Contemporary lines translate in the landscape

Sharp architectural lines and structural planting set the tone in this contemporary garden landscape

This contemporary home by Popov Bass Architects displays a stunning modern garden entrance. Working with strong architectural lines the garden landscape perfectly complements the off-form concrete entrance of the home.

your outdoor garden design starts here

So you’re looking for garden landscape ideas, or maybe you just want some inspiration for your outdoor space in general? The very best place to start is by looking through images and identifying what you like and what you don’t.

When you’re searching for inspiration bear in mind how you want to use your outdoor space and identify designs that suit your practical needs. For example, are you after a relaxing garden space for long lazy weekends or will you be regularly entertaining and hosting parties? Do you have a family to accommodate, or maybe you’d like to put in a pool? Thinking about these larger concepts at the beginning of your planning helps immeasurably to ensure you design a space that complements your lifestyle.

Once you’ve worked out the overall requirements of the space and the design styles that you like, it’s time to consider a few of the practicalities. A beautiful and functional outdoor space will be used all year round so specifying materials that are practical for the space you want to design is an important step. Think organic, tumbled travertine and limestone for beautiful light and airy courtyards, a dense granite works beautifully around a BBQ area while concrete pavers mean you have a huge colour spectrum to choose between. Low retaining walls work wonders for breaking up a space and giving a garden levels and depth while higher stone walls can provide some privacy from your neighbours. Finish off the look with planting that complements both your design aesthetic and your lifestyle along with some outdoor patio furniture and your garden design is complete.

Don’t forget that one of the simplest ways to really articulate what you’re looking for is to gather a  bunch of garden landscape ideas before you talk to your landscape designer. Show them what styles appeal to you and what kinds of things will suit your home. They’ll use these garden ideas as a way to navigate through options and when it comes to outdoor paving ideas, the same is true. When you come into one of our design showrooms to select your natural stone finishes, show us the proposed designs for your space and the kind of garden landscape styles that you like so that we can help you pick out the outdoor paving that is best suited to your design.

We strongly believe natural stone, from paving and tiles to dry stone and random ashlar walling, is always the best option if you’re wanting to create a design that will complement the home, be sympathetic to wear and age beautifully. If you’ve had a good look through our site and you’re still not sure which outdoor natural stone ideas are best for your place, come and talk to us. We’re the stone specialists.