

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When to Start: spring
At Its Best: summer
Time to Complete: 6 hours

Materials Needed:

  • drought-loving plants
  • washed sand
  • landscape fabric
  • scissors
  • galvanized staples
  • watering can
  • gravel
  • boulders

Prepare the Area

Dig over the area thoroughly and remove any weeds. You need a well-drained soil to keep drought-tolerant plants happy, so dig in washed sand to make sure that yours drains freely, even in wet weather.

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Lay Membrane

Weed-suppressing membrane or landscape fabric allows rain to soak through to the roots, yet prevents weeds from growing. Lay it over the entire area, overlapping the edges and pinning them down with galvanized staples as you go.

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Cut Crosses for Plants

Place your plants in their positions on the landscape fabric, and then arrange them to create a pleasing display. For each plant, cut a cross in the fabric and fold back the flaps.

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