Define … Contemporary Design
For me, contemporary design tends to be geometric with clean lines and open garden spaces, these landscapes can seem cold and uninviting with their sleek materials and architectural plants, however a contemporary landscape can be very inviting, it’s all in the way you put it together!
Keep the Design Warm!
- Warm Tones. Select stone with warm tones like purple and red.
- Paver Size Matters. Big pavers and slabs work best in Contemporary Design.
- Add Artful Touches. Like a fireplace or firepit, water feature, and interesting sculpture or artwork.
- Select Architectural Plants. Look for shape rather than bloom colour.
- Mass or Row Plant. This helps carry the contemporary theme through the landscape and keeping plantings under control.
- Add Hits of Colour: In furniture, containers, rugs, accents, and pillows.
- What’s Hot for 2016? Navy is the new outdoor ‘neutral’. For a ‘fresh’ outdoor look add coral, aqua, gray or cream to navy. For a ‘luxurious’ outdoor look, add gold with navy.
Clean Lines & Controlled Planting | Plants Great for Planting in Rows
- Bloodgood Japanese Maple
- Boxwood Hedge or in Containers
- Lavender hedge
- Yew hedge
- Endless Summer Hydrangea
- Bloomstruck Hydrangea
- White Ball or White Galaxy Hydrangea
- Karl Foerster Reed Feather Grass
- Skyracer Purple Moor Grass
Clean Lines & Natural Planting | Plants Great for Mass Planting
- Cutleaf Stephanandra
- Pow Wow Coneflower
- Yellow Iris
- Double Scoop Orangeberry Coneflower
- Russian Sage
- Purple Salvia or Hyssop
- Purple Liatris
- Variegated Hosta
- Native Ferns
- Hamlyn or Red Head Fountain Grass
- Blue Oat Grass
- Big Blue Stem
- Mexican Feather Grass