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By Sereba Agiobu-Kemmer
19 March 2016   |   12:20 am
There are many ways to make our house look beautiful including designing a garden. This time we are going to consider minimalist garden design.
 Minimalist house and garden design with swimming pool, white wall, simple patio, brown wooden laminate flooring, large black glass window, garden with lawn grass and palm trees.

Minimalist house and garden design with swimming pool, white wall, simple patio, brown wooden laminate flooring, large black glass window, garden with lawn grass and palm trees.

There are many ways to make our house look beautiful including designing a garden. This time we are going to consider minimalist garden design. Minimalist garden is designed intentionally, to bring nature to our homes even if the garden area is small. People like to have minimalist garden as it doesn’t consume too much time to maintain. In recent years, we hear more and more about minimalist gardens. Minimalist gardens have become popular with those who prefer order, with simple lines and restrictive planting, combined with the benefits of low maintenance.

The concept of minimalism when talking about our gardens and we want to make them in minimalist style, we have to admit garden design these days follow the modernist lines of architecture of the 20th century when concrete and glass buildings required an unadorned surrounding landscape. It also takes leads from the Zen gardens of Japan.

Some of the common themes found in minimalist garden design – the use of space, pristine hardscaping, restrictive planting and formal water features.

Minimalist gardens are more or less inspired by Japanese culture. For the real source of minimalism, we should look to the Zen gardens of Japan. The perfectly placed rocks set in immaculate gravel, raked into swirling patterns, are pure minimalism. Japanese gardens were created in the pursuit of spiritual balance, but in the West and the rest of the world this has become a fashionable garden style.

If one is interested in the minimalist garden one must first see what are the appropriate place for creation of such an area – minimalist style gardens are suitable for contemporary homes, villas with modern interiors, minimalist and ecletic. But what makes them so special? There are different views on the subject, but none seems to be really complete. There are the straight lines and elegant character of the minimalist garden which attract and fascinate.

The spaces may not really be functional and are generally created for purely decorative purpose. But, of course, one can place a pool and comfortable furniture and in the minimalist style to turn your garden into a real relaxation area where you rest and spend time and be in touch with nature. Many minimalist gardens use giant concrete pavers, rollers, pot design flowers, shrub and fences.

The layout of the minimalist garden demand to perfectly master the use of space. Drawing on the trends in interior designs, the décor of minimalist garden needs a limited palette of materials, plants and colors. Minimalist style gardens created by professional landscape designers are very expensive for most people. At the same time, it is not difficult to have similar results just by following simple rules while planning your garden. Normally, in the traditional exterior design, the lawn can be the perfect surface for a simple minimalist garden, whether the grass is clipped or left to grow freely, it creates a natural base that can easily combines with other natural surfaces such as wood and stone. If you have a relaxation area in your garden where you intend to place some furniture to sit, then use the pitch to create a nice green carpet. The artificial turf is another possible option.

Limit the number of materials for landscaping and colors because it is important to create clean looks simple and elegant without overloading

Make A Border Or Fence

The minimalist garden design concept basically uses ‘‘a fine line.” To do that, we have to have a wall, border or fence on the garden. The function is as a divider or backdrop that can give a great effect to the garden design. Good design seeks to maximize the usability of every element of any landscape. If you invest in a wall or some other structural component, it is simple to design it with a secondary benefit: built-in seating. These provide a place to seat all year round without having to worry about storage. Built-in seating is also a spatial problem solver. In small landscapes, condo patios or whenever there is insufficient area for furniture, a built-in seating offers many options. Slide a dining table up to it and you’ll need half as many chairs without sacrificing a single square foot. For spaces too narrow for furniture, built-in seating can sometimes prove the only solution for making a comfortable place to relax. For those who don’t want to fuss with garden furniture at all, built-ins are a great alternative.

Paving are an important part at the design of a minimalist garden, but only if its well chosen and installed properly to create the perfect finish to the garden. Pave stones should be in simple colors and need to be well located. Lime stone or pale sandstone materials are often used by designers because of the clean and elegant look and how they fit the minimalist setting as a whole. The warm shades of grey, dark grey, pink or red create an excellent background for the decoration of outdoor garden. The attention to detail will help you imagine an elegant and interesting space.


Water features can alter the mood of this style, which can be rather austere. A reflection pool can help achieve a calming atmosphere while the soothing sound of a contemporary waterfall or fountain brings a further dimension.

Any water feature used in minimalist designs must be perfect in construction and maintenance, and care must be taken with water levels, pond hygiene and even disguising of any pond lining. The size of any water feature should be kept in scale with space and fit into the set geometry – most minimalist water features are formal.
Garden Arrangement

Minimalism decoration in the garden begins with limitation. Since minimalist design is based on the restriction, especially in the use of colors in the décor, the choice of all you are going to use in the garden no matter if it is the fences, walls, hedges is vital to creating a successful scheme. Neutral colors are definitely the most popular in minimalist décor as they are quiet and unobtrusive. Galvanized corrugated panels are also used in minimalist style gardens.

As for the wall and garden fences, you can opt for metal, wood or glass. If you want a brighter garden, while modern glass panels are a very good choice.

To create a more intimate space, a simple wall of limestone block is a good solution. And if you like more conspicuous presence of nature, while the walls and wooden garden fences are certainly the most organic choices. The minimalist garden really does not need a lot of green plants. Yet the plants that you will use are the key to success regarding the design of the garden.

They help soften the lines and give relief and form to the garden. Try not to use more than three plant species, repeated if necessary in the scheme.

So you have not only a decorative limited palette, but also easy to maintain garden.