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The modern British garden

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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By far your favourite section of homify is the garden. We know why too; us Brits being world renowned for our gardens and traditionally being at the forefront for horticultural innovation and discovery. But in the modern age, this status no longer applying completely to us, what do we do in this time of globalisation and international trade? Below, we've assembled some ideas about what our professionals are doing in their modern British gardens and the options available to you.

For the town house

For the most of us, who are hemmed in by the town  or city, we aren't always given much space to play with. In fact a garden like this can seem constricting to the untrained eye, but when you realise the potential of your outside space, you'll soon see what you've got hiding out there! Take a look at this quirky design with an installed shelving unit/awning frame that acts like the transparent borders of an outside living area! Great idea and practical use of space.

The urban garden

Decking is another affordable option that more and more of us are employing in our urban and country garden designs. It' s a versatile and easily replaceable material that is relatively cost effective, as an alternative to classic garden surface options. The only drawback is the longevity of the material. And just because the floor isn't covered in earth, doesn't mean that the place can't be green! Take the above as an example.

Small, practical gardens

Party garden in Sevenoaks, Kent:  Garden by Earth Designs
Earth Designs

Party garden in Sevenoaks, Kent

Earth Designs

At first, one might think that a narrow and specially challenged yard like this would be unrewarding and effectively just another storage ground for various things. But when you use the most of the space available to you, you can have something like this beauty here! What a practical and beautiful option for an outdoor area.

The modern herb garden

Admittedly, most of us don't play host to an uncanny and beautiful picture, such as this one, but a herb garden no longer needs necessarily to be put in a grand scene like we know from period dramas. Hanging baskets, window trays and pots and, of course, our smaller gardens can offer an excellent place to grow veg and herbs, most of the year round.

The modern classic

Evocative of past times and classic approaches towards gardening and landscaping in general, we have by no means forgotten our historical roots in gardening. Classic designs like this can be found all over the country and are an excellent example of the classic/modern fusion -as in a classic design in the modern day. A great blend of smells, textures and colours make up this design, from Inspired Garden Design. Good to know the old ways are still looking great.

For more garden design ideas, take a look at some garden lighting ideas and some more ideas about garden furniture

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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