With perennial beds and rose bushes on either side of the path, guests will love strolling through this European-inspired garden. Thanks to its sleek design, the swimming pool ahead blends beautifully with the horizon line.
Bluestone Terrace and Transition Garden With Perennial Plants, Birdbath
A transition garden featuring perennials like lilac verbena, carex, honeysuckle and lavender lines a path that leads to a bluestone-paved back terrace. Highlights include a Hong Kong Orchid tree and a birdbath.
Flagstone Path Winds Through Formal Garden to Pool Area
Following a flagstone path will take visitors from the patio, through a formal garden and to the swimming pool around the back of the house. As they meander along the walkway, guests will be able to admire native plants and pretty perennials.
From the upper terrace, a quaint limestone path and steps slips beneath the canopy of large existing trees to an urban shade garden featuring magnificent globe boxwood clusters, Oakleaf hydrangeas, perennials, and groundcover. The path leads past a bubbler fountain centered on the window of the workout room.
Trimmed hedges not only bring a touch of symmetry to the yard, but also mark the entrance to its strolling garden. As guests follow the gravel path, they'll be treated to sights of topiaries, perennials and ornamental grasses.
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.
This lush suburban backyard includes a hand-laid gray brick paver and terra-cotta brick walkway, ornamental grasses, evergreen foliage and perennials. A wooden privacy fence, gray stone wall and fast growing privacy shrubs surround the garden.
A tiered fountain is one of the highlights of this restful Spanish-inspired garden space. White and purple flowers grow in beds surrounding the walkway and a gazebo provides shade and a relaxing bench swing.
Contemporary Garden With Huge Metal Arbor, Gravel Path
Like a portal, this huge metal arbor transports guests from the backyard and into the owners' gardens. A gravel pathway cuts across the lush green grass and highlights all the native plants and cacti along the way.
Powder coated steel elevates edging to an art form when it takes the shape of a low fence. The design for this edging comes from Shakespeare’s garden in Stratford, England. These hoop stakes mark bed and path edges while also pulling double duty as plant supports. To draft hoops as edging, place them side by side or slightly overlapping along planting beds or paths. Hoop stake edging is the perfect choice for keeping annuals or perennials from falling over onto lawn or walkways.
Luxury Purple and Blue New England Garden with Pools and Evergreens
This vibrant blue and purple garden of perennials and annuals in Newport, Rhode Island, is framed by a classic Italianate pergola and a backdrop of evergreens, earning it an ASLA 2018 Honor Award. Trees in container line the walkway along the pools connected by a channel to a sitting area. The project is designed by Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture.
Consider designing a pair of mirrored rain gardens to flank a central walkway. By the second growing season, these beds will sparkle as lush gardens filled with shrubs, ornamental grasses, sedges, corkscrew rush, perennials and evergreens. A stone spillway directs rain water runoff from nearby hard surfaces into the rain garden basin. On the lower side, an overflow spillway and drainage pipe shifts rain water runoff to nearby storm sewer channels when heavy rains fill the rain garden to overflowing. Including an overflow spillway helps ensure water doesn’t backflow to swamp your home’s foundation.