A well thought-out garden pathway seems like a simple enough concept. However, most people neglect their paths, putting them into garden designs as an afterthought. This ensures that the pathways won’t be able to serve their intended purpose. As you plan your next garden, consider one or more of the following notions for your garden pathways:
Serving a Purpose
There should be a point to adding a path in a garden. Maybe you want to lead guests into a seating area or you want people to follow the path through the entire garden so that they can experience all of the flowers.
Taking a Logical Route
The route that the path takes should make sense with the elements of the garden. For example, if you’re putting in a curved path, it should follow the lines of the lawn or wind naturally around the flower beds.
Accommodating a Realistic Amount of Traffic
The amount of traffic that the path will have should dictate its width and construction. A narrow path is ideal for allowing a couple to stroll through the garden intimately while a wider path is preferable for rolling a wheelbarrow around the garden.
Matching the Existing Garden Style
The construction materials that you select for the path must fit with the current aesthetics of the garden. Gravel and bark are perfect for an informal garden space while a paved or brick pathway is a better choice for a formal garden. A straightforward mown path is best for a large patch of grass.
If you choose brick, gravel, or pavers for your garden landscaping, request samples ahead of time to experiment with them in the garden space. Path materials often look quite different in a bag in the home improvement store than they do out in the sunlight or among the flowers in your garden. It’s important to know exactly what you’re getting before you invest in a large quantity of material.
Prunin Arboriculture and Landscapes is a full service, family-owned garden landscaping company serving both residential and commercial clients in the greater Orange County area. Contact us to help you design a beautiful garden pathway.