Grassy lawns are so overrated. They consume unnatural amounts of water to stay green and they require lots of maintenance to look good. We've been thinking more and more of gravel. It's a not-quite hardscape material that's permeable, low-maintenance, and inexpensive. Here are a few gravel landscapes we find inspiring:
Pea gravel seems a good choice for a mulch in planted areas. However, we would be nervous about it getting kicked around when used as a material on paths. It seems one good solution is to use gravel as a general ground covering with plantings throughout it and stone or concrete walking paths.
Anyone else dreaming of a gravel yard? Or do you already have one? Please tell about it below.
(Re-edited from a post originally published on 8.25.2010 - CM)