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Modernist Ideas In Gardening

Modernist Ideas In Gardening

Modernist principles in gardening come from the Modernist style of architecture, which emerged at beginning of the twentieth century. This made use of the newest technological developments to design buildings that did not have to rely on traditional building techniques. Reinforced concrete could be moulded into exciting new forms, creating lighter buildings with bigger, interconnected spaces and uncluttered interiors.

Today there is a new wave of Modernist thinking, which regards the garden as an outside room whose link with the house is paramount. Key elements of the building’s architecture such as doors and windows will be repeated as elements of the garden.

Summer Garden Schemes

Summer Garden Schemes

The Victorians created better summer bedding schemes than anyone, with elaborate, ornate pattering in flowerbeds, using a wide variety of plants. And while it looks incredibly difficult, it is not. Try it on a small scale in a spare bed.

Start by drawing a plan, and keep it simple, with straight lines and rounded curves, avoiding tight angles and intricate shapes. Big and bold is best to begin with. Stick to 4 or 5 colors and plant up the garden design with annuals, making sure that you choose neat, uniform varieties that will not spoil the pattern as they grow.

Topiary – Sculptures From Living Plants

Topiary – Sculptures From Living Plants

Topiary is a way of making sculpture from living plants. By training and clipping you can make bold, often imposing structural shapes, including ‘walls’ and arches. You can also create birds and animals, trains, chess sets or simply cones, ball shapes as spirals, which can create formality or points of interest in even the smallest garden.

Do not choose to have topiary in the garden unless you have time and patience (or a gardener) to care for it well. Every time you clip it, you are removing all the young, strong new shoots and leaves, which weakens the plant. Feeding, watering and weeding are therefore of the utmost importance. Use a slow-acting organic manure, which will improve the structure of the soil as well as provide nutrients.