Ideas for new paths

This is a nice tutorial on how to create a gravel path that stays in place. The big deal is the tamping and a good tamper!

How To Build A Stable Pea Gravel Path

A natural low profile path

Photo by Pam Penick, author of Digging and more. Permission for use 2019.

The path found by Pam Penick on an Austin Garden Tour in 2008 has the lines I’m looking for. Here flagstone is upended to reveal its narrow end. What is curious is how even those are. My has more space between it’s horizontal lines (imagine the lines created by deck boards aligned row after row) … a curvy path with repeating lines pulling you forward, using strip stone and rectangular shaped flagstone. Interspersed thyme gives the path a less formal feel, and a naturalness to the path.

For maintenance it should easily be rolled over with a mower on its highest setting. Otherwise it won’t fit well. If I kept a finer pattern as in the photo, perhaps grass could be its flank.

Brenda envisions the black rounded beach stones filling the path. I wonder how she sees the path edged. The darker stone would be a better contrast to the light stone of the pond. A red though would unite all the other backyard paving – creating a color cohesion while texture is featured.

Strip stone only comes in red or tan at Pioneer Sand and Stone. I will also need to take a trip to High Plains Stone as well to see if their strip stone were different. To incorporate both the beach stone and the linear lines of the flagstone – perhaps look at flagstone with more gray?

A wooden path

Japanese gardens, not to be mistaken with the aesthetics of the traditional Zen walled garden of the monastery, feature an understated color palette where green is the center feature.

I would love to be able to afford Big Grass’ concrete pavers stamped with a wonderful wood grain. The grayish brown color is perfect for the understated and aged look I imagine. For each linear foot of path you need 1.4 pavers. At $29 a paver and 31 lbs per piece, the cost and freight is too much for the area I’m trying to cover.

Wandering Path Pavers

What you see in the picture is about 23 pavers. A pallet is about 40 pieces and over a thousand pounds.

Path dimensions: 18 inches at its widest.

Rectangular and square Dimension stone will be used for the bench area and then sparsely used in the paths. The majority of the paths will be created with 8″ stripstone and edged with gray scree and fine gravel. There will be space for thyme to grow on the sunniest parts of the path. That leading to the bench area will resemble the path above.

The Shopping List

76.5 linear feet of path.

High Plains:

Dimension Stone 12×18″ 10* $16.13

Dimension Stone 10×10 10 * 10.75

4″ wide strip 1 pallet * 290.00 (may need a 2nd depending on how many pieces this includes.)


Pond Base:

Grey rose Cobblestone: 5 -12 ” River cobbles 1tn * 45.00 or Glacier white

Glack white River 1 – 1 1/2″ river rock

Do I need to get more gray scree? pea gravel?

An amateur gardener who loves to watch the garden grow.