Designing a minimalist landscape is as much about what you leave out as about what you put in. A minimalist landscape design is deliberately crafted to create a sense of ease, peace, space, serenity, and contemplation; a very necessary retreat, in other words, from the hectic, high-tech lifestyle that represents the world outside. A minimalist landscape thus seeks to make an impact while leaving a lasting impression. This, as you might imagine, is not always as easy a feat as it may sound. Learn more about how to successfully design and implement a minimalist landscape and decide if this increasingly popular landscaping approach is the right choice for your home garden or landscape space.
The best place to start when designing a minimalist landscape is with a thorough assessment of your garden or landscape space. If your space is long and narrow, or roughly square and even, you may wish to adopt a different approach. A small space may benefit from a single accent or feature such as a fountain or twin set of reclining chairs, while a larger space may accommodate a rock or Zen meditation garden and a greater variety of greenery and accents. Also consider how and how well your outside space elements blend in with the architecture and color scheme of the house or building adjacent to it. Once you have completed your assessment, make sure to note your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone (readily available by calling a local garden center or nursery, or your local gardening association) as this will assist you with selecting the right type of plant life and greenery for your region and climate.
Some of the most popular design elements for creating a minimalist landscape setting include a gravel path with stepping stones, a subtle fountain, water feature, or Koi pond, a few carefully selected yet eye-catching pieces of greenery (think the opposite of a tropical garden and you will get the right idea), simple seating such as concrete or stone benches or one simple set of chairs with a low table, a sundial or other interesting architectural feature, and open expanses of space including green lawn, stands of bamboo, or rock paths. The key with a minimalist landscape is to think in sections rather than clusters. Each section stands on its own and also complements the adjacent sections well.
While a minimalist landscape certainly will err on the side of "less is more", this does not necessarily translate into a lower dollar cost or greater ease of installation. It can be wise to take the help of various online sources with free templates for garden and landscape design, or to hire a local designer for a consultation to help you make the most of your landscape budget. A well-designed minimalist landscape will require equally minimal maintenance and upkeep, and it is worth spending a bit more on the front end to ensure you get the most out of the least with your minimalist landscape design.