The Ultimate Guide to Modern Landscaping

Hannah Mitchell

August 1, 2016

Here is a simple secret that often gets overlooked: your home extends past your walls. Modern landscaping is a great and easy way to create an engaging and clean area you will cherish and enjoy. Your personal style and needs should apply to your exterior home as much as your interior. A modern style in your landscaping uses an uncluttered look and crisp lines with accents of concrete, wood or metal. Ideally, your outdoor space should act as a transition from the outside to the inside of your home.

Planning Party

Possibly the most important piece of advice is just to plan out everything as thoroughly as you can. Clearly defined spaces and an organized style are at the heart of modern landscaping so it is beneficial to take your time during the early stages of landscaping. Important questions to ask yourself are:

  • What needs should this yard fulfill?
  • How much work am I willing to put into maintaining my yard?
  • Do I want more sun or more shade?
  • How much free space do I need for my kids or pets?
  • What parts of the yard do I want to focus on?
  • Are there any structures I have to take into account, like a pool or a fire pit?

A useful trick is to use a grid system in designing your yard, or create a diagram using pictures of the plants you want and the areas you'll focus on. An important factor to remember, and not just in modern landscaping, is that half the time you will be seeing your yard out of your own windows. So take advantage of that large feature window by putting extra effort to the view just outside.

Set it Straight

Modern landscaping takes advantage of geometric shapes and angles to create beautifully organized spaces. A coordinated look and crisp boundaries categorize the modern landscape style. However, to ensure a smoother transition between the interior and exterior it's smart to incorporate aspects of your house's architecture into your landscaping. This helps create a more uniform and connected look between the two. Also don't be afraid of stone and gravel to create paths or even grass grids as they can make a small space appear larger than it is. Boundaries created by stone or boxes allow even overgrown greenery to appear tamed and manicured with little effort.

Plants and Paraphernalia

For the foliage in your yard, remember simplicity is the key to modern landscaping. Pick a few of your favorite plants that work well together and are easy to maintain. Of course, if you are willing to work more and incorporate a garden you'll have more options to choose from. Bamboo, ferns, Japanese Boxwood, Elephant Ears, and Agapanthus are all common plants that are found in modern gardens and backyards. Keep in mind that lawns and gardens require a long-game attitude as plants grow and shift naturally over time.Be careful not to ruin the modern aesthetic by featuring traditional furniture. Outdoor furniture should be durable and comfortable and should keep in with the design of the garden or house. It is often an excellent way to incorporate some color as well and can work as a focal point if placed in a more minimal plant setting.

LawnMore- Modern Landscaping Design Experts

Our ultimate tip in designing your yard is to design it with you in mind. Design a yard you will use and enjoy and all the effort will be worth it. Modern landscaping offers a wide variety of looks that keep that refreshing, clean feel while still appearing as warm and welcoming as you desire. If you are looking for help in your next landscaping project LawnMore offers expert landscape designs and we would love to hear from you. Feel free to contact us and we'd love to work with you to sculpt the lawn you deserve.

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