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Contemporary garden ideas: Vibrant features and striking layouts

When it comes to contemporary garden ideas, the trick is to combine art and botany. You want to create a space that’s warm, inviting, lush and tranquil. The outdoors and the indoors need to meet symbiotically so your garden becomes an extension of your house.

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Vibrant contemporary garden ideas

When it comes to contemporary garden ideas, the trick is to combine art and botany. You want to create a space that’s warm, inviting, lush and tranquil. The outdoors and the indoors need to meet symbiotically so your garden becomes an extension of your house.

If the Covid-19 lockdown has taught us anything, it’s that outdoor space is precious. For those of us blessed with a garden, knowing how to take full advantage of that square footage is worth the investment. So, with that said, read on for our top tips and trends for a vibrant and verdant garden, including some examples from our members!

Low maintenance contemporary garden design

This gorgeous design by Checkatrade members The Southdowns Landscaping Group incorporates an artificial lawn, porcelain resin-bound paving, and an array of contemporary features.

Clean, minimal and practical, this garden design utilises all areas to create the striking finish we see here. We love the wood burning stove and small break out areas to relax and lounge on during those warm summer nights. They’ve even installed lights that frame the lawn and add a touch of magic when the sun goes down.

Opt for a low maintenance contemporary garden design

Contemporary garden seating ideas

Rattan furniture is a fan favourite for relaxing on those gorgeous summer evenings. This beautiful pavement design is a great way to incorporate a low-maintenance and striking outdoor space that remains usable all year round.

We love the large neutral slabs and bordering hedges and trees. It combines both practically and botany for a tranquil outdoor space.

Contemporary garden seating ideas by Brick Stone Projects

Rattan furniture ideas

This garden transformation shows us how to make the most of a smaller back yard. The raised beds with uniformed topiaries are particularly striking, along with the mosaic patterned paving slabs.

Even the walls are painted to complement the aesthetic, creating a beautiful setting for  the rattan garden furniture and parasol.

Rattan furniture ideas from Balkan Contracts Ltd.

Contemporary garden design ideas

The clean lines of this contemporary back garden show us how to create symmetry and interest by using clashing textures to great effect.

The white gravel and stepping stones create a vertical walkway, which is intersected by wooden decking and lawn to create seating areas. The pergola on the middle deck houses purple benches and paint that matches the lavender growing at the back, which also ties in with the purple stone feature next to the twin topiaries.

Another nice touch is the fence, which is painted white two-thirds of the way up, leaving the brown wood to tie in with the decking.

Beautiful back garden with contemporary furniture

Urban city terrace contemporary garden

For those working with smaller spaces, creating feature walls is the name of the game. This chequered wood pattern makes good use of depth while keeping the bamboo trees at bay. The adjacent wall to the left also uses a smaller version of the wood pattern to create its own interest.

Next, the owners of this garden opted to install a raised flower bed full of hardy perennials, which doubles up as a seating area. These layers are a wonderful example of how to create depth, beauty and interest using very little space.

Wall and plant decor for a contemporary feel

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Contemporary garden design ideas for small gardens

The two features that stand out the most in this garden are the layered decking and the red Acer tree. Acers are great for adding colour and vibrancy to gardens as they’re hardy and beautiful, while split-level decking is a contemporary and effective design decision that adds height and depth. Like these homeowners, adding a planter or two and some chairs help ‘warm’ up the space and make it feel more inviting.

The fencing here is important to note, too. The creeping ivy is a natural privacy curtain, while the bamboo offers a sturdy and environmentally friendly structure for it to thrive on.

Small garden using contemporary features

Contemporary garden fencing ideas

This sturdy and warm cedar fence is a lovely privacy feature that doubles up as decor. We particularly love the bordering plant patch with shrubs and trees that subtly add an extra layer of privacy. A simple wood chip border that’s thick enough not to bleed onto the lawn is another nice touch.

What finishes this look is the rockery and solar-powered lantern lights. We’re sure this space looks extra special when the moon is out.

Fencing and garden edging

Contemporary garden rockery ideas

The low maintenance and striking rockery in this narrow contemporary garden is beautiful. Shrubs that require little to no soil are perfect here, while the rocks that border the trees add depth and interest.

The warm sphere lights sit sporadically within the landscape to gently highlight the feature, while the multi-coloured pebbles tie in all the elements perfectly.

Garden light ideas for a contemporary finish

Paving ideas for a contemporary garden

Pots and paving collide wonderfully in this contemporary garden design, making shapes that are fun and interesting. By having the lawn intersect at several points, you create symmetry and distance. At the far end, a table and chairs offer a lovely place to relax, while the dandelion bean bags inject a sense of fun.

Of course, the standout feature of this contemporary garden is the array of wildflowers that bloom vibrantly and beautifully in their pots and border trays. One thing is for sure here: this is bee heaven.

Paving ideas for a contemporary garden

Contemporary garden lighting ideas

Lighting up your contemporary garden is easy if you know how. This beautiful wooden and gravel design incorporates outdoor floor lanterns and LED powered lights embedded within the fence. This creates a gentle luminosity that’s balmy and dreamy during any type of weather.

The egg shaped rattan hanging chair is the last touch of whimsy in this contemporary garden design. Can anyone hand us a piña colada?

Contemporary garden lighting ideas

Contemporary transformation

This minimalist and striking garden design was built by Checkatrade member, Mr George Garden. It includes landscaping, new grass, paving and fencing to create a clean and low-maintenance garden that looks great all year round.

We particularly love the ornamental tree feature that sits near the house. It breaks up the large lawn without overpowering the space. The pavement and patio also border the lawn and perennial patch for a simple and elegant finish that these homeowners will enjoy for years to come.

Like what you see? There’s more where this came from. Check out Checkatrade’s blog for more tips, ideas, how-tos, and inspiration.

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