Creating a Minimalist and Low Maintenance Garden

July 4, 2022

Celebrities are often associated with glamorous and aspirational home decor, but now many more are also offering their followers inspiration for garden and outdoor space design. If you are looking to revamp your own backyard, scrolling through the pristine lawns, sumptuous flower beds and luxury outdoor features that stars have added to their gardens can be a great way to get new ideas. However, without a celebrity budget and a team of gardeners to help you, a simpler, decluttered landscape using just one or two inspirational features can still create an impressive space. As well as investing in labor-saving tools, embracing the trend for minimalism in landscaping will allow you to enjoy a calm and relaxing garden that is not only elegant in its simplicity but also much easier to maintain.


Removing Excessive Planting

Designing a minimalist garden usually starts with decluttering. This could involve removing old furniture, clearing away garden debris or even thinning out plants. Plants need plenty of space in order to spread their roots and obtain sufficient nutrition so by removing unnecessary vegetation you not only create a more streamlined look for your garden but also help the plants you decide to keep to thrive. As well as unwanted weeds, plants that replicate easily such as ferns can choke the plants around them. If you are wondering how to get rid of ferns and other invasive plants there are several options ranging from spraying them with specialist herbicides to inhibit their growth to drenching them in plain boiling water to damage the plants' cell structures.


Creating an Undemanding Design

Once excess and intrusive plants have been removed, in some areas they can be replaced with native plants that are adapted to grow naturally in the local climate and soil without too much intervention. While the manicured lawns of celebrity gardens are impressive they can be time-consuming to maintain but native grasses will need only minimal mowing and watering. By dedicating more space to outdoor living, you can further reduce the amount of time spent on caring for plants. Large seating areas paved with stone can replace high-maintenance flower beds while at the same time giving you extra room to relax and entertain guests outside.


Enjoying a Calm and Relaxing Space

The use of stone, together with other natural elements, is also intrinsic to the ultimate minimalist outdoor space, a Japanese Zen garden. Considered to be one of the easiest types of garden to create and maintain, the design of a Zen garden embraces the simplicity of low maintenance features but without compromising on style. Instead the inclusion of uncluttered gravel paths and patches of sand, interspersed with large rocks and minimal planting, creates an attractive and calm space which is perfect for relaxation and meditation.


If you want to create a tranquil garden that you can continue to enjoy without too much effort, then a minimalist design could be the answer.  Replacing overgrown beds with simple native planting, stone features and open spaces will not only look impressive but will require only a small amount of maintenance.

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