Gravel and Stone Two popular surfaces for modern gardens are gravel (either rounded pea gravel or crushed stone) and decomposed granite (often called simply “DG”). Both prevent runoff, which allows the soil to absorb water and hold on to the moisture.
"For soft gravel patios I like to use 3/4 inch round rock. I dig an area out flat so that I can spread it at least 3" thick and have the top be at the desired grade. I rake it smooth and hose it down to clean it. Instant patio! Pea gravel, which is smaller and more common, is an option too, but I find it sticks to the feet and in the soles of some shoes and gets tracked around. The 3/4 round rock tends to stay in place and is prettier. I never put landscape fabric underneath. Jeffrey Bale
I like the different levels, materials and textures incorporated in this deck, patio and garden. Especially the platform deck, the pea gravel sitting area, low maintenance containers and the varied widths on the fencing material. This design could work with a contemporary home or a traditional home.