Ayrshire outdoor living: modern Garden by Lithic Fire

12 mouth-watering modern British garden ideas

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Gone are the days when everyone would dream of perfectly manicured gardens that had borders full to bursting. Modern, easy-to-maintain designs that are geared towards socialising are now very much the thing.

However, don't worry if you're unsure how that would translate in your outdoor space as we have some fantastic ideas for you. From sleek seating to unusual, artistic schemes, we've found some incredible styles that we know will have you calling in landscape architects for some quotes.

Let's take a look at them, shall we?

1. Year-round garden enjoyment

Ayrshire outdoor living: modern Garden by Lithic Fire
Lithic Fire

Ayrshire outdoor living

Lithic Fire

Is even possible in the UK when you build seating around a stylish fire pit!

2. You don't need a lawn to enjoy the great outdoors

Reflected Glory - Holland Park Renovation: modern Garden by Tyler Mandic Ltd
Tyler Mandic Ltd

Reflected Glory—Holland Park Renovation

Tyler Mandic Ltd

Gorgeous garden fencing and contemporary planters look great and require little ongoing work

3. Indoors outdoors

We're still loving this trend that sees gardens almost becoming part of interior spaces, thanks to lots of uninterrupted glazing. A simple and neat design really works for a modern feel.

4. Modern accessories

Why not make your garden a little more modern by really making a feature of it with accessories? This boxed in area looks phenomenal

5. For day-to-night socialising

A terrific terrace is the way to go! Atmospheric lighting, comfortable furniture and a tidy lawn are all you need.

6. Contemporary addition

Do away with traditional summerhouses and install an arty outbuilding for a really modern look. They're perfect for unpredictable British weather!

7. Large pots

​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

Keeping plants in large pots rather than traditional borders will help you to maintain them easily and give you the freedom to change things up as and when you want. 

We also adore this modern, low-level seating

8. Small or awkwardly shaped gardens look great with a modern twist

The decking and green privacy walls here make a peculiar spot look especially contemporary.

9. Outdoor dining

wooden louvres and fire magic bbq: modern Garden by wood-fired oven
wood-fired oven

wooden louvres and fire magic bbq

wood-fired oven

If plants hold no interest for you, turn your garden into a stylish al fresco cooking area. This one is more modern than a lot of kitchens and looks amazing!

10. Eye-catching features

Draw focus to more interesting features than just greenery for a modern feel. Water installations are always popular and these cube designs are so simple.

11. Modern topiary

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

A Modern Garden with Traditional Materials

Yorkshire Gardens

Can elicit an outdoor gallery feel to your garden, especially when combined with fabulous sculptures, clean lines and understated landscaping.

12. Concrete and wood

Are fast becoming a modern garden dream team and we can see why! Bench seating on a perfectly smooth terrace allows for outdoor enjoyment, as well as a stylish look and minimal garden maintenance

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 14 Gorgeous Gardens That'll Turn You Green (Fingered).

Which of these ideas would work in your garden?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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