A minimalist garden is something very recent. But it is not like a modern garden. However, we have to keep the two terms apart. Gardens designed in these two styles are similar in many ways: They usually have a clear geometric structure, have few plants and look like an extension of the living space. However, the basic principles of the two styles are quite different and can lead to completely different results. In the following article we explain the essential aspects of the term “minimalist garden”. We also point out the important differences from the modern garden.
The natural landscape provides the framework in this minimalist garden
The rules for minimalist garden design
The same rules apply to minimalist garden design as to interior design. The forms and the objects used are reduced to the essentials. “More is less” applies to the choice of plants as well as the plant beds and the usable areas.
All decorative objects also have a functional purpose.
Minimalist gardens have a restrained and monochrome color palette. The accents must also be very subtle. It is best to choose neutral or natural colors. An example: In an almost completely green garden, white raised beds or outdoor furniture painted in black already act as strong accents.
This also applies to the plants and the furnishings, which were executed in a green or another natural color.
The gravel path structures this garden
Differences between a minimalist and a modern garden
The principles of modern garden design will be very good here explained. We are only giving you a few important pointers here. The essential thing is that the modern garden aims to expand the habitable space as much as possible. That is the main concern and that is why the plants naturally stay in the background.
Often in a modern garden you discover straight lines, lots of geometric shapes and rarely lush plants or eye-catching sculptures. However, this is due to the fact that modern houses are also furnished in this way. Their style is only reflected in the garden.
However, some modern garden designers could also rely on the contrast to the interior design. In this case, bright, lush accents, in the form of individual plants or groups of such, could be present in it.
In the case of a minimalist garden, on the other hand, the reserved and sober appearance is not a result, but a basic principle and the most important approach. The natural features of the landscape come into their own.
In this garden, the plants are only accents
How to design a minimalist garden
When planning, orientate yourself towards the natural conditions of your property. For example, if there is no clear symmetry there, you do not have to create it artificially. The simple facilities and plants will help to bring out the benefits of the property. Metal, stone, and other rough materials are very common. Wood, too, but painted or shaded in natural shades would also be an option. You can use the plants as usual. It is only important that these do not result in a lush general picture. The individual shapes and the small accents must stand out on their own.
The long rectangular raised beds and areas give the whole design dynamism
Look at many examples before planning!
It is best to look at several specific examples for minimalist gardens before planning. This will give you a feeling of how the somewhat abstract sounding rules work in practice. Perhaps one or the other example will be a good basis for your own concept. The first models for minimalist gardens date from a few decades ago and include works from the Bauhaus era …
Design the garden in such a way that its natural character shines. Put the rest of the details in the limelight to achieve this effect. Use the minimalist principles to create your very own outdoor oasis.