Pretty DIY Garden Path + Walkway Ideas
Garden paths and walkways can be both pretty and practical. Having a proper walkway or path can make accessing your outdoor spaces easier, cleaner & safer. They can also add beauty, interest, value and curb appeal to your property. Garden paths and walkways can be designed using many different materials—like wood, stone, gravel, rock, concrete, brick, etc… all adding a particular ambiance and style esthetic to your space. And if you DIY your project, it can help keep costs down, and allow you to let the creativity flow!
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WOOD garden path and walkway ideas:
The DIY garden path above, made with wood, is a perfect example of creating something unique and original! The builders used stencils on select boards to make the pathway reflect her personal style.
I stumbled across some pretty cool wood products to make creating a wood path or walkway a lot easier!
First, is this 8 foot pre-made wooden pathway [click here] that rolls right out! Perfect for a temporary/seasonal need or a quick fix.
And I also found these real wood click & lock deck/paver products [click here]. They come in several finishes and are really nice looking. I bet they’d be super for the deck of an outdoor shower.
STONE garden path and walkway ideas:
A STONE GARDEN PATH is a walkway comprised of large flat stones laid in grass, rock, gravel or mulch and has spaces/voids/joints between the pieces that are filled by the larger surface material of (grass, rock, gravel or mulch).
This example is bluestone, with crushed granite filling in the joints.
This example is a front walkway, and the joints were filled with Creeping Thyme. (which is beautiful, and also deer resistant.)
And this version was also filled with plantings, though I’m unsure of the variety, though I think it may be Woolly Thyme in lavender. Purple and white blooms are favorites of mine, so I’m very drawn to the color, in case you hadn’t gathered that.
In case your pathway needs steps… what a lovely use of Creeping Thyme.
PEA GRAVEL garden path and walkway ideas:
From formal, to wild and free… one of my absolute favorite looks is a pea gravel path! Meandering through a garden, or perhaps leading to a lake or pond… they hold such a whimsical quality for me, and hint at a little bit of magic. It’s something I’ve always loved, but alas, we don’t have the right setting for it on our property. There are just too, too many pine needles here and it would be quickly overrun with them.
BRICK garden paths and walkways ideas:
Holly used bricks salvaged and collected piece by piece from another site, traded wine for the amazing rope edging (which I love!) and then used sand for the grouting. It was 100% DIY and lots of hard work on her part. I love her super-charming results!
I so wish I had pictures of our California house I could share with you! My dad and I designed the entire backyard—from a bare dirt lot, to completion. We had a beautiful used brick patio (in a herringbone pattern) running the length of the house, topped with a white wood patio cover my dad custom designed. Feeding of that, there was a garden path going to a pergola, and another going to a firepit and sitting wall. My dad installed everything but our spa. We picked out and planted every single living thing—from the plants, shrubs, flowers and trees, down to the sod. The garden flowers were primarily white, with bursts of vibrant & deep purples. It was so peaceful, with lovely landscape lighting throughout that made it easy to enjoy, no matter the hour. The brick was so warm and lovely, and added so much charm to our new-build home. My dad put his heart into every little detail. It was so beautiful, and it made it so extra hard to leave.
It was pre cell phone days… and I know I took photos with a “real camera” that took film (can you imagine!?) but I don’t know where they are now. If they ever turn up I promise to share them with you!
PAVER garden path and walkway ideas:
OUR PAVER PATH WALKWAY is almost 3 years old now, and we have been incredibly happy with it since day one! It smoothly and safely connects the sloped walk from main house to The Little Cottage. Most of you know we are big fans of DIY here at Fox Hollow Cottage! Whenever we have the skill level and tools to do so, we try to take on our home improvement projects ourselves, both inside & out. Sometimes, it’s smarter to hand over a project to someone else though—this was one of those times. We had a handful of projects going on already, and Jim was busy installing our brick wall. We were also heading into Winter, so it was a matter of get it done now or wait another year for outdoor project weather to come along again. The idea of this paver path being installed quickly, by an experienced company was the right choice.
Little Secret: I actually paid to have this path laid instead of attending the Better Homes & Gardens Style Maker event that year. It was that much of a priority for me.
In typical me fashion. I want one of everything. There is something to love about all these choices. Outdoors, we have plans to add another paver path connecting the main house to the shop and we need to address the hard and soft scape out front. Our curb appeal is lacking big time since we put all our attention out back the last 2 years. But after spending much of our DIY time & budget outdoors installing the new deck & pergola, and replacing two of our arbor/pergolas, (plus all the general maintenance that needs to happen outside when the weather is prime). We are hoping to start a big indoor project soon. I don’t want to jinx it just yet. Crossing my fingers, and I’ll let you know if things start moving forward!!!! xo Shan