Sunset Mix gravel with rocks of varying sizes to add interest in large areas. This technique also solved a drainage problem. The gravel path, edged on the right with 'Libelle' hydrangea and a bank of maidenhair ferns, straddles a cluster of large, flat stones that creates a bridge over a seasonal runoff channel. Water runs through a pipe hidden beneath the channel's river rocks to a catchment pond at the far end.
Decide How Much Maintenance You Want to Do: Many shrubs, climbers and perennials require attention at intervals. Seasonal pruning may be required in spring and fall, garden beds need weeding and feeding and flowering plants, such as roses, should be deadheaded regularly. Choosing low-maintenance plants, especially those suited to your location, can greatly reduce maintenance requirements.