Oh how I love a great garden path
My favorite of my boards on Pinterest is my “Great Garden Paths” board. I have a weakness for garden paths. There is something so incredibly inviting about a path through a garden. It says, “Explore me,” or “Feel free to look AND touch, I’m cool with it.”
My favorite garden paths bend around corners, begging you to follow them to see what lies beyond. In my book, a great garden design practically forces you to continue exploring and nothing does that better than a path.
Paths define how intimate a space is by their width. A wide path, by its very nature, is more social and meant to be traversed with company. A narrow path tells you you will be one with the garden.
This is the kind of narrow path I could imagine myself meandering down with a cup of coffee in the early morning. Aren’t you dying to know what is around that corner?
Wide and stable, this path is meant for a crowd. I picture a group gathered for a dinner party, cocktails in hand, traversing this path to head back to the house after having appetizers in a scenic spot on the property.
Gravel is a lovely choice for a path. It is easy to maintain and makes the most lovely crunching sound underfoot, but it can be hard to walk on. I think it should be reserved for paths that are meant to be walked on slowly, not rushed down. Cut gravel is better than pea gravel, which can actually feel a little slippery because it rolls around. Of course if you intend to have people walk barefoot on the path, then you have to go with pea gravel, lest you create a torture device for bare feet.
The concrete (or perhaps bluestone) rectangles on this path give it a modern edge, but because it is still undulating, it has a little bit of a rustic feel too.
I think my favorite paths have a mixture of materials and different sizes and shapes.
My own path is combination of flagstone, bluestone and black gravel (gardens have been added to soften the edges since this photo).
Some paths are made of unexpected materials. This one is slices of a tree.
Concrete strips with moss in between.
Los Angeles Times photo
I love this wood path.
Some paths aren’t so much about the destination as they are about the path itself.
Judy White/Gardenphotos.com photo
This path isn’t even meant to be a path.
Victoria Vasilieve photo
Obviously I have a thing for paths, but I think my favorite of all paths are those over water. What could possibly be more fun?
Apartment Therapy photo
What does your perfect garden path look like?
My favorite of my boards on Pinterest is my “Great Garden Paths” board. I have a weakness for garden paths. There is something so incredibly inviting about a path through a garden. It says, “Explore me,” or “Feel free to look AND touch, I’m cool with it.” My favorite garden paths bend around corners, begging […]