Planting Ideas for Garden Paths and Walkways

Those interested in permaculture and regenerative gardening may be well aware of the benefits, both local and global, of maximizing photosynthesis in a garden. The more plants we include in our spaces and the greater the number of beneficial interactions between them and wildlife in the ecosystem, the better.

One way to make the most of your garden space is to opt for live plants to cover your garden paths, rather than traditional concrete, stone pavement, or gravel. It helps to take better care of the soil, nourish the life around us and make our gardens practical and pleasant.

Planting Between Garden Beds With Beneficial Ground Covers

Some gardeners make the mistake of leaving bare soil between the growing areas of their gardens, but bare soil degrades over time. It loses more moisture and the precious life of the soil will not be able to thrive.

One solution is to create strong, renewable pathways from wood chips or other mulch materials between beds or rows. But planting trails with beneficial ground covers can potentially bring even more benefits, and can sometimes be a practical option for your garden's food production areas.

The main problem that can arise with living paths between garden beds, or rows in a vegetable garden, is an encroachment of ground cover in your growing areas. In some cases, the simplest option may be to keep a grass cover between the beds.

But the downside to grass cover is that it will require some maintenance. Grass paths between beds or rows often need to be cut frequently and weeding may be necessary to prevent grass from invading the rows or growing spaces. Planting the edges of the bulbs can help reduce invasion, but it is usually something you should keep on top.

The grass makes a good sturdy ground cover. That said, it can compete very vigorously with crops in some areas. It is also important to note that some other plants will be more beneficial and easier to control.

Using clover as the dominant species for living paths in a garden is an excellent option. You can create a ground cover that is sturdy enough for maintenance and also fixes nitrogen.

It's also a great idea to sow multiple seeds for a mixed lawn, with clover, some grasses, and also wildflowers to attract pollinators and help restrict grass growth. Ground covers for roads in a food production plot can be seasonal or remain in place throughout the year.

Planting for a Well-Trodden Path

Even an area with a lot of traffic can have live plants as part of the path. Instead of creating a solid path, you might consider laying stones or paving with gaps between them. You can plant the areas between these stones or pavements with a variety of low-growing plants that can survive the tread.

Thyme, for example, is excellent for sunnier roads. As well as other low-growing woody grasses and alpine plants. In zones 7-11, Dichondra is another option. You could also try options like isotoma, speedwell, chamomile, low-growing mints, and more, depending on where you live. And in shadier damper spots, mosses/Irish moss can be excellent choices. There are many more interesting and useful options than grass.

Even lawns don't have to be mundane monocultures. A well-trodden grass path can be cut between areas of wildflower meadows or wild and "weedy" lawns so that you can easily get from A to B. Paving may not even be necessary.

An existing gravel driveway can be planted with various plants that flourish in the gravel and in free-draining conditions such as thyme, Mediterranean herbs, and alpine plants. There are also a variety of low-growing hardy perennials that grow on a shaded gravel driveway.

Living Plant Paths for Low-traffic Areas

For roads in areas that are not traversed on a daily basis, an even wider range of plants can be used to create occasional roads, with or without pavement in place. Clovers, chamomiles, and a wide variety of other ground cover plants can be great for strolling around a part of the garden that you may visit only occasionally or at certain times of the year.

Occasionally used roads can be left free for most of the year, perhaps only rarely cut seasonally.

The more diverse the occasional use of live plant trails, the more beneficial they will be, bringing a wide variety of wildlife to your garden and increasing the biodiversity of the garden as a whole.

Plants can be sufficient ground cover for pathways or they can occupy the space between sidewalks or steps. Whether you use them to improve a path or to make your own path, remember to make your garden as lush and green as possible all year round.

Do you think you do not have space for more plants in your garden? Think again. Often thinking about paths can open up exciting new options and possibilities.

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