Annuals add a brush of informality to this stone floor.
Use heat-hardy plants
Daisy annual, aloes, gazanias, Felicia and Agapanthus thrive in the hot sun.
Choose plants to handle the heat
Bulbine, Crassula and aloes are water wise and heat-hardy plants to use in a gravel bed.
Generous focal point
An out-sized red pot relieves the blur of foliage and rock.
Aloes, grasses and succulents are natural bedfellows for a gravel garden.
A meandering gravel entrance path to inspire guests - and the crunch underfoot announces their arrival.
A raised edge keeps all in place
Edging keeps this narrow gravel bed secure, and makes it easy to trim the adjacent lawn.
Perfect pathway partners
Simple round pavers provide secure footing
Divide the space
Small islands provide interest and wildlife refuge, help to break up the glare of gravel, and creates the popular 'room' effect in the landscape.
Choose daisies for bright colour
Plant daisies to spread with exuberance across the gravel floor - and provide pollen for insects.
Define the edge
Use small rocks to define the edges of the gravel floor and prevent stones
and adjacent soil from mixing together.
Adding a few outliers like these Falkia repens as escapees from the bed adds charm and informality to a design. Speckled Ledebouria create a seasonal edging and mix well with the soft mounds of Falkia.
A gravel and paved floor links the rock pool to the braai patio.
Add strong base weight
Large pots and generously-sized pavers adds strong contrast to the spread of small gravel stones.
Without an edging, the gravel bleeds into the adjacent bed and will need to be replenished.
Alternating pavers and grass clumps turn this short path into a feature of interest and slows the pace of movement along its length.
Tiny succulents turn this rock into a small, single feature of interest.
Aristida junciformis for a soft edge
Grasses and gravel work well together and help to both soften and cool the hard driveway materials.
Water feature in a gravel scape
A gravel garden expands the size and diversity of this entrance water feature.
Groundcover of stones
A gravel floor allows for generous spacing between feature plants.
Add small artistic touches
Expansive gravel floors are bland, boring, hot and unfriendly to wildlife. Add pockets of interest to break up the space.
Use small rocks to edge an adjacent bed.
Use gravel to provide generous space around a firepit.
Grassland Dierama provide ethereal movement to this hard, static design. They may not survive long term in this setting though.
Neat and clean
Gravel provides a neat, clean floor around the house - and the crunch underfoot adds a bonus security feature.