Alternative to paving backyard
I have a small area in my back yard that I covered with wood chips and weed paper, but in 3 years the weeds have taken over. I decorate with potted plants. Is there another material I could use? I recall being in garden shops where they had some sort of compacted cinders, but not gravel, and I have no idea what it is called. It seemed rather nice, actually. It made a surface that was hard, but not paved.