Modern Marvels: Modernist Garden Planting

This cool landscaping style often uses stark blocks of plants or flowers to create dramatic effects.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Geometric Garden Blocks

The repeated plants and geometric shapes of this Australian garden show the graphic qualities of the Modernist design. Plants suited for the climate are used like dryland tea trees clipped into lollipops and tufty ornamental grasses.

Dutch Modern

The plantings in this Dutch garden typifies the Modernist style. Rectangular pools mirror the sky and water beyond the boundaries, and echo a slab-like bed of tall Miscanthus.

Cool and Contemporary

This stunning modern home demands a garden that allows its graphic beauty to shine, and the subtle design elements here do just that. A blanket of whipcord hebe provides a backdrop to the flowers in front and contrasts the lines of the home

Urban Chic

Clipped boxwood topiaries, groups of white impatiens, and hostas and palms create a contemporary look in this small city garden. The wooden boardwalk evokes a more natural feel to this urban space.

Along Simple Lines

Straight-edged geometric forms combine with minimal plantings, including giant horsetails, papyrus, and a Japanese maple, create this clean looking garden. This concept reflect the Asian antecedents of the owners.

Spatially Aware

Plants become sculptural elements in this landscape design. Although often grouped as they would appear in the wild, plants are set out more formally in this space.