Path and Walkway Landscaping Ideas
Put your garden on a great footing with these landscape secrets.
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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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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 maples 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 groundcovers.
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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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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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