22 inspiring modern British gardens (you can copy)

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We love looking at completed contemporary 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 garden ideas 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.

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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.

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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.

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Contemporary Garden—North London

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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!

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Modern Family garden in Essex

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

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Birdseye view

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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!

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Modern Family garden in North London

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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.

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Modern Garden Shed

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

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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.

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Small back garden design

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

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​Back garden at Bedford Gardens House.

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

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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.

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Courtyard House — East Dulwich

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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.

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RHS Cardiff 2015

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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?

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AR Design Studio- Abbots Way

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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.

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Knightsbridge Roof Terrace—Aralia Garden Design

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

If you're looking for modern garden ideas that can take you from summer to winter, then read on to learn more about firepits by one of our professionals with expertise in contemporary garden and landscape designs.

Easy to install, firepits can add some needed warmth to your outdoor space while also elevating the look of a garden.

Bonus: Want to turn up the heat in your modern garden? Add flair with a firepit, which doubles as an outdoor grill.

Bonus: A contemporary garden design with a space for the whole family is made even more extravagant with a sandstone firepit.

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Lithic Fire

Ayrshire outdoor living

Lithic Fire

Bonus: Get toasty beside a firepit and make the most of your garden all year round!

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1.2m rustic sandstone firepit

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Feeling inspired but in need of ideas for a modern garden space indoors? We've got you covered. Check out this ideabook: How to get started on your indoor winter garden.


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