Paths act as a gateway into your garden. Garden paths can be functional or works of art. They are able to guide travelers from one place to another or send them to secret spots of your garden to be discovered. Whatever your vision entails there are many different ways to design the “perfect” path that is cost efficient and easy to achieve for your home.
A straight garden path is the most functional path to design. It can be either wide or narrow. It invites you into the garden and leads you right through it. This path is very neat, lets travelers walk side by side, travel quickly and efficiently to get from point A to point B. It also showcases your garden as a whole, while able to look at your surroundings from a distance.
If you are looking to be more creative, the most common garden path design is curved and narrow. This path allows you to direct your travelers into different areas of your garden. It can lead to a tiny waterfall, bench or even a “mini patio.” If the path is narrow, it causes travelers to go at a slower pace to observe the dedication and the art that you put into your garden.
No matter what path that you choose for your garden, there are a plethora of affordable materials that you can use to design the “perfect” path. Stone, brick pavers and concrete are used more in front of the house, while gravel, wood chips and plant materials are often used for the backyard. Remember, light colored materials reflect light as darker colored materials absorb light. Choose the colors that aim and compliment the style of your house.