Gravel Garden Paths

Garden paths are the key to the perfect garden. Gardens are meant to be experienced, enjoyed, lived-in. Sure, they are beautiful to look at, but nothing compares to strolling through your garden picking flowers, inhaling the spicy aroma of Bay Laurel or Lavender, harvesting fruit from your backyard orchard or sitting in a cozy nook reading a book or just getting away from the hectic demands of a busy life. Whether you want a passage to a secret garden or a walkway wide enough to accommodate a wheelbarrow, pathways are a practical and affordable addition to any landscape. As you will see, materials used to construct patios or paths are as varied as the costs. A simple mulch path to a Flagstone patio and everything in between the choices and combination are endless.

crushed stone garden paths through drought tolerant plantings of sages, nepeta and agave

Crushed stone garden paths through drought tolerant plantings of sages, nepeta and agave

Travertine Garden Paths

Meandering garden paths add an element of surprise and whimsy and can lead one to destinations, which create the illusion of space and distance whether your property is large or small. These destinations could be a patio, a tiny glen in a stand of trees or even a spot at the top of your property that affords a spectacular view. Your property’s features will dictate the route but pathways can be used to open up previously unusable portions of your landscape.

travertine patios and paths create a unique twist to the main entry

Travertine garden paths meander through beautiful plantings of duranta, mayten and oak

Slate Garden Path

Garden path through a green forest of trees

Slate garden path through a green forest of trees

Mulch is the perfect choice for a natural feel whether a pathway through an orchard or a secret trail through the woods. Decomposed Granite (also know as DG) is for areas that are out away from the home. As you get closer to the house you may want to transition into something a bit more solid. Crushed stone is a classic (and affordable) choice for pathways and patios. It comes in every shade and color and since it’s permeable it is a very “green” hardscape alternative. We love using crushed limestone for an “old world” look. Brick is a great recyclable paving medium for pathways and patios and depending on the manner of construction can exude formality or relaxed county living.

Flagstone Garden Paths

Flagstone garden path meandering through a lush garden

Flagstone garden paths meander through a lush garden

And we haven’t even mentioned flagstone, limestone or travertine. These come in natural shapes or can be cut into tiles or geometrical shapes. These are perfect for a garden with a more formal vibe. No matter what material you decide to use in the creation of your patios and pathways, keep the big picture and purpose in mind. Some paths are utilitarian while others are strictly ornamental.

Crushed Limestone Garden Paths

Custom built stone pond with limestone fountain surrounded by our propriety Montecito Meadow

Custom built stone pond with limestone fountain surrounded by our propriety Montecito Meadow

Choose components that are appropriate to the style of your house and the existing hardscape. Landscaping affords infinite opportunity for self-expression. Splurge on it!

Until next time, fill your garden with joy.