What is Modern Landscape Design
Modern landscape design is a new school of thought that incorporates landscaping, architecture, color forecasts, lighting design, shapes and structures into a holistic experience of a landscape design. With modern landscape design, the beauty in nature is not obscured, re-crafted or obliterated, but is enhanced and enjoyed in a way that might conjure up the image of someone contemplating the form as well as the substance of a lovely garden.
How to Begin Landscaping with Modern Design Elements
Beginning a new landscaping project with an intention to incorporate modern design elements is not difficult, but simply requires a refocus on the amount of available space, the functional use for the space, the amount of maintenance work that may be needed to maintain the space, and the underlying desire for a place of tranquility to come home to when the hectic pace of the day is over.
A professional modern landscape designer would begin with by assessing how the size and shape of the space interplays with the size and shape of the home or structure adjacent to it. The intention is to pick up on geometric themes, such as square deck plots interspersed with square plots of green or landscaping, and to coordinate any decorative or architectural elements such as statues or structures into the overall landscape design. Creating continuity of design is a major focus of modern landscaping, and this can encompass choosing to repeat plantings throughout the landscape, marrying the front yard and the back yard design for a sense of continuity from back to front, adding in evergreen plantings to keep a year-round visual interest, adding water features for tranquility and flow, and creating non-traditional seating areas using interesting stone chairs and benches instead of traditional table and chairs.
The flow and line of modern landscape design is paramount, and for this reason, once installed, a modern landscape design is typically regarded as "hardscaped", or permanent. The focus is on minimal maintenance work for maximum enjoyment and functional usage. For this reason, organic materials such as canvas, wood, stone, raw concrete and brick are often used in conjunction with design elements that might traditionally only be found indoors. These elements might include an outdoor fireplace complete with hearth, table and chairs, elaborate outdoor lighting to make the space functional day or evening, and artwork and sculpture to create a seamless experience of moving indoors to outdoors and back indoors again. Topiaries are often used as well to give form and structure to natural plant life.