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Path Materials in Water Conservation Landscape Design

The Road to Drought-Tolerant Design is Paved with Creative Hardscape


Paths in a water-wise garden use traditional hardscape materials -- like pavers, concrete, bricks, river rock, pebbles and pea gravel. How they differ from non-water-wise landscape design lies with what's growing -- or not growing -- between and surrounding the pathway materials. While many walkways are placed across a carpet of grass, the growing stuff on a waterwise pathway might be a drought-tolerant groundcover -- like thyme or stonecrop -- or another hardscape material, like bark or loose aggregate.

The same landscape design rules apply to pathways in a water conservation garden as they do in traditional landscaping. A straight path is formal, while a curving path presents a meandering feeling. A curving pathway that does not have an end in sight lends an air of mystery, intrigue and the possibility that your outdoor space is large, even if it isn't.

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