Gravel and Rock Gardens - The Best Plants to Grow in your Garden
Gravel and rock gardens offer a unique way to display plants that thrive in the well-drained conditions these landscapes provide. The best plants for these gardens are often rugged, drought-tolerant, and can thrive in a variety of climates.
- Sedums (Sedum spp.): These succulents come in various shapes, sizes, and colors, and many species bloom with attractive flowers. They are perfect for rock gardens because they require little water and tolerate poor soil.
- Creeping Thyme (Thymus serpyllum): This aromatic ground cover is tough, drought-tolerant, and creates a beautiful carpet of tiny flowers.
- Lavender (Lavandula spp.): Lavender’s silvery foliage and beautiful purple flowers look stunning in rock gardens. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil.
- Yucca (Yucca filamentosa): Known for its rosettes of evergreen, tough, sword-shaped leaves and tall spikes of white flowers, Yucca stands out in rock gardens.
- Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum): These low-growing succulents produce clusters of rosettes. The parent rosettes are the “hens,” and the smaller rosettes that spring from them are the “chicks”.
- Rockrose (Cistus spp.): This plant blooms with showy, rose-like flowers and can thrive even in poor soil.
- Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris): Known for its bell-shaped purple flowers and feathery foliage, this perennial is hardy and does well among rocks.