Small path ideas?
Looking for some easy and inexpensive ideas to make a path up to a garden bench that goes through a small informal rose garden I'm am currently working on. Was considering a sort of stepping stone path but don't know what to put in between steps, don't want weeds, but equally don't want plants that will invade the rose patch, grass might be difficult to cut, after that ran out of ideas.
Picture below of work done so far, have actually planted some lavender and some spring bulbs alongside would be path now, hope it gives you some idea of what I am working with. Path will lead to a seating area at back of rose garden that will look back out across path and rest of garden.
Any help greatly appreciated, unfortunately working on a tight budget, but have until spring to save up as won't be much to see here until then. Thank you.