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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Encourage Seeding

Both weeds and seedlings of desired plants will spring up in a gravel bed, and it's important to learn the difference between them. To identify them you may have to allow weeds to grow larger than you would ideally like. In addition, deadhead regularly; seeds will never get the chance to form if the flowers are cut off the moment they start to fade.

Sea holly (Eryngium giganteum), 36 inches high, 12 inches wide (image 1); Welsh poppy (Meconopsis cambrica), 18 inches high, 10 inches wide (image 2); love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena), Persian Jewel Group, 16 inches high, 9 inches wide (image 3); foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), 5 feet high, 24 inches wide (image 4).

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Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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