Just put in a new stone patio around my pool. Surrounding the patio I will be doing landscaping (small shrubs, some ground cover...). I'm trying to decide what to put down in that area in between the plants.
a) Mulch isn't too high on my list because it has to be rejuvinated every couple of years, and it could get messy if tracked in the pools.
b) There is possibly the idea of rubber mulch but I haven't heard much about it and I'm not sure if it looks fake or if it fades with time.
c) There is also pea gravel but it's pretty brown and kind of reminds me of Western US/Texas/Arizona. All that is fine, but I live in the North East (MA) so I think it could look out of place.
d) Grass but that's out because I don't want to mow.
e) White Rocks but they're out because I'm just not a huge fan.
Does anyone have any other ideas? Maybe specific rock types that would looks nice (for a pool in the North East)? Or maybe certain types of ground cover. Or any other Mulch alternatives I hadn't thought of?
NOTE: The areas I'm talking are all about 4 feet wide and can stretch 40 or so feet.