Garden paths not only mark the safe places in your garden to walk, they give your garden a sense of completeness, dimension, and charm. Garden paths come in many styles and it is up to you to determine not only which style fits your garden best, but which you can commit yourself to creating and maintaining.
Some take much more time, effort, and expense than others. For example, gravel and mulch paths are inexpensive, but stone and brick are more durable. Stepping stones add charm, while mosaics add elegance and beauty but are incredibly time consuming.
Learn more about garden paths and find the perfect match for your own garden here.
For a low budget and time project, consider a gravel path.
If you are thinking of building a gravel path, this great guide will tell you exactly how to plan one.
Laying a Gravel Path
This Old House shows you how to lay a gravel path.
Charming Gravel Path
This tutorial even gives you suggestions for plants to make your own garden path just as charming as the one in this picture.
Stone Lined Path
Line your path with stones.
Add levels to your path with wood.
Paver Stone Path
Use paver stones and pebbles to make this charming garden path.
This flagstone path uses pebbles to fill in the gaps between stones.
Mulch is another inexpensive option for paths.
Stone and Mulch Path
Add stepping stones to your mulch path for more visual interest and a firm place to step
Wood Log Path
Left over logs can create a visually stunning garden path.
If your garden is on a slop, try a tiered board walk.
Upcycling pallets is also an inventive way to create a garden path.
Fence Post Stepping Stones
Use posts from an old fence to create charming wooden stepping stones