Garden paths
Landscaping with stone
by Tom Wilhite and the editors of Sunset.
New York : Sunset Pub., c2010.
FromSunset,the outdoor living authority, comesOutdoor Design & Build: Landscaping with Stone. This comprehensive title explains the techniques of working with block and natural stone to build both decorative and practical stone features in the landscape.Outdoor Design & Build: Landscaping with Stoneoffers step-by-step building technique instructions alongside how-to photo sequences to guarantee the information is presented clearly and is easy to understand. A range of outdoor projects from paths, patios, and steps to boulders, rock gardens, and walls gives readers the opportunity to find the project that "s right for their home.
The revolutionary yardscape : ideas for repurposing local materials to create containers, pathways, lighting, and more
Matthew Levesque.
Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2010.
Transforming such materials as discarded stove elements, copper pipe, copper sheet, tumbled ceramic dish shards, and used timbers into uniform and attractive building materials, Levesque incorporates the unlikely into creative solutions for the garden and patio. Filled with specific guidelines on how various tools and materials are best used, and where to acquire used materials, the book includes sections on containers, fences, seating, decking, pathways, and outdoor candleholders that give directions on their materials and creation. Filled with photos, this practical guide also includes a glossary and list of resources. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Walks, patios & walls
[senior editor, Kathie Robitz].
Upper Saddle River, NJ : Creative Homeowner, c2010.
Designing the outside of the home adds to curb-side appeal, creates ambiance, and increases the value of the home.Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls provides the homeowner with all the information needed to integrate popular hardscape designs into the overall home landscape. Included are ideas for brick, mortar, and concrete walks and patios; flagstone and tile patios; and brick and mortared stone walls. Lavish color photographs provide design inspiration, while the extensive how-to section provides easy-to-follow information.
The complete guide to patios & walkways : money-saving do-it-yourself projects for improving outdoor living space.
Minneapolis, Minn. : Creative Pub. International, c2010.
Offering readers popular patio and walkway designs complete with step-by-stepinstructions and full-color photos, this edition shows readers how easy it isto build a dream patio and save thousands of dollars in the process.

Pathways are an important element of garden design. Their function is to get us from one place to another, but their design has a big impact on the overall look of the garden. Both form and function should be considered when installing garden paths.

“Five woodland walks pass upward through the trees; every one has its own character, while the details change during its progress—never abruptly, but in leisurely sequence; as if inviting the quiet stroller to stop a moment to enjoy some little woodland suavity…”

Gertrude Jekyll

Materials for paths can range from simple to expensive, with do-it-yourself possible. Pathways can be soft, intermediate, or hard. Some popular pathway materials are:

  • Living plants: ground covers work well for low traffic areas. Common perennials such as ajuga or ivy add a natural, informal note to the garden. Turf pathways are common in large landscaped areas as well.
  • Loose materials: Wood chip mulch and rock gravel work well when securely anchored with “solider” path liners to keep the material in place. Mulch has the advantage of decomposing over time to provide organic matter to the garden.
  • Brick or stone: a large number of options exist for this material. Brick and sto ne can be laid casually, directly on the sod, in gardens that benefit from an organic look of naturally occurring materials. Or, a stone path can be laid using fitted pieces and mortar in a sand mixture base. This is the most formal and sturdy of all choices, as well as the most expensive.

A meandering garden path invites all to enter the green space while tying the garden together. Don’t forget the visual importance of this garden feature when designing your garden.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff