Pale Pebble Landscape Designs

By Kate Riley June 1, 2022

I was creating a collection of images to submit to our landscaper for the Florida house we’re renovating. In addition to basic maintenance and repair, we’re getting ready to convert several of the spaces in the front and rear yards so that they have low maintenance rock or pebble areas filled sporadically with tropical plants, succulents, and cactus.

Hardscapes that include rocks, pebbles, or gravel are a low maintenance approach to landscaping that can be just as beautiful as lawns or flower beds. What keeps these areas attractive with minimal effort is weed block fabric, controlled irrigation, and the occasional raking. This style of landscape will save money on your water bill and is also better for drought prone areas where water conservation is key.

I love the look because it feels very modern, and the rocks or pebbles are a textural contrast to the botanicals. Here are a few landscape design ideas incorporating pale pebbles, rocks, and gravel as a low maintenance yard solution.

 

Walking Path with Pavers

salty luxe

 

 

Landscape Strip + White Planters

the balcony garden

 

Rock Bed with Contrasting Planters

magnolia

 

Landscape Strip + Cement Orbs

greencube landscape design

 

Raised Planting Bed

style curator

 

Planting Bed Soil Cover

homes to love

 

 

Gravel with Flagstone Pavers

gardenista

 

 

Minimalist Yard with Low Maintenance Plants

create architecture

 

Full Patio with Pebbles

cate st hill

 

Deck Border

via domino

 

 

Cactus Bed

coveteur

 

 

Minimalist Courtyard

via aucoot

 

Patio Surround with Pavers

salty luxe

 

 

Wide Walkway

three birds renovation

 

 

Seating & Dining Patio with Stepping Stones

the interiors addict

 

Firepit Surround

molly wood garden design

4 comments

  1. Hi Kate,
    What i have found from personal experience regarding gardening landscape with stones (rounder smoother and less sharp) is this:
    Pros:
    1) They allow good water drainage if rainfall is high.
    2) All the benefits you have covered – low maintenance etc
    Cons:
    1) As these are hard natural material they can get quite hot under daylight. So if surrounding house where they touch the foundation walls – then walls inside (depending on what is used in FL) can get heated up as well. so more energy needed to cool inside of a house.
    2) They can be sharp so pets and kids cannot run barefeet ?
    3) If planting tropicals then their roots/stem touching the stones can heat up as well.

  2. Clicked post too soon. Would like to wish you the best for your new life in Florida! It is a beautiful state with many benefits of course. Take care!

  3. I have no personal experience with stone landscaping, except when my folks retired to Florida. The plant areas were nice, but I disliked the crushed stone paths with flat pavers. It felt weird to have to watch each step from one to the other because if you missed, you got pebbles in your sandals or shoe heels sank in. I recall that my parents complained about picking out dead leaves from the larger areas because you couldn’t really rake them.

    All that said, this will be an adventure for you and your family and I will enjoy seeing how you make it your own!

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