Types of Landscape Gravel


Gravel is a versatile landscaping tool that works well in driveways, pathways and as ground cover. Landscape gravel comes in many shades and sizes.

Crushed Rock

  • Crushed rock is typically in 1 1/2- to 1 3/4-inch pieces and gray in hue.

River Rock

  • River rock is round and polished and typically used in ponds and garden beds where foot traffic won't disturb it. River rock is usually 1 to 2 inches in diameter but can come in larger sizes.

Shell gravel

  • Shell gravel consists of crushed shell and other natural materials. Shell gravel can be used in place of rock gravel and makes a nice addition to coastal homes.


  • Pebbles are similar to crushed rock but slightly smaller. Pebbles can be natural or machine polished and come in a range of hues.


  • No matter the size you choose, landscape gravel comes in many different shades. Typical colors are white, dark gray, light gray, black, tan and pink.

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