Consider porous materials when designing outdoor living areas. Gravel or pebble patios combine good looks with low-maintenance upkeep that’s also easy on the environment. Porous surfaces allow water to drain freely, instead of creating storm runoff.
The landscaping surrounding this Southwestern style home is low-maintenance and low-water, with beds of tan gravel contrasting sharply with bright green plants and trees. Slim channels funnel water in and around the yard.
Step out the door into the peaceful Asian-inspired garden of this modern home. Concrete slabs create walkways and a bridge across the rectangular pond. Gravel beds and ornamental grasses keep the landscaping low maintenance.
This modern Southwestern style home is eco-friendly-something the homeowners are concerned about. The drought resistant plants will hold up in the harsh desert climates, and instead of grass, the homeowners have used gravel and other rocks to cut down on their water consumption.
This small backyard is high on color and sustainability. An eclectic mix of materials that include block walls, ornamental pea gravel, flagstone and boulders makes for an exciting and sustainable design.
This tranquil Mediterranean garden features a gravel landing with a perimeter of green foliage and a large plant on a pedestal in the center. A bench at the back of the garden provides a great spot to take it all in.
The details of this home's landscaping cleverly connect the separate outdoor areas. For example, here, the beach pebble gravel in the driveway is also used for the walkway, making a seamless transition from parking the car all the way up to the front door.