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How to create a contempory garden

There are many ways that you can create a contemporary garden with a modern look. Not all these need be expensive or time consuming to achieve - a simple change of planting or colour scheme can work wonders in a space. Keep an eye on contemporary trends and try to incorporate them in your garden. You could try some of the following:

Introduce metal into your garden design.
Planted metal containers, either shop bought or bespoke, are a simple way to do this. Use them in repetition to create a designed feel.

Use structural plants with strong architectural forms to create a modern look. Here again, repetition will create rhythm and give the space a designed appearance.

Paint walls or other surface in bright or contrasting colours - block or large areas of colour will create the best effect.

Combine decking and paving to create a clean, crisp contemporary form. Be bold - don't be afraid to experiment with patterns and colour combinations.

Use lighting to create a stylish, contemporary mood when the sun goes down. Up and down lighters on vertical surfaces can be used to highlight your garden's outstanding features, while low voltage spots in the beds are a safe and easy way to pick out specimen plants and create a general ambient wash. There are also a large number of architectural exterior lights on the market, such a light sticks, blocks or bollards. By applying a little thought to their placement, you can achieve truly stunning results. A few well chosen feature lights can be infinitely more effective than a host of randomly placed spots.

The growing season - Spring

In botany, horticulture, and agriculture the growing season is the period of each year when native plants and ornamental plants grow; and when crops can be grown.

The growing season is usually determined by climate and elevation, and in horticulture and agriculture the plant-crop selection. Depending on the location, temperature, daylight hours (photoperiod), and rainfall, may all be critical environmental factors.

In spring, the axis of the Earth is increasing its tilt toward the Sun and the length of daylight rapidly increases for the relevant hemisphere. The hemisphere begins to warm significantly causing new plant growth to "spring forth," giving the season its name. Snow, if a normal part of winter, begins to melt, and streams swell with runoff. Frosts, if a normal part of winter, become less severe. In climates that have no snow and rare frosts, the air and ground temperature increases more rapidly. Many flowering plants bloom this time of year, in a long succession sometimes beginning even if snow is still on the ground, continuing into early summer. In normally snowless areas "spring" may begin as early as February (Northern Hemisphere) heralded by the blooming of deciduous magnolias, cherries, and quince, or August (Southern Hemisphere) in the same way.