Contemporary garden design is defined by clean crisp lines, simple geometric volumes and pared down planting schemes and often treats the garden as an extension of the house, echoing interior design and materials. To my mind it is not a style which is easy to pull off and requires great design skill and often a big budget to invest in the perfect materials required to make sense of the scheme. I have seen some fabulous contemporary designs and some awful ones which have sucked all the joy out the outdoor space. Whatever you do don’t think of contemporary as an easy option. Take a look at the images below to see which appeals to you most!
Andy Sturgeon – Chelsea Flower Show: The success of this scheme depends on faultless execution with very high specification materials and a strong planting plan based on Andy’s many years of experience.
This design by Jane Follis favours lots of hard landscaping.
Although this design by Andrew |Lawson is very simple he manages to get a feeling of calm and elegance in the pared down planting and blocks of hard landscaping.
The designer of this garden has taken all the standard elements of a contemporary garden, clean lines, sleek fencing, a water feature, cool colours and architectural plants but, for me, fails to make sense of them.