Small, low maintenance garden: minimalistic Garden by Yorkshire Gardens

22 inspiring modern British gardens (you can copy)

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We love looking at completed garden projects in a bid to get inspired for our own. But isn't it always a shame when you stumble upon something you love, then discover it's been installed in another country, with a totally different climate? There's no guarantee that the plants would thrive in the UK, what with our tempestuous weather, so how about looking a little closer to home for your ideas?

We've found some wonderful modern gardens right here in the UK and having been crafted by talented landscapers, you know they're going to be special. Take a look and see if any inspire you to grab your gardening gloves!

1. The contrast of white beds with the dramatic black tulips is incredible! What a monochrome masterpiece of a garden

Contemporary Garden in Guildford: modern Garden by Cherry Mills Garden Design
Cherry Mills Garden Design

Contemporary Garden in Guildford

Cherry Mills Garden Design

2. The use of shaped shrubs (opposed to colourful blooms) looks so fresh and different

Small, low maintenance garden: minimalistic Garden by Yorkshire Gardens
Yorkshire Gardens

Small, low maintenance garden

Yorkshire Gardens

3. A vibrant seating area, coupled with super neat bushes, makes this garden a modern work of art

Contemporary Garden - North London: modern Garden by Earth Designs
Earth Designs

Contemporary Garden—North London

Earth Designs

4. Lawn? What lawn?! Nobody ever said you absolutely have to have grass in your garden and this project is convincing us to rip ours up

5. The mix of materials in this patio not only looks fabulous, it also naturally lends itself to contained borders. We love all those modern swirls and curves!

Modern Family garden in Essex: modern Garden by Earth Designs
Earth Designs

Modern Family garden in Essex

Earth Designs

6. This modern garden has been planned and executed to perfection. Just look at all the compartmentalised sections

Birdseye view: modern Garden by Earth Designs
Earth Designs

Birdseye view

Earth Designs

7. Small but perfectly formed, this garden is a delight. With a wooden terrace, funky orange screen and a wall-mounted water feature, it's got everything!

Modern Family garden in North London: modern Garden by Earth Designs
Earth Designs

Modern Family garden in North London

Earth Designs

8. Why only focus on the plants when you can have an incredible water feature and unusual patio surround as the main focus?

9. Believe it or not, that large building is a 'shed'! The repeated rectangular motif looks so contemporary, whilst the white shingle is the perfect finishing material

Modern Garden Shed: modern Garage/shed by Garden Affairs Ltd
Garden Affairs Ltd

Modern Garden Shed

Garden Affairs Ltd

10. Nothing says modern garden quite like a contemporary art installation

A Modern Garden with Traditional Materials: modern Garden by Yorkshire Gardens
Yorkshire Gardens

A Modern Garden with Traditional Materials

Yorkshire Gardens

11. Separating the social and green areas is a modern trend for gardens and we love this sunken patio

12. It might be small but this garden is the epitome of contemporary chic, especially with white fence panels

13. When your home is a modern marvel, your garden should follow suit. This updated take on a courtyard space is phenomenal

​Back garden at Bedford Gardens House. : modern Garden by Nash Baker Architects Ltd
Nash Baker Architects Ltd

​Back garden at Bedford Gardens House.

Nash Baker Architects Ltd

14. With green space becoming a commodity in urban areas, you need to get creative. How about a modern roof garden, complete with decking?

London garden roof-top terace: modern Garden by Decorum . London
Decorum . London

London garden roof-top terace

Decorum . London

15. Technically, this is a garden as the house surrounds it and opens out into the space. We think this is the ultimate in modern gardens, given that it's sparsely decorated and ultra private

Courtyard House  -  East Dulwich:  Terrace by Designcubed
Designcubed

Courtyard House — East Dulwich

Designcubed

16. When you're faced with an awkward plot, you make the most of it! Raised beds that lead to a pretty terrace might be our new favourite way to tackle an uneven space

17. This all-weather garden certainly knows how to make the most of modern materials, motifs and funky plants

RHS Cardiff 2015: modern Garden by Best4hedging
Best4hedging

RHS Cardiff 2015

Best4hedging

18. While the materials are nothing short of rustic, the overall styling is so modern and fun. Seating, a table and breezy potted plants all enhance the feel

19. What's more modern than a millimetre perfect lawn and a smattering of spiky plants?

AR Design Studio- Abbots Way: modern Houses by AR Design Studio
AR Design Studio

AR Design Studio- Abbots Way

AR Design Studio

20. This modern 'shoffice' (shed/office) is making us reevaluate our gardens!

21. This black and cherry wood colour scheme has created a modern garden with a difference

22. Contrasting perfectly with a traditional home, this modern project shows that you can harmoniously blend two wildly different styles

Knightsbridge Roof Terrace - Aralia Garden Design:  Commercial Spaces by Aralia
Aralia

Knightsbridge Roof Terrace—Aralia Garden Design

Aralia

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 15 Superb Front Gardens You Can Imitate Pretty Cheaply.

Is your garden ready for a modern twist?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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