Thyme, sand, gravel, red bricks and fieldstones provide versatile design options for a garden pathway. Planting circles of grass to appear like stepping stones laid upon a pebbled path is a creative design variation on the traditional pebble walkway. Patterned placement of variously sized and shaped pavers, the use of stamped concrete, or alternating sections of concrete and pebbles are also visually interesting design options. Existing or new plantings along the walk are also key elements when designing garden pathways.
Thyme is a planting that becomes part of the path itself. Consider using bands of thyme between 2-foot square concrete pavers to create a ribbon effect or use thyme to fill 3-inch gaps between variously shaped flagstone or sandstone. Filling a 6-inch deep channel with sand, available by the ton at most building supply yards, is a design that lends a beachy feel to a garden, while laying a simple, diagonally-patterned path of red bricks is a classic and classy design option. To create a desert-type pathway, edge a path of compacted decomposed gravel with boulders. The addition of stone edging along any type of gravel pathway not only frames the path, but keeps the gravel from scattering.
Pathways of large free form slabs of fieldstone work well in rustic settings. Fieldstone slabs also work for building benches along the long path, an optional addition to the rustic pathway design.