I like the mixture of having a dry creek run through a mulch bed with plants/trees around it. Having a dry creek bed in your garden will give a soothing and natural look over there. Also, one such bed will allow efficient drainage of rain water.
Amazing Modern Rock Garden Ideas For Backyard (40) #moderngardens
Rock Garden A rock garden can be an attractive alternative to a grass lawn. This one has a rock streambed as the centerpiece, with low-water perennials flanking and overflowing its sides. The gardens natural look offers a lot of color and visual interest.