Garden Types / Modern Garden
Modern garden designs are generally characterized by the absence of symmetry, free-flowing spaces and by sharp lines, both vertical and horizontal. They are based on a geometric layout and rely on scale and proportion to add drama in the absence of decorative ornaments. More focus is placed on materials or architecture than on plants. The material palette is kept to a minimum with smooth concrete used for walls or paving and limestone or slate for floors. Large slabs are often favored to create clean, uninterrupted surfaces. Planting tends also to be limited primarily to specimen trees, clipped hedges, lawns, and large blocks of simple plantings with architectural specimens. Reflective pools provide serene surfaces and bring light into the garden.
Low-growing and compact, Bouteloua gracilis (Blue Grama) is a densely tufted, warm season, ornamental grass noted for its intriguing inflorescences resembling tiny brushes. Suspended horizontally from only one side of the flowering stems, the flowers are red tinted at first before they bleach to a straw color.
Compact, Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa' (Boxwood) is a small, slow-growing, broadleaf evergreen shrub with soft and lush foliage of ovate, fairly glossy leaves, up to 1 in. long (2 cm). Tough, hardy and easy to grow, this dwarf Boxwood provides color year-round
Fast growing, reliable, with a multi-season interest, this cool season grass is not only beautiful, it is also virtually care-free and quite versatile.
One of the most striking New Zealand Hairy Sedge, Carex comans 'Frosted Curls' is a very distinctive ornamental grass with pale silvery green grasslike leaves that curl gracefully towards the ground, delicately softening any landscape
Carex comans Bronze-Leaved is a delightful New Zealand Hairy Sedge forming a low, cascading mound of narrowly linear, reddish-brown leaves, with inconspicuous brown flower spikes in late summer.
One of the most striking golden Sedge, award-winning Carex elata 'Aurea' or Bowles' Golden Sedge is a very distinctive ornamental grass with shimmering yellow blades and with fine green edges that curl gracefully towards the ground, delicately softening any landscape
One of the most striking golden Sedge, award-winning Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' is a very distinctive ornamental grass with narrow arching creamy-yellow leaves adorned with fine dark green edges. Valuable for its stunning appeal, this highly decorative semi-evergreen grass is one of the most beautiful ornamental grasses for the garden
Extraordinarily eye-catching, Carex testacea 'Prairie Fire' is also one of the cold-hardier New Zealand Hairy Sedges. It forms a low, cascading mound of narrow, arching, olive-green leaves tipped with bright orange highlights.
Adding a jolt of color in any garden or container, Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold' (Hakone Grass) is a brilliant golden grass that literally gleams in the shade. Its bright foliage forms a cascading mound of gracefully arching, slender blades that tend to become chartreuse in shade, and pure gold in the sun.
A recent introduction of great interest, Hakonechloa macra 'Naomi' (Hakone Grass) forms a compact cascading mound of gracefully arching, slender blades, beautifully variegated creamy-yellow and green throughout spring and summer. As soon as the cooler weather of fall sets in, the soft foliage turns gradually brilliant purplish-red
A true beauty for shady combinations, Hakonechloa macra 'Nicolas' (Hakone Grass) is a very interesting for of Japanese Forest Grass. Forming a compact cascading mound of gracefully arching, slender blades, its solid green foliage throughout spring and summer, turns brilliant red, orange and gold as soon as the cooler weather of fall sets in.
Striking and eye-catching with its brilliant crimson leaves, Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron' is a very distinctive ornamental grass. It produces upright, bright green blades whose upper half turns cranberry-red in summer and deepens to burgundy until late fall before it goes dormant in winter
Tall and majestic, award-winner Maiden Grass 'Grosse Fontane' (Miscanthus sinensis) or 'Large Fountain' in English, is an impressive ornamental grass with attractive, airy plumes which emerge red in mid-late summer and turn shiny silvery-white in the fall.
Compact and free-flowering, award-winner Maiden Grass 'Kleine Fontane' (Miscanthus sinensis) or 'Little Fountain' in English, is a lovely ornamental grass with attractive, airy plumes which emerge red in mid to late summer and turn shiny silvery-white in the fall. Remaining attractive all winter, they rise well above a graceful foliage of narrow, arching green leaves adorned with white midribs.