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12 mouth watering ideas for South African gardens

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When we think about gardens today, the image of the ideal garden that comes to mind would be far different from that of years before. Gone are the days when everyone would dream of perfectly manicured gardens that had borders full to bursting. Modern, easy-to-maintain designs that are geared towards socialising are now very much the thing. Minimalist prevails in landscape design as in architecture and interiors, and the streamlined elegance it brings is also very relevant to this outdoor space. 

However, there is no need to worry if you're unsure how that would translate in your outdoor space, as we have some fantastic ideas for you. Even though it's called minimalist style, it can often be difficult to know where to begin, but with some relevant inspiration you are sure to get on track. From sleek seating to unusual, artistic schemes, we've found some incredible styles that we know will have you calling in landscape architects for some quotes. Let's take a look at them, shall we?

1. Year-round enjoyment

Ayrshire outdoor living Modern Garden by Lithic Fire Modern Sandstone
Lithic Fire

Ayrshire outdoor living

Lithic Fire

Breezy summer nights or chilly winter evenings, this firepit seating will do you well in any weather. 

2. Outside alternatives

Reflected Glory - Holland Park Renovation Modern Garden by Tyler Mandic Ltd Modern
Tyler Mandic Ltd

Reflected Glory—Holland Park Renovation

Tyler Mandic Ltd

You don't need a lawn to enjoy the great outdoors.

3. Indoors and out

We're still loving this trend that sees gardens almost becoming part of interior spaces, thanks to lots of uninterrupted glazing. A simple and neat design really works for a modern feel.

4. Modern accessories

Why not make your garden a little more modern by really making a feature of it with accessories? This boxed-in area looks phenomenal.

5. All-day socialising

A terrific terrace is the way to go! Atmospheric lighting, comfortable furniture and a tidy lawn are all you need.

6. Contemporary addition

Do away with traditional summerhouses and install an arty outbuilding for a really modern look. They're perfect for unpredictable British weather!

7. Large pots

​Back garden at Bedford Gardens House. Modern Garden by Nash Baker Architects Ltd Modern
Nash Baker Architects Ltd

​Back garden at Bedford Gardens House.

Nash Baker Architects Ltd

Keeping plants in large pots rather than traditional borders will help you to maintain them easily and give you the freedom to change things up as and when you want. 

We also adore this modern, low-level seating

8. Small or awkwardly shaped gardens need a modern twist

The decking and green privacy walls here make a peculiar spot look especially contemporary.

9. Outdoor dining

wooden louvres and fire magic bbq Modern Garden by wood-fired oven Modern
wood-fired oven

wooden louvres and fire magic bbq

wood-fired oven

If plants hold no interest for you, turn your garden into a stylish al fresco cooking area. This one is more modern than a lot of kitchens and looks amazing!

10. Eye-catching features

Draw focus to more interesting features than just greenery for a modern feel. Water installations are always popular and these cube designs are so simple

11. Modern topiary

A Modern Garden with Traditional Materials Modern Garden by Yorkshire Gardens Modern
Yorkshire Gardens

A Modern Garden with Traditional Materials

Yorkshire Gardens

Can elicit an outdoor gallery feel to your garden, especially when combined with fabulous sculptures, clean lines and understated landscaping

12. Concrete and wood

Contemporary Garden Design Balham Modern Garden by homify Modern

Contemporary Garden Design Balham


These two materials are fast becoming a modern garden dream team and we can see why! Bench seating on a perfectly smooth terrace allows for outdoor enjoyment, as well as a stylish look and minimal garden maintenance.

If you are in the gardening spirit, as these images were sure to get you, take a look at this fabulous garden home we discovered on homify. 

Which garden would you want for your own?
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