Today I’m going to show you some great ideas for landscaping around shed areas. No matter to what use you put your shed, whether storage or a workshop, you don’t want it to be an eyesore. A well-built, well-placed, and well-maintained shed should add value to your home, not detract from it.
Besides, you want it to look nice, right? Of course you do. But where do you start? That’s where I come in! This list will give you ideas for landscaping around shed patios, walkways, and more. So, without further ado, let’s kick off this list!
- 1. Your Own Yard
- 2. Tiny House
- 3. Nestling Cottage
- 4. Claude Monet’s Shed Landscaping
- 5. Starcrossed Border Garden
- 6. Seaside Juxtaposition
- 7. Shed-ception
- 8. Nonconforming Edges
- 9. Sunrise On Winter Morning
- 10. Monocle Not Included
- 11. Install A River (Seriously)
- 12. That Parched Look
- 13. Wishing Wells
- 14. Shattered Ice
- 15. Pebbles < Legos
- 16. Monet’s Garden
- 17. Wholesome Midwestern Vibes
- 18. Fort Shed
- 19. Nap Room
- 20. Understated Oasis
- 21. The Mini Shed-House
- 22. Colorful Sheds For Colorful Personalities
- 23. Low-Maintenance Landscaping
- 24. Lots Of Trees!
- 25. River of Stone
- 26. The Image Of Summer
- 27. Western Shrubland
1. Your Own Yard
If you want to set your shed apart from the rest, why not give it its own yard? Cut out a wide swath of your backyard to give your shed a front lawn. Now it looks a lot like its own little house!
You can plant the outskirts of this new yard with tall foliage for a little privacy and an extra border. Depending on which flowers or shrubbery you choose, its personality could vary.
Roses and juniper could give it a Victorian look. Selfheal, vetches, and buttercups will give it a meadow feel. What kind of atmosphere do you want to cultivate for your shed?
2. Tiny House
To achieve this look, pave a small section outside the secondary doors of your shed. Place a pergola over it so that you and the occasional guest can have a little shade. You could also wind outdoor lights around the pergola boards for some light in the evening.
For the plant life, why not create a dense garden overflowing with low-growing foliage? A little evergreen groundcover, a couple of well-placed ornaments, and there you have it! A refreshing sitting area to relax in the afternoon.
On the outer edges of your garden, drop some medium-sized stones with mica inclusions. This defines the border and also gives it some sparkle for a magical feel!
3. Nestling Cottage
How about a breathtaking, exposed woodshed? With a pergola, of course, because that is the perfect balance of “cozy” and “class”. For the sitting area, lay some broad paver stones that connect in a seamless jigsaw pattern.
This shed nestles in the back corner of the yard, almost flush against the fence. (But not too close, because zoning laws are a thing.)
Along the fence, they’ve done a great job softening the background of their shed. A single row of cedar trees gives it a homey feeling without making it look crowded.
For the actual garden, plant tons of Russian sage and a few low growing plants like hostas. Done!
4. Claude Monet’s Shed Landscaping
This shed has a lot going on! There’s even a gate to a mini-backyard leading from the paver patio! The landscaping for this shed is reminiscent of a Claude Monet painting, albeit a bit sharper.
To recreate this look, plant bright colored flowers along the edges of your paver patios. Give it the impression of overflowing, as though there are too many flowers for the beds to contain. Connect the two paver patios with a decorative, arched bridge and you’re done!
5. Starcrossed Border Garden
Cobble stones in front of your shed will give it a distinct cottage feel. If you grow plants you plan to take inside to care for through the winter, you might not want to plant a border garden.
That’s fine. Instead, fill the bed with gravel as a placeholder and set your potted plants in the beds to let them get some sun. Your landscaping appears complete and you aren’t tending a garden you don’t care about.
It’s win-win for both you and the starcrossed plants you would have planted there.
6. Seaside Juxtaposition
This bleach-white shed reminds me of a seaside vacation house. It could be the sparse landscaping, the flatness, that brings to mind images of untouched sand.
But there is no sand, of course. The ground around this shed is asphalt, only a few places open to accommodate foliage. Use straw or hay to mulch the beds for that tumbleweed effect around tall flowering plants.
The juxtaposition of the dry, plain hay to the bright colored flowers will set everything off. And your shed’s white panels will provide an excellent backdrop for this landscaping. It all balances well!
We’re getting a little crazy here now. This shed has its own separate shed. Shed-ception!
Alright, that’s enough corny jokes.
To get this look, fill the perimeter of your shed with gravel and line the border gardens with paver stones. Leave your paver patio nice and open for ease of use between your main shed and your attached storage shed.
Create a separate, circular garden bed at the corner of your shed to plant a fruit-bearing tree. This example features a lemon tree, which takes three to five years to bear fruit. But it’s worth it for that splash of color!
8. Nonconforming Edges
Come on. Are you serious? Okay, I guess we’re doing a shed that has its own detached deck area now.
This is an amazing design for a private place for yourself, though. The separate sitting area even has a hardy roof in case you want to enjoy a storm in comfort. And look at the nice clean walkway of seamless, cream pavers!
The black-mulched garden bed creates a gorgeous contrast. I love the way the perimeter of the garden moves in gentle, nonconforming curves. This design has an overall modern feel, but the rebellion of the garden’s edges softens the look.
9. Sunrise On Winter Morning
There’s something about a stark white building that makes everything around it pop. Look at the way it draws your eye at once. It’s the first thing you noticed, right?
Even better, it makes all the color around it seem brighter and more alive. All you need are some boxwood bushes and a little cedar groundcover.
The mosaic flagstone walkway for this shed is less like a patio and more like a driveway. The burnt orange cedar of the pergola stands out against the white of the shed like a sunrise on a winter morning. Beneath it, there is space to set up some outdoor furniture to entertain guests or enjoy a cup of coffee.
10. Monocle Not Included
This is a colonial mini-mansion and you cannot convince me otherwise. For a stately shed such as this, your landscaping needs to match its grandeur. (And you may need a monocle.)
This shed is at home on the rolling hills of the well-kempt lawn, flanked by massive pools of garden beds. Notice the way they used taller foliage in the centers, grading it down as they neared the edges of the gardens. This creates a mounded look that complements the hillside.
For mulching, follow their example and go with the highest contrast.
11. Install A River (Seriously)
You know what? If we’re going to go full insane with these sheds, why don’t we just install a river? Yeah, like an actual, full-blown river.
There’s your landscaping! While we’re at it, let’s toss in some waterfalls for good measure and go straight King’s Island on this project!
Honestly, it’s not too difficult to achieve and it does make landscaping upkeep easier. You’d install this the same way you would a koi pond. Depending on the slope of your property, you might need to do some grading, though.
Once you’ve got the…the river… (Seriously?) in place, add some dwarf cedar and ornamental grasses to complete the mountain look!
12. That Parched Look
Do you love the desert? Does the dry heat of Arizona or the brushlands of California call out to you? If so, do I have the landscape design for you!
First, use a light brown mulch to give your garden beds a parched appearance. Then, plant a row of zebra grass as near to the wall of your shed as you can. This plant grows straight up and tall, so it will almost look like vines.
Finish off the edges of the beds with some shorter ornamental grasses and drop in a few large boulders. For your walkway, simple concrete slabs will add to the effect!
13. Wishing Wells
The first image that comes to mind when I see these raised garden beds is a wishing well. You know the ones. Homeowners sometimes place fake ones in their yards for decoration.
This is one of my personal favorites on this list (although the river is hard to forget). I like how the walking paths are simple pea pebbles instead of gravel or pavers.
It gives it a kind of beach or creekside appearance. Looking at this picture right now makes me want to walk barefoot through those pebbles.
What’s great about these separate raised gardens is that you can assign each one for a purpose. One can be for herbs, another for vegetables, and others for flowers, for example.
14. Shattered Ice
The landscaping for this one is less about the garden and more about the sitting area and walkway. The sitting area and patio is seamless slate mosaic, likely an Eastern inspiration. But that’s not the cool part.
The cool part is how it gradually breaks away when it turns into a path. The flagstones separate in an inconsistent pattern as they transition into the path. It’s like the flagstones are a frozen pond and shattered ice makes up the walkway.
The actual garden features a rose campion bush in the corner furthest from the path. Then, it grades down to low growing foliage with a rock arrangement as a divider.
15. Pebbles < Legos
Want a pebble look for your shed’s patio, but without tracking the tiny stones through the grass? Or worse, over your concrete patio pavers? (It’s not as bad as stepping on a Lego, but it’s still unpleasant.)
Well, there’s a solution in a “pebble patio”. It’s a patio floor covering that mixes pebbles with epoxy so that they don’t move. Now you have the pebble look without the pebble mess!
It also gives you that seaside vibe, so use weathered wood patio furniture to set it off well. For the plant life, try voluminous ornamental grasses. If you want a splash of color, most drought-resistant plants will look right at home here.
16. Monet’s Garden
Tell me this doesn’t remind you of Garden at Argenteuil. I’m talking about Monet again. Honestly, though, this is picturesque! The rows of orange and pastel pink daisies that border the pathway is nothing short of inviting.
The walkway itself is a simple pressed concrete slab parting in the center as it approaches the shed. Where it parts, it gives room for more garden space. You might consider planting low-maintenance evergreen groundcover, as pictured.
Accenting the center with a large decorative vase gives the design necessary stabilization. If you decide not to use a vase, try something of equal height.
17. Wholesome Midwestern Vibes
“Nothing to see here. I’m just a simple shed who wants you to leave me to my own devices.” I imagine this shed as a Midwesterner who likes to whittle in their spare time. They feed their dog scraps from their dinner plate.
They’re good people.
To achieve this wholesome, laid-back vibe, all you need are a few bags of quartz gravel to fill the garden beds. Add several medium-sized stones and a couple of flower boxes for a touch of life and you’re done.
The birdhouse is a nice thought, too, since this shed has a sense of utter leisure.
18. Fort Shed
Do rabbits keep getting into your garden? You are rethinking your “harm none” stance when it comes to Peter Cottontail? Well, before you go full Elmer Fudd on Thumper, why don’t you try enclosing your shed?
You can purchase simple plastic fencing and then line it with chicken wire. That should keep out the furry creatures looking for a snack. Then, raise your garden beds to make it more difficult for them to reach your foodstuffs.
At ground level, strip away the sod. Cover the ground with pebbles or gravel to make it easier to see if/when they breach the perimeter.
19. Nap Room
This shed is a lean-to model with little space and even less natural light. This is a great place to take a nap for people who work third shift and don’t want canvassers or their family to wake them.
When you’re waking up in the late afternoon, enjoy your favorite beverage on the stone patio. Plant your border beds with coleus and spider plants for a suburban vibe. Scatter in a couple small, decorative trees to define the perimeter and you’re done!
20. Understated Oasis
There’s a method to this madness if you look with care. There’s a distinct antiquated look to everything, making it appear almost unkempt. Look closer. You’ll see the strategy behind the haphazard placement of the walkway’s pavers. See how one strip moves more uniform and direct than the others? The L-paver stone?
It’s the subtlety of this design that holds the beauty. The boards of the deck look old and weathered, but it is intentional. You can recreate it with a sander and some weatherproof stain.
Dot the border gardens with thread-and-needle plants and a silver-leaved yucca plant. It’s exotic, but in an understated way that keeps in line with the design.
21. The Mini Shed-House
I adore this little shed! It’s like a downsized version of an actual suburban home with its high gables and vinyl siding. It even has floor to ceiling windows, complete with grids. And do you see the half-moon dormer window?
A shed-house like this needs landscaping that mimics the illusion of suburbia. Start by planting two dwarf or ornamental trees at either side of your steps.
You don’t want to choose saplings that will grow into ten or twenty-foot behemoths. As they grow, so will their root system, and that will lead to possible displacement of your shed. Toss in some crimson fire loropetalum bushes and boxwoods to pull it all together.
22. Colorful Sheds For Colorful Personalities
This design makes for a nice workshop or artist den. The ruby spider daylily at the corner closest to the side door draws the eye, showcasing the entrance. It makes for a more subdued invitation than the main entrance.
On the main entrance, you have an enormous hydrangea bush that is so heavy with flowers, it should be bowing. The black-eyed Susans filling the rest of the bed promises great vibes beyond the pastel red door.
That purposeful mismatch of red against the blue walls of the shed announces eccentricity. If this looks like your personality, I hope you have a green thumb!
23. Low-Maintenance Landscaping
The house-like design of this shed clashes with a wide barn door and ramp. Sky pencil (Ilex crenata) trees flank the entrance ramp. This ensures that the door is never blocked.
These sky pencil trees grow straight up, saving space for people who don’t have a lot of garden space. Even when these trees are mature, they will not impede the loading of wider items into the shed.
If you’re mainly using your shed to work on your motorcycle, it might not make sense to do much with the gardens. In this case, fill the beds with black-eyed susans and other low-maintenance shrubberies.
24. Lots Of Trees!
This is not so much a shed as it is a barn. If you have built or are building something similar to this, then you can get away with a little more in your garden.
For example, cedars and dwarf arborvitae would swallow up a normal sized shed. You can typically only get away with one or two small trees.
But for one of this size, you can go a little nuts and have three or four. Fill the rest of the garden with boxwood bushes and hang some window boxes with bright flowers for a pop of color. You’re done!
25. River of Stone
The style of this landscape shed design is that of a rocky river gorge in a mountain meadow. The large, light-colored boulders appear to tumble down the hillside. This stone decor cascades like a swift current to the base of the knoll, pooling in the valley near your shed.
Around your building, install some raised garden beds. Then plant creeping phlox, vines, and other “flowing” themed foliage. You could even plant some tomatoes and cucumbers or some pumpkin or watermelon.
Add a few patches of zebra grass and a mountain pine toward the top of your rock river and you’re done!
26. The Image Of Summer
With a clean cut edge to this garden border, but no paver stones to define it, this gives an open feel to the entire area. In the beds, you can get this look by starting with coneflower chorus daisies and black-eyed susans.
Then, plant some giant maiden grass like miscanthus gracillimus to fill up the bulk of the back bed. Garnish with a few dwarf trees and some small patches of ornamental grasses.
When you’re done the planting, place some smooth, broad stones for a walkway to your front door and voila! You’re all done!
27. Western Shrubland
All the fescue for your shed’s front lawn! For this idea, let’s create a shrubland. Closest to your front door, plant sheep fescue or creeping red fescue. This gives your landscape a wispy, shimmering appearance that mesmerizes viewers.
Further away from your shed, divide the softer fescue with a row of blue fescue plants to give it a solid border. On the other side of this line, plant sharper looking ornamental grasses. Good options are sedge grass or dwarf varieties of feather reed.
Plant some full height arborvitae trees at either side of your shed door to direct the main focus to your shed. That’s it!
Did you enjoy this list? I loved putting it together, because it gave me so many new shed landscaping ideas to use in my own projects. Not only did I come across loads of interesting plants, but I also found amazing ideas for sitting areas!
Let me know what you thought of this list in the comments. What was something that inspired you? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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