Decorative gravel is becoming the green, sustainable alternative to lawn. It’s also a useful problem solver for dozens of scenarios in the ordinary landscape. In some regions such as the Southwest, it’s long been in use for surfacing open spaces in sparsely planted desert gardens. In the 1970s, colored gravel and evergreens became the low maintenance solution to prolonged drought. Today new and innovative ideas for gravel in the landscape are implemented to create unique design compositions, to save water and eliminate high maintenance lawns.