The garden path has as its main purpose the means of moving from one end of the garden to the other on a hard surface. While the surface of the path can be as basic as concrete slabs or pea gravel other materials can be used to transform this necessity into an attractive feature. This article by Vicki Caldera which comes from the Karma Stream website has fifteen examples of decorative paths and also suggests low-growing plants to complement them.
There are so many paths and walkway designs to choose from. And instead of building a solid brick or concrete path, consider adding a living path to your landscape. Ground covers can soften the hard edges of patios, paths and stone steps.
Here are some ideas of path designs and ground cover tips that I hope that you will find useful. Enjoy!
Thyme plants are fragrant and resilient, ideal for sunny spots in your landscape. Tuck it between stepping stones and enjoy its fresh scent every time you walk by. Woolley theme, mother-ot-thyme and red creeping thyme will slowly, but surely cover exposed locations in your yard. I need to mention that they are rabbit and deer resistant as well.
Portulaca, often called moss rose is a cheerful, sun-loving annual plant. Its crepe paperlike blooms come in a wide variety of colors, like orange, red, salmon, white, yellow and bicolors. This plant also has bright green needlelike foliage that pops back into place if you happen to step on it. It is also drought-resistant and acts like a perennial in frost-free regions.
Sedums are drought and heat resistant plants, ideal for sunny, exposed areas. They require little attention and are strong enough to handle foot traffic. You can find them in a wide range od shapes and sizes but short varieties make the best groundcovers. Look for varieties such as Fuldaglut, Kamtschaticum, Blue Spruce, Tricolor or Dragon Blood.