Characterized by simple lines, restricted palette of items and plants, minimalist gardens certainly are specific. One thing is for sure, they are a matter of taste. Some find them boring and ineffective while other would not go for anything else but them, claiming that their simplistic but calming appearance is just perfect and something that gardens should essentially be all about. If you wish to have a soothing, perfectly organized soulful garden, minimalist style is surely the way to go. Here is how to make it happen.
Clearly mark the boundaries
Minimalist design is all about restrictions and setting the proper physical boundaries to your garden is an obligatory initial step. There are several types of walls that equally fit the purpose. Textured stone walls allow additional architectural work or plants installment, for example. Glass walls enhance the amount of light present while wooden ones emphasize the naturalistic element. You are free to choose according to your goal and preferences but do not mix different wall types, uniformity is also one of crucial elements of any successfully designed minimalist garden
Paving is probably the most natural choice when it comes to minimalist garden flooring. Of course, it needs to be laid perfectly, straight lined and uniformly patterned. Gray finish of stone paving material will perfectly blend almost any neutral color used in the garden. Furthermore, grass surfaces are more than welcomed and it easily combines with stone, glass or timber, that is, any material you chose for your walls. If grass surface maintenance troubles you, you can always take artificial grass in consideration instead.
Although the real need for plants in this type of design is rather minimal, when properly chosen they will strongly contribute and at the same time significantly soften the harshness of strict hard landscaping approach. There are three dominant plant colors used in minimalist design gardens, gray, black and acid green. When it comes to plant types, boxwood is probably the favorite designer’s choice since it is easily shaped and maintained and consistent in color throughout the year. Other favorites are Powis Castle and Platt's Black.
Uniformity and neutrality
As it was emphasized a couple of times, minimalist gardens are all about simple lines and design. The desired overall compactness can only be achieved if equal attentions is dedicated to all of the elements used, walls, plants and flooring alike. Geometric shapes will provide uniformity and opting for such kind of elements will make the task easier. Also, choosing a neutral color palette is a safe route as well. If this seems too sterile, individual splashes of vivid colors are allowed. In the end, they will emphasize the overall character.
Prolong the enjoyment
If you happen to live in an area of warm climate you are blessed with the opportunity to enjoy your garden all year long. On the other hand, no need to despair if your climate is not that friendly since there is a perfect solution. By opting for one of those modern steel fire pits you will not only be able to spend as much time outside thanks to the warmth they produce but their simple and elegant lines will easily fit and contribute to the overall design, enabling you to let go and enjoy your garden at any time.
Minimalist garden design obviously requires meticulous planning and execution. On the other hand, maintenance is rather simple if it is regularly performed. What this means in practice is that all you initial hard work will be equally rewarded and you will be able to fully enjoy the soothing rejuvenating effect of your minimalist garden for years to come.