Garden Path Ideas

Garden Path Concrete Tiles

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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Tip: Freesia and Alstroemeria (Moorpark, CA)

Freesia from Moorpark, CALavender freesia in the front yard. Most are white right now. I saw a red one open in The Path Garden today.


Tip: Beautiful Garden Path

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".

garden path 2

By Tracey

Tip: Save Water - Build a Path!

Save Water - Build a Path!

Save Water - Build a Path!

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!

I have an area in my yard that my sprinklers can't reach, and it's a pain to drag the garden hose to. So I elected to build a path! It's a great way to also keep weeds from taking over a patch of dirt, and paths can create a nice cottage look.

Paths can be built of brick or other hard material. I was able to get lots of used brick from a neighbor! Even older bricks are OK, as they add character to the space.

When you're ready to get started, simply do an internet search or search the library for a book on detailed instructions. Basically, you need to prepare a proper base first, but after that the design is up to you!

By Ci Ci from Yakima, WA

Article: Designing the Perfect Garden Path

Beautiful Garden PathA 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

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.

By Ellen Brown

Tip: Jupiter's Beard in the Path Garden

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

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Here are questions related to Garden Path Ideas.

Question: Flowering Plants for Garden Walkways

This is the start of my new walkway.The concrete squares will be staggered. I'd like to plant tiny flowers or something that has runners with some color where the new soil will be. Any suggestions? Izzy Bella (former Keeper's new puppy entry) loves to be outside and into everything.

Hardiness Zone: 7a

By Keeper from NC


Most Recent Answer

By Keeper [58]06/05/2010

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.

Question: Planting a Garden Path Border

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


Most Recent Answer

By Linda L. [82]12/02/2013

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.


Below are photos related to this guide.

Painting Left For The "Secret" Path Garden

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

December Roses

Peach colored rose, mix of pink and pale yellow.

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.

Photo Description
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.

Photo Location
Moorpark, Ca. Our yard.

Photo Source

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

By Vi Johnson [286]

The Path Garden

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. And children and parents and others use it as a short cut. People from other areas come to walk/ride bikes and many walk their dogs through this brown belt. before

By Great Granny Vi

after a bath

Gifts For The Path Garden

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. DH fixed it enough to put back in the greenery. And they left a fish across from the gate. I love surprises. reclining cherub sitting cherub

By Great Granny Vi


Path Garden Gift from Virginia

succulents in clay pot

Photo Description
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 and admired all the plants. She said she noticed we didn't have a certain one she had and asked if I would like one of hers. Of course I couldn't say no, LOL and I asked of she would like any of mine. So we traded and this is what she left at the gate the next week.

Photo Location
The Path Garden

By Vi Johnson [286]

The Path Garden (Jan. 2012)

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 white rosebud. The Path Garden (Jan. 2012), a lavender rose, fully opened. The Path Garden (Jan. 2012), two yellow opened roses. The Path Garden (Jan. 2012), flowering jade. A cluster of yellow and white daffodils. The Path Garden (Jan. 2012), a orange red hibiscus.

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA

New Path Garden Angel

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.

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA

White Garden Angel Statue Garden With White Angel Statue and Brick and Wood Wall in Background

Surprise for the Path Garden

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.

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA

Two Praying Statues Closeup of Two Praying Statues

Succulents in the Path Garden

blooming succulent with purple flower

Photo Description
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.


Photo Location
The Path Garden

succulent with tiny orange flowers

By Vi Johnson [286]

Iris Bed on the Path Garden

We are working to make a new iris bed on the "Path Garden". This spot was damaged some by the renters in the house next to this short wall. They cut many branches of the trees in their yard and dumped them over the fence onto the plants. So we've decided to add some donated tiles to make it a home for bearded iris. We're hoping the iris will do well here.

Also here is a photo of seed planted by great granddaughter in a stump in the garden.

Seedling Growing Stump

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA

Iris Bed in Path Garden

Support for the Garden Path

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. I needed a support to step down to the path. Here is what we came up with. A pipe in the ground with a little cement to make it study. Then we put a clay pot down over the pipe and filled it with plants. I put an old plastic apple over the pipe for a handle. It is leaning some now because kids destroyed the first pot/flowers and tried to pull the pipe out. But I guess they weren't strong enough to get it out. Anyway hubby hammered it back in the ground. Don't laugh, It still works.

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark,Ca.

garden path support


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Archive: Pictures of the Path Garden

Here are some lovely pictures of Great Granny Vi's Garden Path.

Garden Path

Garden Path

Garden Path

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, Ca.

RE: Pictures of the Path Garden

Oh pretty flowers. (03/08/2006)

By meoowmom

RE: Pictures of the Path Garden

What beautiful flowers you have. Thank you for sharing. I love looking at other people's gardens . (03/09/2006)

By FireFly1985

RE: Pictures of the Path Garden

Simply Beautiful!!!! (03/10/2006)

By Karen in SC

Archive: Spring on the "Path Garden"

Yesterday two ladies came to my door thanking me for the garden. One told me her husband had died 4 weeks ago and would it be all right if she planted a rose bush in his memory in the garden. I told her yes, it is your garden, too.

Great Grannie Vi's Path Garden

Great Grannie Vi's Path Garden

Great Grannie Vi's Path Garden

Great Grannie Vi's Path Garden in November Before Planting
Before Planting in November 2004

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, Ca.

Editor's Note: When preparing these photos for publishing I recognized the pathway. GGVi had sent me pictures before she planted and said she planned to work on it. It certainly is beautiful! And what a wonderful thing to do for your neighborhood.

RE: Spring on the "Path Garden"

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! It must be amazing to see in person because it is gorgeous in pictures! Thank you for sharing! You definitely have a gift. (05/27/2006)

By Grandma Margie

RE: Spring on the "Path Garden"

Thank you for sharing such a great idea and beautiful path. (05/30/2006)

By meoowmom

RE: Spring on the "Path Garden"

What a wonderful area to work in, and look at, and share. God bless you for your kindness. (05/30/2006)

By siris.

RE: Spring on the "Path Garden"

What a beautiful garden.....GrannyVi is always sharing things with all of us.....Bless you, granny!! (05/30/2006)

By janlee1513

RE: Spring on the "Path Garden"

WOW!! What an incredible gift to your community!!! What inspired you to do this and how did you get started? My yard looks like the "before" photos. I don't have much of a green thumb but want to be a "great gardener." Can you give me some beginner tips? Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden with us! Tricia (05/30/2006)

By Tricia

RE: Spring on the "Path Garden"

What a beautiful garden. I just retired and my back yard had a pool and desert landscaping, blah. I am going to make my back yard a place of beauty. I'm sure it will take me a long time to have it half as beautiful as yours. Planting a rose in honor of your neighor was just a wonderful gesture. I walk around my neighborhood and thank people that make my walk more enjoyable because of their hard work on their yards. Thanks again for your time. (05/31/2006)

By Linda from Las Vegas.Nv

RE: Spring on the "Path Garden"

absolutely the most beautiful spot that I have seen in a long while....wish I lived where I could see it everyday....thanks for sharing it with us.... (06/01/2006)

By Debbie

RE: Spring on the "Path Garden"

Thank you everyone for the kind words. I'll tell you it was in self defence that I started the garden. We have lived here for 32 years.About 28 -29 years ago, I was in the back yard when I heard kids playing, They were wanting to start a "Campfire" in the leaves from the Eucalyptus trees, So I got out my hose and started watering just in case. It was so unnerving that I had my hubby put in a gate so I could keep an eye on that pathway.Since I was able to have ready access, I saw all kinds of trash being thrown out there. Including graffiti, drug paraphernalia,condoms,new and used,dirty diapers,bottles,cans and other trash. Plus big dog poop.I have had to battle kids every year,they come and pull up the plants and flower tops and in general just distroy things. But I am a stubborn woman. I will continue replanting as long as I can. It is reward enough when people drop off plants,seeds and just a thank you as they stroll by.We have had only one small area of graffiti in many years and that happened when I was in the hospital. If you are out and about watering weeding, people will notice and say how wonderful, the job you do, funny they never think to say" How can I help? " Would be nice if they would offer to pay a few dollars on a months water bill or buy snail bait , Or better yet help in the garden once a month. Wishful thinking I guess. But I am happy to keep my little corner of the world a nicer place to be. And Tricia, rake up the dirt, throw seeds of your choice and water in. Sprinkle every day for 14 days and when you see the plants start to grow , water once a week. I'll be happy to send you some of the seeds I have collected to help you get started. That goes for any of the others that would like some. Just send me an email through thrifty fun. Happy gardening Hugs, GG Vi (06/23/2006)

By Great Granny Vi

RE: Spring on the

RE: Spring on the "Path Garden"

This what the path looks like on the other side of the greenbelt form the garden path. GG Vi (06/23/2006)

By Great Granny Vi

RE: Spring on the

RE: Spring on the "Path Garden"

This is great. I'm 26 and got a new house here in Dallas TX. I just woke up one morning and decided on gardening. Now I have to gardening bug. I love it. I even got my mother growing greens at her house. The average food travels 1200 miles before it gets to your door. Just something to think about. I have learned a lot about gardening from youtube. I just type in how to grow something and I watch a short video on it. The net is your best source of info. I even though about planting fruit trees and not regular cover trees for my new home. I've got tons of ideas if anyone wants some advice. j30mack @ yahoo.com for questions. (11/11/2008)

By Jor

RE: Spring on the "Path Garden"

Beautiful garden!What a great way to make use of the space and give people something wonderful to enjoy! Thanks for sharing your inspiration and the pictures! (01/25/2009)

By Dorsi

Archive: Spring on the "Path Garden"

Here is a pretty flower form "The Path Garden", still don't know the name of it though.