As a landscape designer, one of my favorite topics of garden design and construction is the garden path!
A well thought out and lovingly created garden path makes a garden come alive. It guides us to experience the magic and beauty of a garden fully.
I made this collection of some of my favorite DIY friendly and gorgeous garden path ideas, and a list of 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
1 – 3. Easy DIY garden paths
The first group of garden path ideas, are loose materials: Wood chips, gravel or decomposed granite.
Pros: Wood Chips, gravel and stepping stones ( perfect for those who loves to walk bare feet! ) are great beginner-friendly materials for DIY garden paths. 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
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.
Fine gravel path with concrete pavers or natural stone landing areas create interesting texture and details. Gray colored gravel also looks great in a Japanese style garden! ( Source: Bliss Garden Design )
6 -8. Natural-looking Garden Path
Materials such as broken concrete or small (1″+- ) river rocks are very cost effective.
Compacted decomposed granite ( aka DG, basically super fine gravel, looks and feels like fine sand with smaller than ¼” particles) is really comfortable to walk on. It’s used a lot in Mediterranean and Southwestern style gardens. (Source: Sisson Landscapes | Karl Gercens | Swicks )
9 – 10. Pebbles and Slate Chips Garden Path
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