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How to Make and Maintain a Gravel Garden? Preparation, Steps and Types of Plants

Fancy a change by moving on from your traditional garden, which takes up so much of your time? Weeding, mowing, fertilising, watering – it’s a never-ending battle to keep on top of all those gardening jobs, right? Well, you can find a great solution to this by creating a low-maintenance gravel garden.

Table of Contents:

  • Ground Preparation
  • How to Lay Gravel in The Garden
  • Suitable Plants
  • Gravel Types
  • How to Maintain a Gravel Garden

If you are:

  • tired of watching your fragile plants dying out because you don’t have enough time;
  • wanting to try out gravel gardens;
  • searching for the next trending landscape design.

Keep on reading.

Gravel garden designs come in all sizes and shapes and are relatively easy to make. You may prefer a garden in a Mediterranean style, opt for a Moroccan clean look or decide on a naturally evolving self-seeding garden… But regardless of the design, in all cases, your landscaping efforts will involve a fair bit of preparation.

Laying the gravel the right way, choosing suitable plants and learning how to maintain both are vital aspects of the process, in order to achieve the desired aesthetic result. So, with this post, we’ll help you accomplish the goal of establishing a beautiful and easy-to-maintain gravel garden from scratch.

How to Lay a Gravel Garden Correctly

Ground preparation

Below is a universal 5-step process of how to prepare the ground for your new hardscape:

  • Clear the space of all vegetation. This includes the regular grass along with all the weeds and plants.
  • Remove weeds and carefully take out plants you want to keep and introduce back into your gravel garden.
  • Dig over the ground once or twice to enhance the condition of the top layer of soil.
  • Rake well to even out the surface and break down any lumps and bumps.
  • Feed the soil with granulated fertiliser, compost or manure, as this will be your last chance to boost its fertility.
  • Add coarse sand if necessary to improve drainage.
  • Dig an outside border (about 4 inches wide and a couple of inches deep) to separate the area from other garden features that you want to keep, whether it’s a grassed patch, a patio, a path, a rockery or a flower bed. A pro level garden design of an irregular shape may involve creating soft edges to accommodate different focal points – an existing water feature, a tree or a shrub. This means that you may need to dig an inside border around a central garden feature or plant.
  • Finally, lay a weed membrane over the prepared area and secure it with staples or weights (large stones and rocks). Skip this step if you wish to make a self-seeding gravel garden.

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How to Lay Gravel in The Garden

To complete your gravel garden project, purchase a sufficient quantity of gravel. Note that you will need about 40 kg of 20mm gravel to cover one sq.m at a 2-inch depth. To measure the area of a funny-shaped garden, multiply the length and width of the imaginary rectangle that surrounds it. If this measuring method fails, just use an online gravel calculator.

  • Finish the borders – You can add an edge (a metal strip) and bury it into the borders, so it’s just above the ground, to keep the gravel in place. The edge will also improve drainage if the soil is heavy, such as clay. Then, gently cover the border with gravel. Or skip this step and place pavers, boulders or pebbles to construct your borders.
  • Spread the gravel – Place any additional semi-permanent focal points (heavy terracotta pots, rocks, a stone bench or a decorative rainwater collector) in the preferred position, first. Then, spread the gravel as evenly as possible over the membrane around those. Pay heed when laying the gravel near the plants and use precision when working next to the borders. Keep any excess gravel mulch aside to fill bald patches when necessary.
  • Level the gravel – Rake the gravel to smooth down uneven spots. Again, be extra careful not to damage your fresh-planted shrubs, succulents and perennials. If you feel adventurous you can incorporate different coloured slate chippings into your gravel garden design. This means that you will need to be even more diligent when raking the gravel as to not spoil the desired pattern.

What Plants Are Suitable for a Gravel Garden?

Drought-resistant plants are your best bet when deciding on your gravel garden vegetation variety. Herbaceous perennials, herbs, grasses, shrubs, succulents and some types of bulbs that are tolerant to dry weather, will all thrive, once planted properly.

These plants require less watering and will flourish if you live in a region with relatively dry summers and low rainfall.

Gravel garden planting tips

Think about where you want each plant to go and place the pots in position on top of the weed-suppressing membrane. When happy with the floral and foliage display design, cut crosses (not holes) into the sheet. Dig holes and plant your specimens. Add compost to give them a good start. Tuck the membrane edges under the plants and water them well.
Ensure that you space your plants out to provide them with enough room to grow. Smaller sun-loving plants should not be planted near larger varieties so that their shade doesn’t prevent them from thriving.

What type of gravel

It’ll be entirely your choice as to what type of gravel you decide to use to cover your garden. Pea gravel, crushed stones or different coloured slate chippings are all suitable for dressing the membrane around your plants and existing garden features.
Our advice is to avoid using very small gravel, as it can easily escape outside the borders. Also, it may attract neighbouring cats to use as litter. Beware of the sharp edges of crushed stone, as it may pose a hazard to bare-feet children and pets. Very light coloured gravel can become looking greyish and dull with time from accumulated dust and rain won’t wash it, necessarily.

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How to Maintain a Gravel Garden With Ease

As mentioned, your gravel garden will require very little to no maintenance, especially once it becomes established. However, there are a few things that you should do now and again to ensure that the gravelled area looks neat and presentable, as well as plant life thrives in optimum conditions, depending on the time of the year.

Hardscaping maintenance tips

You may encounter some issues, which affect the clean and orderly look of your gravel garden. Fallen leaves and blossoms may spoil the visual pleasure of the perfectionist owner. Or weeds may start to sneak through the membrane around plants and near the borders and this way, disturb the uniform texture of your garden hardscape.
You can use a leaf blower, a plastic rake or a stiff brush to clear plant debris. Pull manually unwanted weeds to address the second problem. Also, over time, you may notice patches with scarce gravel that will need topping up.

Keeping gravel garden plants in good shape

The level of care your plants require will largely depend on their variety. Some perennials, such as stonecrops, beeblossom and phlox should be deadheaded in early summer to prolong their season. Herbal plants, like thyme, also require the occasional trimming. Dead stalks can be removed for aesthetic reasons, although, some gardeners see them as a complementing feature during the winter months.
Self-seeding gardens, which are built without a weed membrane, will naturally need more work and regular weeding. So, to avoid pulling accidentally the “young” of your pretty verbenas, mulleins and fennel, leave the protruding seedlings to grow for a bit so you can discern more easily which are weeds and which – plants. Most probably, you’ll rarely need to water your plants. But it won’t hurt if you feed them occasionally.

So, there, you now know how to approach the design of your beautiful gravel garden in a few easy-to-follow steps. A garden, where you can enjoy spending more time without breaking too much sweat to keep it in tip-top shape. On that note, your low-maintenance gravel garden doesn’t need to stay rigid and unvarying. You can still have a dynamic and flourishing recreational outdoor space by introducing new plant varieties and by illuminating different features with landscape lights and solar lanterns. And why not experiment by adding new fixtures to your garden hardscape, be it a pretty sculpture or a trendy firepit?

Takeaways

  • You need to prepare the ground before laying the gravel.
  • Make sure to measure your space and purchase enough gravel.
  • Take care not to damage any plants when laying the gravel.
  • Drought-resistant plants are the best choice for gravel gardens.
  • Avoid using very small gravel, as it can escape the borders.

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Did we manage to make you a gravel garden convert? Or do you have any different gravel garden design ideas and maintenance tips? Then, please, share them in the comment box below!

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  • Last update: October 31, 2019

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Laying a gravel path is one of the easiest parts of garden hardscaping, and even a relatively inexperienced DIYer can lay one. Despite the easy of laying, it’s one of the nicest looking features in a traditional garden, blending seamlessly into most planting schemes.

A gravel path has practical advantages, too. Rain will permeate through it and soak away into the soil, so during heavy rainfall there won’t be a problem caused by run-off, when surface water surges directly into an overloaded drainage system. If at a later date you decide to alter the garden layout, a gravel path is easily reversible.

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Planning your garden path

  • Before starting any work, mark out the proposed route with string or marking paint, in a straight or curving shape. Live with this for a while to make sure you have chosen the ideal position, and look at the effect from an upstairs window in the house.
  • Gravel must be kept in its place otherwise it can start to look unsightly. Simple timber gravel boards will overcome this, nailed to wooden pegs at one metre intervals, but decorative edges are both functional and attractive.
  • A practical gravel path between the front door and the gate will be well used so needs to be on a firm, level base that is preferably wide enough for two people, a pram or a wheelchair. A more frivolous garden path can meander around flower beds to draw you towards hidden corners or a secluded bench (find out how to restore a garden bench in our guide).

How to lay a gravel path on soil

You will need:

  • Steel tape
  • String
  • Spirit level
  • Sharp spade
  • Rake
  • Concrete
  • Hardcore (optional depending on quality of soil – see step six)
  • Mortar
  • Brick trowel
  • Gravel or decorative aggregate(allow 40kg per sq m)

1. Mark out the path

Use a length of hosepipe to firm up a position. If the path runs adjacent to the house ensure it is at least 16cm below the level of the damp proof course. Leave a gap of at least 23cm between walls and path to prevent heavy rain wetting the walls. If the path is curved, choose edging in shorter lengths for a smoother look.

2. Dig an edging trench

The depth of the trench will depend on the soil, the height of the edging and the ‘upstand’ – the difference in height between the top of the edging and the path. Compact the base with the head of a rake. At the bottom of the trench lay a concrete foundation approximately 10cm deep. Smooth with a trowel and check levels.

3. Bed in the edging

Once the concrete has set, fix up a string line to guide the top of the edgings. Set up a second line to guide the front edge. Spread an even layer of mortar to bed the edging stones. Allow a gap of about 3mm to 4mm between each one. Cover with plastic sheeting to protect from rain or from drying too quickly.

4. Haunch the edging

Wait for a day or so for the mortar to set then use concrete to ‘haunch’ or support the edging. This is carried out behind the edging stones for up to two thirds of the height. To aid drainage use your trowel to slope the concrete away from the edging. Afterwards, once the soil is reinstated, the haunching will be hidden.

5. Remove turf and soil

Allow the edging to dry sufficiently before tackling the path. Remove grass and soil to a depth of 10cm to 15cm; the depth will depend upon soil conditions. You may even be lucky enough to find the remains of a previous path. Remove grass and all vegetation otherwise this will rot down and cause unevenness in the future.

6. Compact the soil

For narrow paths use the head of a rake or a sturdy piece of wood to firm down the soil. For larger paths use a garden roller or hire a vibrating plate. If the sub-soil is soft add a few inches of hardcore or scalping stone and compact once more. Level with gravel to prevent the hardcore working to the surface as the ground settles.

7. Add a weed membrane

Lay a piece of discarded carpet or a layer of permeable membrane, which allows rain to pass through it but will keep the gravel separate from the soil below. It will help to keep the path weed-free, too. Occasionally rake the stones to keep the path smooth and deter any colonising growth.

8. Distribute the gravel

Gravel and decorative aggregates come in a variety of colours from buff to pink and grey. Bear in mind existing landscaping colours when choosing. Smaller sized aggregates look proportionally better on a smaller path. With a rake spread gravel to a depth of 2-3cm evenly on to the membrane.

Choosing aggregate or gravel

Gravel and decorative aggregates are available from builder’s merchants and garden centres. While the smaller grade ‘pea shingle’ or 10mm gravel looks good, it may encourage cats to use the path as a litter tray, in which case a larger grade 20mm size might be preferable. Allow 40kg of gravel per square metre.

Loose gravel is always cheaper than resin-bound gravel, which has epoxy binders added to it to make it stick together. Avoid gravel that says ‘resin bonded’, as that means it’s not permeable; always opt for ‘resin bound’. Alternatively, choose self-binding gravel, which has not had the sand and dust removed and therefore binds together, making for a firmer path.

Find out more about choosing gravel to get the best for your garden.

Gravel path maintenance

It is essential to give your gravel path some maintenance to keep the gravel iself evenly distributed and debris free. You’ll need a rake and a stiff brush. Start by brushing away any dead leaves or branches that may have fallen on to the path from nearby trees. Then, rake thoroughly to lift smaller bits that may have become stuck in, and redistribute the gravel. Repeat every couple of weeks, or every week during leaf fall in autumn.

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How did pea gravel get its name? We’ll give you one guess.

As gravel goes, it doesn’t get any better. These rounded fragments of pea-size stone crunch underfoot as satisfyingly as crispy cereal. Good for covering driveways and paths, and for filling spaces between stone pavers, pea gravel is inexpensive and versatile.

Yet sometimes we overlook this humble standby, especially with all the sexier hardscaping materials around. (Why, hello limestone. New in town?) But its natural appearance, permeability, and versatility often make pea gravel the best choice. If you’re wondering how to build a weed- and mud-free garden path, edge a tidy vegetable plot, or put in a driveway without breaking the budget, pea gravel offers a lot of advantages.

Here’s everything you need to know about this easy-to-install and inexpensive friend:

Above: Photograph by Nicole Franzen for Gardenista..

What is pea gravel?

These small, fluid stones found near bodies of water have an appealingly smooth texture, the result of natural weathering. Pea gravel comes in sizes from 1/8 inch to 3/8 inch, about the size of a pea, and in a range of natural colors like buff, rust brown, shades of gray, white, and translucent.

Above: This geometric garden in a Brooklyn backyard, designed by Susan Welti of Foras Studio, features bluestone pavers and pea gravel.

What are the best uses for pea gravel?

Paths, patios, driveways, and playgrounds are a few candidates. Pea gravel is often overlooked as mulch material around containers or garden plants: It suppresses weed growth, retains moisture, and doesn’t decompose like organic mulch.

Above: A pea-gravel path abuts a bed of mulch and bluestone pavers, neatly separated by a strip of metal edging. Photograph by Nicole Franzen for Gardenista.

Because of its tendency to travel, pea gravel must be contained by some type of edging material, such as brick, stones, Bender Board, or metal edging (as shown above). I found it worked well for the path in the narrow yard beside my house, providing both excellent drainage and a rodent barrier (big plus: rodents can’t dig through pea gravel). We embedded flagstones in the gravel as the path approached the lawn, gradually phasing out the gravel–since gravel and lawn do not mix.

Above: Pea gravel seems to flow like a river at Perch Hill, Sarah Raven’s garden in East Sussex, England. Photograph by Ngoc Minh Ngo.

Another consideration is that pea gravel shifts underfoot. As much as we love the crunching sound of footsteps on gravel, it can be hard to drag any wheeled conveyance (say, a suitcase or stroller) over pea gravel, and the surface may not be stable enough to support outdoor furniture.

Above: Photograph courtesy of Mosaic Gardens.

How do you install pea gravel?

Compared to other hardscaping materials, installing pea gravel is relatively easy. Generally, you work the soil about 6 inches deep, remove any weeds, lay down 2 inches of coarsely textured base rock (also called crushed rock), and cover that with a 3-inch-deep layer of pea gravel. The base rock stabilizes the pea gravel to provide a firm surface.

Depending on the persistence of the weeds in your area, you may wish to add a barrier of landscape cloth between the base rock and pea gravel. However, landscape cloth can have its own issues, deteriorating or becoming visible over time.

If you’re bothered by an existing pea gravel area that behaves like a pile of marbles, it was probably installed without base rock. Mixing in stone dust may help stabilize it.

Above: Photograph courtesy of Foras Studio.

How do you keep pea gravel looking good?

You’ll probably need to tidy the surface with a rake every now and then. Luckily, pea gravel doesn’t decompose, but it does sink into the soil (which improves drainage if you have clay soil). So you may need to replenish the gravel every four years or so. Most landscape material companies will deliver 50-pound bags, and you can spread the gravel with a mud rake. Snow removal is the biggest challenge: to avoid disturbing the gravel, you have to shovel off most of the snow but leave behind a thin layer, then melt the rest with salt.

How much does pea gravel cost?

A pea gravel walkway or patio costs about $5 per square foot, installed, including a layer of base rock. If you’d like to install it yourself, it will cost half as much. Add in the cost of a header or Bender Board. A wood header is about $5 per linear foot; a metal header is $6 (black metal disappears well). You won’t need a header if you’re installing gravel against a house, fence, or raised bed.

Above: At a garden in Malmo, Sweden, raised beds and stone walkways complement a base of light-colored pea gravel. Photograph courtesy of Christine Ten Eyck.

Pea Gravel Recap

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Versatile: can be used for paths, patios, driveways, or as a base for paving stones
  • Easy to install
  • Serves as rodent barrier if used around base of house
  • Prevents weeds
  • Prevents erosion
  • Improves drainage
  • Easily maintained by raking stones into place

Cons:

  • Travels: needs to be contained with edging material
  • Difficult to remove from soil if you decide to change landscape
  • Shifts underfoot; base rock must be added underneath to prevent this
  • Can be uncomfortable on bare feet (compared to flagstones or concrete)
  • Does not provide a solid base for dining furniture
  • Needs to be replenished every four years or so
  • Difficult for snow removal

Finally, learn how to successfully use gravel in a hardscape project with our Hardscaping 101: Gravel guide.

Flowers That Can Grow IN Pebbles

What all do you think you need in order to grow pretty bright flowers? A lush green space, preferably a garden! Wrong! You do not need a green thumb to bring in the cheerfulness of beautiful blooms in your home or garden. Surprised, are you? Well don’t be as even pebbles can provide an excellent growing medium for few of the flowers. Curious? This is because there are many plants that have evolved with adaptations, which allow them to thrive in pebbly or rocky soils. We have zeroed down on few such flowers for you that you can grow even in pebbles.

BULB PLANTS

Did you know that almost any spring bulb flower can be easily grown well in pebbles? Yes, you read it right. Bulb plants can be easily grown indoors in pebbles. These may include Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinth, Crocus, Paperwhites etc. All you need to do is bring in a glass container filled with pebbles. Just place your bulb plant, tapered end up, on top; fill your vase with enough water to reach the bottom of the bulb; cover the container with a paper bag and wait for magic! Well, not really! Basically, the roots of your plant will develop into the pebbles and water, and thus the plant will bloom. Sounds like a dream no?

ORCHIDS

Orchids are mostly gown in Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad in India. Orchids are often considered difficult to grow flowers and are even known as notoriously fussy. It is therefore interesting to know that these flowers, by and large, are extremely adaptable as certain types of Orchids will even grow in pebbles. Known by the name Lithophytes, these Orchids grow naturally in rocks. These have fleshy leaves that store water and roots that burrow into rock crevices absorbing nutrients from organic debris and moss, thus blooming fully. Even Epiphytes like Moth Orchids can easily grow in pebbles as these absorb nutrients from the air as well as organic debris left by dead plant matter and birds. So how about gifting someone their own ‘easy-to-grow’ Orchid plant rather than just gifting them Orchid flowers that will eventually dry up and die?

GARDEN AND YARD FLOWERS

This may come as a surprise to you but a lot of common garden flowers too can be easily grown in pebbles. These include Candy tuft, Sweet Annie, Dwarf Zinnias, Dianthus, Verbena, Creeping Phlox and Coreopsis. Most of these flowers are known for their colourful foliage and when these grow inpebbles, these bring about an artful element to your garden or yard as the pebbles add a natural texture to the whole look of these flowers. You just need to pick a suitable location for these flowers while planting them in pebbles as pebbles tend to get much hotter when in the sun than soil.

It is true thatpebbles of various shapes and sizes can provide interesting contrast to any garden or house. These lend a certain charm and enhance the natural beauty of the blooms. While the texture of these stones may appeal to the eye, along with the cheerful bright colours of the flowers these create natural elegance. Go all pebbly pebbles! Design attractive gardens with beds of pebbles and bright coloured flowers or simply place a vase full of pebbles in your house to grow some of the prettiest blooms.

Gravel Garden Plants – Learn How To Make A Gravel Garden

There are all kinds of creative solutions to landscape problems. Dry areas or spaces with natural dips in the topography benefit from gravel gardens. What is a gravel garden? These spaces are not only covered with gravel mulch but also host a variety of plants or even a pond. There is a wide range of gravel garden plants that combine hardiness with tolerance to diverse moisture levels. Some tips on how to make a gravel garden will have you on your way to enjoying a unique landscape filled with texture and color.

What is a Gravel Garden?

This type of garden concept is characterized by gravel mulch, but may also include trees, shrubs, ground covers, flowers, larger rocks and differently textured hardscape details.

The best types of gravel garden plants are perennials, ornamental grasses and herbs. The effect provides a Mediterranean style garden that is perfect for plants such as:

  • Lavender
  • Juniper
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Cistus

Some bulbs such as alliums and crocus will break through the gravel mulch and naturalize in clumps. Xeriscape plants work well in gravel gardens. These might include:

  • Yucca
  • Miscanthus
  • Pennisetum

There are many ideas for a landscape gravel garden and suitable plants abound. Lay out a plan before you start and choose gravel garden plants that will thrive in your lighting, moisture and temperature situation.

Can a Garden Be Planted on Top of Gravel?

The curious gardener might ask, “Can a garden be planted on top of gravel?” It seems like it should not work due to the infertility of stone. The key is good soil preparation below the gravel surface.

Dig soil to a depth of at least five inches and incorporate rotted organic material or compost. Ensure good drainage by working in fine sand, unless your soil is already porous. The soil needs the extra nutrients and good drainage to prevent soggy roots and infertile conditions.

Gravel mulch on top acts as a natural moisture conservator, but the stone will get hot in sunny areas and some water will evaporate. Consider this when choosing gravel garden plants.

Install perennials and herbs in clumps to maximize their visual appeal. Put vertical specimen plants as focal points in the center or just off center. Low growing plants work well to outline a natural looking path through the gravel garden.

Ideas for a Landscape Gravel Garden

You can design any shape or size of gravel garden. The area should fit naturally into the rest of your landscape and take advantage of any discrepancies in the yard, such as large rock formations, dips and valleys or already rocky spaces.

If you want to encourage a natural pond, use a butyl liner in a depression held down at the edges by rocks, then spread gravel over that and fill with water. Plant water plants at the edges to conceal any plastic liner that may show.

Flatter areas with gravel benefit from occasional raking to remove plant debris and keep them looking clean and sharp. Be creative and bold with your gravel garden. It should reflect your personality and gardening zone.

66 Creative Garden Border & Lawn Edging Ideas

It’s the subtle touches in your garden that make all the difference. So I’ve sourced 66 of the most creative garden edging ideas that will set your garden apart. Some of them are high-end and uber modern, others cheap and cheerful!

1) Breeze Block Garden Edging

Leftover breeze blocks are ideal for hemming in your raised flower beds. Once you have laid the pebbles or gravel for drainage, arrange your blocks as desired and cement together with a mortar mix. Fill the inside of the bed with compost or mulch from your garden shredder, and there you have it! Make a vibrant feature of your edging by planting the interior of the blocks with colour coordinated flowers.

2) Brick Swirl Edging

Who said garden edging had to be boring? Lift the drab uniformity of your lawn by creating interesting patterns and pathways through it. Laying your bricks on a base of compacted hardcore covered with an inch of sand will ensure that they stay in place without needing realignment over time.

3) Plastic Cobblestone Cheap Garden Edging Idea

Save your back with no-fuss tasteful plastic cobblestone borders! No digging, no hardcore, no compacting: this stylish edging is simply hammered into place, saving time and effort. It has the added benefit of reducing weed transfer between your lawn and beds.

4) Cor-ten Edging

Want to add an interesting visual feature to your garden landscape while keeping it as low maintenance as possible? Cor-ten steel is ideal for creating raised beds and rock garden edging. The warm colour gives a rustic feel, while the durable material withstands all types of weather without needing added treatment. Is your lawn sloped and difficult to work with? Give it a natural, gentle flow by using cor-ten steel to make a descending pathway.

5) Curved Garden Edging Ideas

Reject the harshness of sharp, clean lines. Curves draw the eye in, giving a relaxed, graceful feel to your garden. This type of edging takes a more planning and work than standard straight edging but the amazing results are well worth the effort. Use a garden hose to mark out your desired pattern on the ground, before marking the line on the lawn with landscaping spray. Remove the hose before digging your trench along the spray line. You will need to keep your trench line at least 6 inches from the plants in your beds.

6) Decking Garden Edging Ideas

Add a new dimension to your decking with rock or pebbled edging. A border like this offers a clean line to separate your decking from your lawn as well as giving a floating effect to your deck.

7) Drainage Edging

Does your garden have drainage issues, or do you need to create a run-off for water on your deck or walkways? Why not make a feature of it by creating some colourful drainage edging? Fill your drainage trenches with decorative stones and then brighten up with a selection of pretty succulents. You can also add some coloured glass stones for added vibrancy.

8) Fence and Rope Garden Edging Ideas

Rope fences make great edging, without breaking the view of the landscape like a traditional wood panel fence. They give the illusion of separation while keeping the flow and fluidity of your garden. Use along staircases or around the perimeter of upper level decking as a simple understated protective barrier.

9) Flat Logs Edging

Give your beds the ultimate rustic feel with flat log edging. The beauty of this edging is that the discs create their own natural curving path once laid. Treating your logs with shellac will give them extra longevity and durability.

10) Garden Border Fence

Metal border fencing is a quick and easy option that comes in a range of sizes, colours and vintage decorative styles. Installation is simple with no digging required, but unlike solid edging, it doesn’t offer any protection against the spread of weeds from your lawn. This kind of fencing works well along level flower beds and pathways.

11) Garden Hose Edging Ideas

Don’t throw out those old garden hoses! Put them to good use by weaving them into a quirky fence. This is perfect for enclosing vegetable patches, protecting your harvest from nibbling predators.

12) Glass and Rock Garden Edging Ideas

Give your edging an artistic flair with pebbles and decorative glass. Get creative by weaving flamboyant patterns through the grey stone. A selection of succulents will give an extra breath of life without requiring a lot of upkeep. Edging like this adds a nice ornamental touch to low maintenance yards and is ideal around winter gardens and shrubberies.

13) Glass Wine Bottle Garden Edging Ideas

Do your bit for the environment by repurposing your discarded wine bottles in your garden! Bottle edging is great for raised flower beds and pathway borders. Add some visual appeal by collecting a variety of colours: wine bottles usually come in clear or green glass but there are also striking blue bottles available. To create the edging, you will need to dig a trench and bury the bottles as deep as you wish.

14) Glow in the Dark Logs Edging

Add a touch of atmospheric woodland mystique to your garden with these fascinating led illuminated tree stumps. Cracked log lamps make incredible path edging, as well as solving all your garden lighting needs.

15) Herb Garden Edging Ideas

Lining your beds and pathways with herbs is a great way to add intense fragrance and colour to your borders. It also gives wonderful flow and movement to your garden with none of the clear defined lines of traditional edging. Thyme, sage and rosemary are good for offering shape and texture, whereas oregano and catmint add a splash of bright colour.

16) Japanese Slate Edging Ideas

Using slate in your edging gives an interesting multitextured effect. Although not suitable for pathways, this kind of edging is brilliant for cutting through large expanses of grass. Dig your trenches with curves to make the most of the alternating directions of the slate.

17) Kids Balance Beam Edging

Build a border your kids will love with these balance beam logs! Create a natural obstacle course along the perimeter of your play area, giving your garden a warm, charming atmosphere. Involve the whole family by letting your children help with the design and construction!

18) Limestone Raised Bed Garden Edging Ideas

For an ultra-modern element, line your raised garden beds with a limestone capped sandstone wall. This clean uniform edging looks meticulous and is perfect for serious gardeners looking to create an unblemished landscape.

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19) Metal Garden Edging Ideas

Put that cast-off steel piping to good use along your flower beds! This unique edging gives a rural feel to your outdoor space. For extra impact, fill the pipes with gravel or soil and add a selection of succulents or bedding plants.

20) Metal Wheel Edging Ideas

Give your garden a touch of class with a spectacular feature wall of antique wheels. Salvage cast iron wheels from old agricultural machinery and arrange it along the edge of your flower beds for a stunning display.

21) Mini Flower Fence Edging

This charming metal fencing adds a lovely retro appeal to your borders. Easy to lay, you won’t need to do any digging or stooping. This edging looks delightful along beds of bright perennials.

22) Mini Picket Fence Edging

Who doesn’t love a little white picket fence? Take your garden back to its grass roots with a folksy picket fence border. Easy to install and maintain with no digging necessary. This edging looks wonderful around beds filled with vibrant flowers. For added impact, weave trailing plants through the panels of the fence.

23) Modern Decking Garden Edging Ideas

Give the ultimate polished finish to your decking by choosing the correct edging. A pebble or stone border will give a floating effect to your deck, and planting with succulents will give an extra pop of colour. For a more relaxed feel, fill your border with soil and plant with leafy shrubs. Alternatively, you could surround the perimeter of your decking with patio blocks and line with pots of bonsai plants.

24) Modern Garden Edging Ideas

The current trend in landscaping is for clean lines and functionality. And what could be more useful than edging that doubles as a seating bench! These benches work well in courtyard gardens, enclosing contemporary raised beds of leafy shrubs. Create a sensual haven by mixing textures: an aluminium fence base filled with rocks and topped with wooden seat panels, surrounded by flourishing plants and strategically placed lighting. It couldn’t get more serene than that!

25) Modern Stone Edging

Give your outdoor space an ultra-contemporary feel with some modern stone edging. Using different shapes and materials breaks up the area, adding visual appeal and drawing the eye along the horizon. Alternate geometric cuts of paving slabs with stone to create an up-to-date, low maintenance feature. Add some shrubbery or succulents for a splash of colour.

26) Patio Bricks Edging

Patio brick edging gives a timeless classic touch to your beds and borders. If flush with the ground, it also serves as a good mowing guide. To avoid the bricks shifting over time, you will need to dig a trench and line with a layer of hardcore and sand before arranging your bricks on top. Concentrate on aligning your bricks perfectly as this will give your edging a professional finish.

27) Patio Edging Ideas

Patio edging doesn’t have to be boring! Get creative and transform your edging into a sophisticated feature. Instead of placing planters on the perimeter of your patio to brighten it up, why not dig some beds and enclose them with a brick border?

28) Pebble Garden Edging Ideas

Loose pebbles are a popular choice for garden edging, but a pebble mosaic using polished stones will give your border a fantastic finish. It involves a little more effort than laying a traditional stone border but you will reap the rewards for years to come. This edging works best along lawns, offering a wonderfully blended transition into the paving stones or cement of your pathway.

29) Plant Pot Edging

Tired of staring at the stack of disused planters by the end of each summer season? Give them their forever home by laying along the boundary of your flower beds. Paint them up for an extra blast of colour that will lift your garden during the drab winter season.

30) Pond Edging

Some well-designed edging can make the world of difference to your pond. Again, mixing up the textures and materials is key, intensifying the sensual appeal of your pond as well as attracting a rich variety of wildlife. Split the circumference of your pond, laying a brick border along one side and a loose rock arrangement along the other. Use an array of water plants, succulents and potted perennials to breathe life into the area and draw the insects and creatures in.

31) Railway Sleeper Garden Edging Ideas

Railway sleepers are the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to garden edging. Extremely versatile and durable, they are easy to work with and excellent at withstanding the elements. Use them to border your raised beds, or to line your pathways. You can even use them to construct your pathways, laying them as steps to create a wonderfully rustic staircase.

32) Rock Garden Edging Ideas

Rocks are excellent for lining your beds with. Available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colours and consistencies, you will find a stone to suit every style of garden. Simple to lay, you can use them to complement or contrast the flowers in your beds. If you have a problem with excessive water run-off, constructing a dry stream with rocks will help with drainage.

33) Rocks and Wood Garden Edging Ideas

Rocks and wood are two natural materials that complement each other perfectly and add a wonderful environmental feel to your garden. Use them together as borders for high raised flower beds. Railway sleepers cut into sections are ideal for a project like this. Why not go the extra mile and line the top of your border with wood to create some fabulous seating?

34) Rope Garden Edging Ideas

Rope is another gorgeous natural material that will balance your outdoor space. In the garden, it’s mainly used on fencing, but extra thick lengths of it can also be laid along the perimeters of your beds and pathways for a quick inexpensive edging option. Rope is a favourite amongst gardeners who are nautical enthusiasts.

35) Rope Lighting Garden Edging Ideas

Strategically placed rope lighting is brilliant for creating atmosphere, as well as illuminating the pathways of your garden. A cheaper alternative to traditional ground lighting, rope lighting can be easily installed and requires little maintenance. Perfect for giving an edge to an otherwise no-frills space!

36) Rough Rock Edging

Large jagged boulders make a wonderful contrasting border for gravel walkways. This type of edging offers a delightfully rustic feel, almost like a river pathway or rainforest trek. Fill your beds with an abundance of green leafy plants for extra contrast and movement.

37) Running Stream Edging Ideas

You’ve done the hard work and built your stream, and now you need to decide on appropriate edging. Concrete kerbing is the ideal option, giving a structured feel while withstanding the elements. For a more relaxed natural impression, a mini sandstone wall is a great alternative.

38) Sea Shell Edging Ideas

Bring the beach to your garden with a quirky sea shell border! A bed of shells along a walkway conveys a fresh nautical feel. For extra embellishment, plant a selection of air plants amongst your shells. If you prefer a subtler effect, a line of giant conch shells makes great edging for flower beds.

39) Seating Garden Edging Ideas

Looking for a solution to a steep slope in your garden? Take advantage of it and build some edging that functions both as a stairway and seating. Concrete slabs are the best material for this and although it can be an expensive and labour intensive operation, it is an excellent low maintenance feature in the long run. Line your edging with astroturf to give a softer, blended effect.

40) Simple Curved Garden Edging

Curved garden edging may sound complicated, but it is a surprisingly easy effect that you can recreate yourself without much effort! For a basic unpretentious result, you can simply dig the curved border along your bed and leave it as it is. The vibrant contrast where the lawn meets the bed is visually striking, however, you may need to take extra steps to ensure that your flower beds are protected from excess water run-off.

41) Small Modern Garden Edging Ideas

When you are dealing with a small garden space you may be inclined to stick to the ‘less is more’ school of thought. Adding more features can be a daunting task, however, some well-planned edging can break up a small cramped space and make it feel bigger. Contrasting colours and textures will offer more depth and draw the eye beyond the main area of the garden. Lining your edging with planters of bamboo will give the illusion of hedging without the bulk.

42) Steel Planter Edging

Steel planter edging is ideal for minimalist modern gardens. Take the low maintenance option by purchasing large steel planters and simply fill or plant with materials of your choice. It really is that simple!

43) Stone and Tile Edging Ideas

Indulge your artistic side by playing around with different materials. Make a collage of stones, gravel and tiles and use it in the borders of your garden. Have fun with patterns and colours!

44) Stone Border Garden Edging Ideas

Stone edging doesn’t have to be bland. Curved and ornamental stone edging will lift your borders, giving them depth and dimension. However, if you prefer traditional clean lines, textured stone surfaced slabs are available.

45) Stone Edging Around a Tree

Apart from looking pretty, stone edging around the base of a tree offers protection from lawnmowers and strimmers, which can cause untold damage to mature trees. Edging like this is also an ideal base for benches and seating without the risk of damaging or marking your lawn.

46) Stone Garden Edging Ideas

Polished river rock borders make fantastic edging for pathways. Cool and contemporary, they are inexpensive and easy to lay. Choose light coloured stones for the ultimate luxurious feel.

47) Stone Stream Edging

A mini stream is an excellent feature for creating serenity in a cramped garden space. Pale stone pavers are an ideal material for edging, giving a contemporary modern effect.

48) Stone Waterfall Edging Ideas

Looking for a border to complement your waterfall? Decorative cladding comes in all shapes and sizes to suit every need and taste. Cap your cladding with concrete slabs to create edging that doubles as seating.

49) Stones and Decking Garden Edging

Large stones are ideal for creating a floating effect around the perimeter of your decking. Choose a light coloured stone to give a striking contrast between the darkness of the decking and the vibrant green of the lawn.

50) Strip of Bricks Edging

For the traditional gardener, you can’t go wrong with classic brick edging. It is an inexpensive option and once laid properly, it will stand the test of time. However, it tends to be bland and so needs to be dressed up with the surrounding material and plants.

51) Terracotta Pot Edging

Keeping your low maintenance garden visually appealing can be a challenge. However, terracotta pots are excellent vessels for creating interesting edging features. Plant them up, stack them, lay them on their side with trailing plants or coloured stone spilling from them. Use your imagination to come up with new and novel ways to transform them into garden showpieces.

52) Tidy Wooden Timber Edging

Do you love clean, straight lines? Wooden block panels are fantastic for building neat raised planting beds in your garden. Use your wooden border to bring different elements of your garden together, such as the lawn and the patio.

53) Tile Garden Edging Ideas

Got stacks of leftover tiles? Use them to build an unorthodox edging feature. Mix different colours and shapes to give a geometric contrast to the free form of your flowering beds.

54) Tile Raised Bed Edging

55) Timber Garden Edging Ideas

For a welcome change to standard timber edging, use large blocks of differing heights to create a wonderful raised garden bed. Railway sleeper sections are perfect for building a feature like this.

56) Tilted Brick Edging

Want brick edging with a difference? Tilted brick edging is a great way to dress up an old favourite. Dig out a trench for the bricks and lay them against each other, making sure your border is sturdy and secure.

57) Traditional Brick Garden Edging

Although traditional, patio brick edging doesn’t have to be boring. Play around with different arrangements and alternate with colours and shapes to add a new slant to your border.

58) Traditional English Garden Edging Ideas

Draw inspiration from the past by researching stately homes and gardens. Take notice of the different materials and how the gardeners of yonder days made use of curves, lines and patterns when creating their edging.

59) Turf Seat Around a Tree with Edging

Looking for a stunning garden feature? A turf tree seat enclosed with woven branch edging is a striking and functional addition to any garden.

60) Tyre Edging Ideas

Abandoned tyres make ideal edging, especially in kids play areas where softer materials give protection from injuries and accidents. Setting your tyres in concrete offers added safety and support.

61) Upcycled Plate Edging

Infuse your garden with your personality and make good use of your old crockery by laying it along the edge of your flowering beds. This is a wonderful way to recycle those cracked decorative dinner plates that you don’t have the heart to dump. Follow the link for other great garden upcycling ideas.

62) Water Garden Edging Ideas

Water is a relaxing feature to have in any garden. Whether you want a modern mini stream or a traditional pond, concrete kerbing is the ideal edging option. Durable and versatile, you can experiment with a variety of colours and textures until you find the one that suits you.

63) Willow Weaving Edging Ideas

Willow is a superb garden material. Rustic, durable and flexible, it is the perfect edging material for traditional country gardens. Use it to enclose your fruit and vegetable patches, or simply as a charming border for your flower beds.

64) Wooden Garden Edging Ideas with Logs

Create stunning pathways and edging with log discs. These logs work equally well in both traditional and modern gardens. To maximise longevity, be sure to treat your logs before setting them in the ground.

65) Wooden Panel Garden Edging Ideas

Are you replacing your old wooden shed? Find a new home for the discarded wood by using segments of it along the edge of your raised borders. Add to the visual appeal by using an array of sizes and get your paintbrush out to lend a splash of interesting colour.

66) Woven Tree Edging Idea

Build a unique and earthy feature by creating a trellised edging from old felled branches. Although this takes a bit of time and effort, the result is outstanding. Add more oomph by using the trellis as a support for trailing and climbing plants.

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Flower bed stones add a finishing touch to your landscape. Whether you stack them for a border wall or use them for an insect-proof mulch, stones serve a variety of purposes that are both natural and attractive.

Flower Bed Edging Stones

Show off your flowers by elevating them in a raised flower bed. Natural stone is used as a retaining wall that creates a stunning, attractive border. You can build raised beds in a weekend with a few supplies and muscle. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Plan your space by laying out a rope or garden hoses.
  2. Dig a trench along the rope and fill with gravel.
  3. Lay landscape fabric over the gravel and lay the first course of stone.
  4. Stack the stone one layer at a time and gradually backfill.
  5. Level and lay the capstones.
  6. Mortar and tuckpoint the capstones.

Here are the detailed instructions for building a raised flower bed.

Stone Flower Bed Ideas

In the front yard, stones add a natural look and they help keep flowers from spreading where you don’t want them. Here are some ideas for using stone in your flower beds:

  • Build a wall using river rock.
  • Mulch with small stones.
  • For a small yard, or if you live in a dry climate, replace the grass with stone.
  • Create a water fountain.

for inspiration, here are 10 front yard landscaping ideas that utilize rocks.

Stone Flower Bed Design Ideas

Build your own backyard water fountain and stone flower bed. This pondless design eliminates the maintenance a pond requires, and you can build it yourself in a weekend.

A rain garden is a reservoir that uses water from rain and runoff from gutters to grow beautiful native flowers. This one uses river rock and decorative boulders.

Flagstones and stone walls make a stunning patio for the backyard. Include flowers around this design and you have the perfect mix of stone and flowers.

Stone Flower Beds Designs

Flat stones make great garden paths for your flower gardens. Use pea gravel to fill in between the stones. Stepping stones through the lawn make an inexpensive walkway from the back deck to your outdoor storage building. And, a stone border alongside the sidewalk in the front yard adds a rustic touch.

For more stunning combinations of flowers, check out these 12 inspiring flower bed designs.

Beautiful, intelligent solutions for your garden and landscaping

The lawns are so overrated and overplayed. It consumes too much water to keep them green and fresh color. They also need maintenance and constant care to be beautiful and attractive. Today more and more above the gardener the benefits of gravel instead of grass as a floor covering in the garden. It proves to be not quite as material landscape, but it is easy to clean and inexpensive. Here we present to you some ideas for garden landscaping with gravel and stones which are intended to facilitate your choice. Scrap is a good alternative for areas planted. However, there we bored bolt gravel here and there, when it is used as flooring. There appears to be suitable to use a gravel as the main material for the size solution. Are you planning a garden design with clay? Or have you done this? Tell us about your experience by writing a comment below. Exposure

Landscaping with gravel and stones

Cute display recreation area outside Fireplace and sitting area in the courtyard Colorful flowers – flower beds on either side of the bridge Posted plan and design the garden Well maintained landscaping Rustic design – contemporary accent to insert the red chair Pebbles and stones Art atmosphere Garden decoration ideas for you Touch of the exotic palm trees add here Rattan chairs Roses delicate garden Stone steps Succulent weather on gravel Order and beauty in the front yard Species of lush plants rattan baskets and clay pots Circles of different sizes concrete Hanging garden lanterns Maintain the garden all garden furniture rattan Species of drought-resistant plants on the gravel soil

Are you tired of searching those same landscape design on the internet? Do you wish for brand new designs for your new home garden, then this is indeed the right place for you.

Garden is a place which makes your home pleasant and what ’s better than using gravel instead of lawns.

So here in the article, you will get best gravel garden ideas and garden trends which will give you a new perspective by providing an outstanding look to your garden. There is also a broad description of gravel along with some very fine artistic design you can’t miss.

First of all, let’s dig in and find out: What is Gravel and how easily you can create a range of beautiful landscape.

What Is Gravel?

Gravel is a loose aggregation of rock fragments.

It is also used in commercial purposes like roads, temples, offices, monuments and what not!

Rock fragments which collided centuries ago are now used everywhere. Modern-day designers put this rock piece in home areas to give it a gloomy look.

The best part: You can also use them in the interior of the house to give it a contemporary touch.

Different types of gravel includes marble, granite, river rock, bank, stone dust, pea gravel, amongst others. Every country has a variety of gravel as per the formation of its landscape.

The good news: It is possible for you to use pea gravel in your home and garden in place of concrete or tarmac.

In this write-up, we have presented the Best Gravel Garden Ideas you ever wanted, have a look!

Most Innovative Gravel Garden Designs Of 2019

These gravel gardens design ideas are designed by the expert designer who have always tried to show eccentric work in gardens designs.

This will surprise you: Most of the designs can be used even when you have a small garden area. Isn’t it amazing?

Gravel is a rock which absorbs water so that it requires less water and so yes guys gravel is eco- friendly!

Gravel is one of a “host of paving products that let water percolate through to the ground underneath, limiting water runoff, preventing erosion, filtering out pollutants, and improving the health of soil and vegetation.

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1) Pea Granite Design

When you have a huge garden and want to give it a modern look then this design is perfectly suitable for you. Pea granite which is a shiny rock gives elegant look to the plants placed in your garth.

2) Decomposed Granite

This design needs to be considered when the garth is on a linear path. For example: When you have plants placed in one of the corners, put decomposed granite all over the lawn. The combination of grass and granite is surely a genius idea for the park.

3) The Sea Granite

Flourish your backyard with sea granite and give a refreshing look to it. Money plants and some wild flora will add more value to this design.

4) Garden Layout With a Twist

Why only granite? We have the most intelligent blended design where marble is placed between the granite pathways.

Did you know? This design is more subtle when you are not looking for a gleaming look in the garden.

5) Inspiring Landscape In Backyard

Maintaining a garden is hard when you have concrete lawns. But now with the help of gravel in the backyard, it is possible to make your gardening super exciting. This design gives incredible style to a soulless garden.

6) Hilly Gravel Design

Living in a Hilly area or have a huge garden space? The good news is when you walk out of the house and enter this kind of gravel yard, it surely feels heaven!

7) Trivial Garden Design

Sipping coffee with your partner sitting in a nice chair is so relaxing right! So in a trivial garden, you can make a huge difference by using this black granite rock piece.

8) Ideal Home Entrance Design

When you have a front yard and want it to look more attractive, don’t forget to apply this very classy design. As you can see the designer have intruded both granite and stone to give a complete look to the entrance.

9) Scaled Garden Design

Modern Garden is also a place where you take your morning tea. If you are looking for such a space, this scaled garden’s out of the box design is specially made for you. Also, it is one of the best gravel gardens design ideas.

10) Farmhouse Gravel Design

As you can view this design is a deadly combination of concrete stone and gravel which is beautifully placed to cover the entire garden. Yes, you can also put this fantastic idea in your summer home.

11) Glorious Gravel Home Designs

This explicit design is used when you have pathways and plants are placed on either sides. It is one of the gravel gardens design ideas you will see in any of the garden websites.

12) Layered Balcony Twist

The basic idea of this design is to carve modern art in the balcony which gives a little twist to your regular balcony. Also, you can form this design in your drawing room. You never know your neighbor might even ask you to design their home seeing this gravel garden idea!

13) Forest Backyard Design

This jungle gravel design is not less than the fantasy garden. The trees, plants and an item of wooden furniture also enhance the arena of this vast garden area. All in all, this theme is more relaxing and wild at the same time.

14) A cafe themed Gravel Garden

If you are searching for a peaceful place where it is possible for you to spend time with family and friends, you can get this from this gravel garden idea. You will able to find the same ambiance around which is distinctly created to meet your needs.

15) Pebble Gravel Design Ideas

These shiny sharp end stones in the backyard provide a hot favorite look. The amazing part: Most of the hotels and restaurants design this, especially at the pool site.

These luxurious pebbles are not easily available. On top of that, they are also quite expensive. But at the end of the day you cannot deny the fact that they are best suitable for the garden area.

16) Erotic Garden Designs

The designs resemble to the stone era where numerous stones were presented and became an important part of human life. This trend is back. The modern garden is a mixture of granite stone and artistic wooden carvings.

17) Colonial Garden Design

A very fine design intended to form a drastic pattern in a yard. This design is undoubtedly one of the best gravel garden design which can be your new garden design.

An added benefit: The gravel in this colonial formation preserve water. The end result? The plants get enough water to blossom all over the seasons.

18) Black And White Gravel Design Ideas
Those who are not a fan of colorful pebbles and very gloomy garden, this design is an answer to your every question in regards to gravel designs. Also, the fiery little plants in the center gives imaginary look to the garden.
19) Marvelous Farm look Design

When we talk about Farm garden there are not many designs available on the internet so in order to help you we present this very exclusive farm Design for your garden.

20) Royal Garden Layout

Hold your breath: This design will blow your mind!

It is surely for those royal bungalows who want the best gravel designs. The garden is at the center of the house and gives an incredible vibe to the entire yard.

Parting Thoughts

Since you have gained enough knowledge of some of the best gravel design, perhaps this is the right time to put your skills into practice.

If you liked the content and the designs stay connected with us, eventually we will enfold some of the greatest gardening tips in our next right up.

Also, comment about which is your most favorite designs from the article.

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