Garden Path Ideas

August 15, 2005

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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June 16, 2008

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!

Save Water - Build a Path!



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April 6, 2010

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


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April 7, 20100 found this helpful

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.

April 10, 20100 found this helpful

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!


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June 1, 20100 found this helpful

There also are some interesting "walkables" that are designed to go between the 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.


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June 5, 20100 found this helpful

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.

March 25, 20171 found this helpful

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.

September 22, 20200 found this helpful

Unfortunately, Creeping jenny is borderline invasive and good luck if you want to get rid of it or blink whilst it's growing. So, be wary!

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November 28, 2013

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


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December 2, 20131 found this helpful

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.

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January 1, 2015

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.

View down the path garden.

May 9, 2017

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 page about designing the perfect garden path.

A stone garden path surrounded by lavender.

April 6, 2018

This is a page about making an easy gravel garden path. Laying out and constructing a gravel garden path is easier than you might think.

Gravel garden path with colorful flowers on each side.

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