How to create a minimalist garden

When you are selling your home, one of the areas that may need to be redesigned is your garden. You may enjoy the unruly aesthetic of overgrown bushes and trees, but the chances are that potential buyers will not. 

In order to make your property more appealing to buyers, you should look into creating a minimalist garden, using the steps outlined below. 

Keep plants clean and simple

Using pots to hold plants in a minimalist garden is ideal for creating more floor space in the area. It will also eliminate the mess and fuss of maintaining garden beds for potential buyers.

When choosing pots, keep in mind the number you will need to make an impact without drawing the eye away from any views,and to avoid creating a feeling of clutter. Look for pots in neutral tones, so the new buyers will not have to replace them if they are too bold. Often just one or two strategically placed, advanced plants are all that are needed. 

Create boundaries

If you would like to keep your garden beds, try cordoning them off with diamond mesh fencing in a dark green PVC to maintain the seamless aesthetic.  Edging and definition of form are important aspects of a minimalist garden so try to specifically define planting beds. 

Look for materials to create boundaries that flow easily into your minimalist aesthetic, such as muted natural hardscape materials including wood, granite, limestone or terracotta. The plants will stand out against this quiet backdrop. Keep lines clean and sharp so the space feels organised and not cluttered. 

Little to no ornaments

While you may enjoy your plethora of garden gnomes, you will have to remove them in order to create the perfect minimalist garden. Potential buyers will appreciate a garden that they can put their own personality on or simply leave as is, due to the stunning ‘Zen’ aesthetic of minimalism. 

If you must have ornaments, look for some that are functional as well as decorative. Jojo tanks are available in artistic modern designs that are not only eye-catching but allow you to catch rainwater for watering plants. You could install a water feature that feeds into the plant beds, but opt for one with rounded lines to create an aura of relaxation. 

Beautiful bamboo

Bamboo is by far the best plant to choose for a minimalist garden. It grows easily and requires little to no maintenance, which potential buyers will appreciate. Bamboo grows vertically in straight lines, further enhancing the contemporary feel of your garden. 

Not only is bamboo easy to care for, it is highly environmentally friendly. It provides a sense of movement without blocking out borders or light so areas do not feel as enclosed as they would with a traditional hedge. By planting bamboo you will also eliminate the need for other decor, as bamboo plants are visually pleasing in themselves, with their bright green colour providing a stunning backdrop for under-lighting with garden lights. 

Create for ‘no-mow zones’

Potential homeowners often look at the size of the garden when considering their purchase, especially when the garden is large and they will have to mow it. A minimalist garden is ideal for ‘no-mow zones’, which are zones that do not require mowing or much lawn care. 

You can create these zones by paving areas of your garden, being sure to keep the paving neutral or install a beautiful succulent garden, perfect for our South African climate. Creeping perennials such as vines, thyme and creeping Jenny are also unique alternatives to grass. By limiting the amount of maintenance required in the garden, you are making your property more appealing to potential buyers.

Limit materials

Limiting the number of hardscaping materials, as well as the number of colours of these materials, will create a simple and minimalist look for your garden. Having only a certain type of hardscaping material will also allow for less upkeep for the next owners of your home. 

Using the same tone of timber for fencing and decking creates a harmonious scheme, and tying this tone into the paving will make the space flow effortlessly. Try not to use too many different types of wood if you opt for wood, as their colour differences can make the space seem cluttered and confused. Your floor pavers and wall tiles should also be made of similar materials and in similar hues. 

Make minimalism magnificent

A minimalist garden might sound as though it is boring and uninspired, but it can,in fact, be a stunning place to spend time relaxing. Creating a minimalist garden is an investment if you are looking to sell your home, as it will add a unique exterior that appeals to potential buyers. Removing excess garden ornaments, having only a few select pants and matching the hardscaping materials will help to give the space a seamless aesthetic. 

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