Make a Romantic Garden Path

Garden paths offer the opportunity to be creative. After all, a path running through a garden should be more than just a way to protect shoes from the rain-soaked ground. A winding pathway transforms this journey into a romantic adventure with blooming surprises awaiting you around each curve in the path.

Create Stepping Stones for Your Pathway

There are many kinds of materials that you can use to create your garden path. You may be able to afford more expensive materials if your garden is rather small, such as an herb garden.

Irregular Stone Molds

You can make your own stones by selecting one of the many molds available. Quikrete is often the choice for making pathway stones. You can color the cement to get the right hue you want. Some molds set with individual stones while others form a square that features irregular shapes mimicking real stones. Instead of using mortar to fill the crevices between the shapes, you can use small pebbles, sand, wood chips, sawdust or even pine needles. 

Decorative Stepping Stones

If you’re looking for a family activity, creating a few stepping stones is a fun way to spend with the kids. Choose a pretty day to get your kids outside and involved in a little artistic/nature project.

  • Choose a round, square, rectangle or flower shaped mold for your stepping stones.
  • Make decorating the stones a game.
  • Let each child decorate the stone with colorful glass gems or other hobby embellishments that will withstand the elements. These are added before the Quikrete sets.
  • Apply Vaseline to your child’s hands and let her/him make hand impressions on one of the stone molds.
  • Let your children inscribe their names on their masterpieces.
  • Wait until the stones are dry and then let each child decorate with waterproof paints.

Wood Stepping Stones

There are several ways to recreate this wood stepping stone path. You can cut treated lumber into the appropriate sizes. However, if you’re concerned about pollution, you can opt for weather tough woods that are rot resistant, such as cypress, cedar, teak or black locust. You could also opt for composite woods.

Measure the space between the two boards for a consistent look in your path. Be sure to make a few curves and twists as you allow your pathway to appear to meander through your garden. 

 Create a Patterned Walkway

 You can have fun with this project by making up your own pattern. Use small stones to create large and small rectangle. Be sure to make some large and small squares to add interest to your pathway. Create a pathway of peat and then set each rectangle or square firmly into the peat bed. You may need to dig out for each shape to fit snuggly.

Squares and Thyme

This ancient Roman pattern was used with creeping thyme planted between the stone slabs for a checkered board look. This design uses lawn grass and two slabs to form a path. You may prefer to sow grass between the stones like the photo, just be sure you’re good with a string trimmer to keep the stones uncovered. If you decide to go with thyme, you won’t need to fear stepping on the herb since it can take foot traffic. In fact, the thyme will perfume the air when walked on. 

Designs for Your Garden Path

 Make your garden path interesting with varying sizes of the same shapes or use irregular shapes that give an unexpected twist. Plant a wide variety of compatible plants that add color and texture so every visit finds a new discovery.

Photos courtesy Max Pixels and flicker cc: Nick Kenrick and Elliott Brown 

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Sally Painter

"Everyone can have a beautiful home decor. It just takes a little creativity," says author and freelance writer Sally Painter. This former commercial and residential designer is also a Feng Shui practitioner and believes that, "Everything you choose to put in your home should resonate with you emotionally. If it doesn't - get rid of it!"