The essential purpose of a path is to provide a route between one part of the garden and another. Usually there will be a hard surface of some sort to allow you to keep out of the mud in wet weather. The path designs shown below use pavers and pebbles and demonstrate the many different ways these materials can be used to create attractive and practical walkways. I came across these ideas in an article by Lauren Dunec Hoang which I found on the Houzz website.
Garden paths made of pavers set into gravel are one of the most popular walkway styles due to their natural look, permeability for rainwater and versatility in design. Given the wide range of materials available and opportunities for different combinations, walkways made of pavers and pebbles work with all garden styles. For example, you can pair poured concrete slabs with dark gravel for a contemporary look or set irregular flagstones in warm-toned decomposed granite for a more Mediterranean feel.
If you?re considering adding a pathway of this style, there are a number of things you will need to consider, including the range of costs for materials and installation, whether or not to hire a professional and how to reduce the gravel traveling onto the pavers.Project: Installing a walkway of pavers and pebbles
Why: To create a welcoming front walkway, connect garden areas or provide an invitation to explore
It?s a good project for you if: Pathways of pavers and gravel can be problem solvers in gardens that receive a lot of rain. Rather than running off a hardscape area, rainwater trickles between the gaps in the gravel and stays on site. ?It you have drainage problems and need to maintain porosity and pervious surfaces,? says landscape designer Zach Hammaker of ZH Design, ?nothing beats [gravel].?
A walkway with pavers and pebbles may not be for everyone. Compared with a smooth surface, stone and gravel pathways can be more difficult to navigate for wheelchairs, walkers and strollers. Proper installation with a nice, firm base can make it much easier for wheels to move across the surface without sinking or jolting. ?I can easily roll my full yard waste can over it,? says landscape designer Cathy Edger of Edger Landscape Design, in reference to a pathway made of gravel installed on base rock.