20 Design Ideas for Garden Pathways

You forge your own path in life — might as well make it pretty.

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February 26, 2018

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Tropical Chic

A word that comes to mind? Sophistication. This pretty pathway is achieved with simple stone pavers, placed meticulously in rows of three. Recreate the full drama of this design and plant tall, green hedges to frame your garden path.

Cottage Garden Stroll

Classic, cottage pathways never fail to impress and this stone walkway is no exception. The magic of this design is the way the path flow easily through the lawn and blooming flower beds. Traditional, cottage and farmhouse-style homes alike would be well-served by this walkway approach.

Pop of Personality

Saturate your garden with statement-making shades of blue, green or gray tile pavers. Any hue will do! Our muse? The glossy blue, chevron tile walkway ensures that this garden is full of lively color, even on the dreariest winter day.

Contemporary Concrete

Plenty of planters -both built-in and freestanding - hold succulents and other Southern California foliage, making this exterior walkway come alive. Patches of grass between concrete pavers mix with the plants to soften the sandy, earthy colors of the architecture.

From: Studio 6 Architects

Walk the Plank

Rustic, yet refined, this wooden plank walkway delivers the best of both worlds. Create a similar design at home by lining your planked walkway with large shrubs and textured grasses.

Flagstone + Pebble Path

Large flagstone pavers surrounded by pea gravel, create a rustic, winding path in this lush backyard that's filled with blooming perennials and ornamental trees.

Try Track Pavers

Subtle and sweet, these tiny, square-shaped pavers buried in the grass have the whimsical effect of tire tracks leading down to the water's edge. Use this approach for a boost of style in gardens, both big and small.

One Step at a Time

Lead the way. Place one warm, flagstone in front of the other for a sweet, simple garden walkway. The stone path seen here seems to invite visitors to take a stroll along the flower beds of the cottage garden.

Lush Lining

Why not incorporate plants into your garden walkway design? We’re mad over the manicured shrubs pictured here, creating a sleek sweep along the edge of the neat, brick path.

From: Archiverde

Domino Design

You can’t go wrong with a classic, rectangle stone paver. This Miami Beach estate proves the power of placement, creating a path from rectangle stones that is equal parts playful and structured for this garden courtyard.

Diamond Setting

Never underestimate the dramatic effect created by lush grass framing simple, square stones. This bright-white home turns the squares at an angle to achieve a show-stopping, diamond design.

Clean Lines + Crisp Foliage

Take note of this beautiful barn and guest house and use your deck design to create a cohesive garden path. The stone of the deck spills onto the path and is framed with graceful, green landscaping for softness.

Modern Mix

Create a modern, minimalist garden path with concrete pavers placed in charcoal-colored gravel. Plant ornamental grasses and spiky shrubs along the edge to achieve a fresh, stylish contrast to against the edgy stone design.


Make things easy on yourself with a design that requires minimal landscaping upkeep. Prime example: this rectangular stone and gravel path. Select varied colored stones and gravel or go monochromatic for a chic statement.

Create Intriguing Sightlines

Lead the onlooker's eye to the most visually arresting areas of your front yard. In this yard, it's the grass, brick and stone walkway that trails off to a private garden gate with attractive border plantings.

Beautiful Herringbone Brick

No need to steer too far from tradition for an enviable, inviting garden pathway. Achieve a timeless, yet trendy, walkways by laying brick pavers in a fresh, herringbone pattern.

Grow Your Garden Path

Skip the stones all together and create (read: grow) the path less traveled. Use lush, green grass to create a lively walkway through heavy hardscaping. Adding a pop of green energizes the design and the fresh, natural element will soften the surroundings.

Get Creative With Placement

This impressive home uses the same elegant, oversized pavers to create two distinctive designs on this sleek pathway. Turn your pavers to the side or place them closer together to recreate a similar, chic walkway at home.

Eyes on the Horizon

Pro tip: Keep your eyes on the horizon when recreating this horizontal, square-stone paver design. The perfect pieces form a unique, plank-inspired walkway that encourages the eye to take in spectacular, garden views.

Wow With Wood

Use this sleek, wooden walkway to inspire an ultra-inviting garden design. It’s difficult to imagine a better spot to take an evening stroll than beneath this set of svelte palm trees.

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