wild garden walkway

Wild garden walkways like this one are mysterious and soft-looking. Native plants and rough stone stairs lend themselves to a romantic tone. (Photo: Wildroof/Flickr)

Have you ever found yourself wandering down a garden walkway, totally enthralled with your surroundings? Garden and landscape walkways are have the potential to be so romantic! The best way to add an element of romance to your landscape is to add a walkway. This doesn't mean that you have totally redo your whole yard. You can take inspiration from romantic garden walkways like these eight, and find a way to work it into your existing landscape.

Or, of course, if you want to go big, you can plan a landscape around a system of pathways. Hedgerowsgarden edging ... there are all kinds of ways to define garden walkways. Walkways can be a basis for a whole landscape design. Choose decorative plants to surround them, or bushes and trees. Divide your yard into zones with pathways, or just use them to keep your grass pristine.

The materials that you can build pathways with through the garden or yard can really set the tone for the rest of the landscape. Wood sets a very different tone from pavers, which set a different tone from bricks. You can go traditional or back to nature with the style of a garden path. Create straight lines with walkways, or make winding paths to create hidden pockets of interest.

wooden walkway

Photo: Ron Cogswell/Flickr

Hanging lanterns give this wooden walkway a romantic edge.


flagstone walkway

Photo: Willow Gates Landscaping via Hometalk.com

More garden lanterns: Small garden lamps give flair to a gently curving flagstone and pebble walkway.


pebble walkway

Photo: MAClarke21/Flickr

This walkway is made of pebbles, is carefully edged, and is covered by a rustic log arbor. Built garden structures like arbors really add a romantic dimension to a garden path.


wooden plank walkway

Photo: Elliott Brown/Flickr

A rustic wooden walkway works perfectly in a heavily wooded yard.


curved gravel walkway

Photo: Sido from Sido's House/Flickr

A curved gravel walkway edged with stones winds through a wild garden.


winding brick walkway

Photo: Muffet/Flickr

A winding brick garden path is classic and clean. The diagonal pattern of this one sets it apart.


concrete paver walkway

Photo: Gregory Garnich/Flickr

Classic concrete pavers wind through a yard. The creative edging also serves as an erosion barrier for this slightly sloped yard.

Chaya Kurtz originally wrote this story for Networx.com. It is reprinted with permission here.

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