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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Plant Through Fabric

Dig a hole and plant your plants at the same depth they were at in their pots. Add a little fertilizer to the back-filled soil and firm it in. Replace the fabric to fit around the stems.

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Spread Gravel Mulch

Once all of the plants have been watered in, spread a 2" layer of gravel over the entire area. You may need to top this up occasionally to keep the garden looking its best. Water the plants in dry spells for the first year.

Cover Membrane with Gravel MulchEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Self-Seeded Gravel Garden

A slightly different style of gravel garden uses no landscape fabric. Plants are left to self-seed and create a wonderfully natural effect, but make sure you remove every scrap of perennial weed during the preparation.

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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