Hardscape pathways add shape and decorative interest to vegetable gardens and landscape as well as utility. They offer tempting permission to enter among plants whether for weeding, plucking produce, gathering flowers for bouquets or simply appreciating color, textures and fragrance.
Formal paths created with stepping stones, paving, wood or gravel make it possible to avoid muddy shoes and trampling on the root zones of plants.
Here are 12 pretty and practical do-it-yourself projects for creating your own hardscape without a landscaping crew. Each one links to its designer’s tutorial.
The last two in the list include an elaborate combination of patio and path that encourages walking in circles and a simple yet elegant concrete staircase that looks like a sidewalk rising up a slope. They demonstrate the broad range of possibilities for homeowners who decide to dress up gardens with pathways.
12. Lace Stepping Stones
We love it because: Karen dressed up plain, concrete pavers by using a lacy plastic doily as a stencil.
How to DIY: This project requires concrete pavers in any shape over which you place the doily and then spray paint. Placing a cardboard frame around each paver before painting avoids spatters. A coat of exterior clear sealer finishes the job.
Our Suggestion: Lay the stones on a path of mulch to discourage weeds.
Full instructions here: Mindful Matters