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Contemporary gardens have an emphasis on hardscape of stone, wood and concrete, with bold architectural plants incorporated. Water features, sculpture and containers are important in the contemporary garden; and plants, while fewer in numbers, are actually highlighted and add drama. We are more likely to notice a plant's stunning attributes when it is not competing against scores of other plants for attention.

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Pyramidal European Hornbeam is an attractive, densely branched, columnar tree when young, aging into a stately, broad cone shape with handsome, fluted, gray bark. Distinctive, dark green foliage turns yellow-orange in fall. Plant in groups as a screen or windbreak, or use as a specimen in a narrow yard or street side. Takes well to hard pruning as a formal hedge. Deciduous. Zone 4-8

Pyramidal European Hornbeam - Monrovia - Pyramidal European Hornbeam

Pyramidal European Hornbeam is an attractive, densely branched, columnar tree when young, aging into a stately, broad cone shape with handsome, fluted, gray bark. Distinctive, dark green foliage turns yellow-orange in fall. Plant in groups as a screen or windbreak, or use as a specimen in a narrow yard or street side. Takes well to hard pruning as a formal hedge. Deciduous. Zone 4-8

Little Ollie® Dwarf Olive is a non-fruiting evergreen with a graceful, multi-branching habit. Deep green leaves have silvery green undersides. Attractive as a formal hedge or specimen shrub. Excellent in topiary form, or trained as a single trunk tree in smaller spaces. Heat, drought and salt tolerant. Zone 8-11

Little Ollie® Dwarf Olive

Little Ollie® Dwarf Olive is a non-fruiting evergreen with a graceful, multi-branching habit. Deep green leaves have silvery green undersides. Attractive as a formal hedge or specimen shrub. Excellent in topiary form, or trained as a single trunk tree in smaller spaces. Heat, drought and salt tolerant. Zone 8-11

Frosty Ribbons® Hosta is a stunning new variety, featuring lush green and creamy white variegated foliage that nearly shimmers in the shade garden. Dainty, pale lavender tubular flowers appear above mounds of foliage in summer, attracting hummingbirds. Deciduous. Zone 4-8

Frosty Ribbons® Hosta

Frosty Ribbons® Hosta is a stunning new variety, featuring lush green and creamy white variegated foliage that nearly shimmers in the shade garden. Dainty, pale lavender tubular flowers appear above mounds of foliage in summer, attracting hummingbirds. Deciduous. Zone 4-8

Festival™ Burgundy Cordyline creates a dramatic and eye-catching grass-like effect with long arching leaves. Tiny white blooms appear on dark red stems. Spectacular paired with bright-colored foliage and flowers. Plant in drifts along walkway borders or in foundation plantings. A bold architectural form in container gardens. Evergreen. Zone 8-11

Festival™ Burgundy Cordyline

Festival™ Burgundy Cordyline creates a dramatic and eye-catching grass-like effect with long arching leaves. Tiny white blooms appear on dark red stems. Spectacular paired with bright-colored foliage and flowers. Plant in drifts along walkway borders or in foundation plantings. A bold architectural form in container gardens. Evergreen. Zone 8-11

Blue Yucca forms a trunk that grows to 12 feet tall, with minimal branching near the top. Its distinctive powder blue leaves have a pronounced spine at the tip. Do not plant near human and pet traffic. In the summer the blue foliage is complemented by a showy 5 to 6 foot stalk of white flowers. For best growth, provide supplemental water in the summer, and plant in well-drained soils. Zones 7-10

Blue Yucca

Blue Yucca forms a trunk that grows to 12 feet tall, with minimal branching near the top. Its distinctive powder blue leaves have a pronounced spine at the tip. Do not plant near human and pet traffic. In the summer the blue foliage is complemented by a showy 5 to 6 foot stalk of white flowers. For best growth, provide supplemental water in the summer, and plant in well-drained soils. Zones 7-10

Baby Pete™ Lily Of The Nile is a unique compact variety that blooms weeks earlier than others! Masses of blue flowers just above clusters of short, wide evergreen foliage. Rarely sets seed pods, resulting in a longer bloom period. Splendid along pathways, or in groupings and mixed containers. Zones 8-11

Baby Pete™ Agapanthus

Baby Pete™ Lily Of The Nile is a unique compact variety that blooms weeks earlier than others! Masses of blue flowers just above clusters of short, wide evergreen foliage. Rarely sets seed pods, resulting in a longer bloom period. Splendid along pathways, or in groupings and mixed containers. Zones 8-11

Golf Ball Kohuhu's dense, formal, low-maintenance form is ideal in containers or as a low hedge in place of boxwood. A great choice to line a walkway or surround a rose or perennial garden. Provides year-round beauty with bright green foliage, maintaining a natural rounded shape that seldom needs pruning. Evergreen. Zone 8-11

Golf Ball Pittosporum

Golf Ball Kohuhu's dense, formal, low-maintenance form is ideal in containers or as a low hedge in place of boxwood. A great choice to line a walkway or surround a rose or perennial garden. Provides year-round beauty with bright green foliage, maintaining a natural rounded shape that seldom needs pruning. Evergreen. Zone 8-11

Rethink agapathus by mixing it into all kinds of landscapes and picking varieties with a range of colors and sizes.

Be Inspired - Better Ways to Use Agapanthus

Poor agapathus, choice plant of curbside gardens in lots of warm season zones. It's not her fault that she's so useful, easy-to-grow, and brings a whimsical

Topiary, the art or practice of clipping shrubs or trees into ornamental shapes, can transform your front door, deck, containers, beds, and borders from “that’s nice” to “that’s fabulous” without even so much as a hint of preciousness or pretension.

Be Inspired - Let's Talk Topiary

Think topiary is only for (a) formal gardens, (b) landmark English estates, or (c) Disneyland? Think again! Here are eight inspiring uses of topiary.

Contemporary Landscaping Ideas from Andy Sturgeon, Small Garden Design

Contemporary Landscaping Ideas from Andy Sturgeon, Small Garden Design

Contemporary landscaping ideas reflect modern trends in architecture and house design, bringing simplicity and unique details into garden design, front yard and backyard decorating

cedar playhouse, swing and climbing frame. The ground is covered with maintenance-free artificial grass over a rubber mat--Cedar playhouse could be used for yard/garden equipment.

Modern Garden Pictures | Ideal Home

Modern garden pictures and photos for your next decorating project. Find inspiration from 100s of beautiful living room images

low water - grasses, mexican sage, succulents // Great Gardens & Ideas // - near front ditch so no-mow natural ball-catching fence!

50 Modern Front Yard Designs and Ideas — RenoGuide - Australian Renovation Ideas and Inspiration

A well manicured front yard helps to frame your home and prefaces the interior and family inside, providing an initial welcome. A well thought out and organised front yard design and landscaping should compliment the natural terrain of the land and enhance the general theme of the home. When designi

10 tips for a stylish contemporary garden design  - housebeautiful.co.uk

10 tips for a stylish contemporary garden design

If you want a sleek look for your outdoor space, follow these contemporary garden design ideas.