Create an enticing garden path

It's curvy, fragrant and quick to build―and fringed with all the right plants

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Photo: E. Spencer Toy

Fillers and fringe

4. Dwarf euphorbia

5. Hebe glaucophylla

6. Artemisia pycnocephala ‘David’s Choice’

7. Speedwell (Veronica spicata ‘Icicle’)

Fragrance

8. Garden sage (Salvia officinalis) ‘Icterina’

9. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) ‘Blue Spires’

10. Garden sage (Salvia officinalis‘Purpurascens’)

11. Catmint Nepeta x faassenii ‘Blue Wonder’

Background plants and tall flowers

12. White penstemon

13. Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha)

14. Salvia mexicana

15. Russian sage Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’

16. Roses Rosa

17. Red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa)

18. Gentian sage (Salvia patens)

19. Euphorbia characias ‘Humpty Dumpty’

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    Step 1

    Outline the path by laying down rope or garden hoses; adjust them to get the shape you want. 

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    Step 2

    Dig a 3-in.-deep path channel and edge it with benderboard. Fill with crushed gravel. 

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