For a small urban garden that I designed I selected brick, because brick was already there and it worked well with the site. Putting in a brick path can be quite a process.
To create the path, the first step was to remove the soil for a concrete base. With any path, proper drainage is important and this should be recognized from the beginning. We wanted the path to have 3/4 of an inch fall for every 4 feet of path. This will allow for the water to run off, but still appear level to the eye. Accuracy in the setting of the forms and the pouring of the concrete ensures that the brick will be laid at the correct elevations.
The bricks are set in mortar and a grout bag is used to fill in the joints. Before the mortar completely dries, the excess is removed with a trowel and the path is brushed clean.
Okay, so maybe brick isn’t your choice for a garden path. There are many materials to choose from. And, there’s one for every landscape.
For a natural look, there are flagstones. And, they can be placed in mortar or just laid on the ground. Or try gravel with a brick border. And, stumps from trees can make an interesting path too.
Paths range from the simple to the more involved. But, no matter the material, they can offer some of the most enjoyable views of your garden.