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A gravel garden is a great option for a low maintenance garden. It also lends itself to Mediterranean-style drought-tolerant planting so things like lavender, euphorbias, Cistus, Santolina and Phlomis are ideal and provide plenty of nectar and pollen for visiting insects.
Gravel gardens are low maintenanceLots of Mediterranean plants suit gravel gardensLay landscape fabric over the soil before putting gravel down to prevent weeds
Any area is suitable for a gravel garden, although a sunny, well-drained spot is best for most Mediterranean plants.
While it is possible to make a gravel garden on any soil type, a predominantly sandy or gravelly soil naturally lends itself to this type of style.
Small plants can become swamped by gravel. Plant them on a low mound so that that they are raised slightly above the level of the gravel.
Where landscape fabric is not used, weeds and self-seeding plants may become problematic, popping up where not wanted. However, allowing self-seeding can give the garden a more natural look even if some weeding is required.
If your soil type is heavy, clay-based, damp, or has a high water table, then gravel garden plants may not thrive. You may be better off going for a different style of garden and selecting planting to suit the conditions.
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