50 Best Gravel Patio Ideas (DIY Design Pictures)

Gravel patio under white pergola with outdoor table and chairs

Welcome to our gallery featuring the best gravel patio ideas. A gravel patio is an excellent addition to any home not only because of the added beauty it gives but also because of the multiple purposes it can offer.

It can easily transform your backyard into an extension of your living room space, a place to dine and bond with the family, to enjoy a grill out with friends, or a personal sanctuary to enjoy a book or relax after a long tiring day.

The contemporary themed pebble patio in the picture above evokes an inviting and cozy ambiance, perfect for spending the afternoons outside. Make the most of your pebble patio design by furnishing it with woven outdoor furniture, neutral drapes and a white pergola. The accents of blue from the pillows add a calming effect to the overall style of the space

Among the available materials in the market, pebbles are one of the most desired ground covers for patios. It is well loved because of the numerous advantages it gives. If looking for a more practical solution and alternative to an expensive stone patio, wooden deck or interlocking bricks pavement, pea pebbleis your best option.

Design it however you want, either alone or mixed with other types of stone aggregates or incorporated in your landscape setting.  Since it also offers ease in installation, making your own pebble patio can be one of your next “DIY” projects.


Gravel Landscape Patio Pros and Cons

Backyard landscape with wood outdoor furniture

Here are some of the benefits of having a gravel patio:

Requires little maintenance. Gravel patios do not become muddy during rain.

Cost effective. Aggregate is cheaper than other filling materials available in the market. Aggregate usually costs around $35 to $55 per cubic yard and is less expensive than concrete and large stones.

Improves drainage. Aggregate drains quickly. When rainwater runs over a pebble patio, it just soaks into it rather than accumulating.

Unlike other filling materials that have to be placed in a slight incline so that rainwater does not run off, pebble may be placed as is in a patio.

Controls erosion. Gravel and stones prevent soil from eroding by holding it in place.

Easier to compact than other fillers. Unlike many landscape material options, it’s easy to work with.

Prevents weed growth. Unwanted weeds are not able to grow out of gravel. Ideally, gravel must be laid at least 4 inches thick from the ground to prevent weeds from growing into your patio.

Keeps rodents away from your garden. Rodents are not able to dig through a bed gravel unlike soil.

Easy to walk on. Pea pebble particularly has smooth rounded edges compared to larger stones which sometimes have jagged edges.

It does not cause discomfort even when walked on barefoot. Since it is a softer surface to walk on, it is more bearable rather than walking on coarse large rocks.

Easy to install. pebble patios require little effort and skills to install. Even if you do not have any previous experience for such, gravel can be laid out without any trouble.

Aesthetically pleasing. Pebbles allow for more creativity in terms of design. It can be easily mixed with other stones or landscaping materials to add beauty to a landscape, garden or patio.

Beneficial to plants. When aggregates are used with plants or in a garden bed along your patio, gravel traps moisture thus reflecting heat better. It is a great alternative to wood mulch as soil covering.

Improves the value of your home. A gravel patio is a stunning addition to any garden which improves the value of your home at a low cost. It is a wise practical investment that can give a lot of benefits in the long run compared to other filling materials.

Lasts multiple seasons. Aggregate patios can withstand any climate or weather including storms or snow. A layer of snow in a gravel patio may be easily removed with the use of a snow blower, a shovel or salt. It also works well for warm climates as it does not require watering.

Gravel patios last a long time. Gravel does not decompose and will last years.

Gravel with stone paver and portable fire pit Loose gravel surrounds this paving stone sitting area with a portable fire pit, creating an excellent spot for relaxation and socializing.

Here are some of the cons of having a gravel patio:

Relocating. If you plan on changing the location of your gravel patio, it is a task which is hard to manage.

Since it is made up of loose stones, everything needs to be collected and transported carefully from one place to another.

Hazard to children or pets. Small pieces of stones in a gravel patio may be a potential choking hazard for pets or toddlers. Be extra careful if you have young kids or pets at home.

Cannot be used for high traffic areas. Loose stones in a gravel patio can become easily lodge into shoe soles. Small stones such as pea gravel is not advisable to be used in walkways used by many people.

Gravel can be easily transferred or scattered to other areas of the yard or home. Be sure to use an edging or border for your patio to prevent it from spreading.

Requires repeated raking to smoothen the path. Heavy footmarks cause dips in the aggregate and can sometimes shift the small stones form its intended place. Prevent this by putting a base layer of rocks in your patio before laying out gravel.

Needs a base layer – If putting furniture in your gravel patio, it requires an added base.

Must be refreshed – In some cases, gravel need to be replenished in 3 to 4 years as it starts to soak into the soil. Installation around fences or borders can help alleviate some loss.

Asian style backyard deck with black gravel area

This Asian style backyard deck has a harmonious ambiance with its black pea gravel and minimalist furniture and decor.

What Is Pea Gravel?

Pea gravel are small stones found near bodies of water and is characterized by their smooth texture. Its name was derived from its size which resembles a green pea, usually ⅛ inch to ⅜ inches in diameter. Its colors are usually white, beige, shades of gray, rust, brown, red, blue or translucent.

It is usually used for landscaping or gardening and its common applications are patios, pathways, driveways, playgrounds, paver fillers or as mulch material around plant containers.

A pea gravel patio is a treatment for an outdoor space or paved area adjoined to a house wherein it is mainly covered with pea gravel. There are different ways to create a pea gravel patio.

Sometimes it is mixed with other materials such as pavers, bricks, slate or  flagstone to add an visual appeal. Other landscaping elements such as plants, a garden bed, water feature, or a fire pit may also be added to a gravel patio.

Pea gravel patios are perfect for European homes or Mediterranean inspired landscapes. White pea gravel works well for Classic patios offering a timeless feel. It is appropriate for any landscape style because of its colors.

Japanese rock garden with gravel pebbles, wood walkways

Two types of gravel pebbles make up this beautiful Japanese rock garden, complete with wood walkways leading to a grass island.

Backyard brick paver with outdoor pit surrounded by gravel border

A gravel patio fire pit may be built adjacent to your home as a place to entertain guests and to gather family members.

This casual rustic design made use of interlocking layers of bricks from the fire pit walls and large coarse rocks as filling material for the surrounding space.  The same flooring material also flows continuously to the pathway giving the space a more uniformed look.

Pea Stone Gravel Border 

A pea gravel border is an edging material placed around the perimeter of the gravel patio. Its main purpose it to contain the stones in one place. Aside from its function, a gravel patio border adds elegance and aesthetic appeal to your patio by defining it.

Some of the edging materials which can be used as a gravel patio order are bricks, stones, cobblestones, flagstones, metal, galvanized steel, plastic, bender board, cedar or pressure-treated wood. These items can be sourced from local home improvement stores.

In choosing a material for your pea pebble patio border, remember to choose something which has a good quality. Please do not skimp on the edging material as it will last longer.

Regarding the size of the pea gravel patio border, its height must exceed the depth of your patio excavation. It is typically ½ inch higher than your dug out area but this dimension is adjustable according to your preference.

Small concrete patio and gravel landscape

Gravel may be used to cover large areas of backyard spaces to give them a more natural feel. Limestone pavers are used as a walkway and as flooring material for the outdoor living space.

The warm earthy color of the stones used complements the Rustic theme of this paver and pea gravel patio.

Pea Shingle Cost

Dining patio with brick border

The material cost of pea gravel is usually inexpensive and varies depending on the size of the project. Pea gravel usually costs around $300 to $400 for small projects for a 200 square foot coverage.

Since small projects have small material requirements, pea gravel can be sourced from local home improvement stores. Purchase gravel in bags of 0.5 cubic feet at approximately $4 to $6 per bag for the plain stones and $8 for the colored variant. However, this cost still varies depending on the location and local service available.

For larger projects, pea gravel must be purchased from a landscaper or a gravel and stone supplier at tons or cubic yards.  Plain pea gravel costs around $30 to $35 per cubic yard or $40 to $45 per ton.

If you prefer the colored variety, consider an additional amount of $20 to $50 to your cost. Buying in bulk can save you more because the price can go as low as $15 to $20 per ton for a minimum quantity of 10 tons. You can avail of wholesale from gravel distributors if you have this amount of material requirement.

In terms of installation, a pea gravel patio can cost around $5 per square foot, including the base rock. The bigger the project is, the more expenses you would incur.

Some additional questions which affect the cost of a pea gravel patio are:

Style or type of stone – The least expensive kind of pea gravel are those with solid colors. As mentioned earlier, choosing a colored type of stone would cost more. Rounded and more polished stone products are also more expensive.

Depth of the pea gravel patio – The depth of the pea gravel patio naturally affects the amount of stone you will be needing to cover it.

The deeper, the higher the cost. A 1 inch of pea gravel is enough for patios that will only be used as walkways. A depth of 2 inches to 4 inches is required for gardens with plants while 6 inches is needed for patios with furniture.

Border or edging material – Edging around a pebble patio is necessary to keep it in place. Wood edging material usually costs $5 per linear meter, and metal edging material usually costs $6 per linear meter.

Labor – Installing a pea gravel patio by yourself can save you a reasonable amount of money, however, if your choose to a hire professional landscaper to do the work, consider an additional amount of  $13 to $65 per hour in labor costs. Laying down gravel usually takes 2 hours to complete or more.

Delivery charges – Some suppliers offer free delivery for bulk orders of 10 to 20 tons. Delivery charges depend on the distance; ask your supplier so you can allot a specific budget for this.

Packed gravel with outdoor rattan seating

Ways to Create a Gravel Patio

There are different ways to create a pea pebble patio. Because of the versatility of pea gravel, it can be mixed with any other stones or landscaping material to produce a patio design which suits your taste.

Majority of these gravel patio variations require a level foundation and uses the “dry laying” method.

Below are the common types of pea gravel patios:

Backyard with dining table and outdoor kitchen

An excellent spot to enjoy outdoor barbecues and parties, this pea gravel epoxy patio has a grilling station and dining table.

The contrast between the pea gravel and the rough sandstone cooking station works perfectly for this contemporary themed space. Bark landscaping with shrubs and trees adds privacy and decoration to the fence design.

Gravel and Epoxy Patio

Pea gravel epoxy patio, as the name suggests, is composed of 2 materials : pea gravel and epoxy. Epoxy acts a binding agent to keep the stones smooth and leveled for the patio. When these two materials are mixed, it creates a durable flooring material which can cater to high traffic areas.

This type of patio is also a quick and easy job to do. Installing a pea gravel epoxy patio is basically just mixing gravel with epoxy and spreading it.

Backyard with pea gravel epoxy patio

Set up as a fancy outdoor living room, this pea gravel patio evokes a rustic yet old-world feel. The area rug adds flair to the whole look of the space.

Modern backyard with fine crushed gravel

This is an example of a minimalist backyard design with a crushed gravel patio with a fire pit. The plain concrete finish of the raised planter box and natural wood for the fence provides a unique beauty in the unfinished overall look of this patio.

Crushed Gravel

Crushed gravel patio is composed of crushed stones or a type of construction aggregate which is usually 1 ½ inches to 2 ½ inches in diameter.

Crushed stones are produced by breaking down a specific rock such as granite, limestone, marble or trap rock into a desired size. Crushed rocks such as white marble chips are perfect for Classic inspired gardens.

Crushed gravel is usually used as a reliable foundation rock base because it can be compacted and support outdoor furniture’s weight. Aside from this, it also works as a perfect ground cover for patios because of the natural and organic look it gives to a space.  It is also affordable and easy to maintain.

Just like pea pebble patios, crushed gravel patios are easy to install by just spreading the stones across the surface.

Metal outdoor chairs and large bowl-type pit

A crushed gravel patio sitting area with metal outdoor chairs surrounding a large bowl fire pit with flowering plants elevates this property into an inviting oasis.

Backyard stone type with gravel and pavers

An aggregate patio fire pit serves as an attractive addition to any backyard. Whether it may be for a grown up chitchat or bonding with kids over roasting marshmallows, it becomes a favorite place for the family.

In this design, the different sizes and colors of stones used all throughout the space give it depth and dimension.

Small patio with wood table set in backyard

This small circular crushed aggregate patio is situated in the far corner of the backyard and is bordered by paving stones and equipped with a wood table set and umbrella. The fencing is fronted with arborvitae trees that provide privacy from nearby neighbors.

Concrete stone walkway with pebble patio and park bench

Concrete paving step-stones lead through this pebble backyard landscape to a park bench for a pleasant spot for taking in the serenity of the garden.

Modern home with gravel and large pavers

This example uses a darker crushed aggregate with large concrete pavers leading to the modern home’s entry door. When designing a backyard, taking images from different views can help inspire you to think about the space in different ways.

Gravel landscaping in backyard with outdoor entertaining structure and pergola

This crushed aggregate pathway leads to the large wooden timber framed structure with vaulted ceiling, fireplace and outdoor living area. A wooden pergola provides an extra place for entertaining and socializing.

Loose gravel outdoor area with flagstone paver

This simple DIY backyard features a loose aggregate area with Adirondack chairs and a border of large irregular cut rocks. There is a second sitting area made with concrete blocks with an outdoor dining set.

Backyard space with outdoor seats and rough granite steps

This backyard gravel patio offers an inviting sitting area complete with outdoor furniture and small metal fire pit.

Paver and Gravel

Pavers are cut flagstones in irregular or square units. Paver and gravel patios are a combination of stone pavers arranged in a specific pattern and small pebbles which are used to fill in the gaps between – think of pea gravel acting as a grout for the pavers.

Paver and gravel are a durable and affordable treatment for patios. Also, the combination of the two materials give endless design possibilities because of the diverse size, color and shape pavers have.

Installing a paver and gravel patio uses the dry set method wherein the pavers are dry set with sand on a rock and sand base and pea gravel is spread all throughout to fill the spaces between.

Backyard patio with irregular stones

Highly textured, this traditional flagstone and gravel patio combined coarse gravel, large smooth stones, and limestone. Variations in stone color, sizes and shape create depth and character for the patio design.

Flagstone and Gravel

flagstone and gravel

A flagstone is a flat stone slab of slate, sandstone, or limestone which is rectangular or square shaped used for paving. It is a preferred material for patios because of its narrow-packed joints.

Flagstones come in various colors such as gray, brown, reddish or blue. It usually costs around $15 to $30 per square foot.

Flagstone and pea gravel patios are constructed by dry laid method wherein the large stones are set in a bed of sand or pea gravel. The recommended depth for this is 3 inches.

The excavated area for the patio is filled with coarse sand and aggregates then flagstones are placed in a specific pattern. The joints are filled with the specific gravel of choice or sometimes mortared or planted with grass.

Flagstone and gravel patios have a natural and organic look and works for both informal and formal design styles.  If you are aiming for a casual patio setting, use irregularly shaped flagstones and arrange them in a random pattern.

While if leaning towards a more formal vibe for your patio, lay rectangular flagstones in a uniform pattern.

Slate and Gravel

Slate and gravel combination patio

Rectangular gray slate laid out in a mosaic like pattern give this slate and aggregate patio an interesting focal point.

Slate is a fine grained greenish, blue, gray rock. It is usually sold for $18 to $30 per square foot. Though it costs up to three times more than other paving materials, slate still remains to be well loved by landscapers and homeowners because it is natural looking, durable and resilient.

Irregularly shaped slate gives patios and garden an interesting and eclectic touch. The combination of slate and rock works perfectly for Mediterranean inspired homes and gardens by giving them a rustic flair.

Just like majority of pebbled patio types, slate and pebble patios use the same dry laying method wherein the slate pieces are arranged in a particular pattern and filled with pea sized gravel in between the joints.

During installation, it is ideal to start at a corner while keeping the gaps at a minimum. When the slate is completely set in a foundation base material, tamp each piece with a mallet and pour sand to fill the gaps then add grave as topper.

Brick and Gravel

Backyard landscape with red and white small stone gravel

Two colors of aggregate are used to create variation and contrast in this desert landscaping patio design. Bricks function as edging material and border to define space. This brick and aggregate patio perfectly blends to the surrounding Mediterranean-inspired landscape.

Bricks are typically small sun-dried rectangular blocks which are made up of clay. It is commonly used as building material for walls and walkways. Brick can be laid close together while pavers on the other hand interlock together and are available in a variety of shapes and sizes.

The brick and pebble patio is an casual and informal treatment for backyards and outdoor living spaces. It does not follow precise cutting and has a free form approach to design.

When it comes to installation, this type of patio follows the same steps as the “paver and gravel patio”, “slate and gravel patio” and the “flagstone and pebble patio”. It uses the dry laying method wherein the bricks are set into a bed of compact sand and the cracks are filled with pea gravel.

Brick and aggregate patios are perfect for adding warmth to a space because of its reddish color and texture.

Gravel Around the Fire Pit

Gravel and plank stle patio, sitting area with stone firepit

If you want to utilize your backyard for a grill-out or to catch warmth during cold seasons then you may add a fire pit to your pebble courtyard. Usually circular in shape and made up of stones, the fire pit acts as the central feature of the patio.

A fire pit is pretty easy to install. Interlocking pieces of stones make it together to form a round shape. An adequate height is usually 3 to 4 levels or full courses of stones joined by an adhesive or mortar. Then pea pebbles is added as a topper for the whole ground surrounding the fire pit.

Raised gravel area with outdoor dining set

In this Mediterranean-inspired raised pebble terrace design, the fire pit is not built-in and is completely movable. The brown pea sized aggregates covering the patio floor creates a great contrast against the surrounding grass and the swimming pool.

Raised Gravel Design

Raised stone surfaces on terraces

A raised pebble terrace is an outdoor space raised from the surrounding ground or built at a higher level than the existing ground. Installation wise, it follows the same steps for building a pea aggregate courtyard but with an additional step of building a retaining wall.

The retaining wall is built along the perimeter of the patio and serves as the border for the gravel. It may be bricks, wood or any material as long as it can act as a platform for the patio and a barrier for the small pieces of stones filling the base of the patio flooring.

This type of patio requires more filling materials and is usually 4 to 9 inches in height. It can be used if you want your patio floor to be the same level as your house’s floor or if you simply want to add dimension and elevation to your outdoor space.

This garden backyard offers a private sanctuary for relaxing in the hammock over a bed of aggregates with a small wood platform.

How to Make a DIY Gravel Style Patio

Relaxing backyard with gravel and wood walkway with hammock

Compared to stones, interlocking bricks or a wooden deck, a pebble terrace requires less effort when installing. It can be an easy “Do It Yourself” project since it does not require special skills or any technical knowledge.

Materials:

  • Pea sized Aggregates (or any size of gravel you want; amount will depend on size)
  • Landscape Fabric
  • Crushed stone (or any foundation base)
  • Edging material (may be stone, metal, wood or plastic)
  • Weed block rolls
  • Grass killer
  • Spray Paint

Tools Needed:

  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Hoe
  • Stakes (if needed)
  • Shovel
  • Small shovel
  • Rake
  • Wheel barrow

Outdoor chairs with colorful cushions with glass table

A bright and inviting place for relaxation, this pea-pebble courtyard offers a full view of the surrounding garden. The colorful printed pattern of the furniture and the accents pillows instantly brightens the space.

Steps on Creating a DIY Crushed Stone Landscape for Your Home:

Plan out the size and shape of your patio. When it comes to design and shape, you can choose anything which fits your sense of style.

This phase offers the freedom to exercise your creativity and gives you flexibility in forming the perfect concept for your patio. On the other hand, size will greatly depend on your backyard’s existing conditions and other factors.

The amount of space you need for your pebble courtyard will greatly depend on the purpose you intend to use it for. Determine the activities you will be doing here, the number of users in the area and how you want to furnish it.Small spaces are appropriate for bistro style patio set up which contains at least 2 chairs and a table.

Large spaces, on the other hand, can accommodate more furniture and design elements. Sometimes,it may be designed as an outdoor living area complete with a fire pit.

Just remember that if you plan on putting an informal backyard dining area or an outdoor living room space, consider the sizes of furniture you will be using.

For example, a patio which is 12 to 14 feet in size can accommodate a 48 inch table which can seat around 6 to 8 persons depending on the chair size.

Also keep in mind that the size must also balance out with the surrounding environment. Consider proportion and make sure that shape blends well with the landscape.

Plot the shape of your patio in the yard – Measure the existing space with a measuring tape and plot your desired shape and size onto the grass using spray paint. You may use other materials to mark the space.

Stone wall and dark plastic rattan chair

Determine the depth of gravel  – Once the purpose for the patio is decided, you can know also determine the depth of your pebble terrace. The depth of pebbles for a patio usually ranges from 1 inch to 4 inches. Typically a standard depth of 2 inches is sufficient, but this changes depending on the existing conditions of the ground soil.

If the soil is not firm, digging deeper is necessary. The type of base or foundation to be used will also determine the depth of the hole you need for your pebble courtyard. If using soil for the base, dig 2 inches deep but if adding stone for the base, dig a 4 to 4 ½ inches deep hole.

Add up the amount of aggregates needed to cover the patio – The cubic yard needs to be determined to know the amount of pebble needed to cover a patio.

First, get the total area of your patio in square feet by multiplying the length and width of the space (in inches).

Divide the total area by 12 to get the cubic inch in volume. Multiply the resulting number by the number of inches you want for the gravel’s thickness.

Since the amount of coverage of pebble needs to be in the unit of measurement of cubic yards, convert the resulting total by simply dividing it by 27.

Round this off to the nearest whole number to get an estimate of the amount of pebble you need for coverage. There are also aggregate calculators available online which can help you compute your material requirements instantly.

Prepare the area. Clean the area by removing weeds and spraying with grass killer if needed. Remove obstructions or debris such as roots, sticks, rocks, etc.

Excavate the area. Dig the area for the desired depth. As you excavate the ground, evaluate the condition, texture and consistency of the soil. Level the dirt and make sure that the soil is tamped down.

Use a hoe or shovel to compact the soil at the bottom of your excavated area. Whether using you’re using the soil or crushed stone as your base, it is important to not skip this step.

Add the edging or border along the perimeter. Choose a type of edging material for your pebble courtyard to contain the pebbles in one place.

For example, if using wood as a pebble barrier, cut pieces of 2×2 lumber according to the shape and size of your patio. Lay out wood and connect corners or ends by screwing brackets.

Adhesive may also be used to join wood pieces together easily and conveniently. Let the joined edging pieces dry and ensure they are tightly secured.

Add the base or foundation layer. Soil which is densely packed and has clay like consistency does not need an additional stone base layer. But for loose or sandy soil, add crushed stones to keep the pebble in place. Rough textured rocks work best as stabilizers for a pebble courtyard.

Before laying the gravel, put  landscape fabric on top of the foundation base. The landscaping fabric acts as a landscape barrier that separates the dirt and the gravel. It also aids in preventing weed growth and keeps rodents from digging through the ground.

Add pea gravel to your patio. Pour 2 inches of pea aggregate and spread evenly. Leave ½ inch space between the pebble and the edging to prevent the small stones from spilling.

Level out with a rake. Take time to smooth and even out the surface of the pea aggregateopen air space by raking. This also compacts it so that the loose pebble stay in place.

Some other things to keep in mind in installing a pebble patio:

If using outdoor furniture for your patio, provide a firm foundation. Add at  least 6” inches of thick rock base layer to support your furniture.

These additional elements in your patio design will naturally cause appropriate changes in the depth of soil you need to dig and the amount of aggregate you need to purchase.

Maintaining a pea aggregate open air space would require occasional raking to even our the surface. Replenish your pebble terrace every 3 to 4 years.

Spiral patio design with stepping stone border
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Stone pavers may be set in unique patterns like those shown in this Pinterest-perfect design. There is really no limit when it comes to designing your pea-pebble courtyard. Use it as an interesting focal point for your landscape.

Patio Designs with Gravel

Embrace outdoor living and get inspired from our gallery of different pebble courtyard design ideas.

Cement pavers with wrought iron furniture

Paver and pebble courtyards work well in defining space. The seating area is separated by using cement pavers as flooring material. The use of simple wrought iron furniture and minimal vegetation does not make this traditional rustic themed patio overwhelming.

Tropical vibe backyard with palm trees and hammock

This low-maintenance backyard features pea pebble spread out around several palm trees with a stretched hammock to create a relaxing escape.

Paver patio with landscaping and water feature pond

Interlocking pavers are available in different shapes and sizes which can be used to achieve different concepts for your backyard. Large coarse aggregate mix in shades of gray, light brown and white add character to this Mediterranean inspired paver and pebble courtyard design.

Gravel and brick patio and green chairs with green cushions

Basking in cool green tones, this contemporary brick and pebble courtyard evokes a calm feeling. The organic theme for this outdoor living room area is achieved by combining plants with crushed rocks fillers and a flowing design for the wall feature.

Backyard gazebo with stone landscaping

This backyard gazebo with outdoor furniture is surrounded by pea pebbles with a smooth stone border. Raised flower beds are used to add visual interest and add contrast to the home’s design. A large lawn backs up to the area fencing and gives a backdrop of color in contrast to the color of the stones.

Patio with gravel center area with hanging lights on the gray fence

A concrete and pebble courtyard design set with a wooden horizontal fence, this space offers versatility in terms of use. It can cater to outdoor gatherings as it comes with a fire pit.

Patio with pergola and closed blue umbrella

Deeply textured, this design is an example of a Mediterranean-inspired concrete and pea aggregate terrace. Complete with rustic wooden trellis and wrought iron outdoor furniture; the outdoor space evokes an inviting feeling.

A hint of blue is introduced to the space to add some contrast to the warmth of the varying textures of the materials.

Patio with square concrete pavers, gravel fillers and a wooden gate

Minimalist paver and aggregate terrace design, this made use of square concrete blocks with gray pea seized pebble fillers. A patio doesn’t always need to have furniture and even simple designs can serve as a visually pleasing addition to your home.

Patio with pond and wooden outdoor dining furniture pieces

This interesting aggregate terrace features a pond water feature complete with lily pads and wood border. An outdoor dining table is positioned to allow friends and family to be dined and entertained.

Gravel and stone landscaped backyard
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A pebble and stone landscaped backyard with rounded stone retaining wall palm trees and flowers.

Contemporary concrete and river rock patio with large privacy fence

This is a modern-style patio with oversized square concrete pavers and large gray stones. This patio design complements the minimalist look of the house and the high wooden fence surrounding it.

Some notable decorations include the faux stone pouf and large horizontal slant privacy wall that was stained in an appealing light wood color.

Small garden patio with stone slabs and white gravel

This small cozy patio features square stone slabs with a border or white gravel. A rustic wrought iron furniture set makes this a great spot to enjoy morning coffee or to relax after a long day.

Large walkway pavers made of concrete with large pebbles

Modern patio design plan which made use of large rectangular concrete pavers for the walkway and a combination of pea pebble and large river stones.

This design illustrates the functionality of edging materials for patio as it clearly shows that it defines the different areas of the space. The minimalist look is completed with simple chairs, a streamlined fire pit, and colorful pillows.

Flagstone patio with wicker furniture

Traditional style is achieved in this patio design by using combinations of white and gray pea pebble with irregularly shaped slate. Wicker furniture and classic cast stone plant containers transformed this patio into a serene place for relaxation.

Rustic space with small stone ledge for seating

A cozy rustic place for gathering with friends or family, this pebble courtyard design made use of large irregular rocks for the fire pit and small gray pea pebble for the flooring. The seating area is blended well with the surrounding landscape by using a stone ledge and some accent pillows.

Patio made of slate and gravel

An example of a slate and pebble courtyard, this design showcases slate set in a uniform pattern and gray pebble fillers. This design is more formal rather than irregular stones in a random pattern.

A breathtaking view of a lake with Adirondack chairs enciricling a pit

A simple take on the crushed stone fire pit patio, this design does not have much frills and just takes full advantage of the surrounding breathtaking view.

Fill the ground with pea sized crushed stone and accentuate it with large pieces of slate and your  patio will still be visually appealing.

Poured concrete and gravel rocks with wood benches

A minimalist approach to the crushed stone fire pit patio, this design made use of a square-shaped fire pit and complemented wooden benches and simple vegetation. Streamlined concrete pavers and coarse pea pebbles complete the contemporary look of this outdoor space.

Raised patio design with day bed and set with coarse sand

This raised patio design is made up of concrete and is set with coarse grained gray sand. The materials used in this patio create a stark contrast in terms of the design style used for the house interior. Instead of chairs, a daybed may be used to provide for a comfortable place to lounge or rest.

Brick pavers in desert landscape backyard

When coming up with backyard ideas many plans utilize zones to create different outdoor living areas. Creating several seating areas offers a variety of places to sit, socialize or provide a place for quiet contemplation.

This decorative crushed stone and brick paver patio showcases a desert landscape with a central focal point and round paver design.

Patio with jacuzzi and grilling station

Complete with a Jacuzzi and a small grilling station, and this flagstone and stone courtyard is the perfect place to entertain friends and bond with family. Limestone cut in irregular shapes and sizes provides variation in texture when combined with the white and cool gray stones.

Rust colored pebbles, red chairs and adone brick open pit

Large earth toned adobe stones are used as a fire pit wall for this patio design. Rust colored pea size crushed stone adds warmth to the look and complements the color of the red metal chairs.

Swing set and benches made of roughly cut wood

Put chopped wood blocks into good use by incorporating them into your crushed stone fire pit patio design. They can serve as informal seating for a rustic inspired setting.

Small outdoor nook with gravel and square pavers

Convert a secluded spot in your backyard to a beautiful patio wherein you can lounge and enjoy a book. The picture above shows a paver and stone courtyard furnished with simple lounge chairs for a perfect relaxing feel.

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  1. I love the photo you shared that uses flagstone and gravel to create a patio for a jacuzzi. My husband and I really like the idea of using gravel in the landscape design for our new home for a modern feel. Thanks for giving me these other ideas we can incorporate after we have the gravel delivered and in place!

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