Drought Tolerant Plants
Low Maintenance and Drought Tolerant plants with a hint of the Mediterranean
Important: Even plants with drought tolerant characteristics will require regular watering after planting until they are fully established.
Shrubs and Trees
Callistemon (Bottle Brush)
Magnolia grandiflora (Evergreen)
Pinus mugo (dwarf conifer)
Salvia officinalis (Sage)
Trachycarpus fortunei (palm)
Herbaceous perennials & bulbs
Eryngium (Sea Holly)
Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker)
Trachelospermum (Star jasmine)
Lay landscape membrane over the soil before planting to help suppress the weeds. It allows the water through, and keeps the gravel from mixing with the soil. If you plan to install a ‘drip line’ irrigation system this would lay on top of the membrane and be easily hidden under the gravel mulch.
Arrange plants in natural drifts of 3’s or 5’s and allow plenty of room for growth and space between groups. This allows the gravel mulch to set the plants off nicely. Cut crosses in the membrane large enough to insert each plant into the planting hole, firm in and water well at the root.
Once watered, add 2” to 3” of gravel mulch to help retain moisture and suppress the weeds. Perennial weeds may still come through but at a slower rate making it much easier to keep on top of them. As plants increase in size they too will help suppress weeds.
Choosing Gravel Mulch
For a more natural look we recommend using a local gravel to blend with the house and environment. In Berkshire for example, this is often a gravel pea shingle and in Oxfordshire a warmer Cotswold aggregate or Oxford gravel could be used. There are of course other options available such as slate.
Before planting, lay a timber, stone or brick edging to retain the gravel, particularly if the gravel garden is adjacent to lawn where a brick mowing strip of at least 200mm is recommended. Brick or terracotta is effective with this style but ensure your choice also blends well with the house brick for a complementary and effective design.
Add the finishing touches
Large terracotta pots, a bird bath or sculpture carefully placed will create a focal point.
For larger projects, our Creative Landscape design and build team can help you create a low maintenance gravel garden.
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From left to right: Rosemary, the late and long flowering Verbena bonariensis and flowing Stipa tenuissima grasses with Alliums.