Create Structure Through Plants
Modern gardens are all about crisp, clean geometric lines. While - of course - you can achieve this through building design and architecture, you can also achieve it through the organisation of plants and flowers. By using strong and stylized plants like bamboo, Buxus, needle grasses and Euphorbia, we’ve created neat, tidy gardens with a clear structure. We also use repeated patterns of trees and shrubs in regular intervals to create cohesive front and back gardens.
Hard Garden Landscaping Features
Where textured woods and randomly placed stones are reminiscent of quaint cottage gardens, smooth finishes and muted colours represent the contemporary garden. Put simply: It’s the materials that are most important when striving for this streamlined look. For this detached home in Ruislip, we replaced a wooden deck with composite decking. It’s nearly indestructible, low-maintenance, and - most importantly - undeniably modern looking. We gave a garden in Uxbridge an urban chic makeover by tearing down their standard brick wall and instead of putting up a rendered white garden wall. Clients looking for creative solutions to fencing should see the work we’ve done with red cedar battens and glass and mirrored balustrades. We’ve even created a beautiful privacy screen out of French Lavender for one of our city-dwelling clients.
New Age Water Features
It used to be that garden water features were limited to ornate cherub fountains. But, things have changed! Especially when creating modern outdoor spaces, our design experts are keen to experiment with new and exciting options. Because contemporary garden design involves clean lines, we’ve helped clients replace old fashioned fountains with glass or stainless steel water walls, for example. They add movement to any space without being an eyesore. Clients with a bit more space have opted for larger sphere fountains that act as a centrepiece in their garden. More and more we’re being asked to develop new and innovative solutions which have, for example, led us to create this bespoke ‘letterbox’ fountain. It’s sleek in design, small in size, and encourages relaxation as all water features should.
Garden Ideas For Modern Living
While the overall look of a contemporary garden is achieved through design, modern technology can help transform poorly utilised space into an outdoor living area, or even an outdoor cinema. For clients who like to entertain, we’ve installed remote-controlled sound systems, wood-fired pizza ovens and even fully-equipped outdoor kitchens with stainless steel appliances. Even if you aren’t one to host parties, it’s still important that you’re able to use your outdoor space year-round. To ensure that our clients never have to say that it’s ‘Too cold to sit outside!’ we often install discreet, wall-mounted heaters. We can’t talk about gadgets and functionality without mentioning light fixtures. To create spaces that are versatile, we install multi-circuit, efficient, remote control LED lighting, the effects of which you can change with the mood and the seasons. We added unobtrusive inset light fittings to the walls and steps of this sloped garden in Forest Hill, effectively transforming it into a place reminiscent of Beverly Hills rather than south London! We’re also happy to discuss how multi-coloured and sequenced light displays can add touches of personality to your space.
Why Choose Modern Garden Ideas From Floral & Hardy?
Your garden is so much more than an outdoor space. It's a haven for you and your family to relax and socialise - so we understand that you want to make the most of your garden. At Floral & Hardy, we specialise in providing contemporary designs and can work on your small garden or extensive outdoor area.
We'll Help You Choose Plants That Work For Your Garden
The plants you choose can make your garden shine, but there are many things to consider. For example, the position of your outdoor space might impact a plants ability to grow. Our landscapers understand which plants will be best for your garden, including flowers for your raised beds and climbing plants.
If you have particular plants in mind for your flower beds, we'll do our best to meet your requirements but always advise you on what's best for your garden position.
Specialists in Outdoor Living
The best thing about having a garden is the flexibility it offers. Contemporary gardens are all about combining outdoor elements with indoor functionality. We'll work with you to create the perfect outdoor dining space so you can enjoy spending time with your family and friends.
There is some incredible modern garden furniture made of natural materials available, so you can enjoy dining al fresco. We can also incorporate sofas and many other elements so you can have an outdoor living room.
How about a fire pit to warm you up during those cold winter evenings? Or an outdoor projector to entertain your guests? There's so much you can do, and we'll be there to help you bring every element of your garden to life.
Our green-fingered team will always go out of their way to ensure they provide a contemporary garden design that meets your style and design preferences. We aim to take all the garden inspiration you have and turn it into a reality.
Whether it's enhancing your space with outdoor lighting, adding a stylish outdoor seating area or injecting some personality into the space with a wildlife-friendly garden, we'll make sure your contemporary design shines.