Ugly garden sheds & long concrete paths

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How to hide an ugly garden shed

I just thought I would pop on a quick post with the latest garden transformation I have completed, because it shows how you design around two of the most common garden problems; hiding ugly garden sheds & long concrete paths.

The problem is twofold, firstly

Gardens need storage space in a garden; sheds are useful, but unfortunately sheds are big square boxes; it’s hard to hide them.

The shed needs access, the path leads to the shed. But the path leads your eye to the very part of the garden that is least attractive – the ugly garden shed!

Take this garden for example, the shed here is not ugly just brand new… but it does dominate the view down the garden somewhat! But also take a look at the path, how does that affect the design of the garden?

before redesign small garden long ugly path large shed

The path splits the garden in half

The line the path takes makes the garden feel narrower and it leads straight to the shed! Now, the path does take the most economical and logical route to the shed, but it does look rather like a runway down the garden. The problem is what to change and why.

What are the key problems that need changing?

  • The shed IS the most noticeable garden feature, and it shouldn’t be
  • The path is practical, but in a small garden, the path needs to be an attractive feature as well, because you use it all the time.
  • The garden layout highlights and emphasises the narrow long shape.

OK, so what changes should be made?

  • The layout needs to change the shape of the garden
  • The path needs to be a design feature and
  • The shed needs a disguise!

Changing the shape of the garden

One of the most effective methods is to use the patio to redirect you, the patio is often the largest garden feature and this can be used to your advantage. Change the angle of the patio so it is no longer parallel to the house. The line of the house and fences no longer dictates to the garden, the garden makes it’s own stand!

drawing garden redesign layout view from above small back garden large ugly shed

Paths don’t have to be straight!

As you can see, the path has now been made a design feature. It is still easy to get to the shed, there is a now work area outside the shed and in fact the path now takes up more of the space in the garden. But the path now is part of the design and not just a route down the garden. The key point is that paths are dominating features especially in smaller gardens, they have to be made to look interesting.

Lastly, disguising the shed.

With the new design, the visual lines no longer lead the eye straight to the shed, but it’s still noticeable and could easily become an ugly shed given a bit of time! So how to disguise it….

Firstly do not use an invisibility cloak.. the idea that growing a large climber over the shed will somehow hide it – it doesn’t. All you see is a large unruly climber clambering over a shed instead, it just means the ugly shed problem is now a big unruly plant AND ugly shed problem!

ugly garden shed garage before redesign

See what I mean!

There are two ways you can hide the shed, but neither involve hiding it; you make it more noticeable (in a good way) …

drawing planting schemem hide ugly garden shed garage wall trellis mirrors

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Or you can get cunning and use camouflage. Here bronze mirrors have been added along with trellis.

drawing new garden design layout to hide ugly shed relocate path

Now when the plants are added, the shed is no longer THE most noticeable part. Clever eh?

small garden redesign with offset patio and diagonal path and tall upright planting scheme in purple white and blue