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Modern Gardens and Landscaping Trends

Design trends come and go, and the concept of modern gardens and landscaping trends change just as fast.

So, when looking to 2019 and beyond, what are the latest modern outdoor design trends, and how can they be replicated?

We have put together some top tips and tricks for creating modern gardens and landscaping trends.



Materials used to create gardens and outdoor spaces can wane in popularity.

But concrete is one landscaping material that has stood the test of time and it doesn’t have to be plain and grey. Decorative concrete solutions like exposed aggregate and coloured concrete can give new life to any outdoor space, creating a modern garden or outdoor entertaining area.

Geostone’s range of decorative concrete features natural Australian stone, providing the contemporary look of natural materials.

That means decorative concrete is perfectly paired with other natural materials including timber and stone.



When it comes to choosing colours for your landscaping and garden surrounds, natural and neutral tones can return higher property value.

Decorative concrete is always a staple of modern design and will work seamlessly with any other materials that populate the space.

Various types of timber and stone combined with the neutral tones of coloured concrete will provide a simple and timeless aesthetic for your garden.

Metalwork or chrome accents can also complement any outdoor space, often used in furniture or latticework for greenery to grow on.

Planter pots and other greenery mix well with wood, metal, stone and concrete, so keeping your colour palette neutral allows the colours of nature to shine.


Paths, walls and driveways

When deciding how to frame the garden, concrete driveways and paths provide structure and order.

It’s easy enough to install a simple concrete path but going the extra mile with decorative concrete will add greater visual appeal and functionality.

When thinking about structure in the garden space, the boundary fences aren’t the only framework to consider.

Decorative concrete can also be used to build stairs and retaining walls, creating sections in the garden to differentiate between plants, greenery and grass, pathways and lounging spaces.



A feature that is increasing in popularity is an outdoor living space or lounging area, that can be just as comfortable as the living room inside your home.

Concrete flooring can set the scene for an intimate outdoor lounging area, on an elevated, or even sunken section of the garden.

The key is to create a space that is not only attractive to the eye, but also functional for your lifestyle.



Of course, no garden space would be complete without plants and natural greenery.

You might like to plant an edible garden, classical flowers or a tropical oasis.

The types of plants used are always a personal preference, although the way they are installed varies depending on the desired aesthetic.

For modern gardens, black, metal or concrete planter pots work wonders for taller leafy plants.

Lattices and vertical gardens are also a popular choice for creating gardens in small spaces.

While seasons change and design trends continue to update, these modern garden staples will help to future-proof any outdoor space.

For more tips, tricks and design inspiration visit the Geostone blog archive or our Facebook page.

The Must-Have Feature for Every Australian Backyard and Garden

Making the most of your home means spending time outdoors too, so you want your backyard and garden to reflect your lifestyle.

There is one must-have feature that can help you create an outdoor space that is not only beautiful, but also functional, long-lasting and could even add value to your home.

The answer? Decorative concrete.

There are so many diverse ways to use concrete in any outdoor space, from the smallest courtyards and patios, to sprawling gardens and entertainer’s paradise backyards.

Let’s take a look at just some of the possibilities.


Assorted Custom Finishes

Homeowners are no longer restricted to a plain grey concrete slab. Concrete is now available in a wide variety of appealing finishes including exposed aggregate, coloured concrete and polished and honed concrete. Geostone’s decorative concrete range also features natural Australian stone, providing the natural materials and earthy tones that are so on trend in outdoor styling.


Garden Beds

Building and maintaining garden beds requires a lot of planning and hard work, so you want them to last. An article by Urban Agriculture co-founder Brian Barth discusses the many benefits of building garden beds with concrete, and he says no other material is as durable or suitable for the job as poured concrete. Concrete also absorbs the warmth of the sun, holding it in the soil overnight to aid plant growth. And the flexible nature of concrete allows you to create curved shapes and more artistic-styled vegetable gardens.


Patios and Alfresco Areas

The backyard barbecue is a much-loved Australian institution, making outdoor entertaining areas the key feature of backyards and gardens everywhere. Decorative concrete options such as coloured concrete and exposed aggregate concrete featuring natural stone help to create an attractive and inviting atmosphere for patios and alfresco areas. Various decorative concrete types can also be combined to create outdoor rooms and clearly defined spaces, from grand entertainment areas to the smallest patio designs.


Swimming Pools and Pool Surrounds

Decorative concrete is a popular choice for building swimming pools, swimming pool renovations and creating cool pool surrounds. Coloured concrete can be used to add a striking decorative border or pattern, while exposed and honed concrete offer slip-resistant properties. Other benefits include greater weed resistance, reduced mosquito breeding, and greater comfort underfoot.


Driveways, Footpaths and Pathways

There is something comforting about pulling into your own driveway at the end of a busy day. Using decorative concrete for driveways gives the entrance to your home a sense of individuality, and a differentiating look and texture to the rest of the street. Driveways and pathways can also be used to frame lawns and gardens.


Retaining Walls, Feature Walls, and Steps

Decorative concrete isn’t limited to ground coverage surfaces. It can also be used to build three-dimensional and functional structures, such as retaining walls and garden steps. Home improvement website Networx identifies the many benefits of decorative concrete retaining walls, including greater strength, durability, resistance, flexibility, ease of installation, low maintenance and affordability.


Garden Sheds, Garage and Shed Floors

Every serious outdoor area needs a shed, and every home needs a garage. Sheds and garages are best finished with a hardy and durable flooring surface that is both easy to clean and will last the test of time. Coloured concrete is becoming an increasingly popular option for sheds and garage floors, while honed and polished concrete can add another level of luxury to the garage space, ideal for showcasing a much-loved vehicle.


Decorative Features

There really are endless opportunities for using concrete in your outdoor space. As well as all of the above traditional purposes, concrete can be used to mould decorative and functional features for the outdoors including concrete fire pits, concrete seat walls, water features, or even an outdoor smoking room. With the wide range of decorative concrete colours, textures and finishes available from Geostone, you are only limited by your imagination.


For more information and inspiration on how to improve your backyard and garden with concrete, visit Geostone on Facebook or read more about decorative concrete.