Garden Path Ideas
1. Garden Path Edging
These large individual rocks add decorative detail to a garden path and have the added benefit of holding back wayward flowers.
Individual rocks are great because you can use them in a straight line or a curve. These are different heights and create a natural feel as you meander along the path with a coffee.
2. Inexpensive Garden Path
Wood chip is a cheap resource and in some cases you can get your hands on it for free from a tree surgeon who would otherwise pay to get rid of it!
Here the path is edged with old bricks, but you could use stones to stop the woodchip moving. Line the pathway with lots of newspaper or bin liners first to prevent weeds from breaking through.
3. Front Garden Path
A bright and welcoming front garden path leading to your door is a welcome sight after a hard day at work.
Choose contrasting tiles and build chequerboard stripes or diamonds – whatever you fancy. Line the path with contemporary box plants and a standard tree for either side of your doorway. You’ll be even gladder to arrive home each day.
4. Gravel Garden Path
Gravel is a great choice for a garden path because it’s hard-wearing, drains well, and looks natural in outdoor spaces.
You’ll need something to trap the gravel in place – here they’ve used natural wooden uprights. Don’t forget a weed proof membrane beneath to stop pesky weeds pushing through. Gravel is available in lots of colours. One that matches your house bricks will always look good.
5. Garden Path Lighting
Light up your garden path so you can safely use it in the evening! Here they’ve used lanterns that push into the soil.
These are really handy garden lights, not least because many are solar-powered and wire-free. A row of these will cast plenty of light or just add a few to keep it soft for wildlife.
6. Small Garden Path
A small garden path is easily created with stepping stones. Sink them straight into the soil so your lawnmower can skim over the top.
Stepping stones are great in a line or a create a curved path around your small garden to a seating area. Choosing stepping stones with texture is a good idea or they might get slippy in winter.
7. Modern Garden Path
This modern garden path is chic, sleek, and very easy to clean! Love the planting with smart structural ornamental grasses (try Festuca grass) and contrasting pebbles to give the scheme some colour.
This is bright, modern, and will suit any new townhouse down the ground.
8. Brick Garden Path
No-one can resist a traditional red brick path. Bricks are hardwearing and non-slip so they make excellent walkways and if you can get the colour to match your home even better.
Bricks can make curving pathways as well as straight, and edged up with a different colour look contemporary. Choose yellow bricks to release your inner Dorothy.
9. Garden Path for Small Gardens
Small gardens look larger when there’s plenty of movement and this multi-textured garden path works wonders.
Rather than head straight to the seating area, take the long route around the garden. This S-shaped path suits a small space especially when it’s reflected with a circular lawn.
10. Cottage Garden Path
Cottage gardens are all a natural look with colour, insects, movement, plants and more plants – so keep the theme going with a grass path.
Yes, they need mowing but the natural look blends in perfectly and it’ll cost barely anything – just a packet of seed. This has to be the cheapest path going.
11. Woodland Garden Path
A woodland garden path looks best when it’s natural and blends in seamlessly. Here they’ve used natural flat rocks, embedding them into a walkway with gravel and stones. Over time mosses will creep in so don’t clean it! Line the edges with ferns and dog violets for path created by wandering deer.
12. Sloping Garden Path
Here’s a novel way to create a path in a sloping garden. Slices of a felled tree make steps up the slope.
This not only provides a practical solution it adds real decorative detail to your outdoor space. No-one else is going to have a sloping garden path like this one.
13. DIY Garden Path
Forget a slab of concrete, how about this fab DIY idea? Slices of tree trunk in various sizes laid into woodchip create an eye-catching design and best of all you can do this yourself with some patience and good weather. It isn’t going to cost much either.
14. Garden Stone Path
Stone always looks great in the garden and this path is perfect for urban or country settings.
Natural stone is one-of-a-kind so you’ll always have a work of art outside. Try growing herbs in the gaps. They smell great when you tread on them and they enjoy the well-drained conditions of a stone path – not to mention they enhance the flavour of your food for free!
15. Creative Garden Path
How’s this for a creative garden path?
A wooden frame holding in stripes of coloured stones catches your eye each time you look out the window. The great thing here is that you can choose any colour or type of stone you like. Why not go for coloured glass? It looks amazing in the UK drizzle and gleams when the sun reflects off its many surfaces.
16. Wooden Garden Path
This is a new take on a wooden path. Instead of long strips, weathered boards create squares. This makes a wooden path more interesting, especially with the small central pockets.
Fill them with pebbles, coloured glass, herbs, or an ornament – you could personalise this wooden path to suit your taste.
17. Garden Design Path
Let your inner garden designer free! This mosaic garden path is unique and you can do this yourself with concrete and pebbles.
It’ll take some time but get the whole family involved and design something really unusual. Stones are hardwearing so it’ll last and brighten your garden all year round.
18. Concrete Garden Path
Concrete is a versatile material, it doesn’t have to be laid in one long immoveable strip. Concrete can be used to make stepping stones like this winding garden path.
There are lots of garden path concrete moulds on the market so you can choose a design that suits.
19. Stepping Stone Garden Path
Look out Big Foot’s about!
Stepping stones are a handy way to create a garden path and these footprint-shaped ones are great fun.
Simply put them on the grass and you have a ready-made path that can lead anywhere. Kids love this kind of stepping stone so they make a great pathway to a swing or play den.
20. Garden Path Border
If you’re a fan of recycling this garden path border idea will appeal!
Buried wine bottles not only trim up the edge of your path they bring some decorative detail and shine in the rain and sun. It’s a great way to reuse your waste and brighten your garden in one. Plus, if you don’t have quite enough to finish the job, you’ll have to open another bottle!
21. Garden Path Paving
Garden path paving doesn’t get cuter than cobbles stones. Cobbles are very hard wearing and they suit old-style gardens or urban townhouses.
Cobbles stones add decorative detail but they don’t overwhelm your outdoor space with too much colour or pizzaz. Use them in a straight line or weave a path around your outdoor space stopping off at focal points along the way.
22. Cheap Easy Garden Path
Did someone say pallet? Wooden pallets are one of the most useful items you can use around the garden and they are often free.
Take apart a pallet and lay the wooden planks down – voila. A cheap and easy path. You will need to replace this eventually but if you stain the wood with preservative it’ll last longer.
23. Rustic Garden Path
Wooden paths are the ultimate in rustic and the longer they are rained or snowed on the more rustic they get!
Apply a layer of wood preservative all over wooden planks and lay them as a path for instant rustic charm. Leaving a small gap between the wood to fill with shingle, grass, or herbs just adds to the rustic countrified effect. Love it.
24. Vegetable Garden Path
If you have raised beds or sow straight into the soil you can’t beat wood chip on a weed membrane as a vegetable garden path.
Woodchip is in keeping with the natural look of a veggie garden and you can move them if you need to. Wood chippings don’t last forever, but when it’s past its best use it as mulch – it’ll rot down and provide goodness to your veggies. Win/win.
25. Garden Path Walkways
Look East for garden path walkway inspiration. Here small bridges and large natural stone pavers are used as bridges over ‘water’ – the water being grey stones!
This is a really creative way to add interest and decorative detail to your garden without the hassle of introducing water.
26. Simple Garden Path
Here’s a very simple garden path. Pea gravel on weed membrane fenced in with short border edging.
You can weave this into any space you have, it is fuss-free and simple enough to suit any style of garden without looking intrusive. Pea gravel comes into lots of colours so you can personalise this simple garden path to suit.
27. Straight Garden Path
Go ultra-modern with a straight black garden path. This looks great because the sleek black stepping stones are set on white gravel and makes it stand out. The lush green plants stop it looking too monochrome.
If you want a straight path this is a contemporary chic look that would suit grass or gravelled landscapes.
28. Garden Path Planting
Planting scented herbs alongside your garden path not only benefits pollinators and flavours your dinner, it also fills the air with scent every time you take a step.
Here creeping thyme has filled the spaces between flagstones. If your path is fixed with no gaps plant your favourite herbs along the edges for a garden filled with beautiful aromas.
29. Recycled Garden Path
Check out this garden path made from just about everything – is that a kitchen sink we see there?
So long as the item is flat enough to stand on and doesn’t get slippery, you can recycle just about anything into a garden path such as old drain covers or bits of concrete trellis – whatever you have to hand – or your neighbour has in their skip – just ask first!
30. Narrow Garden Path
If space is at a premium a narrow garden path won’t take over.
Check out this quick and easy paving stone path running one length of the lawn, just skirting the flower border. You could make it even narrower by turning rectangular pavers into a portrait direction.
31. Pebble Garden Path
Pebble paths are great in the garden because they are decorative and hardwearing, but there are lots of ways to use them.
Many people like pebbles concreted into a mosaic, but here the pebbles are neatly kept in place with brick edging and left to provide that satisfying crunch. There’s plenty of grip too.
32. Curved Garden Path
Curved garden paths add interest to your garden and make small spaces look bigger.
Check out this curvy creation. It works because at each curve there’s something to look at – an ornamental plant, a statue or a pond. Make your curvy garden path a place to take a wander and breathe the fresh air before you arrive at a sunny coffee spot. Perfection.
33. Back Garden Path
A chessboard lawn is a whole lot of paths in one back garden.
You know this is a great idea because it cuts down on grass mowing time – just make sure those slabs are level with the lawn so the mower will run across them!
A chessboard lawn also means you can go out in winter without turning the garden into a mudbath.
34. Long Garden Path
Self-binding aggregate is a great idea for a long garden path. Its hard-wearing and simple to install.
Aggregate gravel should be packed down so it binds together and creates a smooth, decorative, and hardwearing path. The last thing you want in a big garden is lots of work and maintenance. Self-binding aggregates need little upkeep and lasts for years.
A garden path can brighten up your outdoor space and create a focal point so why not make it worth looking at.
A path should always lead somewhere. It could be a bench, an ornamental plant, a birdbath, anywhere you want to spend time – the point of the path is to take a journey so enjoy the trip with a decorative walkway that suits your taste.