Most ordinary gardeners – those not lucky enough to have room in the garage, or a garage at all – have the same problem. Whether it’s a tool shed or a pool shed, how do you disguise it, or integrate it with your garden. A beautifully designed shed can put a serious dent in your garden budget.
In this amphitheatre-like garden on the Beach Garden Tour 2011, the shed is inevitably a focal point, even with a lily pond and waterfall to distract you. I thought they came up with a cute solution.
[Ed: I should clarify that many Toronto homes include a vinyl garden shed very much like the one above. They’re designed to last forever. And ever. So if you don’t have the cash, it can be hard to rationalize replacing yours just because you want something prettier.]
Why not hide it in plain sight? A few pots of paint and a steady hand with a brush, and a ordinary prefab vinyl shed sports a trompe l’oeil façade. I’d say this is making a virtue of necessity.