There’s one garden style I love to admire and love to design, but I’m not sure I could live with it in a ‘forever’ way myself – it’s the contemporary, minimalist style. I love these gardens and the sense of peace and calm they can bring when executed properly – the restrained use of planting and the adventurous use of materials and textures. But as anyone who follows me on Instagram and Facebook knows, I can’t resist colour, pattern and texture, and I love the constant changing of the seasons, new things and a regular freshening up of what’s around me.
There’s no denying that the contemporary garden is here to stay though, and for modernist homes and even homes with a very modern styled interior, they can be a really good choice. It’s the one style of garden that’s pretty much impossible to get right without a trained designer – the secret of this look is that the empty spaces are as much a part of the design as the plants, and the shapes, proportions and flow of the garden, on the ground plane as well as in a three dimensional way, are integral to the success of the finished garden.
Sometimes, for older homes being renovated in a blend of old and new styles, I like to bring contemporary touches to a more traditional style garden – it’s about making the garden fit well with the owners’ needs, as well as the inside and outside of the home itself. This can be done with planting – there are so many amazing effects you can create with different shapes, forms and colours – as well as choice of paving, introduction of features such as a carefully chosen water feature or sculpture, and the thoughtful use of colour on walls and vertical surfaces.
As well as architectural plants, you can completely change up the feel of a space with boldly designed, statement outdoor furniture – one of the most important things in my book, because whatever style of garden you go for, spending time outside and enjoying it is the most important thing of all.
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