Path and Walkway Landscaping Ideas

Put your garden on a great footing with these landscape secrets.

By Kelly Roberson


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Through the Garden Gate

    An easygoing path leads the way to a welcoming garden oasis.

    -- A graceful latticework fence and expansive gate create an openness to lead visitors.

    -- Creeping thyme between pavers adds a wonderful fragrance when its leaves are stepped on.

    -- Irregularly spaced and sized flagstones boost the garden's nonchalant nature.

    -- A large urn offers a visual relief from the densely planted yard.

    -- A large California lilac (Ceanothus) next to the path adds wonderful fragrance and color.

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Zen Finesse

    An understated path adds a perfect front yard accessory to a home's modern lines.

    -- A short retaining wall bridges the divide between path and yard.

    -- Gray river rock provides interest as filler between the pavers.

    -- Irregularly placed flagstone pavers offer a path from front door around the side of the house.

    -- A trio of Japanese maple trees provides visual texture; once full-grown, they'll create a delightful canopy over the path.

    -- Chosen for their deep shade of green and unfussy structure, ornamental grasses play off the contemporary design.

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Rely on Classic Landscape Choices

    Tried and true elements form the backbone of this quintessentially designed path and flowerbed.

    -- Understated lights accent the path's traditional herringbone pattern.

    -- Stacked, irregular-size stone pieces form a casual border for the flowerbed.

    -- Unobtrusive in scale and structure, two trees flank either side of the path, creating privacy and coziness.

    -- Just before the path ends at the sidewalk, a tall stretch of latticework offers additional privacy for the front yard.

    -- Large swaths of stout perennials, including hostas and coneflowers, ensure plenty of color and texture.

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Follow the Road

    Take a leisurely stroll down a path that ends with a quiet nook for reading and relaxing.

    -- Pavers set in a slight variation in pattern -- edging bricks are positioned horizontally and walkway bricks are nestled vertically -- create visual interest on the walkway.

    -- Large pavers dramatically mark the end of the path, leading to a pergola and restful chair.

    -- A cascading collection of yellow, deep pink, and purple flowers softens the walkway and plays with the muted brick color.

    -- A collection of container gardens at the end of the path helps create a sense of destination.

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A Path As Destination

    Surrounded by an abundance of blooms, a rustic yet streamlined path offers quiet beauty.

    -- Unfussy gravel offers a casual surface beneath a walker's feet.

    -- Plants spilling over the walkway edge give the garden an established, lush feel.

    -- Stone pavers act as edging to keep loose gravel inside path boundaries.

    -- A large pot serves as a focal point to mark the end of the walkway.

    -- Tall-growing plants gradually give way to a cascade of low-growing blooms and ground covers.

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Charm in Curves

    Scents and blooms steal the show along this lushly planted walkway.

    -- A curving walkway provides more visual interest than a straight path -- and accents the garden around it.

    -- A stone bench complements the color and style of the materials in the path.

    -- Tall daylilies planted at a bend in the path create mystery by hiding what's on the other side.

    -- An orange tree in reach of the path provides delicious treats.

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Phenomenal Path

    Dramatic design distinguishes this front door walkway.

    -- Two path materials -- slate and brick -- provide a surprising contrast in both color and texture.

    -- Grass offers a visual break between the overscale path pavers.

    -- Boxwoods delineate a transition from the front yard's lawn to the entry door.

    -- Two boxwoods -- this time in urns -- are repeated as focal point at the entry door.

    -- Breaking up the walkway into separate segments is a clever (and easier) way to put in a path on a slope.

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A Call for Contemporary

    Restrained material and planting choices complement each other in this streamlined path.

    -- The minimalist design of the pathway extends to the plantings -- the path winds past just three varieties of plants.

    -- A pair of stacked limestone columns marks the transition from path to doorway.

    -- The walkway exudes modern style with large, regularly spaced pavers interspersed with crushed rock.

    -- Metal edging marks a clear definition between path and bed, and keeps the mulch and crushed stone from intermingling.

    -- A dry creek bed echoes the path, adding drama.

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Splendors of the Grass

    Unexpected path materials add a distinctive element of surprise to a landscape.

    -- Instead of a hard material, a grass path winds its way through the landscape.

    -- Mulch as edging provides the garden beds with a tidy appearance.

    -- A bench offers garden visitors a stopping point.

    -- Plants supply a mix of textures and varying shades of green.

    -- Slight bends in the path add visual interest, but are gentle enough that they don't make mowing a challenge.

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Up and Over

    This path relies on elements close to the ground and overhead to create a sense of discovery.

    -- Two streamlined metal arbors form an archway over the path, drawing the eye forward.

    -- Set in a geometric pattern, pavers create visual interest in a subtle fashion.

    -- Large gray planters spaced along the path offer rhythmic stopping points.

    -- Trees growing close to and over the arbor and path provide a virtual outdoor ceiling.

    -- A simple color scheme -- shades of green and white -- highlights the simplicity of the walkway.

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