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6 Chic Garden Sheds

A garden shed can be more than a dumping ground for shovels and lawn mowers. A shed can serve as an artful focal point for the backyard or a destination spot for potting tasks or just daydreaming. Check out a few of the sheds recently featured in the pages of Country Gardens magazine and see what inspirations they might provide for you.
  • A perfect potting shed

    Ann Cicarella’s potting shed is the centerpiece of her backyard landscape in Cleveland, Ohio. Painted teal with gold accents, the 10-x12-foot shed exudes charm with its cedar-shake roof, a bluestone patio, and gable inscribed with a Rudyard Kipling verse. A terra-cotta bust of St. Beatrice placed above the arched doorway overlooks the gardens below. Large containers of bright flowers and a “June Snow’ dogwood provides the perfect amount of framing.

    Date Published: April 15, 2016
    Date Updated: March 30, 2018
  • Big red shed

    A new shed with the patina of salvage style provides the essential grounding element for a Minnesota country garden. Jolie Raimondo placed her roomy shed where it would anchor the gardens to the space, so the gardens “were not just floating amid the pastures and fields.” Salvaged windows, barn-board siding, and the cupola perched on the roof give the 8x16-foot shed character.

    Date Published: April 15, 2016
    Date Updated: March 30, 2018
  • Tea cottage

    Carolyne and Robert Breeden have nestled a “tea cottage” into their woodland garden in Louisville, Kentucky. They added salvaged skylights to provide dappled light inside the shed that Robert built with a friend. Masses of hosta, heuchera, boxwoods, ferns, forget-me-nots, and brunnera lead up to the door.

    Date Published: April 15, 2016
    Date Updated: March 30, 2018
  • Storage-turned-guest house

    Tucked back into the chaparral along California’s central coast, this former storage shed has evolved into a guesthouse for Michael and Theresa Mulvihill of San Luis Obispo.  Inviting red paint and white trim make the shed ideal for entertaining. The nearby deck with outdoor fireplace and pizza oven doesn’t hurt, either.

    Date Published: April 15, 2016
    Date Updated: March 30, 2018
  • Shed-side garden

    Camille Pecorak’s garden shed sits conveniently close to a raised bed garden of mixed edibles and flowers. The shed, visible from the family room window of her home in Easton, Maryland, also provides year-round interest in the surrounding landscape.  

    Date Published: April 15, 2016
    Date Updated: March 30, 2018
  • Salvaged treasure

    A rustic pitched-roof shed with a covered porch and vine-festooned trellis adds country charm to a small backyard. The setting is enhanced by a garden filled with daisies, daylilies, monkshood, and rose mallow. John VanBeek, who loves to build things, made the shed from castoff materials for gardening wife, Jessica Locke, in their garden in Ontario, Canada. The lumber for the 8x12-foot structure came from an old cow barn, the window frames were found in a ditch on the edge of town, and the front door is from a homestead. Two salvaged round pillars hold up the porch roof. Inside, there’s a potting bench, garden tools hang on the walls, and garden books and magazines.

    Date Published: April 15, 2016
    Date Updated: March 30, 2018

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