The Power of the Pathway – the perfect garden paths

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Pathways give purpose

Pathways serve multiple purposes in garden design. They alter your perception of the space, making it seem wider or longer. They lead the user on a journey. A path can be used to define the outline of your garden and determine how someone moves around – where you want them to stop, where you want them to look, and how fast you want them to travel.

Think Big

Make your garden paths wide. As a rule of thumb it should be wide enough for two people to walk side-by-side, as no-one likes having to squeeze through a small gap. Consider what is on either side of the pathway – the taller or bushier the planting, the wider the pathway should be. A good pathway should be generously proportioned and easy to use.

Fit for Purpose

Most pathways have a practical purpose: to get from A to B. The intended use of your path should be considered carefully when choosing your material, even if the path is there purely for ‘promenading the space’ . If your path will be used regularly to push your bike to the shed or put the wheelie bins out make a solid material such as paving will be easiest to use. Stepping stones are playful but can be tiresome to use for frequent journeys down the space.

If security is a worry then gravel is a great deterrent to burglars as it is impossible to traverse silently. It is also cheap and easy to install, making it a popular choice for a pathway. The downside is that can get kicked around the space, or stuck to the soles of your shoes, and is often a big hit with foxes and cats for use as a giant litter tray. Paving is usually the fail safe option for a path. It is hard wearing, versatile and there is a huge selection of stone on the market. However you choose to use your Pathway Power, be bold and choose wisely.