Four steps to a modern garden

Planting advice that will transform your green space

Tiered garden by Jane Brockbank and David Mikhail Architects
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‘Contemporary planting schemes tend to feature fewer plants in greater numbers,’ says Helen Derrin, in-house designer at Crocus. Here, she shares her four easy steps to creating a stylish modern garden…

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1 Add a splash of green
The Porsche Garden - RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2008 by Sim Flemons and John Warland
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Evergreen hedges and shapely topiary will offer uniform colour and form throughout the year, whilst adding structure to your outdoors. Pictured: The Porsche Garden - RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2008 by Sim Flemons and John Warland

2 Choose feathery foliage
Stipa calamagrostis. Rough feather grass.
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Select grasses and perennials with a strong profile – allium, calamagrostis (pictured), achillea, agastache, hakonechloa and stipa.

3 Adopt the gentle touch
Astrantia major. Masterwort flowers.
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Soften structural planting with umbellifers (aromatic plants from the cow parsley family), such as anthriscus, astrantia (pictured) and selinum.

4 Finish with a spray of colour
Geum 'Totally Tangerine' flowers.
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Fill any gaps in your planting scheme with fast-growing flowering plants. Geranium, geum (pictured), erigeron and nepeta are good options.

For more about creating a modern garden, read our Making a Modern Garden feature full of tips from the experts.

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