While the idea of having a minimalist garden may sound boring and plain to some, to others, it is stylish and simple. Practically, minimalist gardens work great as family gardens. They suit our lifestyle and do not take a lot of space.
Minimalist gardens are all about making the best use of available space. It has a perfect blending of hard and soft landscaping that works for most of the small spaces available for such gardens. Getting help of a professional is the best idea when designing a minimalist garden as they are well experienced and trained and will make the best use of the available space.
Here are some tips that will help you with designing a minimalist garden in your home.
The first thing to do when planning a minimalist garden is to set boundaries. To create a successful and workable scheme, you have to pay special attention to the hedges, walls or fencing, the colour options and the overall designs. Using neutral colours is a good idea as it will give an understated and calming aura to the garden.
Since minimalist gardens are all about working in a restricted area, you have to ensure that you don’t overuse various elements to avoid making it seem over cluttered. To get a simple clean look, limit the number of colours and materials. Choosing similar tone of colours will create a harmonious scheme that works best with minimalist gardens.
Don’t Overdo Plants
Minimalist gardens are set up in a restricted area. Therefore, you need to be very careful about the kind of plants you use. For the best look, don’t use more than three species of plants in the garden. You can repeat the placement of same plants if it is necessary. Having a limited palette of plants will not only make the garden look good, it will also make it much easier to maintain the garden.
When choosing plants, you can also go for a monochromatic colour of plants. Some of the suggestion you can choose from are:
- Gray: Artemesia ‘Powis Castle’, Santolina chamaecyparissus, Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’
- Black: Phyllostachys nigra, Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’, Phormium ‘Platt’s Black’
- Acid Green: Alchemilla mollis, Euphorbia polychroma, Euphorbia schillingii
Add Water for Controlled Movement and Sound
In most of the minimalist garden settings, the use of water options is quite understated. It is important to incorporate them in the overall scheme of the garden rather than thinking of them as an added ornament. If used the right way, they can add to the feelings of calmness and serenity in the garden. Adding a water feature at one of the corners will make the garden look and sound beautiful and it also does not cost a lot.
When designing a minimalist garden, it is important to make sure you do not overdo the features as it can make the garden look cluttered. As said earlier, keep the features to a minimum according to the area restrictions you have for the garden.