The Thoroughly Modern Garden

Are you mesmerized by the changing shadows on your patio, as the sun moves through the sky? Do you like minimalist planting and smooth, seamless hardscapes? If so, read on: modernist design may be for you.

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Modern Courtyard with Green Architecture DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Planting in the Modernist style is restricted too, with many gardens featuring only trees, hedges and lawn punctuated by key architectural specimens.

The geometry of Modernism is almost exclusively angular and emphasizes the horizontal line, although there are examples of designs based on circles or ovals in the Modernist genre too. Regular grids are often used to relate the house to the garden, blurring the distinction between interior and exterior space.

Excerpted from Garden Design

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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