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Minimalist garden designs

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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The minimalist style is where it’s at for a lot of people in both the country and the city. And in the garden is no exception either: clean lines, simple shapes, reduced colours, unfussy details—all these aspects are high on the wishlists of many people when it comes to setting up their living spaces. No wonder either: in their simplicity and clarity, they offer purist gardens an oasis of peace and a retreat from the bustle of modern life. Have a look at some ideas for making your own…

Less is more

Less is more: the motto of the minimalist style also applied to the garden. Especially for the use of plants. Lush hedges, multi-coloured flower beds, wild shrubs and large trees don’t quite fit the purist style of a modern garden, like the one pictured. Instead, you should add plants that will create an illusion of balance and symmetry.

The transition between outside and in

The minimalist landscaped garden can be a continuation of the contemporary design of your house. In order to achieve as impressive an impact as possible, you should try to remove barriers between the living spaces. Large windows, glass doors and modern conservatories are the perfect solution for a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors. 

Clear design

The desire for clarity and straightforwardness continues into the formal language of the minimalist garden. Opulent curves, ornate details and hidden niches, you won’t find here. You want straight, narrow, simple and clean lines to highlight your garden


Be wary of the choice of colours that you use in design, as an influx could break up the rhythm and potentially ruin your vision of minimalist design. The use of subtle man made materials, here, is a good indicator of how to get this right!


The use of water creates a very special atmosphere in any garden, even a minimalist one. Modern water features, ponds and fountains, with regular geometric lines are made for this garden design, and would integrate well with many others.


The garden furniture is an important part of every garden. Finally, we want to completely relax in the sun and sit with friends and family on the terrace, whilst enjoying your minimalist setting. This isn't romantic stuff, but it’s practical and stylish.

For more garden ideas click here.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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