Contemporary Garden Design - Outdoor Lighting, Container Gardening & Plants
Contemporary garden design embraces the imagination and is often found in inner city areas in an attempt to escape the concrete jungle. Modern housing with small gardens has created a cultural shift towards Contemporary design with a great deal of focus on entertaining and sitting areas.
In an effort to link the house interior to the garden, depending on the size of the garden area, designers have incorporated;
Good Contemporary garden designers tend to have artistic skills by nature and are sensitive to their surroundings. Influences may come from modern land art or sculptures. Wire sculpture and wall decor are often integrated into designs.
Certain rules of thumb may be adhered to, such as;
The above are particularly for Roof Gardens!
Water Features are an ideal way of de-stressing and can be used to as an auditory focus, blocking out the noise of surrounding city life. Water Fountains add aesthetic beauty and may be either wall mounted or stand alone. Galvanised water features have become popular with their constant cycling of water from a catch basin at the bottom creating a sheet of water over a visually appealing surface. Another option may be a waterfall oozing out of a vertical marble slab.
One of the beauties of Modern Garden Design is the wide variety of unnatural manmade products that can be utilised. For example;
Outdoor Lighting, often an integral part of the design, may be up lighting to direct light up through the branches and trunks of trees, down lighting, typically used to illuminate steps and spot lighting which can be used to illuminate a statue or Water Feature. Subtle Garden Lighting effects can be achieved with carefully placed low voltage LED lights incorporated into paving and walls. Check out the Garden Lighting projects on this website!
Choice of plants tends to be perennials to reduce the amount of actual gardening required. They are also used functionally such as tall planting to provide a screen as well as taking advantage of the 'rustle in the wind' effect to help deaden the surrounding noise. Where space is tight or less accessible such as a Courtyard or Roof Garden, considerations should be made to;
For the Container Gardening, plants such as Bamboos and Japanese Maples are ideal.
Other considerations are ornamental grasses combined with natural river cobblestones, Fatsia & Arum Lilies and Spiky Architectural plants such as Cordylines.
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CONOTT001 - White Sandstone Paving & Raised Beds
CONGLD001 - Modern & Classical Renovation - Contemporary Garden
CONFGD001 - Vintage Contemporary Coastal Garden
CONGSG001 - Mediterranean Terrace with Steel Pergola
CONDSI001 - Architectural Composition using Stainless Steel
CONOGC001 - Traditional Knot Garden Overlooking Courtyard
CONJAD001 - Restoration of Knot Garden
CONSPG001 - Stone Contemporary Courtyard
CONDZG001 - Contemporary Courtyard in London with Decking & Water Feature
CONDZG002 - Contemporary Garden Design with Bamboos in the Flower Bed
CONOSS001 - Contemporary Show Garden with Simple Foliage in Flower Borders