A garden shed provides a dedicated space to store tools and perform gardening tasks without messing up the rest of the garden. Even though the shed serves practical purposes, it can be attractive. The right decor and accessories can help your garden shed blend with the landscape so it doesn't look out of place and you don't feel the need to hide it.
Match the House
A garden shed blends with the landscape when its style mimics the architecture and color of the accompanying house. If you build a new shed, then match its roof line, proportions, materials and color with those of your house if possible. If, for example, the house features a gable roof, then design a shed with a gable roof. Painting a prefabricated shed so it matches the house will help it blend. Another option is to add siding that is similar to the house's siding.
If you want the shed to seem like an extension of the garden, use plants to help decorate it. Adding window boxes to the shed's exterior and putting plants in them is an option, particularly if the house has window boxes. An alternative is to put plants in hanging pots that are attached to the shed's exterior. Brighten the shed with colorful flowering plants such as geraniums (Pelargonium x hortorum), which are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 through 11, or snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus), hardy in USDA zones 7 through 10. A technique that really helps a garden shed blend into surrounding plantings is to train climbing plants to grow up its walls. Suitable climbing plants that bloom include crossvine (Bignonia capreolata), which is perennial in USDA zones 6 through 9, and "New Dawn" roses (Rosa "New Dawn"), perennial in USDA zones 5 through 9.
Use Vintage Tools
Decorating with vintage gardening tools gives a shed some charm. Mount antique pails and watering cans on an interior or exterior wall; they can hold equipment and supplies or even be used as plant containers. Vintage garden spades, shovels, pitchforks and other hand tools also can be wall decorations. Stacking a collection of colorful, vintage flowerpots outside the shed will help brighten its appearance, or use the pots to decorate shelves inside the shed.
Keep it Organized
Proper storage space is key to keeping the garden shed's interior orderly. Wall-mounted storage units maximize floor space. A tool hanger mounted to the shed’s door will help you keep long-handled tools such as rakes, shovels and shears out of the way. Pegboard and hooks mounted to a wall can be used to hang and organize garden tools. A couple of large hooks are useful for storing a garden hose and other heavy equipment. Invest in shelving for supplies such as pots, watering cans and fertilizer. A set of adjustable shelves is an effective option because it can be customized to fit the size of supplies.
- RedOnline.co.uk: Outdoor Living Spaces / Sheds and Summerhouses
- Sunset: 20 Favorite Garden Cottages and Sheds
- Landscaping Network: Garden Sheds in Your Landscape
- Missouri Botanical Garden: Antirrhinum Majus
- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: Bignonia Capreolata
- Texas Tech University, Department of Plant and Soil Science: Geranium
- Missouri Botanical Garden: Rosa "New Dawn"
- Photo Credit Dimitar Kunev/iStock/Getty Images
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