Potted plants are a great way to create a modern garden design. Try using large pavers or flat stones to create a smooth and trim lawn. Then create a green space by arranging large pots with several plants in each. Choose pots in modern colors, like black or white. They should have long straight lines and smooth curves with minimal ornamentation.
Modern gardens use a combination of materials. You can have large stepping stones through your pond or a wood deck overlooking your water feature. Create borders and trim with a moat of river rocks. Skip the messy-looking flowering plants and stick with simple greenery that you can keep trim and neat.
11. Guiding the Way
You need to have pathways throughout your garden. This makes it easier to enjoy your work and maintain your plants. A modern garden will use pavers, concrete, or wood. For a rustic garden look, you can use pea gravel for a natural-looking path. If you want to create a vintage garden, use salvaged bricks or flat stones.
If you have a large yard, your flower bed may not take up the entire backyard. Then your pathway will connect your flower bed to the other areas of the yard. Perhaps it leads from the patio to the garden and then around to the fire pit.
12. Tranquility and Beauty
Water features can be a lot of work, depending on the type and size you decide to add. Even a small fountain will add natural noise and calming sound effects to your garden. The only other way you can add sound to your garden is with a wind chime, and they can be more annoying than the gentle sound of running water.
If you’re ready to commit to a serious water feature, consider adding a fish pond with a fountain. You’ll need to care for the fish and maintain the fountain hardware. However, it’s well worth it for the calming effect it’ll have on you and the entire space. For fish, consider koi, but be warned; they are expensive. Goldfish are a much more affordable alternative.