Dwarf Alberta spruce makes a great choice for marking the head of a path or walkway. Here (left side of path) it pairs beautifully with its counterpart across the path, a clump of zebra grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’). Dwarf Alberta spruce will grow in part shade, thriving beneath high canopy trees that deliver filtered sunlight. In cold winter regions, give dwarf Alberta spruce protection from drying winter winds and hot afternoon sun by siting it on an eastern or northern exposure.
Homeowner Rod Rusyniak choose slate for this garden pathway because of the way it blends so well into the landscape. There are six total paths winding through his Atlanta garden, made of various materials.
Creating a simple, low-cost garden path doesn’t have to be difficult.
Easy Solution: Remove existing grass and cover soil with a layer of thick cardboard (for weed control), securing it with anchor pins pounded into soil. Top with a layer of straw. This type of path works easily in vegetable gardens or perennial borders. It’s also easy to upgrade later to a more formal hardscape material.