A finer textured Mulch such as Living Earth Fine Shredded Hardwood Mulch would be a good choice in areas where smaller plants are placed.
There will be areas where coarser grades of Mulch would be better; for example, around trees and under large shrubs. Regular Hardwood Mulch and Living Earth Houston Mulch ™ are good choices for these areas. Apply Mulch evenly around the base of the tree, avoiding the trunk itself.
There are areas where one might use Mulch by itself as a ground cover to prevent erosion and weeds. In these areas Cedar Mulch and Pine Bark Nuggets can be used.