Most gardeners are slowing down as winter approaches and the growing season comes to an end. This is a good time to start planning garden paths so the building work is all done when spring planting comes around.
1. Rectangular slabs placed in an off-set pattern can be used to create a gently curved or a straight path. Wouldn’t this look great surrounded by shade-loving ground cover in a long, narrow lane at the side of the house.
2. Wooden slats link a paved path to the lawn. If you place the slats a little further apart you can plant low-growing ground cover between them.
3. This whimsical look is more ambitious with its combination of a pebble “river”, stepping stones and a little bridge. But it’s a beautiful setting for imagination to grow.
4. Wooden discs have a lovely organic feel about them – and they look great when they start to weather. If you’re getting in a feller to take down a tree, ask him to cut it into wooden discs for a path. Or get discs from your nearest garden centre.
5. You don’t have to rip up a dated crazy paving path – just look what happens when you flank it with a gorgeous, lush white garden! It obviously takes a while to establish so use clusters of potted plants to give instant height while the shrubs grow to a decent height.
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