A minimalistic garden is something quite new. But it is not like a modern garden. We must, however, keep both concepts apart. Gardens designed in these two styles are similar in many respects: they usually have a clear geometric structure, have few plants, and act as an extension of the living space. The basic principles of the two styles, however, are quite different and can lead to quite different results. In the following article we explain the essential aspects of the term”minimalist garden”. We also point out the important differences to the modern garden.
The natural landscape is the setting in this minimalistic garden
The rules for the minimalist garden design
In the minimalistic garden design, the same rules apply as in the interior design. The forms and the objects used are reduced to the essentials. “More is less”concerns both the selection of plants, as well as the plant beds and the cultivated areas.
All decorative objects have a functional purpose at the same time.
Minimalist gardens have a reserved and monochrome color palette. The accents must also be very discreet. The best choice is neutral or natural color. An example: in an almost completely green garden, white raised beds or black painted outdoor furniture already appear as strong accents.
This also applies to the plants and the plants, which have been executed in a green or other natural color.
The gravel path structures this garden
Differences between a minimalist and a modern garden
The principles of modern garden design are very good here explained. We will only give you some important notes. The most important thing is that the modern garden is aimed at expanding the habitable space as much as possible. This is the main concern and therefore the plants remain naturally in the background.
Often, in a modern garden, straight lines, many geometric shapes, rarely luxuriant plants, or striking sculptures are discovered. However, this is due to the fact that modern houses are so designed. Their style is reflected only in the garden.
However, some modern garden designers could also point to the contrast to the interior design. In this case, bright lush accents, in the form of individual plants or groups of them, could be present in it.
In the minimalistic garden, the restrained and sober appearance is not a result, but the basic principle and the most important approach. The natural peculiarities of the landscape come to the fore.
In this garden the plants represent only accents
To design a minimalist garden
When planning, look for the natural conditions of your property. If it is there e.g. there is no clear symmetry, you do not have to make it artificial. The simple facilities and plants will help to make the benefits of the plot very effective. Metal, stone and other rough materials are very common. Even wood, but painted in natural shading or shading, would also be an option. The plants can be used as usual. It is only important that these do not result in a generous general picture. The individual forms and the small accents must stand out on their own.
The long-pitched raised beds and surfaces add dynamism to the overall design
Look at many examples before planning!
It is best to look at several concrete models for minimalist gardens before planning. This is how you develop a feeling of how the somewhat abstract sounding rules work in practice. Perhaps this will serve as a good basis for your own concept. The first examples for minimalist gardens date from the time a few decades ago and include works from the Bauhaus era…
Design the garden so that its natural peculiarity shines. Put the remaining details skilfully into scene to achieve this effect. Use the minimalist principles to create your very own outdoor oasis.