Landscaping: 11 inspiring trails


1. Natural hopscotch

This checkerboard game, where the grass and the dark gray tiles create a beautiful contrast, serves as a link between two areas of the pitch. On the arbor, which provides shade and privacy, ivy has been planted which can be pruned or completely cover. For a splash of color, blue Scaevola in urns.

2. Trompe-l’oeil entrance

Located on the side of the house, this path was designed to give the impression that it is the facade. Its winding layout creates the illusion of a larger lot, while the foam joints between the paving stones give it a natural look. Perennials have been planted along the trail, as well as bulbs that bloom in the spring.

3. This way, the courtyard!

The goal was for the sidewalk and the terrace to become one. To do this, we used cobblestone and planted thyme which will one day fill the spaces between the sections. On either side of the trail, small shrubs (Japanese lilac ‘Ivory Silk’), daylilies, and other flowers (heuchera, ligularia, and lady’s mantle) ensure blooms throughout the summer.

4. Tailor-made

To give clean lines and a Zen side to the garden, make way for Japanese steps and black pebbles. The step is made of St. Mark’s stone, which can be cut as desired. Sedge was then added to each side.

5. One path, two uses

This path was created in two sections: one to bring visitors to the entrance located on the side of the house, and the other to lead to the courtyard at the back. The latter can be recognized by the insertions of large pebbles encrusted in polymer sand with, in the center, squares of Saint-Mark stones.

6. On the roof

This terrace offers a breathtaking view of the city while preserving the privacy of the owners. The path that connects the terrace to the hammock area creates a transition between the two living spaces. The slightly raised cedar allows good water drainage thanks to the pebbles.

7. An outdoor office

Self-employed, the owner wanted to be able to write from her garden during the summer. The focal point of its urban oasis is the winding slate path surrounded by small white stones. Slate tiles of irregular shapes give movement, while white stones and yellow flowers (coreopsis) create an impression of sunshine at all times.

8. Imposing!

This path surrounds a house located on a street corner. We used mansion-style stones of about 4 feet, perfect for a large lot. The joints are made of mosses in shades of green, including sandstone, thyme, and sedum ‘Angelina’, creating a beautiful mosaic effect. To prevent the moss from being crushed when walked on, it was planted a little lower than the level of the stones.


9. Big impact at a low price

This second home is located in a steep environment that includes a rocky cape. There needed to be a long trail of at least 50 ft that looked modern and natural and was inexpensive. The solution: pour rough concrete slabs instead of using stone and surround them with pebbles to widen the path. Plants in the ground cover and in clumps stop erosion.

10. A paradise for birdwatching

Connecting the house to the pavilion located in an isolated corner of the property, this path allows the owner, a great bird watcher, to observe birds at his leisure. Covered with Hemlock mulch, it is surrounded by flowers and plants, all chosen because

11. Impressionist Landscape

This trail was designed to loop around the property, with places to sit and contemplate nature. In this part, it is made of cedar mulch with large field stones that serve as benches. Mulch helps reduce erosion while suppressing weed growth.


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