A Pathway to the Storage Building

3 Creative Plans For A Concrete Garden Path

When you plan a garden pathway, you probably want to make it memorable. Perhaps you want to add curb appeal to your house, or maybe you'd just like to provide a pleasant stroll for you and your guests. Naturally, a garden pathway should be cohesive with both your house and your landscaping. Concrete is a customizable material for pathways that is as attractive as it is durable. Plan a creative pathway with reliable concrete as the foundation.

Mixed Geometry

Because contractors pour the concrete, you can get it poured in any shape you want. Utilize this versatility in your garden path. For example, Home and Garden TV features a contemporary house with a pathway made up of a series of overlapping circles that form shallow steps to accommodate a slight slope. A series of circular patios by J & J Precast Ltd or a similar company would go well with the circular pathway.

For landscaping, consider hearty succulents with clear geometry in their formation. Start with a centerpiece plant such as a large agave or yucca, and surround it with different-shaped succulents. Sedum, sempervivum (also known as hens and chickens) and jovibarba are hardy even in colder weather.

Old World Charm

If your house is more traditional and you want a classic garden pathway, consider dyed and stamped concrete. Contractors can replicate almost any brick or stone pattern by dying or staining the concrete and stamping the slab. So, start with an Old World design such as European cobblestone with its typical fan pattern. Have it poured wide but with a slight curve to promote strolling through your garden.

As a transition to the landscaping, plant a border of durable groundcover such as Irish moss or English thyme. A charming addition to such a garden path would be an ivy-covered arbor just before the bend. This adds a bit of drama to your walkway.

Patchwork Pavers

Another creative option for using concrete is to have pavers laid. Pavers are concrete poured to resemble stones or bricks. For this design, select a series of large pavers that would make comfortable stepping stones. If you already have a lawn, consider having the pavers laid through the grass with spaces in between for an informal effect.

For a more deliberate look, plan out the pathway, and have the pavers laid in a regular pattern. Intersperse the concrete pavers with resilient ground cover plants such as blue star creeper, creeping Jenny or miniature rush.  For fragrant strolling, plant low-growing chamomile, thyme or mint.

Concrete is such a versatile material, it makes a complementary walkway for any type of landscaping style.