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Garden of Ideas: Creating a Garden Pathway

Updated on August 30, 2017

Garden Paths: Ideas for Creating a Pathway of Beautiful Memories and Inspired Tomorrows

Looking for ideas for garden paths? Are looking to create beautiful walkways and paths that will grow over time into your personal garden paradise? Then begin by asking this one question: Where will it lead you, your garden pathway?

Is it just a way to cross your yard to get to the other side? Or are you ready to define yourself, your life and your home by creating a path that will bring inspiration, energy and inner reflection. Anyone can cross a yard and call it a path, but to "create a garden pathway" is to leave a legacy.

A garden path should be more than a cement walkway. It should reflect your relationship with nature, be harmonious with your home and most importantly a reminder to yourself to enjoy the present moment.

Take some time to reflect on what you want to create in your garden, read, cut out magazine pictures of gardens that you love, get to know your yard, feel the passion. You may have a hectic life but your garden can be your escape.

Following are a few thoughtful ideas to help you on your way for creating your personal garden pathway. Enjoy!

Imagine Your Pathway

It's Your Legacy

Right now your yard may just be a green lawn or an earthy plot, so spend some time in your yard, get to know it as if it were your artist's canvas. Imagine that you are walking on your finished garden path. Where would you plant your trees, shrubs and flowers? How would you want your path to flow? If there are low spots where water collects envision placing mosaic stepping stones there to keep your feet dry. How does the sun's light cross your garden? Where could you place a gazing ball so that the sun's light reflection sends rays of colors across your path?. Where would you place a birdbath? Thinking of a vegetable garden, where would it be best suited?

Consider designing your path to lead you to an outdoor retreat. A private refuge where you can meditate, socialize with your friends, have a romantic interlude, a picnic or read a book. Your retreat could be a hammock under a tree, a garden bench or a gazebo. It will become your "far away" place even though it may only be a few feet away from your door.

I love paths that meander like rivers with a gentle curve that takes me past beautiful plants, trees and shrubs.

I like to enjoy every moment I can while I am in my garden, reflecting upon the changing seasons, the memories of playing hide and seek with my children, the fresh scents of flowers and follage.

A curving path slows me down, enticing me to be a part of my garden, forcing me to be aware of each progressive step I take lest I walk into a tree!

The Aesthetics Of Your Garden Pathway - "Here's How to Build a Perfect Path"

Once you have an idea of how you want your garden path to flow, there are many choices of pathway materials to pick.

Do you want to go formal? Informal?

Do you want a woodland path? Or one with a spiritual feel?

Do you like Cobblestones, gravel, flagstones, groundcovers, boardwalks, wood chips, concrete pavers or railroad ties?

Do you want your path edged with soldiers (the name given for stone or brick edging)?

Click here to read a wonderful article entitled "Here's How to Build a Perfect Path" by Lynn Ocone from This Old House Magazine. Her interview with Vermont landscape designer and author Gordon Hayward gives you details on how to plot your path plus reviews the many choices you have in pathway materials. As a bonus there is a beautiful slide show of finished paths to give you even more ideas!

My Favorite Garden Pathway Book

Invest in a good garden book that will be a wonderful reference book for years. As your garden matures so will your pathway and a good garden book will enrich your imagination as to how you want to grow your garden. I bought this book a couple of years ago and I still love going through it. It helped me enormously in planning my garden pathway.

Personalizing your Path

Garden pathways are ideal for adding that personal sense of self by including pieces of sculpture, glass and ceramic art that will compliment your garden's plant and shrub designs. Garden art can enhance a garden's color theme or pattern, provide accent or focal points, and provide lifetime memories. Garden art can be used and moved as your garden grows and changes through the seasons creating different visual impacts as the sun's pattern moves.

There are many garden elements you can add to your pathway to give it your personal

touch. Consider the following:

· Stained Glass Mosaic stepping-stones are not only useful but also beautiful. From simple home made stones with imprints of your children's hand to exquisite stained glass motifs that will reflect the sun's light off their multi-colored surface.

· Glass, ceramic or steel gazing balls add color and brilliance to garden areas where there is a lot of green but little color.

· Water features such as fountains and birdbaths give a relaxing solitude to a gardens atmosphere.

· Ceramic, stone and cement sculptures can add a bit of humorous whimsy or make a refined statement.

· Windchimes, bird houses, tree lights


You Should Make Your Own Stepping Stones! - A Hands On Challenge!

If you truly want your yard to reflect your personality you should make your own stepping stones! Right?

Yes, they are easy, a bit messy maybe.... but remember how you loved Kindergarten?

It was just fine to walk around with paint smudges on your nose, clothes covered with mud, twigs in your hair...actually, it was down right fun! And no matter what you made, your parents loved it!

So why not try your hand at crafting a couple? Let the first be your trial and error piece, if you don't like it just turn it upside down and you will have a plain, flat, store bought looking ugly stone....or it could be a start of a new hobby, with you making beautiful one-of-a-kind stepping stones that have your unique signature!

The worst that could happen is that your stepping stones are sooooo beautiful that everyone in your family, your neighbors, your friends will want you to make them one....and they will have to wait in line because you have so many to make for yourself!

Should you make your own stepping stones?

Stained Glass Cobbles Stepping Stone
Stained Glass Cobbles Stepping Stone

How To Make Your Own Mosaic Stepping Stones

Creating Memories

Making Your Own Stepping Stones

One of the biggest trends in pathways and walkways today is creating your very own stepping stones. This can be a fun, creative way to personalize your home and garden area. It's also an activity that the entire family can enjoy. Personalized stepping stones can make excellent gifts for housewarmings, weddings, or birthdays. Fun and easy to make, personalized stepping stones are a great alternative to store-bought ones. To find out how to make your own stepping stones check out this free tutorial Make Stepping Stones the Easy Way

Angels, Cherubs, Fairies and Fuzzies For Your Garden - Garden Statues and Sculpture

Six Steps to Build a Pathway using Stepping Stones

Stepping stones can give a garden or yard a more natural feeling then say a cement walkway. There are a variety of commercial stones to choose from or you can make your own. Check out the following video from CBS news on how easy it is to design and create a Stepping Stone path.

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      barthover 5 years ago

      Amazing ideas, having a pathway truly brings out the beauty of your garden.

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      chwwalker lm 5 years ago

      Love all the pictures! Someday when I have a house I will have a lovely garden path too.

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      jadehorseshoe 6 years ago

      Gorgeous Lens.

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      homerepellent 6 years ago

      Stones are definitely a great addition to any garden as it provides a certain contrast to the surrounding greenery. Having various color combination is visually stimulating and if balanced well, aesthetically pleasing. Keep the ideas flowing.



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      raegal75 6 years ago

      Great ideas! Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      aleskotnik 6 years ago

      What a great Lens. I was always interested in big gardens with secret paths.

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      efriedman 6 years ago

      Lovely ideas for stone and rock decorative garden paths. A path makes even a small garden seem like an adventure because it invites you to explore.

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

      Very Beautiful! The gardens is like a beautiful moments and that even the most ordinary are like pathways have became breathtaking and just absolute gorgeous. Wonderful lens =)

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      I LOVE stones and rocks!

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      ikeephouse 6 years ago

      This makes me want to do something with our backyard. Very nice.

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      WOW, I love your lens, itâs beautiful!

      5 stars for a beautiful beautiful lens, thumbs up, and favoriting. Joining your fanclub. I hope you have a terrific week!

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      John Norman Stewart 7 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      Very nice and inviting lens....:)

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      Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I enjoyed your lens, I think mainly because I've always liked beautiful path ways. I was thinking the same as Tipi said about picturing your yard as an artist's canvas. **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love your inviting writing style! I felt like I was in zen therapy. Your instruction to get to know your yard like an artist's canvass is just perfect. Beautifully and wonderfully done, my dear!

      "wowsquid", again, very fitting!

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      Marelisa 7 years ago

      I live in an apartment building, but I grew up in a house with an enormous garden which had trees, and paths, and flowers all over. I loved that garden. I do hope to have a house with a beautiful garden in the future, and when I do, I'll definitely add pathways to it. I love the ideas on this lens. :-)

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I do not have a garden or a path - but I would love one, and if I had one, I would make my own stepping stones. Lovely lens.

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Well done garden paths are so lovely and you've provided a lot of great ideas for creating them.

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      SofiaMann 7 years ago

      Very beautiful lens. Thanks for the ideas.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love your title - so inviting as are these Garden Pathways!

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      Magicality LM 7 years ago

      Excellent lens !

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      I simply love decorating my garden with beautiful garden crafts, pathways and garden art. Lensrolled to my Garden Crafts series ... and *blessed.

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      What a delightful page, and very well written. I'll just bet your Garden Pathway is beautiful. Looking forward to checking out your handmade 'stepping stones' stories.

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      Fantastic lens!! You can just feel the serenity of peacefulness as your read this page. Very good work!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      nice lens with artistic idea

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      I would love to have a beautiful pathway in a garden...

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      you have given me some wonderful ideas to enhance my garden and yard - thanks :)

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      annrhi 7 years ago

      What a beautiful idea, would have thought that a path is a path is a path, but this has made me think again, to take a fresh look at my garden and see what it can be.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      Lovely lens! I will lensroll it to "my Moss Garden" lens

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      What a lovely lens. I love dinky little garden paths which lead around mysterious corners. Blessed by a Squid angel :-)