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My Beautiful Zen Garden

Rock Gardens, Gravel Gardens, Mediterranean Gardens


This warm and eye-catching gravel garden is a veritable showstopper with its incredible mix and contrast of texture and color. Inspired by the celestial orbit of planets around a sun or concentric rings around a planet, carefully selected plants are placed in beautifully raked gravel to create this out of world effect!

The rich pink Cordyline 'Pink Passion' (Cabbage Tree), plum-colored Phormium 'Platt's Black' (New Zealand Flax), glowing Carex testacea 'Prairie Fire' (New Zealand Hair Sedge) and Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' (Hakone Grass), are combined with the architectural Agave americana (Century Plant) and tough but cute Sempervivums (Houseleek).

A simple but dramatic combination of deer resistant and low-care plants which never fail to make a strong statement, whether in pots, on the patio, in a courtyard, or rising from the border.

Most plants are rabbit resistant, drought and dry soil tolerant. Enjoy!

Garden Information

Hardiness 8 – 9
Heat Zones 8 – 8
Climate Zones 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden , Mediterranean Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Cordyline Great Plant Combination Ideas with Carex - Sedges Great Plant Combination Ideas with Festuca - Fescues Great Plant Combination Ideas with Hakonechloa - Hakone Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Phormium - Flaxes


GAP Photos/Fiona Lea - Garden designer Jonathan Price

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 8 – 9
Heat Zones 8 – 8
Climate Zones 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden , Mediterranean Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Cordyline Great Plant Combination Ideas with Carex - Sedges Great Plant Combination Ideas with Festuca - Fescues Great Plant Combination Ideas with Hakonechloa - Hakone Grasses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Phormium - Flaxes


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