Perfecting Your Path

Check out these helpful tips to incorporating the perfect path into your landscape.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionIt's not the destination but the journey: a great path complements the garden, gives it structure and provides a little mystery along the way.
Kids love them, hikers crave them, romantic strollers linger on them, woodland creatures follow them — even cows stick to them. Whether in the wilds, the park or your own backyard, a path tells you where to walk, and there's a sense of comfort to that. In the garden, a great path is fun even if it has to be short, and at its best a path offers a little mystery about its destination, plus a surprise or two along the way.

Here are more tips for creating the perfect path:

If the pathway is meant to handle traffic flow and not a leisurely viewing of a garden, keep it simple. The way to confine people to a walkway is to put it where they'd normally walk from one place to another. Too curvy, too circuitous, and you've invited people to take shortcuts.

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