Plants for Gravel Gardens

Gravel gardens need little attention and look neat and attractive all year. They offer the ideal habitat for plants that like free-draining, warm conditions.
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Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Twickel Purple’; A mid-sized lavender that, like all others, thrives in well-drained soil in full sun. H to 24 in (60 cm); S 3 ft (1 m).

Angel’s Fishing Rod

Dierama pulcherrimum; A summer-flowering plant that forms chains of corms each year. Once settled in, it’s usually trouble-free. H to 3–5 ft (1–1.5 m); S 24 in (60 cm).

Tufted Hair Grass

Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’; Tussock-forming, evergreen grass producing silvery reddish-brown spikelets from early to late summer. H to 30 in (75 cm); S to 30 in (75 cm).

Sisyrinchium

Sisyrinchium striatum ‘Aunt May’; A tall, clumping perennial with evergreen, striped leaves. It flowers in early to midsummer. H 20 in (50 cm); S 10 in (25 cm).

Wormwood

Artemisia alba ‘Canescens’; Most artemisias thrive in gravel gardens. This variety has curling, silvery leaves. H 18 in (45 cm); S 12 in (30 cm).

Iris

Iris unguicularis ‘Mary Barnard’; Beardless iris with tough, grasslike leaves and bright violet flowers in midwinter. H 12 in (30 cm).

fountain grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’; A compact, early-flowering form, with greenish white spikelets, maturing to gray-brown. H 2–5 ft (0.6–1.5 m); S 2–4 ft (0.6–1.2 m).

Rock Rose

Cistus x dansereaui ‘Decumbens’; A low, spreading shrub with delicate, paper-thin, white flowers that last for only a single day. H 24 in (60 cm); S 3 ft (1 m).

Globe Thistle

Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’; Beautiful, rounded, dark blue flowerheads. A plant that positively likes poor, dry soil in full sun. H to 36 in (90 cm); S 18 in (45 cm).

Stonecrop

Sedum spectabile ‘Brilliant’; Large, persistent flowerheads appear in late summer and attract butterflies and bees. H 18 in (45 cm); S 18 in (45 cm).

Sea Holly

Eryngium giganteum; A tall but short-lived perennial, worth growing for its persistent, thistlelike flowers. H 36 in (90 cm); S 18 in (45 cm).

Yarrow

Achillea filipendulina ‘Gold Plate’; A clump-forming perennial with flat, golden-yellow flowerheads that appear from summer to fall. H 4 ft (1.2 m); S 18 in (45 cm).

Allium

Allium karataviense; A small allium that produces round heads of tiny, star-shaped, pale pink flowers in summer. H 4–10 in (10–25 cm); S 4 in (10 cm).

Sage

Salvia officinalis ‘Tricolor’; A variegated sage with aromatic, gray-green and cream leaves flushed with pink or purple. H to 24–32 in (60–80 cm); S to 3 ft (1 m).

Lady’s Mantle

Alchemilla mollis; Drought-resistant perennial with downy leaves on which rain and dew collect as attractive water droplets. H to 24 in (60 cm); S 30 in (75 cm).

Pink

Dianthus ‘Little Jock’; One of many pinks that bear long-lasting, sometimes scented flowers all through summer. H 8 in (20 cm); S 12 in (30 cm).