33 Spectacular Landscaping Ideas

Use gravel, pebbles and bark chips for practical, versatile garden design.

From: DK Books - Small Garden
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Versatile Gravel

Pea gravel is useful for walkways, work areas and social spaces. It also fits easily among plants and shrubs and will stay attractive for a long time. Combine pea gravel with ornamental grasses for a stunning design.

Checkerboard Groundcover

Create a checkerboard design using gravel, wood dividers and low-growing, compact Acaena and sedum.

Pebble Swirl

Use pebbles of various colors and shapes to build creative patterns into pathway designs.

Path With Low-Growing Sedum

Low-growing sedum makes an interesting pattern among coarse gravel.

Use Slate Chips

Slate chips can be used to mulch pathways between plantings in a garden.

Woodland Path

A path created with bark chips and log rounds blends perfectly into a woodland setting.

Shape Small Pebbles into Step Sculpture

Small pebbles have been shaped to provide an interesting circular step pattern in stones.

Meandering Soft Pebble Path

Retain a soft pebble pathway by using brick edging for support. Soft surfacing for garden paths consists of natural materials that include combinations of stone, wood and shell.

Pebbles Provide Visual Interest

Bricks and pebbles arranged in an ordered layout add visual interest in this example of a natural paving choice suited to a large landscaping design.

Shredded Bark Mulch Used to Line Garden Pathway

Try shredded bark to mulch pathways lined with plants and stones in a garden.

Terraced Cottage Garden

This cottage garden includes a lower and main terrace joined with brick steps and a graveled main entrance that ties the space together.

Larger Rocks Paired with Smaller Stones as Mulch

Combine larger rocks with smaller ones to mulch around garden shrubs and trees.

Natural Materials Add Soothing Feel

Deep borders with layers of taller plants make this yard seem larger than it really is, and natural materials such as stone and gravel give the garden a soothing feel.

Just Beachy

Cut sleepers have been laid among pebbles to give a beach look to this pathway.

Wood Strips Path Effective with Ornamental Grasses

Narrow wood strips make an effective path when placed along grasses but could be slippery when wet.

Small Pea Size Gravel Used on Garden Pathway

Pea-sized gravel is a good choice for soft pathways in a garden.

Sea Worthy

Gravel is raked in a maritime pattern on this soft garden pathway.

Linear Plan

This formal layout uses an abstract design with boxwoods and gravel.

Shapes and Texture Lend Zen Appeal

This rock and gravel garden is very zen-like with a simple and stylized design. The shapes and textures create visual drama.

Dressing Up Weed Control

Use decorative gravel, pebbles or slate chips to disguise a weed-preventing membrane covering the soil in a courtyard space.

Garden of Rectangles

Rectangles and squares, confined within low walls, convey a very angular look, although the harsh lines are softened by use of delicate pinks and mauves. The natural stone and pebble floor add to the elegance of this outdoor space.

Drainage Solution

Gravel makes a great mulch. Spread around plants that need good drainage, such as sedums.

Gravel Risers

Gravel risers form shallow steps in this contemporary landscape design. The result is functional art with great visual impact in this shaded modern garden.

Stone and Gravel Mixed

Stone and gravel are used in combination for a rustic path in this garden.

Use Gravel for Contrast

Gray gravel is popular for soft surfacing, especially when contrasted with natural fibers and texture, as with this fiber ottoman.

Pebble and Gravel Edging

This pathway features pebbles and gravel set in concrete for a visually-interesting edging.

Gravel in a Mediterranean Design

This Mediterranean garden design is created with gravel pathways, terra cotta pots and a sunny site.

Slate and Gravel Create Natural Look

In this garden with a pond, pieces of slate combine with gravel for a natural look.

Landscaping as Functional and Sustainable Art

A rich, contemporary landscape design style uses gravel along with grass and steel to create functional and sustainable art.

Narrow Garden Space of Townhouse

This very narrow space on the side of a townhouse is made more interesting by using an interesting paving pattern with tiles and pea gravel, plus a variety of plants in pots.

Tiered Gardens Paved with Gravel and Tile

A graveled area is central to this two-tiered town garden apartment that includes a terrace laid using random stone paving, and higher and lower pools joined by a waterfall.

Marble Mulch

Marble mulch covers the beds in this contemporary garden featuring glossy bamboos underplanted with white peonies.

Peaceful Setting

A water feature surrounded by pathways covered with small gravel creates a natural-looking setting great for relaxing.

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