Even the most beautiful of gardens will still require things that may not be so beautiful – buckets, gloves, shovels, wheel barrows, pots waiting to be used, compost piles in the process of breaking down, etc. Whether these items must be seen or hidden in side a building or container, they are all a part of the business of gardening.
Knowing these items are needed, how do you then keep them being an asset to your garden rather than a distraction from the beauty you are trying to create? Sometimes all it takes is some consideration before moving forward.
In the photo above, you can see the top of the garden shed. Instead of distracting, the materials used, the shape of the roof, and even the color of the building itself compliment the garden. At some point in this garden’s history a decision was made to build in this style. They could have just as easily put up a cinder block building with a green metal roof. The function of that building would have been the same, but the visual impact would have been vastly different.
Instead of trying to hide a building that would have been an eye-sore, they chose to build something from the start which would add to the enjoyment of the garden. Even in winter, when all the leaves on the trees have dropped, the flowers have faded away, and the tall grasses are not so tall, the building stands as a welcome sign, inviting you come visit. Not often found on garden sheds, the small porch and its overhang have provided both shade and protection from the elements to more than one visitor, my family included.
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