Grass TerracesContemporary Landscape, San Francisco
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10. Minimalist tiers. The repeating forms of smooth, curved concrete retaining walls and monochromatic plantings create a peaceful, contemporary look for this sloped garden. The design both for the walls and the plants — single swaths of one species per tier — creates an effective, restrained result.MoreHow to Design a Great Garden on a Sloped Lot9 Of-the-Moment Materials for Modern Garden Walls and FencesFind a landscape contractor on Houzz
More often in contemporary gardens, hardscaping can be the overriding design feature, as with these simple concrete retaining walls.The plantings are used to emphasize the clean lines of the walls. Grasses can be perfect to achieve this. The Festuca grasses used here become low-maintenance ground covers as they grow, requiring minimal irrigation or tending.
Modern. If a modern landscape is what you strive for, think of the plant material as just another texture, material, or color to incorporate into your landscape. The linear swaths of green juxtaposed with the industrial concrete walls complete the perfect minimal garden.