Mid-century modern architecture and landscape design have had a surge in popularity in recent years. Outdoor spaces of the 1930’s right through to the 60’s were designed to create better living. It inspired the movement of realising a garden was a space to spend time in, rather than designing for ornamental purpose.

The garden was seen as an extension of the home, especially in smaller suburban blocks where space was limited. Simple form, organic materials, and color palettes were embraced. Just like the interiors, mid-century modern outdoor spaces were designed with an emphasis on functionality and individual interests.

The key principles of the era are still relevant today which is why we’re seeing a trend of designers and homeowners creating gardens influenced by mid-century modernism. If you’re looking to update your garden, here are a few key elements to consider.


Create zones

Mid-century modern gardens are well known for their excellent use of space. Through materials, structures and soft landscape, the backyard was divided into distinctive spaces for dining, relaxation and play.


One of the key design principles of mid-century modern gardens is the seamless connection between the interior and exterior spaces. The materials underfoot and the restrained color palette flowing from the inside out emphasized a sense of informality we love about the design style.

Indoor-outdoor transition featuring Endicott Crazy Paving / Flagstone


Mid-century gardens were typically kept low-maintenance to allow homeowners to spend more time living outdoors rather than working on it. Low-maintenance plant varieties were used in groups with a mix of organic shapes and textures to create interesting layouts and occasional sculptural plants added for differentiation.

Natural materials

Natural materials provides an organic element to mid-century modern gardens. Natural stone like crazy paving (flagstone), modular patterns, and large natural boulders as highlights were commonly used in outdoor design. Natural Stone along with wood and concrete were used in conjunction to a restrained color palette.

Endicott Crazy Paving / Flagstone among other natural elements


Everywhere you look in mid-century modern gardens you’ll notice restraint. Restraint in the number of materials used and in the colors chosen. Restraint in the forms and the garden’s layout offering visual respite.

Functional furniture

Furniture that is functional yet minimal. Pieces that could transition from indoor to outdoor with clean lines and geometry, like the Hunter, were favoured among others. Furnishing a garden was less about being ornate and more about living comfortably.

Hunter Arm Chair