Water conservation has become the hallmark of southern California gardening. Hooray! This approach can make a garden soooo much more interesting, as we look for alternatives to big flat lawns and single file flower beds.
Garden paths are a great way to reduce the lawn area. You can put a path in ANY size garden, even a tiny patio.
THIS PATH IS IN A 50 SQUARE FOOT CONDO PATIO! IT HIDES THE HVAC UNIT.
Bark, decomposed granite, pea gravel, stone, pavers, and flagstones all make a good path. Or, use faux grass, which now looks and feels much more natural.
For a path that won't get too much foot traffic, try a fragrant groundcover like thyme or mint. Or, plant herbs or sweet alyssum between paving stones so that you will get a hint of perfume whenever you walk the path.
Pictures are more fun than words, so here are some examples of what I'm talking about... all of the following are from gardens I've designed. The materials are inexpensive, super easy to maintain, and easy enough for any do-it-yourselfer to install.
BARK MULCH PATH LINED WITH LAVENDER
CONCRETE PAVERS WITH RUBBER BARK MULCH
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