Garden Path Ideas: Gravel Walkways
Paths Indicate Entrances
Pea gravel paths are easier to maintain than grass, though they require regular weeding. This gravel path begins outside the natural twig fence, showing guests exactly where to enter the garden. It creates a straight breezeway to the outdoor living space, welcoming passersby in.
Add Texture With Stone
This gravel path uses sizes of rocks to create texture and definition. While this path is edged with planting beds, you can use this method for a path that cuts through turfgrass. The section of larger rocks will keep the smaller gravel out of the lawn, saving you from potential damage to your lawn mower.
Introduce Unexpected Color
Not all gravel is created equal. Most gravel paths you see are beige or tan, but this garden explored the use of charcoal-colored gravel instead. The dark color stands out among lighter boulders and green landscaping plants. You will always be able to find the path, and the dark color looks sleek and clean.
Create Access Points
A gravel path doesn’t need to be extravagant. If you have a country garden or prairie, just make the path wide enough for one person. You can reach the plants if you need to, but you aren’t taking up planting space with paths. Since most prairie plants are natives, they don’t need much maintenance.
Redirect Foot Traffic
Create a stone path for all gaits. In this yard, the stone pavers are the perfect distance apart for people to walk on, while the gravel makes way for four-legged friends. Pets can make patches of dead grass or mud when they run over it again and again—gravel gives them a path to follow that isn’t through your green lawn.
Stone-Edged Gravel Pathways
Gravel pathways bring character and easy maintenance to your landscape. Here, stone edging keeps the gravel out of the planting areas but doesn't detract from the informal look. Surrounded by colorful plantings, the path makes it easy to connect with nature without disturbing the scenery.
Curving Gravel Walkways
Curving along outcroppings, this path helps join the rock garden to the lawn while acting as a buffer between them. The casual curve of the pathway brings a more relaxed air, while the gravel is easy to install and maintain. Plastic edging, such as on this walkway, is a good material to frame the path with, as it is both durable and flexible.
Pathways with Multiple Points of Interest
One of the great things about gravel pathways is that they do not have to follow a specific outline. This garden boasts a gravel path with a multitude of wide spots and points of interest, allowing guests to choose their own route through the garden. Beautiful greenery stretches out onto portions of the walkway to make visitors feel as if they are right in the heart of the garden.
River Rocks Frame the Path
Give your path a relaxed appeal with a few informal curves and a frame made of various sizes of rocks. Here, smooth river rocks edge the path, with the different sizes and shapes adding to the casual charm. The narrow pathway moves guests through the garden to the archway beyond.
Rustic Appeal of Gravel Walkways
Gravel pathways are ideal for looking as though they belong in nature. This rustic-looking path has plants growing over the edges to make guests feel as though they are walking through the woods. For a more earthy appeal in your landscape, hold off on the edging and be sure to make the path look as though it was always meant to be there with plants that frame the walkway.
Gravel Paths with a Formal Appeal
Gravel can easily be used for a more formal garden. Here, well-maintained boxwood hedges form the edges for the gravel path, lending a grand appeal complete with straight lines and strict symmetry. The path leads visitors around the grounds to allow them to take in the views.
Gravel Walkways for a Natural Touch
A gravel pathway can be the perfect addition to your garden. Here, two spheres form an entrance to welcome visitors. With blooming greenery surrounding the area, the path blends in beautifully with the natural appeal of this garden.
Walkways Delineate Garden Beds
Gravel walkways make it simple to move around the garden and can delineate beds. Here, several overgrown plants frame the walkway, lending a more casual appeal to the otherwise straight lines and formal edging.