Gardening tips for creating Modern Landscape 

  

A good number of house owners like their outdoor and indoor themes in sync with each other. When choosing contemporary design options for indoor furnishings, owners often have an inclination towards going for modern landscaping themes for their yards and gardens as well.  However, a professionally planned and designed contemporary landscape is not really an easy option. However, with little advice from plantation experts, the same can be done on your own with minimal maintenance requirements. A little research on some native plant species suitable for your outdoor space availability can miraculously change the look of your exteriors. The article here will highlight some suggestions on the same.

While native plant species are easy to start with and even easier to maintain, the choice definitely depends on the owners. One may also choose to experiment with non- native species. These are not easy to maintain, and also do not come with a surety of survival, but can be propagated slowly by starting them off in pots or planters and then shifting them to your planned space when they start to flourish.

However, not all outdoor spaces come with easy water availability solutions. This is where creative solutions are applied to the landscaping to conserve water. The term used for such planned landscaping for low water areas is Xeriscaping. Although Xeriscaping was initially intended for drought regions, the same is now being used as an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional landscaping. The idea is to use more of native plant species which can survive on low water availability and create a green visual scene in your outdoors. An abundant green look can also be obtained by creating separate green islands of plants placed in clusters or groups.

Grouping can be achieved in a lot of different ways. One can go for segregation of similar plant species and create separate green islands of same native species in a corner. The other option is to play with geometry creating rows of foliage or other patterns. A similar type of plant species grouped together and placed in attractive patterns always win the appreciation of an observer. They also give a visually appealing contrast to the background and attract a visitor’s immediate attention.

Another option to try for creating a different look is to place a signature single plant amongst a group of similar plants as a background. This is often a wonderful idea to bring your chosen plant to the centre stage.

Another golden rule to remember is that while groups or large clusters of plants placed together look very appealing to the eye, sometimes, going down on the numbers is very important. It is not always that big numbers are needed to get that desired effect. Plants like succulents can be neatly planted in rows with decent spacing. A gravel base separating two plants can throw more limelight on each one individually.

There are various options that can be used as a base to create that background effect. Modern landscapers often use gravel as a preferred base material for creating backgrounds. However, newer ideas of using greenery like moss blankets or other plant species as a base are also being appreciated in the world of contemporary landscaping. Flower plantations around tree bases, or planting contrasting coloured herbs under flowering tree bases creates a visual contrast drawing more attention to the tree as a centre stage piece.

Base materials can also be used in small spaces within a yard or even in pots and planters. The use of bright green moss against a background of bright coloured flowering shrubs highlights their beauty.

There is nothing like using the naturally occurring materials to create the base effect. The use of sand or even large boulders sometimes adds a different level to the landscaping plan. Large rocks set in the background of beautifully flowering plants placed together adds to the glamour quotient. Although such major changes need professional help for installation, the effect obtained is definitely worth the effort.

For those who want to experiment beyond native species to their contemporary designs, use of pots and planters is a very recommended option. These can be used for seasonal flowers or plants which can be changed every season without much of an effort. They can also be easily shifted within you yard depending on the sunlight availability or can be conveniently moved indoors when required. Planters or pots need less maintenance as compared to permanently growing them on your grounds.

Pots are also very handy when you need to work on some specific spaces in your garden or even on a porch. They come in various shapes and sizes and can be effectively used to fill up vacant spaces, create dividing areas or even screen some areas from the rest.

Most contemporary landscape designers also love to go for a variety of colourful  succulents along with other non native plants.

It is a good idea to learn about plant options to go for in different seasons. There is a lot to learn from observing nature. Along with the same, it is recommended to pick up ideas from office landscape plans or shopping malls that you visit. These spaces keep themselves updated with seasonal flowers and always have a colourful flowering spot to showcase as a part of their landscape design. You can always search up for similar plants or ask your gardener to get you a few samples of the ones you like the most.

Since your winters will primarily be spent planting your chosen varieties, do spend the other part of the year researching on new plant species, reading up modern landscaping ideas and planning new designs for your yard. There is an infinity of experiments that can be done with pots and plants with respect to their choice, placing and decorating.

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