Garden Style Series: Modern Landscaping
Modern Landscaping Design Elements
Modern landscapes don’t usually contain asymmetrical design, unless used in a repetition. Modern landscape designs use geometric shapes, symmetrical elements and clean straight lines for a sense of sophisticated style. This can be seen in hardscaping and repetition of plant material.
Corners of walkways are squared off, rather than curved as you may find in more traditional landscape design. Plants are not grouped in threes, but instead laid out in grids or rows of repeating plants.
Modern landscape designers create interesting ways for nature to interrupt the starkness of hardscaping. These interruptions break up the space as well as add aesthetic appeal.
For instance, concrete walkways laid out in grids may have grass growing between the slabs. Another example is using porcelain pavers as steps, though instead of laying them in a line, they are staggered with grass or inorganic mulch surrounding them.
Mixed TexturesA modern landscape will have a balanced scale with consistent features throughout. Amongst the consistency, you will find a specific mix of textures from hard concrete to soft ornamental grasses. A blend of straight lines and hard corners with soft plant material creates a clean and relaxing design. Aside from plant material, hardscapes are often mixed in texture from concrete and pavers to corrugated metal. Hardscaping materials always accent each other to create a beautiful and dramatic effect, while staying stylish and controlled.
Limited Use of Color
Though textures are mixed in modern landscapes, color schemes stay rather neutral. With neutral hardscaping, modern landscape designers use foliage plants, as opposed to flowering plants, to draw the eye to outdoor living elements.
Often homeowners will add pops of color such as outdoor furniture pillows, seat cushions or accessories to lure visitors to relaxing seating areas. This further displays the emphasis on entertainment over maintenance.
To provide a dramatic contrast in the landscape in the evenings, landscape lighting is frequently used. Lighting can be used on plant material, outdoor living elements or as down lighting for walkways.
Lighting is also added to water features and pools provide added visual effects and ambiance.