Modern gardens are meant for young, active family who enjoys life and does not have much time for garden maintenance.
This garden is practical, sleek, minimalistic but comfy. It provides quiet and unique simplicity and is characterized by clean lines and unusual materials. Stylish and low-maintenance, this garden is often designed as an extension of the house.
Less is more when it comes to modern gardens, so we will show you some ideas on how to use the surrounding architecture and blend that into an urban, modern garden.
Creating a Modern Garden
As we mentioned before, modern gardens are designed to look like an extension of the home, so it is important to create an invisible transition between the home and garden area. That way you will get a sleek, uninterrupted impression, the heart of modernism.
Modern gardens follow a few simple elements and use them to the maximum. In other words, it is important which materials you use and how you combine them. Remember that modern gardens are sophisticated and uncluttered, with perfect harmony between the materials.
There are many interesting materials you can use to get that modern garden look – granite, limestone, gravel, render, steel, glass, hardwood… The best result will be achieved by combining two or three materials, to avoid monotony. You do not want your garden to look boring and shallow. Excellent combinations are, for example, hardwood and white gravel, or black granite with creamy sandstone. The possibilities are unlimited.
Trendy colors for modern gardens, at the moment, are white and green. So, if you want to be up-to-date, use natural stone pavers or white gravel for elegant patio areas. Paint fences or brick walls in white to add the texture to your design.
Another great combination you can try is bluestone pavers with frameless glass fences and porphyry clad walls. It is very luxurious and bold combination meant for someone with strong character.
Modern gardens have fewer plants so they do not compete with each other but complement each other. Choose key plants that will stand out; it will give you a clean and organized impression, having a positive impact on the overall look.
An architectural plant with strong silhouette will add to the geometrical appearance of your garden and small, gentle plants will break the hard lines and give some softness.
The most popular plants for modern gardens are:
- Grasses and grass-like sedge: Silver grass, Blue oat grass, Black Mondo, Red hook sedge, Carex…
- Elegant flowers: African lily, Bearded Iris, Dutch Iris, Alliums…
- Plants for foliage: Wormwood, Coleus, Blue fescue…
To complete the look, you will need to incorporate lighting and furniture into the complete picture.
Furniture must be simple, minimalistic, with clean lines and color you have in your garden. Wood is the best if you want to bring warmth into the cooler atmosphere. If you want playfulness in your modern garden, then the large, bright cushions will be the right choice.
Lighting is essential for any modern garden. To emphasize the design of your garden, focus the light on patterns, texture elements, brick wall or plants.
Transform your piece of land into personal cityscape, but without clutter and noise. Take a full advantage of simplicity and turn it into clean, quiet, modern oasis.