We have a gravel strip close which I would love to make more colorful. It is located in a place with morning sun, close to a wall of a house. Also there is not much soil in between the stones, but dandelion and blackberries are thriving.
I know that in the wild, poppies, straw flowers etc. would grow on similar locations. Is there a way of helping flowers to grow there without removing the gravel first?
So far I followed a recipe I heard from various old people:
- I tried 2nd last year scattering a mixture of "selected wild flower seeds" from a discounter with sand and compost on top, so that I was able rinse it in the gaps between the stones. Interestingly, not a single plant appeared. Under dry conditions I watered the gravel strip once a week.
- Last year, I tried again with expensive seeds, and I let them pre-germinate a bit, before creating the above mentioned mixture and distributing it on top of the gravel, and rinsing it in. Again a complete failure.
Does anybody have a different suggestion?