Raked Sand or Gravel in Garden Design - Gallery of Examples

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It is so nice to walk along a lovely curvy path, where there also is raked gravel or sand.
It is so nice to walk along a lovely curvy path, where there also is raked gravel or sand.
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Spring or Winter, Raked and Ornamental Gardens are beautiful

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Winter Garden.  The raked gravel looks lovely with a bamboo fence.
Winter Garden.  The raked gravel looks lovely with a bamboo fence.
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Raked Sand looks beautiful in an ornamental garden.

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I honestly wonder how they do such a perfect raked job in an area like this.  No footprints!
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I honestly wonder how they do such a perfect raked job in an area like this.  No footprints!
I honestly wonder how they do such a perfect raked job in an area like this. No footprints! | Source

Raked Sand Or Gravel is Beautiful

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Along a path in the garden, it is so lovely.
Along a path in the garden, it is so lovely.
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Raked Gravel or Sand in Gardens


The Beauty of a Raked Garden Bed

If you have never been to a garden where there was raked sand or gravel, I hope you can visit one some time. They are just lovely. It is like an extra touch where it probably isn't even needed. It shows a garden that is loved and well cared for. Sometimes, it is meant to convey extra meaning as you will see below.

This hub article is basically a gallery of some different images I have captured that show examples of raked sand or gravel in gardens. The Japanese gardens love to use this form of design, but it isn't limited to just that kind of garden.

You will see photos here from Spring, Summer, and Winter seasons. As you can see, it doesn't really matter what the season is, to see how much this kind of garden treatment can add to one's outdoor surroundings.

Depending on where you live exactly, one can see how people are looking to enhancing the spaces they live in. So if you have even just a small amount of outdoor space, you can turn it into a beautiful space to live as well as the seasons permit. Raking can be a way to do that. Yes, it needs to be maintained, but I imagine once you really get the hang of it, that it is well worth the effort.

Possible Symbolism For Water

One of the neatest things I heard about raked garden sand or gravel was that it was also emulating or symbolic of water in the garden. I hadn't known this before, and it made sense the minute I heard it. No wonder I loved it when I first saw and ever since! It just also adds a touch of someone being very thoughtful and careful to create a perfect effect in the garden. I love it. You can really help to convey a sense of peace and serenity this way, even if there is no actual water nearby. It is as if there are little ripple effects in the water.

One of my favorite images in this collection is the one with a bamboo fence that is right next to the raked gravel. People have been using ingenious ideas like this for some time, to make their areas beautiful. One need not even spend a fortune on their garden to get such a pleasing effect. Keep an eye out next time you view images like these, or see them in person, to see if it has an effect of water.

A Gentle Reminder

In some of the botanical gardens I have been to over the years, you will often see a little sign here and there along the path that says, "Please Stay on the Path," or some such sign as that. The other day I was walking along, and someone had to have jumped into the raked garden area, and you see these muddy footprints all along the raked area. It was unfortunate to see, but people can understand maybe little ones running around. It shows a sign of respect for the gardener if you can stay on the path when they ask you to.

One remedy for this, for those with active or small children around, is maybe to decorate your garden with more stepping stones and rocks. I definitely recall as a child, a couple of really neat gardens where they had these types of stones along the path and we loved to hop from one to the next stone. This did a couple of things. It kept kids from wearing unwanted paths, or stepping on unwanted plants, because there are other stones there to have fun with! It also just looked beautiful.

One of the things I hope to learn about is how to create the raked effect in what seems the middle of a garden area, with no footsteps leaving the raked area. That has to be tough! This creates a sense of intrigue, or "how did they do that?" I share at least one photo here that begs that very question... "How did they do that in the middle?"

To see all the images here, make sure to click on the thumbnails, or watch the slideshow which may be even more relaxing. I hope you enjoyed some of the photos of gardens that I find so peaceful and serene.

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ThelmaC 3 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

Absolutely beautiful. I haven't paid attention to raked gardens before but will be looking for them now. Thanks for this nice hub!


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

The Huntington Library has a beautiful raked garden. Those who have the patience to create these lovely landscapes are amazing. Beautiful hub.


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

They're lovely to look at, but for me - too much like hard work! LOL.


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oceansnsunsets 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hi Thelma, happy to share the pictures, and so glad you will be looking for this feature in gardens. It is really neat to see, in my opinion.

Traveler, I want to go to the Huntington Library and see their gardens, always have. I agree about the patience of those willing to make such lovely landscapes. Thanks for your comment.

Blossom, that is what I thought at one point, and still wonder how they even do it! My little dog would probably walk right on through just after raking if I did it, haha. Thanks for your comment.


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

So would mine. I'll just have to admire from afar!


Candice Harding 2 years ago

Sand and gravel are great options when you live in an environment that limits your landscaping choices. My childhood backyard had gravel paths that created a similar look to what was shown above. It also served to keep mud and dirt out of the house and showcased the plants that we did keep in the backyard.

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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Candice, I have seen some beautiful landscaping done with gravel. I have seen a lot in the Southwestern portion of the US, where the heat is so intense and for long periods. These yards look nice without a lot of upkeep, which is so nice if you don't care to spend a lot of time on lawn care, etc.


Caleb Hart 18 months ago

I had no idea that gravel could be used to make such beautiful scenery. My wife has been talking about sprucing up our landscaping. She wants a few pathways around the back of our house. I guess I should just get started so that she's happy. http://www.westsyderoadmaterials.com/en/


Susan Hirst 17 months ago

This garden certainly does look lovely. The winding gravel path gives it a lot of character. If I ever get the chance, I will definitely build a gravel path in my garden.

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oceansnsunsets 16 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Caleb, thanks for your comment, and I wish you the best with your projects including gravel in your yard. I had no idea either, but some people sure make things beautiful!


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oceansnsunsets 16 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Susan, I love gardens with character. That is a good point. Thanks for visiting and for your comment.

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