Stone has always been a cost-effective hardscape material for all garden styles. In gravel form it has been used in landscapes from the raked Zen gardens of Japan to the driveways of English landscape gardens, and it is still used as an affordable and easy-to-install surface in contemporary gardens. Its larger relations, then pebbles, cobbles, and paddle stones, have become a much more interesting and useful material in our gardens, as they have so many applications.

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