what is THE MODER GARDEN?
The modern garden is a garden concept in which decorative and architectural elements take on an important presence, where light plays a notable role, and it is designed with few and very unique plant elements.
Minimal, essential, ecological, and technological; the modern garden has a strong character, perfectly combinable with equally contemporary and stylish structures, the natural evolution of green space in the third millennium.
The function of the contemporary garden is not only aesthetic but the green space in which a structure is set today has a functional component; it is the modern lifestyle that dictates the composition of the garden and the elements to be included in it, in line with the different needs of different lifestyles.
Therefore, the design solutions in the current landscape design dictate the inclusion of innovative, modern, and technological elements, trying to meet the current needs of the modern man, who is not satisfied with a garden that is only aesthetically beautiful, but devoid of functions. additional.
Another fundamental aspect of the modern garden is certainly the eco-sustainable component; the lush green space around the low-maintenance house, where plants with indigenous character are grown that are perfect for the local climate and soil.
The modern garden is therefore also ecological, a garden that respects the environment and nature, and in which each element is carefully used to have no environmental impact.
In the modern garden, nature, light, furnishings, shapes, and colors converge towards well-defined geometries, formalism, discipline, linearity, and rigor, extreme cleanliness of forms.
The design of a modern garden follows well-defined steps that aim to offer precise destinations to spaces, clearly delineating them with the help of plants, walls, fences and hedges, pedestrian paths, and decorative elements that must be few but impactful.
Linearity, therefore topicality and an eco-bio-tech soul, the modern style for the garden is certainly a refined and rigorous style, which makes garden design art that adapts to the modern lifestyle and contemporary needs.
In the design of the modern garden, the study of the genius loci is always combined with the creative composition, always geometric, always linear.
Ideas for transforming a green space into a modern garden
- The green of the modern garden, is essential and essential
To create an eco-sustainable green recipe, choose local plants that always give local character by studying the native flora carefully in the design phase. Relying on a professional such as a local nursery is also a good idea, for personalized advice and ideas to put into practice. Plant compositions for the modern garden can be made in different ways, with colorful flowering plants or just with greenery. The basic rule is to always maintain linearity and regularity, not only in furnishings but also with regard to greenery. What are the ideal plants for the modern garden? The well-defined shapes of well-pruned boxwoods are ideal to alternate with annual flowering plants with a local character or perfect for the climate of the area in question.
The palette of colors must not be too varied, you can choose combinations of complementary colors such as yellow and purple, orange and blue and light blue, white or red and green, for pleasant aesthetic effects, contemporary essentiality and contrasts with a modern character.
Some ideas of plant combinations to create a modern garden
Yellow & Purple<br>Plant lavender, forsythia, sage, Mimulus, anemones, ageratum, alstroemeria, dahlias, all in flower beds, alternating with box trees and rigorously pruned green plants and shrub plants such as Santolina – which produce beautiful yellow flowers – Acorus or Calamo, Phalaris and Mahonia.
Orange & Blue
Some plants to choose from are marigold, zinnia, delphinium, agapanthus, hydrangeas but also ornamental allium, aubrezia (which offers dense bushy blooms), iris and Muscari, blue sage, Lithoodora, salvia splendens, also alternated with box trees, green plants bush like hostas, Alchemilla Mollis or star grass, and many others.</p>
Red or White and Green
For combinations with a modern character in red or white and green we can choose between plants such as poppies, amaryllis, echinacea Green Jewel, beautiful hellebore, white hydrangeas, Nicotiana, anemones, Mount Everest allium, Dianthus, or carnations – flowers many times underestimated but of beauty unique – the Iberian, very robust plants, photinia, Skimmia japonica or very ornamental false pepper, ranunculus and why not, chilies.
Of course, composing a mix of plants for your garden is a pleasant challenge and must be done following your instinct and the personality of the structure embraced by the green garden, as well as the climatic characteristics of the area in question, soil, and exposure to the sun
- Delimit the spaces
To creatively delimit the different areas in the modern garden, use not only furniture elements but also fixed elements such as low walls that are also useful for creating correct lighting
- Choose furnishings based on their specific function
In the modern garden, the superfluous does not find space; each element has a very specific function and the furnishings must not be used only for their aesthetic qualities. Discipline and rigor, clean lines and linearity, geometric decoration, are the characteristics of the furniture elements that create an extension of the home and allow you to experience the garden in all its splendor. Sofas, four-poster beds, armchairs, deckchairs, and sun loungers, possibly characterized by essential and modern lines, real open-air lounges that have nothing to envy to living rooms
- Always includes shading elements
Umbrellas, gazebos and awnings, sails, and pergolas with a contemporary character not only protect from the sun but offer shelter from humidity in the evening, an essential aspect together with lighting to be able to make the most of the outdoor space.
It is possible to respect the environment even in the creation of the garden, a concept that can be summarized in three fundamental principles: recycle, reuse, reduce. In this regard, pots and containers for plants can be recycled, easily found in vintage markets is an excellent idea, also to add elements of different styles that break boredom and offer originality.
Always opt for containers made of natural materials such as terracotta instead of plastic, the plants grow better because they are porous and favor the respiration and transpiration of the soil. The principle of reuse in the modern garden, as in those of any other style, is really important; water is a precious commodity and must be treated as such.
To water in the warmer months, rainwater can be used – using specially created collection systems. Finally, always try to reduce the use of chemical herbicides in favor of natural non-toxic ones and, if possible, produce your own fertilizers starting from household organic waste. Even choosing local plants for the garden, already adapted to the environment in which you live, allows you to reduce the amount of water used to make them grow and thrive.
- Lights and shadows
Playing with lighting in the garden can have surprising and unexpected effects. A fundamental element of the modern garden, lighting creates refined scenarios and areas dedicated to conviviality. In the modern garden, it is important to illuminate the functional areas such as the areas dedicated to dinner and relaxation, paths and patios, swimming pools, and all other areas that have functionality. Suggestive and scenographic, the lighting of the modern garden highlights specific elements such as walls and partitions, trees or fountains, decorative elements, and vases, giving life to atmospheres to be enjoyed in the company even in the evening. For the modern garden, soft lighting in cold colors is preferred, but it depends on personal tastes.
How to light up the garden at no cost?
By choosing solar energy lamps, you not only save on your bills while respecting the environment, but you also avoid plant engineering work and electrical wires that are sometimes unpleasant to the eye. Another advantage of solar-powered lighting is certainly the flexibility and versatility of the various elements, which can be moved at will and used in different ways, to illuminate and highlight various corners and views, creating suggestive atmospheres, each time different.
LED technology allows sufficient lighting even for areas dedicated to evening meals and conviviality. The only trick is to carefully study the position of the various elements, trying to position them so that they receive sunlight for as long as possible during the day.
Modern gardens: the characteristics
This type of garden is minimalist and elegant, particularly attentive to the forms and architectural elements that are part of it. It can be interpreted in a different way, also depending on your needs and space, but basically, it has a sober and minimalist character.<br>Today, in fact, the spaces available to us are smaller than in the past and there is a need to create a green area even in a few square meters.<br>Modern gardens are different from the English ones, more majestic, or the geometric Italian ones. They are more similar to the Japanese ones, especially for their essentiality.
The characteristics that define the modern garden are:
clean and essential lines but particular from an aesthetic point of view;
ample space for shaded areas;<br>the separation between the areas and differences in height;<br>arrangement of the elements in an asymmetrical but not random way;<br>no to excesses: few elements and essential furnishings;<br>set of simple and harmonious plants (palettes);<br>The rule is that the plants are arranged in a straight line because this gives a greater sense of order. Not all experts, however, agree: many prefer to create a less artificial, more personalized ensemble.<br>The risk of this particular style is that of obtaining a result that is too fake, in which nature seems almost trapped, which is why not everyone likes it.<br>The advantage, on the other hand, is to have a simple, tidy, and easy-to-maintain space if initially well organized.
Where to start with the design?
The modern garden must be well integrated into the landscape and in harmony with the characteristics of your home. The project starts from a study of the surrounding elements and a functional subdivision of the space so that the overall impression is of order.<br>Several well-defined areas are created: the dining or relaxation area, the one dedicated to the actual garden, and possibly a driveway.
Plants and flowers
Each element must follow its nature and must have adequate space to grow in breadth. Generally, a few plants with a slender and elegant conformation are inserted so that they stand out without weighing down the garden. Succulents are often used and in particular aeonium, agave, equidistance, reeds or palms.<br>Hedge plants are usually also provided as a perimeter fence. For modern gardens, the cypress is particularly suitable for this function.<br>If you don’t want to have a standard result, add a touch of color, carefully choosing the flowers, discreet and placed strategic points, for example at the corners.
In modern gardens, little space is left for the lawn, always very short, because the intent is to create an extension of the house, with the inclusion of specific outdoor furniture.<br>In fact, even small building interventions are required, including flooring and masonry, but without suffocating nature. It usually has a few carefully selected elements, placed in strategic points, such as an area with white sand or gravel or pebbles, for example in Carrara marble.
Small areas paved with wood, teak, or suitably resistant materials are also very fashionable. Often these gardens include an outdoor living area where you can enjoy moments of relaxation. You can also think of a lighting system, for example with spotlights positioned on the ground, luminescent vases, or LED installations on the furniture structures. This way you can use the space even in the dark.
Since the project must take into account spaces and sizes, especially if the area at your disposal is small, always contact gardeners or landscape architects to obtain an optimal result, many of these use specific software to give you a realistic idea of how modern gardens will be created.
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