I am headed out to the garden this weekend with the intention of completing a self-imposed mission. While many garden owners try to hide their sheds in a corner, I plan to do the opposite. Though I can see why others might choose to quarantine off an uninteresting structure in order to keep it out of view, there are just too many great tips on how to make them beautiful for me to resist the project. By sharing those ideas here, I hope to get others motivated to do the same. All of this can be accomplished within a small budget, and some ideas won’t cost a thing, so there goes the excuse of not having the financial resources.
For those interested in making their shed look quaint without spending any money to do so, this one’s for you. Dry out some of the more fragrant and colourful flowers that you have cut from your garden. Then tie them together in a decorative fashion with raffia, or any other material you use tie things with in the garden, and hang them over the windows and door of the shed. Instantly, you have brought a delightful fragrance and a gorgeous accessory to the space.
My favourite additions are a weather vane and a trellis. You can pick up an old weather vane on the cheap at a village market or salvage yard. If you want to bring in some more colour, paint it a wonderful bright summer shade. As for the trellis, you need not purchase one, as you can build one yourself from any wood or metal left over from other garden or house projects. Then plant a hearty crawler below and train it to grow on to the trellis. Depending on the plant you choose, this could be yet another way to introduce a burst of colour.
Finally, place garden furniture off to one side of the front door of the shed. If you have an old café set, sand it down and repaint it. If you are purchasing something new, consider the benefits of a folding table and chairs, as these can be stored inside the shed during bad weather. Don’t underestimate the power of a simple table and two chairs, with them you can design a particularly lovely vignette that will beckon those who visit your garden. They will also provide you with a place to rest after a satisfying day of planting and pruning, along with a vantage point to access your garden’s progress.