The use of hedges is primarily effective in a contemporary landscape due to the signature design feature of using fewer plants within the hardscape elements—thus enabling the plants chosen to have a greater visual impact.
Hedging is an excellent way to create a visually impactful design. Some hedge varietals are able to be installed to form the structural elements characteristic of contemporary design and most hedge shrubs are ideal for columnar or topiary work. With the use of wood, metal, concrete and rock (the primary hardscapes used in contemporary landscape design), green foliage against these materials will deliver significant visual impact.
Many hedge varietals can even thrive in containers, which has the added advantage of simpler installation and general plant care. With contemporary garden design’s heavy use of containers and formalized spaces, using hedges satisfies these dual features—the ability to create privacy screens utilizing containers allows homeowners to create distinct spaces with ease in any size outdoor space.
Hedges are also useful in stabilizing soil, making installing them as a boundary or screen for a water feature ideal—using hedges around pools, waterfalls and other water details will act as a protectant against soil erosion while also reducing the impact of potential water runoff. Hedges can also be enclosed to make a garden room which forms Country gardens. Also, see Commercial landscaping. Explore hedge types which would suit best for your contemporary garden.
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Dense, evergreen, easily-maintained Hicks Yew hedges are the perfect choice for low, artistic borders.
Beech hedges can be planted in blocks to create patterns to highlight other plants and sculptures.
Walkways around this pond are bordered symmetrically with boxwood (Buxus) hedges.
In this application, the European beech (Fagus sylvatica) hedge has been limbed for an interesting effect in this landscape.
Use a hornbeam hedge to highlight flowers, herbs, and garden sculptures.
Purple or copper beech creates striking color contrast with flowers and lawn.
This garden room is made elegant and modern with the beech hedge design surrounding the seating area.
Simple but impactful, this design uses a mix of colors and heights of beech hedges to make a statement while providing ultimate privacy.
This modern garden uses Portuguese Laurel combined with a piece of garden art for an interesting and useful design.
Borders can be more than just a green backdrop - make them the focal point by mixing colors and heights of beech hedge
Older hedges like this European beech (Fagus sylvatica) can be trained to form an arch or gable.
To create definition between areas of the garden, hedges can be used as walls in contemporary gardens to create unique "rooms."
A formal outdoor meeting place such as this can be made more private with the use of privacy hedges like the yew (Taxus) in the background. Lower boxwood (Buxus) hedges bordering the patio provide an attractive border.
This elegant yew (Taxus) hedge not only provides a more effective screen than a traditional fence but also creates an elegant backdrop for an outdoor living area.
Soft evergreen hedges like this boxwood (Buxus) make a stone patio softer and more inviting even when planted in modern, geometric shapes.
Using hedges to form rounded contours in a landscape creates a contemporary feel when juxtaposed with vertical accents.
A serene backdrop is created by using European beech (Fagus sylvatica) for privacy on this city lot.
A formal landscape can be readily achieved with the use of a leafy hedge like this European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
This little cottage garden with table and chairs is made more private with the arborvitae (Thuja) hedge behind.