What is it that makes a great modern, contemporary garden? How can it be achieved and what rules should they follow?
- Hard landscaping. There are waterfeatures, stones, raised beds and built-in planters that are physically constructed into the garden with rendered walls and wooden bench inserts.
- Low maintenance. Self-irrigation methods are implied. Self-watering planters and raised beds are common and the plants chosen are mostly hardy, usually, grasses are used. Gravels and barks are used on top of weed proof matting to reduce the need for weeding and the custom built planters or built in raised beds make it easier for the matting to be locked in place.
- Varied heights. As the height of clean and drifting landscape changes our attention and draws it across the garden to keep us interested.
- Focal points. A good design has one strong focal point that draws the viewer’s eye, this also filters the less important features from that. A focal point could be anything from a contemporary planter, waterfall to a sculpture piece.
- In contemporary garden design, night lighting is applied to give the garden a completely different look. By picking out areas of the garden with light frames and highlight plants or design lines.