Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How to design a modern garden

The clean and clutter-free look of modern design is appealing for many homeowners. Apart from architecture and interiors, now modern design can be applied to garden landscapes as well. If your home already features modern elements, why not try out a modern garden. Here's how...

The modern garden look takes on a pared down approach to garden design, with a marked lack of ornaments and other decorative elements.

Pared down

Modern garden designs adhere to the modern design philosophy of, 'Form follows function'. The resulting look is a pared down approach to garden design, with a marked lack of ornaments and other decorative elements. Traditional designs usually employ flowers to create a sense of lushness, however, a modern landscape favors verdant greens with interesting forms and textures. Plants with distinctive, almost sculptural forms are preferred. Biomorphic shapes such as kidney-shaped pools are a popular, modern garden addition.

Indoor connection

As an adjunct to modern home architecture and interiors, a modern garden is largely connected to the home’s interiors. Typical modern architecture has floor-to-ceiling glass windows that separate the interiors from the exteriors. Since the indoor living areas are practically next to the garden, this evokes a sense of informality and openness in the home. Some modern architectural designs also employ pocket gardens or atriums. 

Living spaces

The modernist commitment to function brought about the rise of the outdoor living space. Church’s 1955 book titled Gardens Are For People, discusses the garden as an extension of indoor living spaces and how it should suit homeowners’ needs. Modern gardens have functional living spaces, which are defined by the garden landscape. Trees, shrubs and ground cover are used as elements to delineate spaces.


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