Modern Landscape Design

What Makes a Landscape Modern?

Tagged under:

What is a Modern Landscape?

Do you think you might be interested in a modern landscape design for your yard? What exactly is a modern landscape? It can be defined by geometry and straight lines in hardscapes, both vertical and horizontal. There are fewer colors, with a more neutral palette. It is uncluttered with a minimalist approach, lacking in yard ornaments. There’s no plastic. Planters are Corten steel, as is bed edging. Steel edging disappears between the mulch and lawn – a clean look. The landscape is low-maintenance with little, if any, lawn. Mass plantings are preferred, but sometimes there are no plantings at all.

Modern home with corten steel planters and overflowing potato vine - Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Corten steel planters are bold, stylish and a popular choice among modern enthusiasts.

Characteristics of a Modern Landscape Design

    • Clean Lines (Vertical & Horizontal)
    • Neutral Palette
    • Bold Materials (Corten Steel Planters & Edging)
    • Geometry in the Landscape
    • Minimalist in Design
    • Low Maintenance
    • Connection between home & landscape
    • Uncluttered
Modern home with minimalist landscape design.

Notice the connection between the home and the landscape? This minimalist front yard landscape is clean and neutral.

Emphasis on Smart, Sustainable, and Climate Friendly Gadgets

The outside is connected to the inside with an easy flow between the spaces. Views out the windows are important. Geometry in the landscape is framed by the window. Considering climate change and in keeping with low maintenance, water stays on the property. Smart irrigation systems and rain gardens achieve that end.

Modern with a zen twist. Clean lines give this serene backyard a modern feel.

Neutral palette, clean lines and Corten accents - this minimalist design has all the modern vibes.

Geometry in the landscape. These bluestone planks were individually measured, scored, and cut to create a complex, irregular pattern.

A good mix of modern and traditional characteristics. Can you pick out the modern elements?

More Modern Landscapes

Minneapolis Modern Makeover

This Minneapolis, MN design includes a modern front yard zen garden, unique bluestone patio, and wood-burning fire pit.

Slope Be Gone

This family of six upgraded their backyard with a modern Bluestone patio and a perfectly regraded lawn for playing sports and games.

Sleek Patio Design and Installation

Modern lines, fine pavers, detailed patio and a simple color palette with vibrant garden accents.

Want to know your landscape personality?

Take the Quiz

Keep Browsing

Other Recent Blog Articles

Spring Yard Work

Spring is an exciting time in Minnesota. The melting snow and bright rays of sunshine serve as a welcome sign that it's time to put away the mittens and winter boots and prepare for another beautiful Minnesota summer.

Show Your Love for Pollinators This Growing Season

Many often wonder why pollinators are important in their garden. Pollinators are important because they are vital in the reproduction of flowering plants and the fruits and vegetables. So if you want large blooms, seeds, fruits, and vegetables in your garden, make it a pollinator friendly garden!

The Healing Power of the Outdoors

Here are some fascinating ways in which nature positively impacts our physical and mental health, providing you with even more reasons to invest in your outdoor space.