There’s just something about the outdoors. Humans have perpetually turned to nature for peace of mind, health and adventure. Reminding ourselves of the bigger picture can be grounding – giving us perspective and a sense of calm. When it comes to our homes, many of us try to recreate this effect indoors through feng shui and minimalism. But why don’t you try marrying the two together and take minimalism into your garden?
Sometimes, our gardens are treated as a dumping ground for paddling pools, trampolines, forgotten wellies and watering cans. Yet, we often see our gardens as a place to be calm, concentrated and cogitative. There are many ways to transform your garden into a tranquil and calm escape from modern-day life – minimalism isn’t just effective indoors.
The first step to a Zen-like garden is to plonk a shed in the corner. This is the perfect place for garden tools and anything else that has been discarded amongst the grass, and it will leave clean, empty space for you to feast your eyes on.
Outdoor furniture design
By thinking carefully about how many seats you really need in your garden, you can cut down on clutter. Two benches rather than one bench and four deck chairs, for instance, will provide enough seats in less space.
A simple, minimalistic gazebo will provide shelter for you to appreciate your calming space in all weathers. Similarly, a swing seat placed at the bottom of the garden will look modest and provide a great place to sit and feel smug about your beautiful garden.
Outdoor solar lights
Solar lights are perfect for giving an understated illumination to your garden. Without any wires to clutter up the grass, hiding them amongst plants will make for an enrapturing twinkle on winter evenings. Solar lights run on energy that has been charged throughout the day by the sun’s rays – making them an eco-friendly addition to your garden.
Plants and flowers
The adjective ‘statement’ does not only have to be reserved for bags. By having a selective few trees, plants and flowerbeds you can hone in on minimalism without having to sacrifice on garden life.
A beautiful, medium-sized plant in the middle of the garden will provide far more space than five that are dotted around, and a garden with open space will have a much better effect on the mind. Similarly, discard of any bushes or plants that look less than healthy or are out of control. Also a quick trim of any bushes is an understated way to quickly simplify your garden’s appearance.
Lastly, the key to a Zen-like garden is upkeep. Trimming, cutting and watering will be crucial to ensuring that your garden remains minimalist, simple and clean.
Of course, transforming your garden into a space that is fit for Buddhist monks is entirely dependent on how much space you have to work with. Larger gardens may benefit from a water feature or two, whereas smaller gardens can’t contain as much but are easier to manage and keep tidy.
by Jessica Brown