Garden PathTraditional Landscape, Newark
This garden pathway links the front yard to the backyard area. Perennials and shrubs bloom throughout the season providing interest points that change from week to week. Creeping thyme and other flowering plants fill in the spaces between the irregular stone pathway.
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6. Make your garden a little less thirsty. Whether you live in a region with too much or too little water, improving drainage and conserving water are important. Consider laying a path of gravel and pavers or planting a rain garden for landscaping that’s water-wise and beautiful.6 Projects to Create Beautiful, Water-Saving Outdoor Spaces
2. Lay a Path of Pavers and GravelGarden paths made of pavers and gravel are not only attractive, they’re also Earth-friendly, as their loose gravel joints allow water to drain directly back into the soil rather than running off to a drain required by hardscape materials such as solid concrete and mortared brick. Cost: Cost varies widely depending on materials and size of the path. Landscape designer Zach Hammaker of ZH Design advises clients to budget between $25 and $50 per square foot for a professionally installed path. This range of cost includes materials and the installation. See the full project
Project: Installing a walkway of pavers and pebblesWhy: To create a welcoming front walkway, connect garden areas or provide an invitation to explore It’s a good project for you if: Pathways of pavers and gravel can be problem solvers in gardens that receive a lot of rain. Rather than running off a hardscape area, rainwater trickles between the gaps in the gravel and stays on site. “It you have drainage problems and need to maintain porosity and pervious surfaces,” says landscape designer Zach Hammaker of ZH Design, “nothing beats [gravel].”A walkway with pavers and pebbles may not be for everyone. Compared with a smooth surface, stone and gravel pathways can be more difficult to navigate for wheelchairs, walkers and strollers. Proper installation with a nice, firm base can make it much easier for wheels to move across the surface without sinking or jolting. “I can easily roll my full yard waste can over it,” says landscape designer Cathy Edger of Edger Landscape Design, in reference to a pathway made of gravel installed on base rock.
14. Broken bluestone path. Irregularly shaped bluestone set into a fine gravel mix is a classic combination that works with many garden styles. Creeping thyme fills in the gaps between stones, while perennials and shrubs were chosen to bloom at different points throughout the season, so there is always something delightful to look at along the path.
A gently curved flagstone path draws pedestrians from the front yard, through the spacious side garden, toward the rolling lawn in the distance. An opening in a row of trees frames the view. Within this side garden, however, there are plenty of beautiful plant combinations that provide interest. From the flowering thyme in and around the flagstones to the repeating mounds of perennials (irises and lady's mantle) and soft shrubs (azaleas), the design is inspired and appealing.