Perfect Materials for Slope Garden Walkways

Published: June 21, 2021

Many homeowners perceive slopes in their gardens as a huge disadvantage while in reality with a good design that can be the main feature of their property. To make the sloping garden design cohesive and functional you will need a network of paths that are uniquely developed to fulfill your needs and connect the space.

Since choosing a ground surface for a slope walkway can be tricky here are some material ideas to consider and discuss with your builder or contractor:

Crushed stones

There are three common types that are used: crushed gravel, crushed limestone, or pea rock. Choosing smaller sizes of crushed rock will be more comfortable for the feet. As a low-cost material that is very easy to install it is often used as a DIY option. Make sure to use edging to keep the gravel in place. Don’t use it near entries since it can be easily transferred from your shoes to the house, and if you have to shovel snow during winter it can be easily spread to the grass.

TIP: For steeper slopes use a gravel grid - a honeycomb structure that holds the gravel in place


This is a staple material that never goes out of style. With many different patterns and colors, you will be able to create a perfect match just for you. It is very durable during cold months and the non-slip surface makes it even more suitable for cold climates. Old bricks are a good fit for a cottage look while new bricks suit modern and contemporary gardens.


Looking from the ecological point of view this is the perfect option for garden paths. Mulch acts as natural weed protection, it is very permeable and soft under the feet. With all loose groundcover materials edging is a must to keep the material in place but over time the mulch will decompose so you will have to top it up every 1-3 years.

TIP: Make the path interesting all year round with different types of edging - stone, timber, brick, or steel.

Stepping stones

A very popular way to create a natural-looking path in a short period of time with less material. Stones should be slip-resistant and durable so they will last a long time until you have to replace them. Planting different ground covers around the stones and adding garden lights create an even more magical feel. Creeping thyme and phlox will bring a pop of color while stonecrop and creeping jenny are good green options.


If the slope is too steep you might need to add a set of stairs. In this case, you can use any of the available materials on the market but if you want to create a rustic path lay down paver stones. This technique requires time and preparation, stones should be stabilized and installed in a way that will keep them in place. Do thorough planning and mark where the path should go.

Whenever you can use materials that are available in your surroundings to keep the costs minimal and support small local businesses.