CONTEMPORARY GARDENS

The definition of contemporary is; being modern and relating to the present time.

The busy modern lifestyles mean there’s little spare time and a growing desire for simplicity in the garden. The contemporary garden style is ideal, being modern, uncluttered, low-maintenance, stylish and using spaces that are of designed to act as an extension of the home.

You will often see this style of garden used in towns, cities and built up urban areas where there is typically less space to work with. This contemporary style maximises any space to its full potential.

Water features, lighting and garden structures all enhance this genre with both hard and soft landscaping depending on what is required at the time.

A contemporary garden is a bit like a modern kitchen with its clean geometric lines, striking colours, and all the mod cons and features to match.

Raised beds with neat rows of structural plants that define geometric spaces; sophisticated seating areas with sail-shaped canopies; smooth granite that contrasts spectacularly with sheets of rust-covered metal or oiled wood decking; shallow oblong pools jutting across pathways and into lawns; illuminated architectural plants that cast dramatic shadows against painted walls at night.

There’s a focus on hard landscaping using stone, wood, metal and rendered walls to create clean lines and contain plants and water features.

Materials are chosen to create a seamless transition from inside the home to outside. Black granite worktops in the kitchen, for example, can be reflected outside with black granite paving, giving the impression of one uninterrupted space.

Planting is simple but bold, using fewer types of plants but creating a feature with them. Grasses and more structural, architectural plants are popular choices as they can hold their own against the hard lines of the landscaping and have year-round appeal.

Everything is neatly organised and contained in geometric harmony with simple repeating patterns.

Lighting plays an integral role, highlighting key features in walls and pathways, or illuminating spaces for entertaining.

Water features are highly designed (you won’t find a natural-looking pond or rustic waterfall here) with more sculptured looking fountains and shallow pools arranged in geometric shapes.

Furniture is comfortable but stylish and often built into the hard landscaping with bench seating and sunken areas.

Colour is used sparingly but just like the planting, it makes a bold statement. A brightly painted wall creates a great backdrop for architectural plants and comfy cushions add pops of colour in this monochrome scheme. Flowering plants are kept to a single colour.