plants for path­ways

A beautiful gar­den path com­bines prac­ti­cal­ity with a touch of ro­mance.

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Whether it’s the track to the front door, a me­an­der through trees and shrubs, a path­way through the vege beds, or the way to the clothes line, any well trod­den path (and the plants we choose to ac­com­pany it) has the po­ten­tial to be one of the most en­tic­ing fea­tures in a gar­den.

Well-laid paving is an as­set in any gar­den. For most of us, em­ploy­ing a pro­fes­sional to do the job is a worth­while in­vest­ment, but there are still many de­ci­sions to make, and lots of sur­face ma­te­ri­als to choose from. It’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that ex­pen­sive paving saves money in the long run as it is usu­ally more durable as well as be­ing eas­ier and eco­nom­i­cal to main­tain than cheaper op­tions. How­ever, when cash flow doesn’t al­low a brand new path, an old one can be vastly im­proved with plants. Even an old cracked path or DIY crazy paving can be trans­formed with beautiful car­pet­ing plants.

Many plants thrive when they share the same space as rocks, sleep­ers or paving slabs. Their roots delve be­low to the cool moist soil be­neath the path, and find pro­tec­tion from frost as the path ab­sorbs the suns warmth and ra­di­ates it at night.

It makes sense that we would plant some of our favourite plants where we pass most of­ten, but cer­tain at­tributes are worth think­ing about when choos­ing plants to com­bine with paving.

Great plants for plant­ing around paths and pa­tios:

Are low grow­ing with close packed growth to block weeds. Look good for most of the year. Look good when viewed from above. Smell good when walked on or brushed against.

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