It’s hard to think of an excuse for having an ugly garden shed. Oh, sure, most of them start out looking rather boring, but they don’t have to stay that way. Think of all the fun you can have with a few cans of paint, for instance, playing with different color effects. If you don’t feel comfortable painting the whole structure some gaudy color, then you can at least play around with the trim.
And then there are the planting possibilities you can explore with sheds and other outbuildings. Surround them with a border, create a pretty path leading to them, and dress them up with vines, trellises, and window boxes.
Sheds can also provide a perfect place for showcasing potted purchases while you’re trying to find a permanent home for them in your garden.
Dressing up an existing outbuilding is one issue; planning a brand new structure is a whole other adventure. You might choose something a little silly, such as a tool shed that masquerades as an outhouse…
…or build something out of unusual materials…
…or find someone who has an old shed they no longer need and move it to your own place to add instant character.
I know that a number of you have fun sheds and outbuildings to share (Lisa at Greenbow is one of the first to come to mind), so I hope we’ll get an abundance of entries this month!
If you’re new to the Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop, here’s how it works: Write a post on anything related to sheds and outbuildings in the garden on your own blog and leave a link here (already-archived posts count too), or jot down your thoughts in a comment below. At the end of the month, I’ll gather all of the links into one summary post for easy reference. If you’re interested in checking out previous GBD Workshops, you can find them here:
Paths and Walkways
Fences and Walls
Arbors and Pergolas
Color in the Garden
Stone in the Garden
Decks, Porches, and Patios
Trellises and Screens
Water in the Garden