WALKING

Paths both delineate and unify the different parts of the garden. Your walkways are the single most important design element because they determine the sequence and quality of your garden experience. Primary paths link major destinations such as entryways and sitting areas, while secondary walks connect less frequently accessed areas such as storage areas.


Flagstone path

This simple flagstone path invites you to explore the garden beyond.

Entry

The house is the backdrop for any front yard landscaping. Plantings and structures should therefore be sympathetic in tone and style to the architecture of the house. The plantings here complement the roof and accent colors in this unusual Mediterranean-inspired entryway.

hargraves brick path

 A "running bond" brick pattern is best for curving paths

Phelps path

Crushed rock paths are environmentally friendly and sustainable. Locally quarried rock provides a permeable surface, reduces runoff and allowing for groundwater recharge.

Path

Decomposed granite – this is the less common gray type, bordered with 1/8” steel

Pavers

Even the least expensive stepping stones from Friedman’s Home Improvement can be incorporated into an attractive walkway.

Xeriscaping

Xeriscaping with mixed stone paths and mulches.

Stamped path

Concrete is a greatly underrated material! Stamped and colored, it can be as attractive as it is functional.

Path

Yup – more concrete. We refer all our clients to “Lasting Impressions” in Petaluma for the paths and sitting areas we design

Award

Plain broom finished colored concrete primary path, with secondary path of crushed rock.

Step stones

Poured in place stepping stones of plain concrete.

Path

Another example of the “new concrete”. Smooth concrete is often the best material for primary pathways because it presents no tripping hazard or obstacles for wheeled access.

Crushed rock path

Crushed rock path with switchbacks.

Beveridge path

It’s not your grandpa’s concrete any more!

Arbor

An arbor helps mark the entry path from the road.

Bluestone patio

Mortared bluestone patio and retaining wall with repurposed pots.  

Arbor2

Contrary to intuition, multiple sitting areas make a small yard feel larger.  

Steps

Steep slopes? No problem... We installed over 80 steps in this hillside project in Healdsburg.  

Stone steps

Stone steps on a tricky slope look like they’ve always been there.  

Bluestone pieces

Newly laid bluestone pieces with (immovable!) existing sundial and re-used bench.  

Path

Art placement is key!