RICKYARD BARN GARDEN, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE: GRAVEL AND HORNTON STONE TERRACE WITH COPPER CONTAINERS PLANTED WITH TULIP 'APRICOT BEAUTY', TULIP 'BLACK HERO' AND TULIP 'NEGRITA'

Rickyard barn garden, Northamptonshire: gravel and Horton stone terrace wit copper containers planted with tulip.

Garden design and photography: Topiaire Extraordinaire. Dry, gravel base garden entrance with beautiful use of transparents; including Verbena and Grasses with structural Echinacea and vertical conifers.

Garden design and photography: Topiaire Extraordinaire. Dry, gravel base garden entrance with beautiful use of transparents; including Verbena and Grasses with structural Echinacea and vertical conifers.

pea gravel garden// This is how my rock garden started, with a leftover pile of pea gravel.  Now I may get another small load , to expend the area. There are so many peaceful, pretty ideas for a zen garden. Love this bench.

pea gravel garden// This is how rock garden started, with a leftover pile of pea gravel. Now I may get another small load , to extend the area. There are so many peaceful, pretty ideas for a zen garden.

log edging...Sharon Hockenhull for St Ann's Hospice 'Embrace' garden designed by Sharon Hockenhull. RHS Tatton Flower Show 2011

Log edging which doubles as seating. Sharon Hockenhull for St Ann's Hospice 'Embrace' garden designed by Sharon Hockenhull. RHS Tatton Flower Show 2011

Image detail for -Containers with mixed planting and gravel garden with herb wheels, Windmill cottage, Somerset.

Image detail for -Containers with mixed planting and gravel garden with herb wheels, Windmill cottage, Somerset.

One of the newest trends in gardening in the UK is the gravel garden. Gravel is used right up to the house in some cases and gravel mulch is used in combination with other materials in others.

One of the newest trends in gardening in the UK is the gravel garden. Gravel is used right up to the house in some cases and gravel mulch is used in combination with other materials in others.

I think this is what Dave's talking about with the gravel paths.

I think this is what Dave's talking about with the gravel paths.

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