These photos are from Houzz.com and on occasion I will visit this website to be inspired when I am working on our Urban Potager. This spring I have been busy adding more edible plants and natives while learning to landscape with pea gravel. I have found pea gravel to work well in our urban oasis since it is an affordable choice. I need to get inspired by other gardens, so I searched on Houzz under “pea gravel in the garden” and found some great ideas!
This was designed by Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab for the Houzz web site. I really like how it integrates living space with sustainable plants. I have found pea gravel to work well in our landscape. I like the simplicity of this garden. It does not have a lawn to guzzle all your water.
This was designed by Debora Carl-landscape-design + I like the integration of pea gravel with flagstone. My goal is to eventually add some flagstone to our pea gravel areas, but it is not possible at this time.
Huettl Landscape Architecture designed this space and I like how you do not need a lawn to create inviting places to hang out. The past 3 years we have been dealing with terrible droughts here in zone 5 Midwest which means thinking outside the box for the future of city landscaping!
Marcus & Willers Architects created this beautiful area. In many cities across the USA, we are having to ration water. This is motivating me to “rethink” my urban potager. If I have to water, it should be for food for ourselves or our native pollinators. I have been replacing many of our non-native plants with native plants to create mini habitats around our urban potager. That way we can provide for nature while we also grow food for our own sustainable living!
Site Design Studio created an inviting outdoor place to dine. Who would not want to eat here!
Bruce Clodfelter and Associates created a place I would love to just sit and read a good book! I have been working on creating some living walls that provide privacy on our small lot. Last year I added a few more native bushes that will fill in over the years to create privacy where some of the older landscape plants have died.I had to find plants to recreate the privacy that we enjoyed when we purchased our home in 1999.
When we moved into our home in 1999 the former owners had collected old bricks from buildings downtown. They never did anything with them, so we have been using them over the years to edge. Pea gravel and old bricks are great edging material.What a lovely garden created by Leslie Eberts.
Living Gardens Landscape Design know how to use every inch of a landscape!
PLNA used pea gravel in this small city potager that invites you to spend time in it every day.
A few days ago I moved two dwarf evergreens and my Penstemon digitalis “Husker Red” Beardtongue to the entrance of this sunny section of my urban potager. My neighbors behind our city lot removed more dead trees a few weeks ago, so I have more sun and this will be my area where I rotate my urban potager plants. Now that trees and privacy bushes have been removed in our adjoining lots I have had to create privacy on our small city lot and keep the sun on our garden beds.
Shoveling pea gravel this past week to create a sustainable floor that will last for years. Pea gravel is easy to install and affordable. My dream is one day to have a flagstone porch,but that is a “Want” not a “Need”, but we “Need” to exercise our dogs here and since we took out the grass we do not have to worry about the drought and our lawn. We now grow food in this sunny area! Our dogs like to jump in our raised beds, so we had to put a temporary fence up for now.
I put up more bamboo fence and built simple bamboo trellises to create a sunny vertical growing area.This area is FULL SUN and gets so hot during the summer! Before a storm, a few years ago this area was shaded with a lovely golden maple. Once the tree was taken out grass was unable to grow here unless you watered it twice a day!