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One of the most com­mon mis­takes with gar­den paths is to make them too nar­row. Al­low for plants spilling over onto the path­way. Choose a non slip sur­face for shady path­ways and slopes. Curv­ing paths have a re­laxed feel en­cour­ag­ing us to slow down and en­joy the gar­den. Straight paths are prac­ti­cal for util­ity ar­eas. To dis­cour­age short­cuts that dam­age lawns and gar­dens, place a path along the most direct line of ac­cess. Light colours re­flect light, but a bright white path can be hard on the eyes on a sunny day. Dark colours ab­sorb heat and may get too hot for bare feet in sum­mer. Mix­ing paving ma­te­ri­als adds in­ter­est, but if you want to cre­ate a feel­ing of spa­cious­ness one sim­ple paving ma­te­rial is best. Where steps bi­sect a path­way, use a con­trast­ing trim to draw at­ten­tion to the change of level. Choose a ma­te­rial to suit the need. Main paths need solid durable sur­faces that are com­fort­able to walk on. Peb­bles and shells suit light use ar­eas. Use low mat-form­ing plants to soften hard lines. Tufts of moss or creep­ing thyme grow­ing be­tween pavers urges the ob­server to slow down for a closer look but mound­ing plants in the mid­dle of a path­way can be dan­ger­ous. Keep taller plants to the edges.

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