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A well designed and constructed garden path serves multiple purposes. It can add beauty to your landscaping, divide up areas of your garden, as well as, give you a nice dry place to walk in wet rainy weather. This is a guide about designing the perfect garden path.
I read your explanation of how you guys hunted for free materials and built the path, but when the picture finally appeared on my slow computer, I was amazed at how beautiful it really is. It looks like a path from a Disney film, it must be a wonderful place to be after a long day. If everyone believed in their own ability to create like you guys did, imagine how stunning the world would be.
A bare pedestrian path can become a beautiful garden space with some work and tender loving care. This page contains photos and information about Great Granny Vi's Path Garden in Moorpark, CA. She had turned the walkway between two neighborhood retaining walls into a sanctuary, filled with different plants, flowers and gifts of garden art.
If you have a spot in your yard that is hard to reach with water, or you simply want to save on your water bill or conserve, build a path!
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Hardiness Zone: 7a
By Keeper from NC
Dianthus Plants for an Evening Garden
Lining a walkway garden with white flowers will brighten a path for visitors. Annual pinks, a type of Dianthus, is another plant that mixes well with others. Gardeners can choose a colorful plant for the center while lining each side with white alyssum and solid white Dianthus. Good luck.
I recommend Magic Carpet, a variety of creeping thyme. It is a "ground-hugging evergreen perennial groundcover that is adorned with cherry-pink flowers" (Territorial Seed Co. # YHR1361) in summer suited to zones 4-9. Especially nice is the lemon scent and it grows very well where there's foot-traffic such as on a walkway. Good luck!
There also are some interesting "walkables" that are designed to go between the steps...you can also do them on the side, but then if they run over a bit, it's not a big deal if you step on them. There are some sedum varieties that grow along the ground versus up.
I want to thank you for your suggestions.I'm slow going but all good things come to those who wait...Right?:-). Izzy,my 5 month old fur baby loves to garden along with me but she's got things backwards. I plant and she comes from behind and digs them up so she's being taught in reverse now.
What we use here is a fast spreading ground cover called Creeping Jenny. It has tiny white flowers in the Spring, grows in any type of soil, is drought tolerant and can be mowed and walked on. Once the flowers are gone, it's still is quite pretty. We live in Massachusetts where the Winters are fierce and Summers are miserably hot and humid and our Creeping Jenny keeps spreading and growing..In bad, sandy soil..Hardly ever watered. You just can't kill these dainty looking (but tough) flowering fast spreading perennials.
I would love to someday have a beautiful garden with walkways, water features, and more. I was wondering if I could 1/2 bury recycled tin cans to use as planters as well as a garden path border. My question is would they last. I don't want something that will disintegrate over the course of 2-5 years. I want something that will last and that I won't have to change out too often and end up hurting my plants.
Thanks for any info you can give me.
By Momma Ruby from KY
Tin cans will rust and disintegrate. They will leave debris in the garden and you can cut your hands on it. Plastic or aluminum won't rust and won't disintegrate. You could even cut the bottoms off and once the plants have a good root system pull the plastic container out of the ground, gently take the plant out of the pot and pop it into the hole that it came out of.