When it comes to outdoor décor, minimalistic garden ideas are sometimes the way to go. After all, too many accessories and details may sometimes make a space look crummy and small. This is not to say that the classic fine displays, manicured gardens, and elegant accessories should be abandoned.
Yet, minimalist designs are also worth a try. So it is a good idea to extend your minimalistic interior design to your outdoor garden space. Below is a simple overview of how you can use minimalist garden ideas to improve your outdoor living space.
How Do You Start
When you are designing your garden, you should obviously think of the end game. Imagine yourself lounging there as you sip on a tropical drink? What comes to our mind? Do you still find the need to work on it further? If so, this is the area you want to address. When sitting at the finished garden, you shouldn’t be thinking of a to-do list on how you can improve it.
You don’t want to be thinking of what else to add. In fact, your thoughts should be the opposite – that is the point of minimalistic! A good minimalistic garden should be beautiful, without needing too much detail, upkeep and updating whether you have a grand country house garden or small urban backyard garden.
Choose What Works For You
The first step to designing a minimalistic garden is to figure out what works for you. Think about the architectural design of your home and your style preferences. If you find developing design ideas from scratch difficult, you can simply extend what you have in the interior.
For example, if you have a green and nature-inspired interior design, it is easy to extend this idea into the outdoor garden. In the outdoors, you easily integrate details such as native trees and plants around, and grass. Ultimately, you have to be realistic – think about your budget, lifestyle, and what you can easily access.
For instance, it is unrealistic to have an unprotected in-ground plunge pool with clean white cushioned loungers, whilst you have small kids in your home. In this situation, your plans should consider your kids. Think of how you can still have a luxurious place whilst also accommodating your kids.
Scale Your Property
The next step is to scale, plot out, and understand the space you want to turn into a garden. For example, typical urban backyard spaces easily accommodate the best minimalistic garden ideas because of their naturally smaller and enclosed nature. They can be quiet and secluded thus, they already serve as a perfect minimalist space.
Remember, minimalistic designs require very little décor and accessories. Thus, it is easier to execute with an already small space. In fact, minimalistic décor accentuates small spaces; making them appear to be large. So before, you pick what to integrate into your garden, it is important to understand the characteristics of the space.
Pick Out Your Materials
For a perfect minimalistic garden, you want to opt for more natural and versatile materials that hold for long. For example, a steel or copper planter works great thanks to their color as well as their durable weather resistance. Plus, these materials also hold down on their own without having to be supported by additional accessories which would otherwise eliminate the minimalistic idea.
For a small urban garden, you can also employ the saying “fake till you make”. If you don’t want to waste time with upkeep or compromise on color and appearance from time to time, a synthetic lawn is a better option compared to an actual grass lawn. The deep green color and texture remain the same throughout the year – unless, you also want to add the element of natural smells from actual grass.
In addition to its less required maintenance, investing in a synthetic lawn is quite affordable because it takes up relatively less space in an urban garden. Synthetic lawns are normally made from sustainable plastic which makes them pet and child friendly. You also don’t have to worry about bugs flying or crawling around.
Set Up Borders
In the case of garden design, these are known as edging. Edging helps to define the look of your garden and gives it its characteristic. It also helps to hold up your plants; ensuring your garden maintains an immaculate look at all times. Setting up the edging also allows you to put your signature into your minimalistic garden design.
With edging, you can choose any material you want. Some of the best materials for minimalist edging are steel, wood, granite, and limestone. You want the edging to be thin enough to create that simplistic look but not too thin that they easily warp or bend.
Now, The Planting!
It comes with no surprise that a minimalistic garden also has fewer plants. This also means fewer maintenance needs. However, the downside is that you have to carefully choose and arrange the plants to really make sure they provide an attractive landscape. Furthermore, you also want plants that will perform throughout the year.
So get your research skills polished and ready because you have work to do! Think of flowers and trees such as Echinacea of the daisy family, whose nature gives them a significant appearance even when they go dormant. To be more objective, you don’t have to work too hard to find a plant that will survive all the four seasons unaffected, however.
Instead, you can incorporate a design idea that expresses your plants’ characteristic nature throughout the four seasons. Doing so allows you to enjoy four distinct looks throughout the year – the key is to simply get creative!
Enjoy Your Minimalistic Garden
Now that you’ve covered the essentials, you can begin to enjoy your beautiful garden look. For added functionality, you can choose to invest in distinct and minimalistic garden furniture pieces or even DIY them yourself. For example, you can add pieces such as a wooden garden stand to hold your plants rather than scattering them around.