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Hedges can be used in modern and formal landscape design to great effect— with the focus on geometric shapes and topiary, clean lines and open spaces, modern designs afford an excellent canvas to showcase foliage and form.

With the signature focus on ‘shapes,’ almost all hedge shrub varietals are a great way to demonstrate the clean, geometric lines distinctive of a modern landscape aesthetic. Topiary is used to great effect in modern design, with most hedges easily able to be thoughtfully pruned and clipped into a variety of shapes and sizes—everything from crisp, perfectly angular and geometrically-inspired borders to accents.


This modern garden effectively uses European beech (Fagus sylvatica) to obstruct a view of the neighboring brick wall.

Dense, evergreen, easily-maintained Hicks Yew hedges are the perfect choice for low, artistic borders.

An entryway or courtyard in a modern landscape can give an air of elegance with the use of well-manicured hedges.

Knot gardens almost always showcase boxwood (Buxus) which looks very nice when interplanted with perennials and other flowering plants.

Beech hedges can be planted in blocks to create patterns to highlight other plants and sculptures.

This outdoor space is framed thoughtfully with well-maintained yew (Taxus) and laurel (Prunus) hedges.

This outdoor space is framed thoughtfully with well-maintained yew (Taxus) and laurel (Prunus) hedges.

Late into autumn, the leaves remain on European beech (Fagus sylvatica) for superior privacy in all seasons.

In winter, the yew (Taxus) hedges in this European landscape are so elegant with a dusting of snow.

A formal outdoor meeting place such as this can be made more private with the use of privacy hedges like the yew (Taxus) in the background. Lower boxwood (Buxus) hedges bordering the patio provide an attractive border.

This elegant yew (Taxus) hedge not only provides a more effective screen than a traditional fence but also creates an elegant backdrop for an outdoor living area.

Yew (Taxus) hedges form an allée around this stunning water feature in a modern country landscape.

Stone and metal features like this fountain are made more inviting with the use of a leafy hedge.

Walkways around this pond are bordered symmetrically with boxwood (Buxus) hedges.

Walkways around this pond are bordered symmetrically with boxwood (Buxus) hedges.

Soft evergreen hedges like this boxwood (Buxus) make a stone patio softer and more inviting even when planted in modern, geometric shapes.

Use a hornbeam hedge to highlight flowers, herbs, and garden sculptures.

A striking formal garden can be created using simply beech hedges of varying heights and colors.

This garden room is made elegant and modern with the beech hedge design surrounding the seating area.

Simple but impactful, this design uses a mix of colors and heights of beech hedges to make a statement while providing ultimate privacy.

This modern garden uses Portuguese Laurel combined with a piece of garden art for an interesting and useful design.

Mixing green and purple beech is a simple but highly effective way to create impact in the garden

Borders can be more than just a green backdrop - make them the focal point by mixing colors and heights of beech hedge

Even after many years, a well-maintained yew (Taxus) hedge like the one pictured here at a European estate forms a dense hedge to the desired height.

A private area around an outdoor pool is easily provided with a European beech (Fagus sylvatica) InstantHedge.

Swimming pool with deck chairs

Bourton House Garden, Glos., UK (Paice) knot garden

This elegant water feature is made to feel even more serene with a European beech (Fagus sylvatica) hedge for privacy.

One must examine this photo carefully to see through the hedge an effectively-obscured building on the other side!

This modern garden appears even more refined with a well-placed shorter European beech (Fagus sylvatica) hedge along the lawn.

Pinus sylvestris ?Watereri? in a contemporary garden with wooden cube seating and Clipped Buxus hedges

Multiple types of hedges can be used in a hotel courtyard like this to integrate several layers of textures and colors.

Swimming areas have a great need for privacy, which these beech hedges supply beautifully.

Swimming areas need optimum privacy and wind protection, amply provided by this dense Emerald Green Arborvitae hedge.

With their dark green color and feathery texture, Hicks Yew hedges make excellent low borders that complement other plants and stone.

This modern outdoor area feels like a secluded resort even though it is in a busy suburban area.

This outdoor room looks stunning with a European beech (Fagus sylvatica) hedge.

A boxwood (Buxus) hedge is attractive with a variety of plants such as the herbs and grasses shown here.

This dramatic, modern design further highlights the pond by reflecting the beech hedge up toward the sky.

The feathery, soft foliage of Hicks Yew softens the concrete and sharp angles on this modern patio.

This beautiful garden and flowerbed seem even more inviting with the yew (Taxus) hedge providing a background of privacy.

An arborvitae (Thuja) hedge can be grown to a larger height to provide screening of neighboring second-story buildings.

A stunning water feature bordered with colorful herbs and flowers but closed in for privacy with a European beech (Fagus sylvatica) hedge in the background.

Multiple kinds of hedge can be used in conjunction with each other to provide varied textures in a modern garden.

Multiple kinds of hedge can be used in conjunction with each other to provide varied textures in a modern garden.

Give a courtyard peace and summer privacy by surrounding it with hornbeam hedge.

With the focus on ‘shape’ and geometric symmetry, the use of hedges in modern design is quite traditional—particularly for those primarily interested in showcasing symmetrical foliage design. Hedges are easily installed in any desired pattern, creating an aesthetic congruence not typically found in other landscape designs.

For property owners looking to create a European-style formal garden, the use of hedges in the modern design manner is a practical and effective design choice—formal hedges are a beautiful way to create significant visual interest in a landscape. Also, check out Knot gardens and Maze gardens by choosing hedging plants. Explore hedge types for landscape gardening.