As a landscape designer, one of my favorite topics of garden design and construction is the garden path!
See, a well thought out and lovingly created garden path makes a garden come alive. It guides us to experience the garden fully.
From my professional design work and inspirations, I made this collection of my favorite DIY friendly and gorgeous garden path ideas,
A few helpful resources / books: ( Some of the helpful resources are affiliate links. Full disclosure here. )
If you want to dive in, here are a few of my favorite books with lots of great details on garden path construction!
- The Complete Pebble Mosaic Handbook: I just LOVE this book. So many amazing patterns and close-up instruction photos!
- Garden Paths: Inspiring Designs and Practical Projects: lots of construction detail drawings of all kinds of garden paths
- Sunset Western Garden Book Of Landscaping: gorgeous photos for inspirations, and detailed photos for DIY
The first group of garden path ideas, are loose materials: Wood chips, gravel or decomposed granite.
Pros: They are the easiest to handle and least expensive material. They are soft underfoot, but solid enough to handle heavy foot traffic or a loaded wheelbarrow. A border can enhance the looks of these pathways grealy
Cons: They need to be top-dressed every 1-3 years. If you need to shovel snow often, gravel is not the best choice. Not suitable for steep slopes.
1 . Wood Chip Walkway
2 . Wood Chip with Stepping Stones
Perfect for those who loves to walk bare feet!
3 , 4 & 5. Gravel Garden Path Variations
Flexible metal or stone edging (can be easily made from local rocks) gives a nice definition to this garden path, and keeps the gravel in place.
Gray colored gravel looks great in a Japanese style garden!
Fine gravel path with concrete pavers or natural stone landing areas create interesting texture and details.Continue To Next Page…