Contemporary Garden Design to Suit You!
Find out how to bring stylish contemporary garden styles into your own garden...
Easy tips and techniques to help you get the look....
For modern homes and urban gardens, a contemporary garden design is perfect...
...very stylish and design conscious - and it makes a real statement in your garden!
This page will look at the very minimal, modern and stylish type of contemporary design in the garden...
...in fact, the most recent trends in garden styles are for sustainable and permaculture gardening, and an emphasis on gardening with and for nature - but this is more of a 'philosophy' of gardening, than a design style...
...and these themes can still be incorporated into this smart, modern look, that we'll learn about here...
Contemporary urban garden style is a formal garden style, which means it is:
This style works best for:
It's much more difficult to pull off the look in historic homes and gardens, and in rural settings...
...but in these places, a small, modern area can often work exceptionally well as part of a larger, more traditional, formal garden...
And if you have your heart set on a modern look you should definitely go for it anyway!
How to Get the Contemporary Look
Contemporary garden design style is heavily influenced by general design trends for:
This kind of contemporary style garden is more about the structure, design and hard landscaping, than about the plants...
...the plants are important though - and also do have a certain 'look', which I'll help you with, a bit later...
Hard landscaping is probably the most important aspect to the urban garden look!
Here we need to try to avoid anything too 'traditional', cottagey or rustic.
Modern materials are, of course, what's required.
Contemporary Planting Ideas
Contemporary urban gardens tend to use less plants than other garden types...
...but you'll need to use far more care and attention to choose the plants...
Plants are important, but, like other parts of the design, do need to be used sparingly and chosen carefully!
To keep the focus on the modern hard landscaping, use:
Contemporary Garden Design Planting
Plants to Try for a Contemporary Garden Design
'Tropical' Looking Plants
As above, also:
Learn more about creating a garden in a single color scheme
You can use flowers in this style, but try to stick to one color and/or species at once, for maximum impact!
Less is more in a contemporary garden - but you do need some fantastic focal points to make your own style statement...
Think about your design as a whole, and look out for something really modern and unusual to complement your design:
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Looking after your Garden
As a formal garden style, a contemporary garden design will definitely need to be kept neat and tidy...
...but with fewer plants and flowers, and an emphasis on evergreen plants, this does not need to take too much effort!
This contemporary garden style can be difficult to get right - you need to:
...but the resulting garden should be stunning - and, done right, should create you a timeless garden masterpiece, which you can enjoy for years...!
Another style of garden which works really well in a contemporary setting is the Japanese zen garden
Why not start your contemporary garden design with a look at creating your formal structure
More ideas for garden style and inspiration
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