A walk through a flower garden is both relaxing and energizing at the same time. The color, fragrance, and texture of the plants along the garden footpath can help reduce stress and inspire creativity.
A garden footpath that meanders through the flowers guides you along to each surprise the garden may have in store for you. There is no right or wrong way to create an inspiring garden footpath. It’s a place where your creativity can shine.
Check out these ideas. You just may get inspired to create your own walking flower garden complete with a unique footpath.
Make a Plan
Start with the footpath design and then plant the flowers along the walkway. Work with the landscape so maintenance will be reduced and plant productivity will be increased.
Try to avoid creating straight lines in the garden footpath, use curves and angles to keep the garden more interesting.
Select plants that have differing blooms times so something will be in bloom from early spring through the end of summer.
You may be interested in reading other article, What are Annuals, Biennials, and Perennials. Don’t you always want to have some type of bloom color in the landscape?
Pebbles, 2-inch (5 cm) thick rounds cut from a felled tree, tree bark, patio pavers, or river rocks make ideal material for the garden footpath. Be creative when selecting a material. It will be as unique as the flowers you are growing.
Surprise Around The Corner
Create an inviting surprise around each corner of your garden. You can add to your garden things that you find interesting like a small bistro table and chairs, a bench, garden art, bird houses, or any other objects.
You can also add an old tree stump as a planter. Recycle a child’s swing set frame into a trellis for climbing vines. You can recycle unused household items into planters as well. A small wooden bridge can be constructed over a ditch or wetland area. It can enhance the beauty and inspiration of the garden.
Match the plant choices with the soil type and sun exposure of the garden. Low-maintenance, native plants are ideal. You can enjoy walking through the garden without seeing chores that need to be done.
- Hosta (Hosta x. tardiana) is a shade-loving perennial plant that will produce large green leaves throughout the summer. It will send up a tall spike of purple blooms in mid-summer.
- Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) will spread rapidly, is fragrant, and creates a visual impact with plant height and bloom colors. Ideal for growing in full sun and dry soil.
- Marigolds (Tagetes) come in a wide range of bloom colors and heights. This hardy flower grows in full sun, partial shade, dry or moist soil. It will keep bloom color going all summer.