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These walkway landscaping pictures may provide you with design ideas for your yard. The walkway photos show examples of the variety of materials used for walkways (paths). Walkways may be curved or straight, and some builders select the construction material to match or complement the home to which the walkway leads.
Flagstone walkways make for colorful, durable paths and are easy to walk upon.
Want to wend your way from the street to the front door on something more attractive than a plain, utilitarian path? Flagstone walkways can inject some color into the landscape design, as this winding path illustrates.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Curved Brick Walkways
This photo shows another winding path, this time made of brick. Such walks are not just for admirers or the song, "The Long and Winding Road." They also serve an aesthetic function.
Building curved walkways soften the landscape by counteracting rigid lines—for example, a rectangular house, a straight driveway, etc.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Straight Brick Walkways
In contrast with the brick walkway in the prior photo, this one is no-nonsense.
Instead of meandering along, it unashamedly makes a beeline for the front door. The material in the walkway matches the material used to construct the house.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Brick is a popular choice of materials for formal walkway design. Cobblestones are another material suitable for formal walkway design.
Stone walkways are sometimes a bit harder to walk on than paths composed of other materials, but they unquestionably exude an Old World charm.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Pavers make for an economical walkway material. Also, they are reasonably attractive and durable, and they're readily available.
Not only that, but walkways made from concrete pavers provide a uniform, level surface on which to walk. This paver walkway is another example of a straight path. Straight lines make sense for walkways whose purpose is essentially utilitarian (for carrying groceries in from the car to the door, for instance, you may not want to have to walk a winding path, regardless of its potential charm).Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Informal Walkway Design
The walkways shown so far have featured materials of a more or less formal nature.
For informal paths, stepping stones are suitable. Learn how to make, install, and landscape around these easy-to-build walkways.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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There are two separate sections of brick walkway in this picture.
The two sections of brick walkway are punctuated by landscaping stairs. The stairs facilitate the climb up the hill, breaking up what would otherwise be a long trek.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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From the informality of stepping stones, this picture moves back to a walkway constructed with another formal material.
Granite walkways say, "classy!" This granite walkway is nicely adorned with spring plants on both sides. Colorful plantings help soften the look of granite walks, which otherwise might come across as rather austere. Planting tulips here was a stroke of genius.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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In the flagstone walkway featured earlier, gray and reddish colors predominated.
But in this picture, notice a path with light-colored flagstones. Note that the flagstone walkway ties in nicely with the boulder arrangement in the background.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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So far, all you've seen are photos of masonry paths. But non-masonry paths are also an option. The one pictured here winds its way through the Thuja Garden of Northeast Harbor, Maine.
By "non-masonry" paths, it refers to paths that have some "give" to them when you walk on them. Stone products can be used on such pathways, but the stone will have been pulverized. For example, non-masonry paths may be composed of fine gravel, decomposed granite, or stone dust. But other materials can be used, as well, including bark mulch, although the latter is obviously less durable than a product such as stone dust and will need to be replaced frequently.
Such paths offer an alternative to such masonry walkway materials like brick and flagstone.