A contemporary hardscape, with its simple lines and low profile, also works well when paired with the natural landscape. Here, the garden itself has a low profile, allowing the hillside foliage and the view to be the stars of the show.
I built raised garden beds when we moved into our house two years ago and I'm thinking they'd look much better stained (painted?) dark like this. Maybe a dark grey to coordinate with our medium grey house.
This is what I want in my backyard! I love this arrangement - put a long wood picnic table and a long string of wine bottle or mason jar lights, and it would be a perfect outdoor dining area... Good idea for deck