When people and planning the landscape of their yard, they often overlook the importance of outdoor walkways. But by neglecting the aesthetics of a nice path, the experience of exploring the plants and landscaping, as well as the connections from one space to another, can be lost.
Walkways can add to the atmosphere of whatever you are creating in your landscaping. They can add to the formal or informal feeling of the yard, which also can include the flow of foot traffic through specific areas.
Rock, Brick or Gravel Walkways
When choosing materials for your front or back yard walkway it helps to think about your home's architecture as well as your garden and landscaping. There are many choices out there for walkways and it's a good idea to consider whether you're looking for a more formal approach with straight lines and angle or a more informal path with a curved, meandering style.
Safety is another important factor when considering the type of material you may want to use for your walkway. If the landscaping and architecture of your home is more formal and you have children who will be running around, then brick or connected stone might provide that nice, colorful and durable walkway. Materials can include:
Slate, flagstone, or limestone either in grass or in gravel for a more informal stepping stone aesthetic and feel.
Crushed stone to add brightness to a walkway with its variety of white, blue, pink, gray and other colors.
Certain ground covers with the walkway are also popular, such as specific mosses or fragrant herbs such as thyme.
Walkways can also provide a nice pathway to a destination area such as a bench, a garden gazebo or a pool. At night, special lighting such as lanterns, recessed lighting and even solar lighting along the edges of walkways provide a nice, warm appeal.