How to create a mid-century modern garden

A mid-century modern home and garden.
A mid-century modern home and garden.

OPEN plan with natural light, clean lines and large windows, mid-century modern homes are among some of the most desirable styles on the market.

They also cleverly embrace the indoor-outdoor flow, so you naturally spend more time outside.

Thibaut Holl from Perth Landscaping & Gardening has some advice to help create the ideal garden to accompany the home.

The key, he says, is to think simple, effective and functional.

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How to create a mid-century modern garden:

Top landscaping ideas

– Use natural materials to create natural stone walkways, rusted-look corten steel that blends into the landscape and wooden design elements.

In Perth we have access to stunning natural stones in reddish-earthy hues, such as the Toodyay stone.

– Create patio, alfresco and walkway areas that encourage outdoor living. Make sure they complement your lifestyle: don’t add a pool if you won’t use it. Instead, opt for an alfresco area if you are big entertainers or plenty of comfortable shaded reading areas if that is your pleasure.

Top plants

– Focus on low-maintenance planting, minimal flowers and carefully-placed native shrubs and trees that are suited to the environment and require little coddling in order to thrive.

Go with plants indigenous to your area that offer colours and textures that balance your landscape.

Top design features

– The theme is clean and minimalist; no clutter, just useful seating and dining spaces, and again, use natural materials and hues for decking, walkways, even garden edging.

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