7 Essentials for the Modern Garden

See our smart tips for designing contemporary green spaces.

Geometric Plantings

Photographer Roger Davies

Geometric Plantings

Manicured shrubs like these coiffed globe boxwoods provide a little order in the wild.

Bold Foliage

Photographer Roger Foley

Bold Foliage

Variations in leaf size and shape elevate a nearly flowerless garden from plain-Jane to sophisticated.

Occasional Symmetry

Photographer Roger Davies

Occasional Symmetry

Pairs of palm trees and potted bamboo plants form exclamation points around entries to the walkway and house.

Water Feature

Photographer Roger Foley

Water Feature

A fuss-free, rectangular lily pond or geometric waterfall offers a peace-and-quiet alternative to the more predictable bubbling fountain.

Single Hit of Color

Photographer Roger Foley

Single Hit of Color

Trailing hot-pink bougainvillea works like a shot of espresso in serene, all-green gardens.

Oversize Planters

Photographer Roger Foley

Oversize Planters

Giant cubed planters flanking entry points are the perfect statement-making accessory for a house’s exterior walls.

Patina

Photographer Roger Davies

Patina

Salvaged European cobblestones add a touch of old-world character to the garden’s sleek style. These line the drive and entry courtyard.

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