‘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…
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
Select grasses and perennials with a strong profile – allium, calamagrostis (pictured), achillea, agastache, hakonechloa and stipa.
Soften structural planting with umbellifers (aromatic plants from the cow parsley family), such as anthriscus, astrantia (pictured) and selinum.
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.