When planning a home make over, it is common that the garden is the last to receive any attention or changes, sometimes the garden has been a dumping ground during a home makeover or simply been neglected over a number of years. However a well designed garden can be a real asset to a home, adding value to the property as well as making it a more enjoyable place to be. The surrounding area of a home is just as important as what’s on the inside, and can give you much more living space for adults, children and pets alike.
While concrete features add a modern element to a contemporary garden design they do not suit all gardens. More natural features, such as rounded, smooth river stones are an excellent alternative to the man made, industrial materials featured so prominently in some modern gardens. Cobbles may be used on paths as well as in accent areas throughout the space.
Modern gardens, with their clean lines and industrial elements, may seem uninviting if certain iconic elements are not incorporated into the overall design. Lighting, furniture, and textures are all essential in making the contemporary garden a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. The secret is to keep the theme simple and clean; the garden will do the rest of the work.
|Flemings Australian Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 (for more details see our post from last year)|
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Eden Landscaping in Northampton employ combine horticultural knowledge with design and landscaping expertise to ensure that your garden looks stunning all year round.
Lighting also plays a role in contemporary garden design, as subtle effects can be achieved with low voltage lights strategically placed throughout the garden, usually along the walls, beside paths and to highlight garden features such as statuary.
|The Essential Indulgence (Silver Gilt) - another contemporary garden at the Hampton Court flower show that stood out for me.|
|Mark and Gaz at Alternative Eden make use of quirky objects in their modern garden|
|Live Outdoors Garden (Silver Gilt) - built on a budget of £13,000, if a show quality garden can be built for this amount imagine how you own garden could look.|