Characteristic of the modern style are simplicity of line and an almost sculptural quality of space. Everything is very well defined and there is very little in the way of natural transition from one area to another. On plan or in reality, shapes are simple and geometric and follow a strong and simple organic dynamic. Just as the house is a “machine for living” in Le Corbusiers words, so form follows function.
A planting scheme that changes from a single colour, for instance yellow flowering summer plants to white flowering autumn and winter plants, can be a powerful addition to this monochromatic hard landscape arrangement.Colours are crisp and clean in the modern style, usually but not always featuring strong contrasts. It is common also to see this kind of garden completed with, for instance, the restrains that a monochrome colour scheme bring to bear on the project.
The discipline that this brings to bear, especially in changing light conditions can pay dividends in delivering a visual experience that is controlled, disciplined and clean. it allows the changes of light from one time of the day to the other, and during the different seasons, to play a significant part in you visual experience.
Vegetation in the modern garden is usually massive, architectural, strong in line and in visual impact. Large-leaved Hostas and spiky grasses as used to good effect and accessories are generally used. Restraint and economy in the use of all materials are however essential. Do be really careful not to include too many different types of materials in this type of garden design plan. When choosing your components, have some fun taking everything else away until you are left with the perfect object or single species planting scheme. One carefully chosen item will reinforce the modernist concept that less is definately very much more.