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Garden Shed Landscaping

The area around a garden shed is a great place to add visual interest in your yard. A small perennial garden with one or two dwarf shrubs can dress up the shed and turn it into an attractive feature in the garden.

Garden Shed Landscaping
When planning your garden shed landscape, remember that plants should not obstruct the basic use of the shed. Leave plenty of room for maneuvering your tractor or wheelbarrow and keep the steps clear of crawling plants.

Garden shed landscape styles

Garden sheds come in a variety of styles. Create a landscape that complements your garden shed and ties the shed into the larger landscape.

Cottage garden landscapes

A cottage garden style is a popular garden shed landscape, particularly if the shed is fashioned like a small house or potting shed. The pale pastel colours associated with these designs can be found in roses, salvias and phlox, which all do well in southern gardens. Plant window boxes with trailing plants like petunias to carry the cottage garden theme.

Butterfly gardens

A garden shed landscape makes a wonderful bird and butterfly garden, especially if this type of garden is somewhat different than the rest of your more formal landscape. Bringing nature into the garden is always delightful, and brightly coloured perennials attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Coneflowers, bee balm, spider flowers and black eyed Susan will all attract wildlife for you to watch while you work in the garden.

Vegetable gardens

Take advantage of the vertical wall space afforded by a garden shed to train tomatoes, cucumbers and pole beans up the side of the shed. Use a low fence to create a vegetable garden area next to the shed. This will make for convenient harvesting, training and trimming of the vegetables.

Garden shed landscape design tips

Use an informal design structure. Garden sheds are informal buildings and the surrounding garden should also be informal. Use gentle curves rather than straight edges. Beds can curve out from a central point or, if you prefer a foundation planting, create a straight edge along the building with a slight curve at the end.

Keep the garden shed landscape size small. A large garden shed landscape will overwhelm the shed. Keep the idea of scale in mind when designing for these areas. Small garden beds that extend just a few feet from the building are sufficient. Mix perennials that reach about three feet high with lower growing plants and border plants to give some height to the garden without overwhelming the garden shed.

Keep the design simple. You can soften the edges of the garden shed with a vine such as roses or clematis. Avoid heavy, aggressive vines like wisteria, which will cover the shed too quickly.

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