Pea gravel circle in mulch
Rock formation across decomposed granite (DG) and then mulch on the other side
Native plants in decomposed granite (DG)
Mulch with river rock
DG stairs and patio in mulch
DG patio in mulch
Red flagstone with several sizes of mexican pebble and pea gravel
Hardscape is an important part of any landscape but that is especially true in drought-tolerant ones where you may not want to fill every square-inch something green and water-sucking. Hardscape also serves to divert the eye as small native plants take about three years to reach maturity and groundcover takes root and spreads.