Magazine article Sunset

Create a Great Path; Design It on a Curve, Then Fringe with the Right Plants

Magazine article Sunset

Create a Great Path; Design It on a Curve, Then Fringe with the Right Plants

Article excerpt

TWO DAYS IS ALL you need to install the pretty little path shown above. (The plantings mature in about nine months.) What makes the scene so magical? The gently curving path, designed to invite you to stroll among the plants, leads to a small circular patio, and the color scheme for the plants on either side is both fresh and lively. Drifts of chartreuse euphorbias repeat throughout the borders, while clusters of blue and white flowers add accents. Soft grasses, aromatic herbs, and silvery foliage fill in between them, softeningthe path's edges.

The setup

1 LAYOUT Outline the path by laying down rope or garden hoses; adjust them to get the shape you want.

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2 CONSTRUCTION Dig a 3-in.-deep path channel and edge it with benderboard. Fill it with 3/8 -in. crushed gravel.

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Tips for creating a great garden path

SHAPE Unless your path is in a formal garden, a curve will look more inviting.

DESTINATION Enlarge the path's end to accommodate a chair and a small tea table, a bench, or even a birdbath.

FRINGE For a natural look, make the path 40 inches wide, and plant groundcovers densely (1 foot or less from benderboard) to cascade over its edges.

FRAGRANCE Plant aromatic herbs or perfumed flowers along the path to sweeten the journey. …

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