Modern Garden Ideas and Designs

Cozy Backyard + Raised Container Vegetable Garden
Cozy Backyard + Raised Container Vegetable Garden
Studio H Landscape ArchitectureStudio H Landscape Architecture
Photography by Studio H Landscape Architecture & COCO Gallery. Post processing by Isabella Li.
Inspiration for a modern garden in Orange County.
Private Modern Garden
Private Modern Garden
Outside CollectiveOutside Collective
Christel Leung
Small modern back formal full sun garden in San Francisco with a garden path and concrete paving.
Family Garden in Putney
Family Garden in Putney
Ruth Willmott AssociatesRuth Willmott Associates
Ruth Willmott
Design ideas for a medium sized modern back formal garden in London.
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Modern Landscape
Modern Landscape
Design ideas for a small modern back formal partial sun garden in Denver with an outdoor sport court, natural stone paving and a water feature.
Garden Design - Allison Grove
Garden Design - Allison Grove
Kate Eyre Garden DesignKate Eyre Garden Design
Annaick Guitteny
Design ideas for a modern garden in London.
A San Francisco Victorian Modern
A San Francisco Victorian Modern
Growsgreen Landscape DesignGrowsgreen Landscape Design
Photo by Caitlin Atkinson
Inspiration for a modern garden in San Francisco.
Lafayette 2
Lafayette 2
Envision Landscape StudioEnvision Landscape Studio
Inspiration for a large modern sloped xeriscape full sun garden in San Francisco with a retaining wall and gravel.
modern Landscape
modern Landscape
Exterior Worlds Landscaping & DesignExterior Worlds Landscaping & Design
A local Houston art collector hired us to create a low maintenance, sophisticated, contemporary landscape design. She wanted her property to compliment her eclectic taste in architecture, outdoor sculpture, and modern art. Her house was built with a minimalist approach to decoration, emphasizing right angles and windows instead of architectural keynotes. The west wing of the house was only one story, while the east wing was two-story. The windows in both wings were larger than usual, so that visitors could see her art collection from the home’s exterior. Near one of the large rear windows, there was an abstract metal sculpture designed in the form of a spiral. When she initially contacted us, the surrounding property had only a few trees and indigenous grass as vegetation. This was actually a good beginning point with us, because it allowed us to develop a contemporary landscape design that featured a very linear, crisp look supportive of the home and its contents. We began by planting a garden around the large contemporary sculpture near the window. Landscape designers planted horsetail reed under windows, along the sides of the home, and around the corners. This vegetation is very resilient and hardy, and requires little trimming, weeding, or mulching. This helped unite the diverse elements of sculpture, contemporary architecture, and landscape design into a more fluid harmony that preserved the proportions of each unique element, but eliminated any tendency for the elements to clash with one another. We then added two stonework designs to the landscape surrounding the contemporary art collection and home. The first was a linear walkway we build from concrete pads purchased through a retail vendor as a cost-saving benefit to our client. We created this walkway to follow the perimeter of the home so that visitors could walk around the entire property and admire the outdoor sculptures and the collections of modern art visible through the windows. This was especially enjoyable at night, when the entire home was brightly lit from within. To add a touch of tranquility and quite repose to the stark right angles of the home and surrounding contemporary landscape, we designed a special seating area toward the northwest corner of the property. We wanted to create a sense of contemplation in this area, so we departed from the linear and angular designs of the surrounding landscape and established a theme of circular geometry. We laid down gravel as ground cover, then placed large, circular pads arranged like giant stepping stones that led up to a stone patio filled with chairs. The shape of the granite pads and the contours of the graveled area further complimented the spirals and turns in the outdoor metal sculpture, and balanced the entire contemporary landscape design with proportional geometric forms of lines, angles, and curves. This particular contemporary landscape design also has a sense of movement attached to it. All stonework leads to a destination of some sort. The linear pathway provides a guided tour around the home, garden, and modern art collection. The granite pathway stones create movement toward separate space where the entire experience of art, vegetation, and architecture can be viewed and experienced as a unity. Contemporary landscaping designs like create form out of feeling by using basic geometric forms and variations of forms. Sometimes very stark forms are used to create a sense of absolutism or contrast. At other times, forms are blended, or even distorted to suggest a sense of complex emotion, or a sense of multi-dimensional reality. The exact nature of the design is always highly subjective, and developed on a case-by-case basis with the client.
West London Courtyard Garden
West London Courtyard Garden
UserUser
A private garden designed, with minimal maintenance in mind, for a newly converted flat in Ealing. It has a long taxus hedge to provide year-round interest viewable from the property as well as to act as a backdrop to a Prunus ‘Accolade’ when it is in flower and leaf. This cherry tree is positioned centrally opposite a cantilevered glass box extruding from the facade of the building.
Boulder Country Modern
Boulder Country Modern
Native Edge LandscapesNative Edge Landscapes
Medium sized modern front formal partial sun garden in Denver with a garden path and concrete paving.
Perrenial Garden + Paperbark Maple
Perrenial Garden + Paperbark Maple
Regenesis Ecological DesignRegenesis Ecological Design
This perennial garden is full of grasses and plants that bloom throughout the year. The specimen tree is Acer griseum (Paperbark Maple), and is known for its exfoliating copper orange bark + exceptional fall color.
Landscapes
Landscapes
Beach Bum Turf Co.Beach Bum Turf Co.
Large modern courtyard driveway partial sun garden for summer in Tampa with a water feature and concrete paving.
Riviera Modern
Riviera Modern
Lane Goodkind Landscape ArchitectLane Goodkind Landscape Architect
Lane Goodkind
Modern garden in Santa Barbara.
Brownstone Backyard Landscape Design & Bluestone Patio
Brownstone Backyard Landscape Design & Bluestone Patio
Dragonetti Brothers LandscapesDragonetti Brothers Landscapes
This is an example of a small modern back driveway full sun garden for autumn in New York with natural stone paving and a potted garden.
Jones Residence
Jones Residence
Rose in Bloom GardensRose in Bloom Gardens
Walt Jones
Design ideas for a modern garden in Los Angeles.
Mid-Century Vibe Front Yard - Bayside
Mid-Century Vibe Front Yard - Bayside
Ginkgo Leaf StudioGinkgo Leaf Studio
Planting beds of slate chip add a "zen" feel while complementing the colors and style of the home. Ribbons of beach pebbles in a coordinating color carry the linear theme throughout. Westhauser Photography
Edible Urban Oasis
Edible Urban Oasis
Mark S. Garff, Landscape ArchitectMark S. Garff, Landscape Architect
In south Seattle, a tiny backyard garden needed a makeover to add usability and create a sitting area for entertaining. Raised garden beds for edible plants provide the transition between the existing deck and new patio below, eliminating the need for a railing. A firepit provides the focal point for the new patio. Angles create drama and direct flow to the steel stairs and gate. Installed June, 2014. Photography: Mark S. Garff ASLA, LLA
Front walkway redesign
Front walkway redesign
Heather Green, REALTOR®, Illuminate PropertiesHeather Green, REALTOR®, Illuminate Properties
Concrete path with channels cut, gravel in place and succulents planted.
Small modern front garden in San Francisco.
Lafayette 2
Lafayette 2
Envision Landscape StudioEnvision Landscape Studio
Photo of a large modern sloped xeriscape full sun garden in San Francisco with a retaining wall and gravel.

Modern Garden Ideas and Designs

Modern Landscape
Modern Landscape
Inspiration for a medium sized modern back partial sun garden for spring in San Diego.
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