Laying a four foot wide walkway from the parking area to the front door, a stepping-stone path through a bit of woodland is more of a long term commitment to your house and garden than a mulch or gravel path. Think long term, even if you plan on installing one path at a time, it’s a good idea to think in light of future paving projects that will link all garden areas and connect the landscape to the house. Assess the style, materials, dimensions, and proportions of your home when considering walkway and pathway materials. No matter what the style of your home also consider your own style. If you are more of a casual person your stonework should reflect your style. Although every material can be removed, it can be costly. Framing permanence is the first consideration when choosing walkway materials.
Stone path through hostas and ferns
Different from the single stone stepping stone path, this pattern is natural and dependent on stone and mason choice.
Lawn carpet path
Here the lawn path leads between woodland shrubs and perennial beds of astilbe and liriope.
Gravel and stone path with grasses
A gravel path is a nice addition to a drought tolerant or sunny garden. The gravel will travel if you don't use an edge restraint as in this photo.
Mulch can be used to finish off a dirt path to combine a woodland feel and a cleaner finish.
Formal Country Walkway
The formal nature of this important wide front walkway is contrasted with an informal extra large stepping stone - a design trick to set the invited guest at ease and feel welcome before reaching the front door.
Boulders and blueberries for wildlife!
The width of this step stone path accommodates the snow blower and was designed specifically for ease of access and egress to and from the shed.
Formal Walkway (Bluestone and brick)
This bluestone patio is ribboned with brick giving it rhythmic direction to the front door. Two guests can comfortably walk side-by-side.
Wooded path with border and wall
Fieldstone path (multi-directional)
This quaint field stone path divides and directs the pedestrian to either the driveway entrance or the dining patio.
Winding path with containers
wet stone path through grasses
Path near full foliage
Mulch path through woods
Grass path with wall and hostas
Three Season Lawn Path (Summer Daylillies)
The entire feel of this path changes when the rusts, burgundies, oranges, and yellows appear in summer and ending in fall with green foliage after the stalks are cut.
Sunny Step Stone Path
I love natural stone in the garden, and a step stone path is an earthy and wonderful way to enhance an informal style garden.
Shady Step Stone Path (Random Bluestone)
No-mow gardens are part of our sustainable philosophy and present perfect canvases for natural step stone paths.
Lawn carpet path
Lawn is easy to maintain and provides a good wide access path for lawn and snow blowers.
Lazy Lawn Path
Sometimes the path is just there created by other boundaries of walls and beds.
Cut Through Step Stone Path
Little transition spaces are fun to design. A small goshen step stone was interplanted with prairie grass, sedums, and thyme. We also threw in some bearberry for fun.
Garden Path to Bench
Newly installed, this thin-lined step stone path leads to a small garden bench. It's casual and curving nature lends an informality to the space. Left over spaces will be planted.
Cut Step Stone Path Through Lawn
Heavy traffic in a lawn merits additional paving of stepping stones. Angled stepping stones add rhythm and pattern to the space.
Three Season Lawn Path (Daffodils April-May)
Any path can be planted to have a long season of interest.
Three Season Lawn Path (Daffodils & Tulips May)
Daffodils remain while tulips bud, open, and pass. The fading of petal color and blossom change the border's daily appearance.
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