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Types of Landscape Gravel

By Elton Dunn
There are many types of landscape gravel.
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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.


About the Author


A successful website writer since 1998, Elton Dunn has demonstrated experience with technology, information retrieval, usability and user experience, social media, cloud computing, and small business needs. Dunn holds a degree from UCSF and formerly worked as professional chef. Dunn has ghostwritten thousands of blog posts, newsletter articles, website copy, press releases and product descriptions. He specializes in developing informational articles on topics including food, nutrition, fitness, health and pets.