Which Decorative Landscaping Rocks Are Best For Your Project?


There are several compelling reasons to landscape with rocks. Rocks are low maintenance, don’t attract pests, stand up to foot traffic, and are durable.

There are different types of landscaping rocks. It’s normal for homeowners to get overwhelmed with too many choices when choosing the right rock for their landscaping project.

When scheduling your landscape rock delivery for your next project, follow this guide to help you make an informed decision as to which type of rock is best for you.

Pea Gravel 

As the name implies, these rocks are about the size of a pea. Pea gravel or beach pebbles come in a range of colors including rust brown, white, and tan.  It is one of the most affordable landscaping rocks on this list.

Pea gravel can be used to cover a driveway and in walkways, garden beds and paths. You can also use these small, round rocks to create a focal point or small accents or highlight a fountain. To prevent pea gravel from spreading, add solid edging.

River Rock

River rocks are usually smoother and bigger than beach pebbles. Their cost, size and shape vary depending on quality. They come in shades of black, brown and white. Thanks to their versatile coloring, river rocks are one of the most popular landscaping rocks used by landscapers. When choosing a color, make sure it complements the color scheme of your garden and house.

Medium-sized river rocks are ideal for lining garden pathways and mulching flower beds. Many landscapers use them for accenting walls, water fountains, borders, fences and boulders. River rocks are heavier than pea gravel and do not scatter as easily. They can also help control weeds.

Lava Rock

Lava rocks come from volcanoes that are no longer active. They are known for their unique appearance, have rough edges and usually come in black and red color. Lava rocks are used as larger ground covers. They can serve as bases for yards in areas where it’s difficult and costly to grow grass year-round.

Decomposed Granite

Decomposed granite is formed when solid granite naturally weathers. Decomposed granite is famed for its unique, rustic appeal. Its sandy texture and reddish-tan shade set it apart.

You can use decomposed granite to build the surface of your deck, patio, garden trails or yard. Many landscapers use it around the trees in a yard or as top dressing around plants that have dried out.


Boulders are usually incredibly heavy. They come in a wide range of sizes, shapes and colors. Because they can be difficult to move, you will want to place boulders in the right spot the very first time. Boulders are commonly used to build bench rocks, retainer walls and outcroppings. You can also replace a big shrub or tree with a boulder.

If you are still unsure as to which rock will serve your project best, give our pros at Bayshore Materials a call. Our team can assist in helping you make an informed decision.

When making your decision, take transportation out of the equation and ask our professionals about our landscape rock delivery services. Let our team take the stress of logistics off your decision making, with a shipment of your landscaping stone directly to your project. To learn more, call 707-644-0859.