10 Modern Gardens That Freshen Up Traditional Homes

10 Modern Gardens That Freshen Up Traditional Homes

By Plantkind
Even if you're working with a home that's more traditional that you'd like, there's still ways to modernize it without going through an entire home renovation. The garden is a great place to start, and can have a powerful effect on your home's visage.

We've rounded up 10 examples of older homes that may be lacking a crisp modern structure, but boast a landscape that's refreshing and contemporary. 

As the founder of one of Sydney’s leading landscape companies, Michael Bates designed the luscious garden of his 100-year-old sandstone home in North Sydney. He augmented the existing plantings and made the space functional and more optimal for entertaining. He chose a focused selection of plants with broad leaves.



Elysian Landscapes modernized a classic brownstone by creating a private bi-level patio with clean, built-in seating for outdoor dining.


In this garden by Flora Grubb, contemporary containers and minimal furniture help to create an eclectic, modern environment. 


Connecting the home to the garden was the highest priority for Arkin Tilt Architects. A 14-foot-wide, multi-fold door completely opens the new dining room to the outdoors, while shading the interior space from the western sun. The deep covered porch features an outdoor countertop and sink for washing vegetables on the way from the garden to the table.





The plants themselves contribute greatly to the design and feeling of your garden. In this front yard by Adam Woodruff, he rethought the classic cottage garden by implementing creative, playful, and edgy plants.


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