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Our front lawn is garnished with a bed of shrubs and perennials, and we are continually adding and subtracting plants. The bed’s near-the-street location allows passing neighbors to enjoy the blooms while the grass berm serves as a deterrent to those unthinking pet owners who allow Fido to stop in someone else’s garden. Ugh!

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The bed is bisected by a path that gives egress for rain water rushing to the curb. I want to change the look of this path to make it looked planned and allow it to blend more with the surroundings.

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I began with a miniature terraced garden path in mind though the slight slope would not offer much elevation change. Sections of a granite backsplash from a recent tile job would be cut and shaped to make the bones of the path.

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Always wear safety glasses when cutting stone and protect your limited edition eyes.

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I made short work of placing the cross pieces and knew rain water would relish the chance to trickle down the cascades.

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Smaller chunks of granite added interest. I paused to examine the overall look and just knew this was not the right path for my location.

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The color of the tiles clashed with the look of the garden. Deleting a path under construction is relatively easy. I removed the granite and waited for Shawn to do a design consultation with me.

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Path 2.0 was underway. The street end must impede water flow to prevent erosion. Recycled sections of a retaining wall were the perfect choice. We tried several orientations but chose to leave open wedge spaces to accommodate creeping phlox.

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The look of randomly placed pavers has to be right. An initial 2” of soil served as a foundation for the stones. Our path is for occasional use so the free-floating stones will settle over time.

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Once the pavers are in place an additional 2” of soil was added to bring the path level with the surface.

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We tamped the soil and settled the pavers by walking on them.

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For the greenery we chose ground cover plants such as:

  • John Creech Sedum
  • Silver Edge Thyme (may grow to 10” high but we loved the plant)
  • Fort Hill Creeping Phlox
  • Emerald Blue Moss Phlox
  • Coral Carpet Stonecrop Sedum
  • Moss plugs from the back garden

The plants have space and will spread though maintenance and trimming will be required. In spite of what many people believe, tending the garden is the oldest profession.

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We watered heavily to soak the new soil, hydrate the plants, and settle the steppers. Note my dirty knees. I give thanks for the ability to kneel in the garden and for a garden to kneel in.