Whenever you are designing your landscaping you have to remember that you design for your actual lifestyle rather than your idealized version of it. Design for the realistic use of the space not the far-fetched. Nevertheless compromises can be made to accommodate as many wishes and desires as possible.
The reason that urban backyards are such good frameworks for minimalists’ landscaping is because they can become natural oasis within the heart of busy city contexts. For those, who living in within neighbourhoods of Toronto, like Etobicoke or East York such design escapes from the bustling metropolis is a rare commodity.
When designing your landscape oasis, especially in small spaces, a great reference on how to use your space can be seen throughout traditional Japanese gardens, which visualize landscaping as nature in a miniature form. Typical Japanese gardens have strong form, contrast, and shapes throughout the landscape. This was achieved by pairing plants in 2’s, 3’s, 5’s, and 7’s while still addressing the scale of the property. This was done by using stone, moss, and evergreens; creating timeless landscaping to be drawn into all year round. When designing a minimalist garden use quieter hardscape materials like granite, wood, limestone, and bluestone so that the plants can be the stand out in the quiet backdrop.
One of the obvious benefits of minimalist gardens is that you have fewer trees, shrubs, plants and vegetation to worry about, on the other hand pick plants for your landscape very carefully as they need to provide strong architectural structure and form all year round. For example, use trees with irregular or unusual branching like Pagoda dogwood or Japanese Maple. For evergreen lovers that enjoy all season colour, vegetation such as boxwood, pine, yew, and rhododendron are excellent choices.