19 modern garden ideas: How to create a stylish outdoor space

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Modern garden ideas don't have to be colourless and stark — in fact many of the best schemes really embrace the natural materials and scenery that surrounds them. 

While the first thing that tends to spring to mind for many people on the hunt for garden landscaping ideas with a more contemporary twist tends to be vast areas of monochromatic patio, a limited colour palette of plants and the odd piece of unrecognisable garden art, there is absolutely no reason to feel in any way restricted when it comes to creating a modern open air space. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.