A garden path should complement your beautiful garden by being both functional and decorative. There are quite a number of accessories that you can use on your garden path to achieve these qualities. These accessories are not only a function of durability and cost but also depend on your garden size and garden design. Read on to find out more about these materials.
Brick Garden Paths
Bricks are certainly some of the best garden path accessories that you can invest in. In terms of cost, bricks are comparably affordable and cost effective. You will also have a fairly easy time in laying them on the path bearing in mind that they only require a foundation of damp sand beneath them. Additionally, bricks are easy to cut to size with the help of a brickset.
As a garden path material, bricks are much appreciated for their weather-resistant abilities and their durability. They are available in different color types and you can get artistically creative by producing attractive mosaics. By virtue of their shape, you can arrange bricks in different patterns including the conventional brick pattern and the herringbone design.
Concrete Pavers as Garden Paths
Another economical option that you can go for is the use of concrete pavers. Concrete pavers are relatively easy to lay down by virtue of their rectangular shapes and they can also be cut to size if you have a curved garden path in mind. Like bricks, concrete pavers can be found in different color types to allow for creativity. Paver paths will not disappoint in terms of durability and they are also quite easy to keep clean–a regular sweep or brushing will do just fine.
Pebble Garden Paths
Pebbles have been used to make garden paths since ancient times and are an excellent media if you want to create attractive and colorful mosaics and patterns.
There are two methods by which pebble garden paths are created—direct placing and inverse placing. In direct placing the pebbles are spread in wet mortar according to the desired pattern and then leveled using a tamping board. The latter method involves creating sections of the design in a "template" using the pebbles, sand, and mortar. The completed segment is then inverted and the sand washed off before it is pieced together with the other segments.
Pebble garden paths may be quite expensive.
Mixed Accessory Garden Paths
You can create attractive garden paths by combining different types of accessories in an artistic manner. Elegant patterns have been created using pairings like stone and gravel, tiles and stone, brick and stone, pebbles and stone, and pebbles and timber.
What About Lighting?
Lighting is an important consideration for any garden and garden path. In selecting the best lighting accessories your decision must take into account factors like practicality and security issues. Depending on the width of your garden path you can either install lights on a single side or on both sides of the path. Alternatively, you can go for the uplighting technique where floodlights are placed at the plant bases.