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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    Zen Finesse

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

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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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    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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