Designing a Garden Pathway

The importance of walkways in a garden is often over looked. However, walkways provide connection between different parts of the garden and without them, the garden can feel disjointed and unorganized. Here are some tips to follow when designing a garden pathway:

  1. Decide what style or atmosphere you would like to create. Straight pathways with right angles represent a formal style. Certain materials can also depict a formal atmosphere, such as stamped concrete. A “natural” or informal garden would include pathways that are curved and made from materials such as pea gravel or stepping stones.

  2. The width of your walkway will be determined based on the frequency of use and the type of use. For example, a meandering pathway through a garden meant for one person should only be 2-4’ wide, whereas a front entryway or walkway for large amounts of people should be much wider to accommodate more traffic.

Design pathways to connect all the different parts of your garden. If you have eliminated all the lawn in your garden, a strolling pathway provides a way for you to enjoy your garden from different perspectives. Use focal points to divide a pathway or to provide a destination.

Install pathway lighting for safety. Choose a style that blends in to the landscape so it does not deter from the beauty of the garden.

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