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Contemporary Gardens

Contemporary gardens are known for their clean design lines. They may include streamlined built elements like poured concrete walls or shallow reflecting ponds.

The plant palettes in contemporary gardens typically feature bold plants that are simple but interesting. Spiky plants like agaves and aloes may be contrasted against feathery plants like ornamental grasses.

Contemporary gardens can be designed with entertaining in mind, offering seating and dining areas filled with furniture made from interesting materials like stainless steel or aluminum.

Landscape lighting can play up the design elements in contemporary gardens. This helps the garden become a natural extension of the home at night, providing homeowners with more room for relaxing and entertaining.

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