Pea Gravel

meigsyJuly 14, 2007

We have some hostas planted along the side of the house and I am also going to plant some Hydrangea and something else that we haven't decided on. We are looking to use pea gravel in that planting area instead of mulch. Would this be a good idea or if not, what would you suggest? Also, is a large or smaller stone better? Thanks.

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tracyvine(6 NE Ohio)

Hi, I know that the hosta do very well with pea gravel, however, I am not so certain about the hydrangea. My hydrangea show limp leaves in the extreme heat and I fear that the roots would get too warm with the gravel over top of them. I would suggest asking this in the hydrangea forum. Those folks have a lot more knowledge and will probably ask what variety of hydrangea you have.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2007 at 12:54PM
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leftwood(z4a MN)

Both would prefer an organic mulch like shredded bark, as it would retain more moisture and cool the soil more. However, slugs would prefer an organic mulch too, as it would retain more moisture and cool the soil more.

Hosta, of course, will grow practically anywhere though.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2007 at 3:54PM
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