Fuelled by the recent worldwide home-decluttering craze, the minimalist approach to your home’s interior and exterior can be rewarding for a number of reasons.
New Homes spoke to Webb & Brown-Neaves Innovation and New Product Designer Joseph Calasara to discuss his take on minimal and mindful garden spaces.
Inspired by the natural simplicity of Japanese gardens, the new Kuro display home by Webb & Brown-Neaves contains multiple zen-inspired outdoor spaces, which evoke a calm and minimalist design aesthetic.
Minimalism is often associated with Japanese culture and has strong links to Buddhism. A minimalist lifestyle helps people clear the clutter and make room for the most important aspects of life.
According to Mr Calasara, zen gardens are works of art.
The Kuro display combines traditional Japanese elements with modern Scandinavian touches, resulting in a look described as “Japandi” by Mr Calasara.
“Nothing was overlooked, which was why the garden complemented the ‘Japandi’ feel of the house,” Mr Calasara said.
The front garden evokes a true sensation of zen, and contains an impressive decked entrance, a moon gate and a sunken garden. Stepping stones were also included along with a large rock structure, which Mr Calasara said drew the viewer to a state of contemplation.
“The selection of planting palettes was carefully considered to complement the overall outcome,” he said.
“We worked closely with our landscape architect to deliver a perfect zen atmosphere.”
To provide an outstanding street presence, the circular sunken garden was planted with cluster of forest fancy and a couple of Chinese elms to frame the facade nicely.
“The swimming pool is surrounded by a line of nicely trimmed bamboo trees and a Japanese maple tree, which is located at the end of the timber bridge,” Mr Calasara said.
“A combination of subtropical plants with outstanding texture and contrasts were used in the remaining areas.”
The Kuro display was recognised for its tranquil garden spaces at the recent 2018 Landscaping Industries Association WA (LIAWA) Awards, which saw the display win the award for Residential Landscape Design in the 250-500sqm category.
Your steps to Garden Zen
• Add a few feature pots and fill with them with large plants.
• Create structure by pruning the branches into shapes that reveal structural form.
• Create a focal point with garden or water features, which can help cool the space.
• Grow creeper plants to add greenery and provide shaded areas.
• Moss can be the perfect groundcover for shaded garden beds with lots of moisture.
• Hanging plants and hanging baskets can be a good addition too.
CONTACT Webb & Brown-Neaves 6365 4060, www.wbhomes.com.au