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Not only practical, a garden path can enhance the overall appearance of your garden. This is a guide about garden path ideas.

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July 24, 2011 Flag

I heard voices in the garden and opened the gate to find a little girl signing my guest book. She had brought the painting to the garden with her dad. She had set it on the ground near a big rock. Painting in Secret Garden

The Dad said her older sister had asked them to bring her painting to "the secret garden" for her. I was very touched that a child would paint a picture for the garden and told them we would put a frame on it and hang it for everyone to see. Chair in Secret Garden

One day I'll have to let you take a peek at the nice things people say in the guest book.

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA

Flowers in Secret Garden

Painting in Secret Garden

August 15, 2005 Flag
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garden pathI have 3 teenagers and a 9 year old. We went rock "hunting" and searched all over for free wood chips. Filled the truck load after load and layed the chips down on top of plastic. And made this garden path on the side of our home. We trimmed some trees and made trellises. The only thing we purchased for the garden path was a birdbath I got for Mother's Day and some flats of flowers...we love it. The best compliment I received was "Dang Tracey, I feel like I should be paying to walk on your path".

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By Tracey

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January 6, 2014 Flag
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With winter being so bad in many parts of the country now I hope everyone will enjoy the roses that we have blooming in the yard. Some of them are as big as my hand.

Peach colored rose, mix of pink and pale yellow.

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With winter being so bad in many parts of the country now I hope everyone will enjoy the roses that we have blooming in the yard. Some of them are as big as my hand.

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Moorpark, Ca. Our yard.

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Vi

Peach rose bud.Magenta rose.Lavender rose.Double delight rose.

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October 31, 2014 Flag

A lady from another neighborhood was walking her granddaughter through the garden. She said her daughter lives in our area and she babysits every week for her. She comes down the garden path a lot ...

succulents in clay pot

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May 28, 2010 Flag
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A nice person asked me to send these two pictures in so people could see the difference from our side of the path and the other side of the green belt. This path runs through from our block to the school.

after a bath

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September 27, 2011 Flag

Another surprise tucked away in the garden today. These look to be wooden dolls, but may be resin. I picked up one and the far hand is missing. So I sat it back and will go look tomorrow and glue them down where they were left, on the ladder.

Two Praying Statues

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January 29, 2012 Flag

When it comes to rose buds, I love the clear colors and so pure, as this white one from the Path Garden. Here is another Angel Face, full opened. Enjoy each in their own beauty.

The Path Garden (Jan. 2012), a lavender rose, fully opened.

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October 31, 2014 Flag

A friend donated this plant. I don't know the name, she collects succulents and has many. She doesn't know the names of all of them yet. But the flowers are so pretty and there were 6-8 on the one plant this year. Now they are growing so fast and I will move more of them around in The Path Garden and will have to plant some in pots for the "plant give away" next spring. I pray that we'll get rain this year. The Path Garden isn't doing well with out it.

blooming succulent with purple flower

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May 26, 2010 Flag

Some one has left garden art at the Path garden and at our gate. One day we had this angel at the gate, and another that was left with a broken head that had been fixed and a leg in pieces left on a tree stump.

fish

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May 3, 2006 Flag
Jupiter's Beard

Jupiter's Beard is a good cut flower. It self seeds. They need little water and is surviving in poor clay soil here on the "Path Garden". It could be a weed soon. LOL

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA

May 4, 2006 Flag

Because our yard is 2 steps down from "The Path Garden" and we had to pile dirt (sand bags) up to keep the rain from flooding the back yard. So we just built the planting area like a raised bed.

garden path support

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August 8, 2011 Flag

Here is the newest angel left in The Path Garden. Once again someone has left a surprise in the garden. Always a treat to find treasures to delight visitors as they stroll through the garden.

White Garden Angel Statue

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February 25, 2012 Flag

Lavender freesia in the front yard. Most are white right now. I saw a red one open in The Path Garden today.

Freesia from Moorpark, CA

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May 11, 2006 Flag
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A garden path can be functional and it can be so much more. Functional paths provide safe and efficient routes of travel through your garden. They cut down on tracking mud into the house, and act as anchors to surrounding plants. But garden paths can also be works of art. The materials used to construct them can add color and interest to the landscape, compelling visitors to explore what's around the corner or aid in drawing the eye to a specific point of interest.

The Elements of Design

Beautiful Garden Path

Designing a walkway or path doesn't have to be difficult, but there are a few key elements to keep in mind when planning one.

Straight or Curved: When designing your path, think about where you want it to go and the style and formality of your garden. Straight paths are functional, neat and take the traveler to his or her destination the most efficiently. Straight paths are considered more formal in nature and can be used to showcase an eye-level view or special feature located off in the distance. Curved paths are more encouraging of exploration and tend to give the garden a more relaxed feeling. They add a bit of mystery and intrigue by creating a sense of curiosity over what is coming next.

Wide or Narrow: The width of your path helps determine the rate people travel along it. Wider paths allow people to travel quickly and walk side-by-side while having a conversation. Paths should always be widened when approaching important features like front doors, so people can move comfortably toward the feature together. They can also be useful in places you want people to stop and linger. A narrow path, on the other hand, causes travelers to slow down their pace and glance at the ground more often. You might want to narrow your path in areas where the footing is uneven, near steps or where you want the traveler to slow down and enjoy a fragrance or hear a unique sound.

Hardscape or Softscape: The materials you use to create your path or walkway will also help determine its style and formality. Hardscape materials like stone, concrete or brick pavers are often used in the front of the house or for formal gardens. Gravel, wood chips and plant materials are more often seen in the backyard or side of the house and give a more relaxed, laid-back feel.

Color and Texture: Consider the color and texture of the materials when planning your path. Light-colored materials tend to reflect light, while darker colors absorb them. Smooth surfaces tend to give a more modern, sleek and formal feel, while textured surfaces can give an older, time-worn feel or add a touch of rustic charm. Aim for understated colors that compliment the color and architectural style of your house.

Accessibility & Function: Certain materials are more likely to create uneven walking surfaces or be difficult for wheelchairs, bicycles or strollers. Select materials for your path that are suited to your family's needs for accessibility.

Comparing Materials

There are hundreds of material options for creating paths and walkways. The following list is a brief comparison of some of the more popular and common materials used.

Turf & Plant Materials

Pros: Paths made from grass or other plants are the most comfortable to walk on. Grass can obviously withstand a lot of foot traffic. Certain blooming ground covers can also add additional color to the garden. Plant materials also provide great drainage and naturally keep the garden cooler.

Cons: Not all groundcover plants can stand up to heavy traffic. Groundcovers need time to become established and over time they can look overgrown and messy. Paths made from plant materials are subject to weather conditions and need regular watering. Grass paths need to be mowed.

Concrete, Stone & Brick

pavers with grass

Pros: Available in a wide variety of colors, concrete, stone and brick pavers are attractive, durable and last indefinitely. Allow reconfiguration for a variety of looks and walking surfaces.

Cons: Can be very expensive and require a greater degree of time and skill to install. Impermeable surface does not allow for good drainage.

Bark, Pine Needles, Nutshells

Pros: These materials are organic, readily available and environmentally friendly. All provide a natural look and drain well. These materials are also easy to apply and generally inexpensive.

Cons: These materials absorb heat and warm the surrounding soil (this can be good or bad depending on your perspective). They scatter easily and because they decompose quickly, they need to be replaced every couple of years. Color choices are limited.

Crushed Rock & Gravel

Pros: Easy to install, inexpensive and allows for good drainage.

Cons: These materials can be difficult to walk on and uncomfortable in bare feet. Unless used with landscaping material, does not provide a good barrier against weeds. Can scatter and get throw up by the lawn mower.

Salvaged Materials: Brick, Stone & Recycled Tumbled Glass

Pros: Salvaged materials and containing recycled content are environmentally friendly. These products are often available locally and depending on the material can last indefinitely.

Cons: Can be difficult to find enough of any one material or specific color to complete larger projects. Tumbled recycled glass can look messy over time.

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