6 Great Tips For Creating The Perfect Garden Pathway

No backyard transformation is complete without a way to enjoy your handiwork. A garden path is more than just a way to get from one end to another – it also serves as a unifying element that brings all of your hard work together. Figuring out the best approach for your path can be a bit daunting, but these 6 great tips can be of great help as you brainstorm some wonderful and one-of-a-kind ideas.

Start off with a Trellis

This relatively simple architectural detail can mark the starting point of your garden path. Not only is it relatively affordable, but it also adds an interesting design element to your landscape. Drape flowering vines and other creeping vegetation along the sides and top of the trellis for a distinctive look that also adds a bit of shade on a hot summer's day.

Switch Things up a Bit

Sameness is a deal-breaker when it comes to creating the perfect garden path. In order to keep your path visually interesting, you'll want to break it up with different, yet subtle variations in both color and materials. This not only draws attention to the pathway itself, but it also complements the surrounding landscape.

How you can achieve this usually depends on the type of materials you're working with. Large stepping stones and brick pavers offer a variety of color and tone variations that can be alternated for a distinctive, yet consistent appearance. Crushed rock is likely to have built-in tone variations that are finely interspersed throughout the path as the material is laid down.

As an added tip, consider bordering the pathway with a modest vertical wall of stones and foliage. This provides even more visual distinction, while breaking up any leftover monotony in the path itself. 

Add a Little Mystery

While you're designing your garden path, don't hesitate to add a few details that offer a bit of intrigue and mystery. Even something as simple as a gentle bend slightly obscured by a variety of carefully placed plants can add some well-needed mystique to your path. In this example, lavender plants provide a soft and fragrant way of softening up and obscuring harsh pathways.

A Little Rest for the Weary

If you have a large enough garden path, chances are you want a chance to stop and smell the flowers for a bit. Adding a small perch alongside the path provides a great resting spot, as well as a distinct break in the visual scenery.

Most perches are commonly made from wood, but a stone or concrete bench also works as long as it blends in with or complements your surroundings. For example, a custom bench made from oversized stepping stones neatly blends into a typical stone path. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide what type of materials you'll use for your perches.

Wide Walkways Invite and Delight

The closer you get to your patio and other main areas, the wider you want your pathway to be. A nice, wide path invites your guests into activity areas with open arms. It also discourages congestion in walkway traffic by giving your guests plenty of room to maneuver.

Don't Be Afraid to Add Some Contrast

Whether it involves color or materials, bringing some well-needed contrast into your garden path design can help create a pleasingly eye-popping effect to your backyard landscape.

For instance, you can combine a rough texture-like stone wall or tree bark with smooth cobblestones and concrete cubes for an interesting and contrasting effect. This particular example has a wall of stone pavers bordered by a smooth, brightly colored and interestingly shaped concrete wall.

Consider these tips as you lay down your new garden path and other walkway surfaces. Continue for more information.