6 Types of Landscaping Stones and How to Use Them

One of the best things about garden pebbles is how versatile they are. Small to large, smooth to gravel, there are so many colors and sizes to choose from. No matter how your landscaping plan shapes up, there is a stone to help tie it all together.

Our garden pebble guide gives you a look at some of the most common types of landscaping stones to get you inspired for your next backyard project!

Pea Gravel

Tiny and smooth, pea gravel is a great multi-purpose pebble type that can be used for a variety of projects. It comes in colors such as gray, tan, and white for a neutral base that coordinates with any setting and each stone is only ¼ to ⅛ inches in size. 

Some of the more popular uses for pea gravel include covering a driveway, filling paver spaces, or as ground cover to prevent weed growth.

Crushed Granite Gravel

Stones can be crushed to make fine gravel that is perfect for subtle transitioning between plants and the driveway or patio. It looks natural too, coming in neutral colors that won’t take away from your vibrant flowers.

Lava Rock

These unique stones are collected from real volcanoes around the world! They come in beautiful colors that you won’t find with river pebbles and are incredibly lightweight. During the day they absorb heat and will release it at night time. This is an ideal choice for dry regions.

Decomposed Granite

This reddish gravel is sandy, giving landscapes a softer look. It’s perfect to use for garden pathways or to cover exposed tree roots.

Rain Forest Rosa Beach Pebbles

River pebbles

Collected from rivers from faraway lands, river rocks are elegant with their smooth, rounded edges, bolstering the tranquility of garden space. You can mix and match colors as desired and use them for garden trails, to line swimming pools, or in garden ponds. River pebbles also provide drainage for flower beds.


These larger, flat stones are ideal for creating an outdoor living space or to make stepping stones for a path. You can pair them with pea gravel or decomposed granite, using the smaller stones to fill in gaps between the flagstones.


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