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I 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".
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.
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.
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.
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.