How to Make a Maze in Your Yard with Plants

Mazes are an unusual but very old feature found in many gardens. These puzzles have several uses, both aesthetic and practical. They can be used for entertainment to challenge the mind, and they are a great way to take long walks in a compact space. Garden mazes come in a variety of shapes and sizes, both complex and simple. With a maze, you'll be able to observe your garden from several different angles and perspectives. You'll also be able to have a lot of fun with a creative and unique garden project.

Step 1

Find a good area. Ideally, a space should be at least 25 feet by 25 feet, although you could also have a long, narrow maze. Decide if it's to be oriented a certain way or completely random. Consider using your front or back yard, or any area on the side of your house.

Step 2

Sketch this area on a piece of paper to get a feel for the area. You may wish to draw it to scale for more detailed designs.

Step 3

Draw out the walkways of the maze . It doesn't need to be a very detailed or complex design. Remember to leave enough space to walk. For lower maze walls, 18 inches is wide enough for a walkway. Taller mazes may need wider paths to avoid becoming claustrophobic. Also remember to leave enough space to plant shrubs or install trellises.

Step 4

Make a list of plants you would like to plant in your maze. Draw these into your layout.

Step 5

Create the walkway in the space. You can use a variety of materials, such as stepping stones, gravel, mulch or grass.

Step 6

Put in your plants. Prepare the beds created by the walkway, and plant the garden as normal.