1. Garden Path Design Ideas (Image 1 of 20)
Paths are practical – they take you from one part of the garden to another. But why not make it part of your design, too? Here, we show you some ideas for making your garden path a feature in its own right.
2. Use Grasses To Define A Pathway (Image 2 of 20)
Want a low maintenance path that will look good all year round? We love this idea – simply cut squares into your lawn, keeping the space at least as wide as a lawnmower, and plant decorative grasses into the squares. For neatness, finish each square with a lawn edging (from garden centres – lots of styles to choose from), and pick grasses that won’t grow too tall or bushy. Your local garden centre can advise.
3. Go For Gravel (Image 3 of 20)
If you want to gravel your garden – perhaps for maintenance reasons or because grass simply isn’t successful, you can still create a pathway that’s easy to care for by defining it with low-growing plants, grasses, pebbles and small boulders. Keep a rake handy to neaten the gravel, and choose plants that are drought-tolerant to cut down on the work you’ll have to do.
4. Please Your Senses (Image 4 of 20)
It makes sense to edge a path with plants that release a wonderful scent as you brush past, but it’s important to choose plants, such as these lavendars, that are colourful and that look good all year round, too. For added visual interest, why not alternate a lavendar with a rosemary bush – that way, the scents will be heightened, too.
5. Choose Contrast (Image 5 of 20)
Want to bring some interest into your garden? This idea is pretty cheap and easy to create – simply surround large black pebbles with white gravel for a stylish look that will really help show off your planting. For best effect, choose small, architectural plants, such as flax, to border your path, and look out for miniature ornamental grasses, such as black grass, too.
6. Ideal For Country Cottage Gardens (Image 6 of 20)
Got a classic country garden? This type of path will really suit – choose a light paving stone, and set the stones diagonally, leaving gaps between them. This is so much prettier than a formal, continuous path, although a little more work to keep neat. But then, in a country garden, who’s that tidy?
7. Angles Add Interest (Image 7 of 20)
In a garden that needs some eye-catching detailing, create a pathway that’s more design feature than a means to an end. Zig zags, snaking shapes or paths that run around flower beds all work well, especially if they paths themselves are bordered by edging in stone or wood, such as here, keeping the plants neat and in check. For extra interest, contrast the colour of the edging with the colour of the pebbles; for a more natural look, choose wooden edging and bark chippings to create your path.
8. Play With Scale (Image 8 of 20)
Giant round pebbles, set into coarse grass or even a camomile lawn, will give your garden a fun look. To make the most of the feature, set the pebbles into a snaking shape, rather than taking a straight, formal shape. Pebbles like these are available from garden and landscaping centres.
9. Got A Large Garden? (Image 9 of 20)
In a large garden that sees alot of traffic, and perhaps has little lawn space, it makes sense to choose a material that’s both hardwearing and smooth – and therefore incredibly low maintenance. If you do choose to create a path from concrete, asphalt, or from any similar material, bear in mind that though this will be durable, it’s not an eco-friendly choice and requires professional installation.
10. Looks Like A Riverbed (Image 10 of 20)
In a garden with a large water feature, why not create a path running up to the water feature that looks like a dry riverbed? It’s easy to create – you could simply set large boulders into the soil or into sand. Not the most practical to walk on, this is a path that’s more design feature than thoroughfare.
11. Half Lawn, Half Path (Image 11 of 20)
This pathway is ideal in a large garden, but you could equally use this design in a small garden – in fact, lining either side of a small garden with deep borders draws the eye to its far end, making it seem longer. Should you do this, it’s a great idea to place a feature at the far end of the garden – whether an architectural plant, a sculpture or even an arbour (try garden centres for all these buys).
12. Grow A Seasonal Path (Image 12 of 20)
It might be that in summer, this swathe of blue bulbs is a snaking path of grass. In spring, though, it’s a river of beautiful colour. To do this yourself, choose low-growing bulbs, such as bluebells, and border then with taller bulbs, such as daffodils or tulips.
13. Go Japanese (Image 13 of 20)
If yours is the type of garden that is admired from afar rather than down trodden by kids, you can afford to indulge in a pathway in coarse grey sand (from DIY stores and garden centres) that can be carefully raked into various designed. Ideal for a dry climate, or perhaps a covered area of a British garden, choose ornamental plants and neat grass to border it.
14. Crazy About Paving? (Image 14 of 20)
Crazy paving has got a bad reputation, and, if you ask us, it’s well deserved if it’s set into concrete. However, set it onto a concrete/sand mix, but grout the gaps with soil that you can plant with any number of low-growing plants, and it’s transformed into a practical, but good looking rustic style option. Leave the soil long enough and moss will no doubt grow on the soil, or you can plant camomile.
15. Sculpt A Path (Image 15 of 20)
We love the simplicity of this design – the path itself is incredibly practical, but the random graphic arrangement of the stone makes it almost a work of art seen from above. You could attempt this as a DIY job, but for best results, leave it to the pros.
16. Ideal For Sloping Sites (Image 16 of 20)
In sloping gardens, it makes sense to have terracing either side of your path. In this garden, the terraces have been left paved – making the garden easy to negociate in any weather. However, if the terraces were planted up, they would be easy to care for (it’s less work looking after a ‘flat’ garden border than one on a slope), and your eye would be drawn up the path in the middle.
17. Make Steps Wide (Image 17 of 20)
If you have a sloping garden, turning your pathway into a long set of steps will give it a smart look. These steps have been edged with railways sleepers – these serve a practical as well as a decorative purpose, holding back the soil above. However, wood can be slippery, so if you are going to copy this style, ensure the rest of your steps are made from a non-slip material. Also, creating your steps as wide and deep as possible will make them easier to negociate.
18. High Style, High Maintenance (Image 18 of 20)
Got a garden that’s minimalist in design? This garden has been given some added interest with the additional of small paving squares set into the lawn. It looks fabulous but you’ll need more than a hover mower to keep it in shape – regular trimming around the edge of each square will do the trick.
19. Make Your Own Avenue (Image 19 of 20)
Why not create a pathway with an avenue of trees. You’ll need to sow a grass that’s tolerant of shade, and you needn’t have a large garden to do this – smaller trees such as sculpted box will work. Before you plant any trees, check their growth and spread rate so that they are set at the right distance from each other.
20. Make A Path In Your Produce (Image 20 of 20)
Why not copy this idea and edge your pathway with fruit, veg or herbs? Fruit and veg is easy to grow, fabulous to eat and having a path between them makes harvesting easy. For a lazy alternative, swap the paving stones for wood chips, which you can pick up at DIY stores and garden centres.
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