Even if your yard is small, a garden pathway is an ideal addition. It creates a sense of transition between spaces. Such a walkway also encourages visitors to appreciate your landscaping. A garden path can even make your yard seem larger. Install a walkway into your garden that increases the beauty and use of the space.
Plan Out the Path
The first step in planning your walkway is devising its actual path. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but that isn't goal here. As the Landscaping Network points out, a curved path is more casual. In fact, your goal is to create a meandering walkway with curves. The curves can be placed to circumvent a natural or man-made obstacle, such as a tree or fountain. You can also use a curve to encourage stopping to enjoy the vista. To do that, place them where the landscaping opens up or looks out over a pretty tableau.
Choose Paving Stones
Your next big consideration is how to pave your walkway. The direction of the path needs to be deliberate, and one way to achieve that is with paving stones. Your options include bricks, pavers, flagstone and pea gravel. One option is to use pavers or flagstone as stepping stones. You could also have them laid and mortared, though this tends to be a little more formal. Another idea is to re-use old brick for a charmingly weather-worn look. You could also use natural paving stones as a border with smooth pea gravel forming the path.
Landscape the Border
The next method for keeping guests on your chosen path, literally, is to landscape the borders. How you do this depends on the overall landscaping in your garden. For instance, if you have a cottage garden, consider wildflowers for the border. They create that lush look characteristic of cottage gardens, and you can even let them overlap the path slightly. If you're using landscaping pavers as stepping stones, plant in between them with groundcover plants such as Irish moss or thyme. For a more formal garden pathway, consider lining up a neat row of plants and flowers. Hosta, peonies, irises and lady's mantle all make good border plants for such a walkway.
A garden pathway is a casual affair, but you still want to illuminate the way. Place low-level lights anywhere there's a curve to alert guests of the direction change. Likewise, illuminate other transition areas, such as steps. Finally, stagger the placement of the landscape lights to avoid creating a runway effect with your yard.
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As a child and teenager, I watched my mother garden, although I wasn't interested in it at the time. I later learned that I had missed out on learning the craft because before I planted my first garden, I thought it would be so easy! Once I finally had a yard of my own, I was eager to plant some beautiful flowers in the yard and do other landscaping work. Unfortunately, I learned a hard lesson and none of things I planted survived more than a few weeks, even though I watered them daily. I gave my mother a call and asked her what could have gone wrong, and I learned that plants have to be chosen carefully. Check out this blog to learn more landscaping plant tips.