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 we all need storage space in a garden so sheds are useful, but unfortunately sheds are big square boxes; it’s hard to hide them, and secondly, the shed needs access, so the path tends to head for the shed. The result is 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?

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!

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 sheds and how to disguise them - or not!
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) …

Ugly sheds and how to hide them in plain sight

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



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


Hiding ugly sheds and long concrete paths

If you are a bit stuck over what to do in your garden, email rachel@plantplots.com