Small Garden Ideas Using Gravel. Soften fences with hedges and climbers. (Image credit: Polly Eltes) A key concern with any small front garden ideas is always maintaining a boundary between you and the (very nearby) outside world. Crushed brick or gravel is a beautiful and low-maintenance paving option for small gardens.
Plant in spring, ensuring you choose drought-lovers, such as Russian sage, cistus and lamb's ear. (Image credit: Beth Chatto) (Image credit: Beth Chatto) Jennifer Ebert. Use old guttering to create a tiered herb garden. Fifth Season Landscape Design & Construction.
In Oakland we designed a small front yard that packs a lot of color.
Place a small amount of decorative gravel in a bird bath to allow smaller birds like chickadees and hummingbirds to access the water.
Turn the page for more ideas on gravel gardens. Just be sure to spread a layer of landscape fabric underneath the gravel to keep weeds from popping through. Lay an easy gravel floor in your compact plot.
Spread the gravel mulch over the membrane. Working with limited space, Beyond Landscaping was able to create a low-maintenance retreat in the backyard of a home in Toronto, Canada, that features a small fiberglass pool, composite decking, a horizontal fence for privacy, and artificial turf. Distribute the gravel around the garden as evenly as possible, pouring it over the membrane all over the garden. Japanese-inspired garden designs are perfect for small and simple front yards. It's also easier to use and less expensive than brick or flagstone.