Plants for gravel

Check the details when you buy and pick appropriate plants for your situation

Key: Common name

Species & 'Variety'

Approx. height

Flowering season

Full sun

Rock rose

Helianthemum, 0.1-0.3m, May-Jul

 

Aubrieta

Aubrieta, 0.15m, Mar-May

Bugle

Ajuga reptans, 0.15m, Apr-Jun

 

Thyme

e.g. Thymus polytrichus, 0.1m; Thymus pulegioides 'Aureus', 0.2m; Thymus serpyllum, 0.25m, all Jun-Jul

 

California poppy

Eschscholzia californica, 0.25-1.2m Jun-Oct

 

Mexican fleabane

Erigeron karvinskianus, 0.3m, Jun-Oct

 

Love-in-a-mist

Nigella damascene, 0.45-0.75m, Jun-Sept

 

Pot marigold

Calendula officinalis, 0.5m, Jun-Oct

Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia, ‘Hidcote’, 0.6m, Jul-Sept

Dyer’s chamomile

e.g. Anthemis tinctoria ‘Sauce Hollandaise’, 0.6m, May-Jul

Toadflax

e.g. Linaria vulgaris, 0.75, Jul-Oct; Linaria purpurea ‘Canon Went’, 0.9m, May-Sept

Stipa

Stipa tenuissima, 0.6m, Jun-Sept; Stipa gigantea, 2.5m, Jun-Jul

Greater knapweed

Centaurea scabiosa, 0.75m, Jul-Sept

Red valerian

Centranthus ruber, 0.8m, July-Oct

Dark Mullein

Verbascum nigrum, 1.2m, Jun-Sept

Part sun/part shade

Bugle

Ajuga reptans, 0.15m, Apr-Jun

California poppy

Eschscholzia californica, 0.25-1.2m Jun-Oct

Mexican fleabane

Erigeron karvinskianus, 0.3m, Jun-Oct

Pot marigold

Calendula officinalis, 0.5m, Jun-Oct

Toadflax

Linaria vulgaris, 0.75, Jul-Oct

Scoop out a hole, add some soil or peat-free compost and plant

Or try sprinkling the seeds of california poppy, love-in-a-mist and pot marigold direct into gravel