If you like the elegant, simple and airy style highlighting the volumes and not focusing too much on vegetation, then most certainly the modern gardens are to your taste. Modern gardens celebrate the elegant outdoor spaces where you can spend your spare time. In a modern garden, the garden plants are just one element in the composition, and not the main reason for which the garden was created.
The landscape is highlighted through horizontal extensions of wood surfaces, stone or concrete, often complemented by water mirrors. Geometric clipped hedges, trees or shrubs ensure the volume of the garden. The modern approach to landscaping soared, especially, in temperate climates where garden space can be used as an outdoor room.
Modern style in garden design
Clean and clear, the modern style suits gardens of all sizes and can provide an oasis of tranquility for a hectic lifestyle specific to the big cities. For that, it is based on dimensions, proportions and free spaces in order to create an excitement in a deliberately messy atmosphere. These gardens offer the perfect stage for a quality outdoor living.
Most modern gardens are based on a geometric plan, in which the horizontal lines of the rectangular surfaces suggest the idea of movement. The vertical lines of the trees, hedges or walls ensure the necessary balance. The materials are chosen based on their quality and texture effects – wooden floors, concrete, tiles and decorative gravel have the capacity of making the surfaces they cover look bigger and often interrupted by water surfaces or odd-shaped trees.
Greenswards with fine lawn, geometrically clipped hedges and fewer plants are typical elements for most modern gardens, although there is no reason not to use a more complex palette if it fits the design.
Key elements of a modern garden
Asymmetry – although a modern project can be dominated by a central axis, it is used only to suggest symmetry and is not the dominant element. Rectangular surfaces of grass, water, surfaces with paving blocks or with plants are intertwined to create an irregular but clearly defined pattern.
Modern materials – simple lines of steel, concrete, glass or wood emphasize the accuracy of the project. The light, be it natural or artificial is used to highlight the texture of the surfaces.
Plants are often limited as number of species, and are planted in larger or smaller groups. The decorative grass and the perennial flowers are used to highlight the areas and to create dynamism.
Modern furniture – with its minimalist architectural style it finds its perfect place in a modern garden – sculptural chairs, elegant armchairs, simple tables and chairs should not miss.
Water mirrors – a pool creates a quiet area and brings light to the garden. Its reflective surface contributes to the sensation of space of a modern garden.
Antithetical elements – although many modern gardens are based on a geometric squaring, curved elements can be successfully used to break the geometric mold of the garden.