12 Ideas for Creating the Perfect Path

Check out these 12 great ideas for walkways in your garden.

  • Irish moss adorns this flagstone path. Design by RMS user SDEP

  • Leafy stepping stones point the way on this fun garden path.

  • A path can become a kind of artwork in the garden, focusing the eye downward and then ahead, as well as directing traffic.

  • A simple gravel path is accentuated by a border of moss.

  • Alternating patterns in the walkway sets up a kind of rhythm in this garden.

  • Stairs spill over with fragrant thyme. Image courtesy of John Feldman

  • A simple path of brick, laid on the diagonal, complements the warm colors of the summer annuals and becomes the \"bones\" of the garden in the winter.

  • Interplanted sections add interest to this Southwestern-themed front yard.

  • Steps were created from sawn Antique Leuders limestone, with internal positive drainage provided by granite gravel fill. Hidden drip-tubing irrigation waters the plants, which are primarily succulents, including stonecrop (Sedum), chartreuse Japanese stonecrop (Sedum makinoi 'Ogon'), ghost plant (Graptopetalum paraguayensis), crassula, various Echeverria cultivars, and hens and chicks. Image courtesy of Root Design Company

  • Hide CaptionShow CaptionSlate stone pavers create a path to a free-standing spa, set informally within a manicured setting. The use of large pavers lends a clean and uncluttered solution, versus the look of smaller stepping stones. A Zoysia lawn, clipped boxwood borders and perennial beds surround the spa. Image courtesy of Root Design Company

  • Edging is essential for turfgrass paths. Here, stone walls and raised beds help discourage grass creep.

  • This homeowner didn't want any more hard surfacing in the yard, so this combination of crushed gravel, flagstone and natural stone was the perfect solution. The decorative crushed gravel is also called decomposed or rotten granite. It remains a soft surface but compacts so the stones don't migrate like most gravels do. Image courtesy of Pottering Around

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