In contemporary gardens, the use of hedges is particularly effective due to the design technique of using fewer plants juxtaposed with hardscape elements —thus enabling the plants to have a greater visual impact
Hedging is an excellent way to create visually impactful contemporary gardens. Hedges cross the line between the plants and hardscape, combining the structure characteristic of the contemporary garden design with the softness of living plants. With the wood, metal, concrete, and rock used in contemporary landscape design, green foliage against these materials will soften the effect and add living interest
Many hedge varieties can even thrive in containers. Contemporary gardens landscape design often uses containers as this technique provides structured planting zones and is suitable on patios and rooftop spaces. This gives the landscape designer or homeowner the ability to create privacy screens with ease in any outdoor space
Hedges are also useful in stabilizing soil. Using hedges on slopes or around pools, waterfalls and other water details will protect against soil erosion while also reducing the impact of potential water runoff. There are many hedge types that are suitable for contemporary gardens.