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Garden Path Ideas London

If you’re looking for beautiful garden path ideas, this page has been created to provide helpful advice and photographs. Acacia Gardens is a company that designs and builds gardens throughout London and Hertfordshire. We install paths for customers as part of a larger landscaping project. To help clients decide on a path that best suits their garden, we’ve assembled a selection of pictures to inspire you. These garden path ideas include descriptions and pros and cons of the most popular types of walkways. Click on the tabs below to learn more about mulch paths, gravel paths, crazy paving, paved pathways and brick path options.

Helpful Garden Path Guide

Description: Mulch is decaying natural materials such as leaves, bark, wood chips and compost. It comes in various sizes, from small to large, and you can also purchase softer mulch for play areas. Mulch is often used to suppress weeds in borders.

Suits: Gardens with natural or woodland designs like country cottage gardens.

Pros: Mulch paths are inexpensive and are very quick to lay. The path shape can be as creative as you want, from curvy to straight. This material creates a soft path which gives a woodland feel. The material is organic, so it is environmentally friendly.

The cons are that the path surface will not be entirely flat, and you will need to top up your mulch as it decays into the ground over time. If you have heavy rain and poor drainage, the path may become soggy and, therefore, difficult to walk on. In strong winds, the material could be blown over the garden.


Garden Mulch Path

Description: Gravel is small stones in various colours and sizes. It ranges from washed gravel in golden and brown tones to quartz gravel and white limestone.

Suits: Gravel paths can suit a cross-section of garden designs, from country cottages to contemporary ones. It also works well to create formal gardens, especially if you cut the path in straight lines.

Pros: It is inexpensive and very quick to lay. You can be creative in terms of the path shape. Small stones feel more comfortable to walk on than larger stones.

Cons: Gravel may need replacing after some time. Some cats may regard Tiny stones as an outdoor litter tray! Gravel can get stuck in your shoes and be transported into the house, which could damage wooden floors. This surface type may be complex for children and seniors to walk on.


Garden Gravel Path

Description: Wooden decking and planks can create a garden path. Types of wood range from softwood to hardwood, and they come in different colours and textures. Decking can vary from smooth to grooved and non-slip options. Composite decking is another consideration.

Suits: Ideal for gardens with a decked area, a path constructed of the same material will give your garden a cohesive look. Depending on the type of wood used and the design, wooden and decking materials can suit all garden styles.

Pros: It gives your garden a natural look. You can design the path in any style you wish, from curved to straight. For safety, you can opt for anti-slip or grooved decking or planks.

Cons: The materials can be expensive to purchase if you opt for costly hardwood. They will also require maintenance. Depending on the type of wood used, the surface may become slippery in wet weather.


Garden Wooden Path

Description: Crazy paving is a natural, irregular-shaped flat stone that is cemented together to create a haphazard pattern.

Suits: Crazy paving works well in country cottage style and old-fashioned gardens. It evokes a quaint old England feeling of an idyllic garden.

Pros: These types of stones can be inexpensive. The design of the path can be creative, and you can wind around planting and borders. It gives bland gardens a touch of decoration. You can add broken tiles and stones into the design or leave gaps for plants to grow.

Cons: Crazy paving is considered old-fashioned and will not work in a contemporary garden design. Laying this type of path can be time-consuming.


Garden Crazy Paving Path

Description: Paving slabs are an extensive category with different materials that vary in colours and textures. These range from sandstone to limestone, travertine, and slate. Colours include natural shades through to dark greys and even black. Shapes also vary from squares to oblongs, circles, and irregular shapes.

Suits: With diverse options, you can pick paving slabs to suit any garden design. Natural colours with texture would suit traditional settings, whereas smooth square stones in dark colours would be more applicable to contemporary gardens.

Pros: Paving will last a long time if laid by an expert. It will give you a flat surface for your garden table and chairs. You have a vast selection available to suit small to large budgets.

Cons: The more beautiful the stones, the more expensive. This type of path takes longer to lay than other materials.


Garden Paving Slab Path

Description: Brick paths come in a variety of types and colours. Bricks can be laid in various ways to create patterns. You can use new or reclaimed bricks. Cobbled paving is another option if you prefer a traditional appearance.

Suits: Traditional and Victorian-style gardens. However, contemporary-coloured bricks can be used for a modern garden.

Pros: Long-lasting material that will stay in good condition for many years. You can use bricks to create straight or curved paths. The number of colours ranging from golden and sandy tones to red and dark grey gives you a wide choice.

Cons: This path type is expensive in terms of materials and very time-consuming to lay.


Garden Brick Path

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Considerations For Garden Path Ideas

As you can see, there are many different materials and styles for garden pathways. Here are a few considerations to mull over so you can decide on the material and style.

Paths provide a safe area to walk in the garden. Consider who will use the path: seniors, adults, children, or pets.

A well-designed path can add decoration and interest to your garden and improve its kerb appeal. Consider what style and material would enhance your property and outdoor space.

Paths lead to essential areas like the shed or composting. They also prevent plants from being trampled on and mud from entering the house.

Consider why you need or want a path. Is it to take you to the end of the garden, or do you want it to add decoration?

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Garden Path Inspiration

 Click here to look at our Pinterest boards for some garden inspiration. These pictures are not all owned by Acacia Gardens and show the work of other companies. They are images either from the Pinterest community or discovered online. You can click on each image to locate the source.
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