These creative combinations and unique looks can liven up your backyard design scheme.
Accentuate the Positive
We love a rounded shape to break up a mostly straight-lined modern space. This round, modern plant bed is underscored by cement pavers that help contrast both its color and shape.
This combination of manzanita, hedgehog aloe, blue-flowering aloe, agave and tall, full-bristled Agave geminiflora proves that succulents and xeriscape plants can be colorful and lush.
Zen Into It
Looking for a more playful approach? The uniform and structural shapes of echeveria, deep-red Photinia fraseri, along with trimmable Japanese holly, can be planted in a distinct pattern. Offsetting this swirl are white marble chips. The overall look is both artful and Zen.
A gravel garden is a great way to add texture and variety to your garden zones. Here, the winding gravel path is framed by beautiful rocks and boulders that are softened and brightened up by yellow stonecrop.
Who says modern plant beds always have to reach for the skies? This low-lying plant bed, filled mostly with sedums, ice plant and spurge, is great because it’s both low maintenance and low water. Consider this approach if you’ve also got a walkway for which you need to keep things low-profile.
Looking to squeeze in more landscaping work into the season? Don’t miss landscaping topics beyond modern plant beds such as Ginkgo Leaf Studio: What Makes Landscape MCM? and Know Your Zone! Pick Plants for Your Climate Zone. You might also want to check out our shopping guide for planters, watering cans and more!