474 Contemporary Landscape Design Photos

Outdoor areas are often the last to receive design attention, but they shouldn’t be: What surrounds your home is just as important as what's in it. Whether it's a manicured front lawn, stone paver pathway or intricate garden design, these spaces benefit from the same attention to detail as any bathroom or kitchen. Well-designed landscaping ideas can complement your home's architecture and contemporary design, and the right plants, flowers and shrubbery can greatly enhance your curb appeal by adding color, texture and even fragrance to your yard. More 
Ann Kearsley Design
Perennial garden in late afternoon
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A private garden along Maine's southern coast.
“Light. Boarders.” — annelei
Heffernan Landscape Design
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Heffernan Landscape Design
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“all pavers no grass” — skjohnston2
Artemesia Landscape Architecture
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Garden Design
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“I want to look into this more” — Michelle Smith
Ann Kearsley Design
Wide granite slabs of entry pathway.
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Chanticleer Farm, Maine. An old farm is converted to a three family residence surrounded by a mosaic of private and shared gardens. Photograph by Ann Kearsley. All rights reserved
“Walkway” — Mary Donnellan
New Eco Landscapes
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Boreum Hill Brownstone Garden
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Photos by Anthony Chrisafulli
“Capped flower beds” — amymonsoursantee
Stout Design-Build
Hardscape
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Flagstone stepping stones with ground cover between. For natural landscaping that brings beauty to your home or business, contact the professionals at Stout Design-Build, where we offer you a range of landscape design and building services that are . . . "Organic. Responsible. Naturally!" Stout Design-Build is a full service designing and building firm that offers a variety o...More
“path in forest” — Michelle Budd
Princeton Design Collaborative
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Suburban Oasis
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Jeffery Edward Tryon
“Side arbor” — Tim Mohler
David Thorne Landscape Architect
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City of Piedmont 2009 Design Award
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The steep site unveils rich garden vignettes elegantly integrated through carefully crafted stone walls, stone paths, and abundant plantings. The stepping stone path sweeps down around the house changing scenes from a sunny rose garden to a shady glen, and grounds the visitor at bluestone terrace patios off the main living areas, which can be accessed from the interior through ...More
“landscape” — char831
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Before starting your garden remodel, survey your space and browse landscape ideas to figure out how best to fill it. If you love working outdoors, a large rose garden or vegetable garden is the perfect way to use your space. On the other hand, kids might enjoy a large yard, along with a playground, swing set or pool. Think about what your family would use the most, as well as what would help boost your resell value in the long run. In the end, be sure to consider your front and back yard as separate entities; after all, they usually serve two very different purposes.

What should I add to my front yard?


When landscaping your front yard, think about curb appeal above all else. This space is your chance to make a great first impression, so it should be inspiring, well thought out and consistent with the contemporary style of your home. A flower garden is a great option, but if maintenance is an issue, you can simplify the process by opting for low-maintenance succulents, bushes or hedges instead. If you don't have a green thumb, stick with grass and use a gravel pathway, water feature, wood fence or stone wall for variation.

What should I add to my backyard or garden?


The backyard is for entertaining and playtime, so incorporate seating, dining areas, play spaces and sunny relaxation spots. A vegetable garden or rose garden is a common yard staple, especially if you add an interesting element like a pergola, arbor, raised bed, border, walkway or fence. You can even add fun accessories like birdbaths and feeders to aid with birdwatching. For the ultimate party house, incorporate a pool and patio or deck with a fire pit, outdoor fireplace, barbecue and outdoor kitchen. If you're an active, sports-loving family, add a basketball court, volleyball court, bocce ball or croquet. And don't forget about outdoor furniture! A bench in a garden makes a great reading or meditation spot, while a weatherproof chaise lounge, sofa and chair are nice for taking in those sunny days.
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