Gravel beds around my house
I am a new home-owner and gardener. My house has a nice metal roof with no gutters, so there is a lot of heavy run-off. The previous owner put beds of rocks and large gravel all around the house, bordered by wooden slats. I don't know if there is a term for them, but you know the stone beds that are often put underneath eaves, I guess to keep the water from eroding the soil beneath.
I find these rock beds very ugly, and I'd like to take them out and make some flower/groundcover beds, or at least something to break up the expansive wall of the house.
Does anyone know if there is any reason (perhaps drainage-related) that I shouldn't do this? And do you think a think native groundcover on top of a thick layer of new topsoil would work to keep a bed from getting washed out?