Design a Garden Shed for Comfort and Functionality

Garden sheds are popular these days, and their purpose can range all the way from storing garden tools and supplies to creating a comfortable spot for rest, relaxation and reading. Some garden sheds can also fill the role of a “she shed” for the lady of the house, or they may focus on storage and function for the gentleman gardener. The great thing about creating your own shed is that it can be designed to meet your particular needs and desires.

The first step in building a garden shed is determining the size, location and function. Whether you build the shed yourself or hire a contractor, you will need to have a detailed plan. If the purpose of the shed is simply to support gardening activities, you will need adequate and appropriate storage for garden tools. These tools may include everything from tillers, wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes and hand tools. Proper storage for a supply of small hand tools and electrical cords will also be needed. Counter space is also necessary for potting plants, starting seedlings and other activities that require a work space. Shelves built above the counter can hold items used only occasionally such as books, extra pots, etc.

Garden sheds that double as a “she shed” are likely to focus less on gardening than a comfortable place to read, visit with friends or enjoy a cup of tea. Some women decorate their shed as their own little get-away space, but they may also use it as a work area for growing and maintaining flower gardens in the landscape. The area should include a couple comfortable chairs, lighting sources and cabinets and counter space for storage and working on various projects.

The exterior of a garden shed should add to the aesthetic appeal of the landscape no matter what purpose it has. There are various plans homeowners can choose from, or the plan can be created by whoever intends to use it. The shed should have enough windows to provide good light within, and a simple front porch adds to the design. Wiring the shed for electricity makes operating electrical tools very convenient and can be a source of light and heat on cool and cloudy days.

Some homeowners have the knowledge and ability to build their own garden shed, but others may be wise to hire a contractor to make sure the project is done properly. Small garden sheds that simply provide storage space for garden tools and perhaps a lawnmower do not require electricity or plumbing, but running water and electricity are convenient in a “she shed”. In this case, the services of an electrician and plumber will be required. It is also possible to purchase a pre-built garden shed at the local builders supply store, and this is probably the best idea if the purpose of the shed is simply storage. However, planning and building a more elaborate garden shed offers an enjoyable place to spend time, and the building will also increase the value of the property.

Five Steps for Designing Your Patio Garden

Patios are outdoor spaces that typically belong to a residence and are often paved. You’ll find patio’s attached to homes, businesses, and apartments. Sometimes the areas are big, and other times they are small, as is often the case with apartment patios. No matter the size, a patio garden is designed a bit different than regular gardens. Here are five steps for designing your patio garden.

1. Examine the Size of Your Patio

As we mentioned above, patios come in different sizes. Is your’s a large or a small patio? The size will play a big part in your design choice. Take a piece of paper and map out the size of your patio and where you would like plants and flowers. Or choose a template to perform such a task online.

2. Include Plants in Containers

No matter the size of your patio, plants or flowers in containers are a favorite design choice. Go with large pots with a variety of flowers within for large patio spaces. Choose smaller versions for smaller patio spaces. Small patio spaces, for example, can benefit from a multitude of potted plants. In fact, they can represent the bulk of your patio plant life.

3. Focus on the Quality of the Plants Rather Than the Quantity

Even though you may be able to buy a multitude of plants for your patio, the quality of the plants is more important than the quantity. Choose only healthy plants from reputable dealers. Don’t choose plants that look dull and dry, even if they are on sale. Always focus on choosing plants that are healthy and thriving.

4. Determine if Your Space Requires Sun, Shade or Both

Some patio spaces are covered, others are not. Before you choose your plants, you’ll need to determine how much sun your patio gets. Plants that are intended for the shade are typically suited for covered patios or patios that get enough shade. Plants that are intended for the sun may not do well in sheltered conditions.

5. Choose Plants in Your Zone

No matter whether you choose plants for sun or shade, you must select plants only suited to your zone. A hardiness zone or zone is your location’s climate in relation to plants and flowers. For example, some plants that grow in San Diego, California (10a/10b) may not grow in Chicago, Illinois (6a). Go online and locate a hardiness zone to determine the zone for your area and then buy plants accordingly.

In San Diego, Agave and Jupiter’s Beard, for example, are hardy. In Chicago, hostas, and tulips, for example, are hardy. Most plants come with a zone indicator when you purchase them. Also, if you are buying your plants at a local plant store, they will sell plants that correspond with your zone.

Having a patio garden is not only beautiful, but gardening and maintaining your patio garden can turn into a fun and calming hobby. Plan everything out and buy the correct plants for the highest chance of success.

8 Flower Landscape Ideas For Your Garden

If there’s one thing that makes every garden immediately develop a personality, it’s flowers. There’s a reason for centuries men have been using the beauty of a flower to seduce women – because it works!

If you’re here because your garden is looking old and tired, lacklustre, or maybe even not complete, then you’ve come to the right place. I have been designing gardens freelance for a while now and a good colourful (matching) flowerbed can be the catalyst for a beautiful garden.

We have listed 8 gardens which utilise flowerbeds to look great. We hope you’re as inspired as we are ūüôā

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Now, this might be a weird one to kick it off with as this garden is clearly unfinished, but bear with me. The reason I have included this garden in this list is for one reason – it is yet to be completed, but still has flowers. As you can see, despite being unfinished at first glance it seems as if it is. All because of the colourful flowers. So not only do they look great, but they can make up for less-than-great surroundings.

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I doubt this landscape will fit in your garden, but if it can then well done! But I have chosen this for the beautiful and elegant colours and organisation that clearly has had some thought put into it. The circular shape is also mirrored by the lawn which I think looks great.

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A modern example of flowerbeds. The steps in the middle of the bedding gives it a unique impression which bodes well on passers-by. The neatly kept lawns are also vital in this scene, as the modern feel would vanish otherwise.

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I think everyone would agree that this flowerbed is stunning. The purple, red, orange and yellows give off a summer vibe with the matching decor adding to the prowess. I think most would love to have such a gorgeous setting in their back garden.

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The neatly trimmed lawn goes beautifully with the surrounding flowerbeds. They aren’t matching too much, but the different colours work well with the rustic wall, giving off a more natural impression. This would be a good design to go for if you have a large sloping garden.

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I have always believed that a water feature is a must-have in a contemporary garden, and here the flowers make it look like you have a miniature lake in your yard. Some of the decor is a bit skeptical, but you can’t take anything away from the originality.

A simple but effective garden here. The above-ground flowerbed makes your eye draw to it instantly. The mixture of colours and flowers give a nice natural feel. I don’t know about you, but I would rather a garden with this feature than a plain lawn.

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A beautiful violet/purple flowerbed that shows off modernity with its simplicity. Although I am a big lover of mixing up colours, the simple purple/green/white pallette here is perfect for the space. As long as you maintain it often, this is a perfect example of utilising flowerbeds.

9 Beautiful Backyard Ideas for Small Yards

Have a small back garden? Don’t worry. There are plenty of beautiful outdoor designs that can not only make your yard look double the size, but also stun quests with cool settings.

The secret to designing for a small yard, is to take into consideration how important space is. Space is limited, so its best to use every bit of it in the best way possible.

Furniture is also vital, too much can make it look cluttered and too little can make it look un-homely. Here with have listed 9 backyards that have perfected using up small space to look good.

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Here we have a small garden which looks far bigger than it actually is. The utilisation of a table and chairs with circular tiling gives the area an element of exclusivity. This means the rest of the garden looks much more spacious with stepping stones, steps, and even a green area. The divide also makes it look like two separate yards – again, making it look larger.

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A small, simple but effective garden. The blue stones already make this yard a showpiece – but it has to be done right! Luckily they have done just that. The tiles flowing through give it a unique impression and the flowerbeds enhance this perception. The way the bed wraps round as a border makes it seem as if there is more space and the garden is longer and wider.

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This is a very small area. But, they have utilised every tiny part of it. The three pieces of furniture are vital to make it seem homely despite be so small. The plant plots also give it a warmer impression, to show that people actually live here.

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I’m a big fan of this one. They only have a tiny amount of space, but they use it really well. The sleek, neatly trimmed grass gives it a modern feel, and the two sun loungers help this impression. The small tree rounds the whole scene off really well and the matching wall is just as impressive.

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A more extravagent design for a small backyard. The red sofas and chairs make it stand out from the others, and the grey tiles and black furniture only help this view. The BBQ means this yard is summer-ready and the wooden fencing makes it seem exclusive.

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Imagining that this small area with the outdoor furniture is the only part of the garden available, they have done a pretty good job with the space. Simplicity is key, as I said earlier, and this often means some furniture, some greenery and tiles – and they’ve constructed it perfectly.

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Another very small space, but it shows what furniture can do. Although this might not be the most stunning example, it portrays the element of simplicity and how it ties in with small yards. To make it better I would re-tile the landscape, and re-plant to have flowerbeds instead.

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This is a personal favourite. Imagine guests arriving, expecting a mundane furniture/tile combination, and arriving a this gorgeous waterfall which wouldn’t look amiss as a landmark. Water features are vital if you want your yard to stand out and this is the holy grail. However, there would be significant costs and maintenance to build and keep up such a beautiful feature.

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There’s been a lot of talk about brick tiles, however, when done properly wood can be the most effective material for a garden. Not only does it look sleek and modern, but it ensure the yard ties in with a naturalistic feel. The furniture in the middle matches perfectly with the surrounding colours and plant life, while keeping natural space to enhance the perception of size.

5 Cool Backyard Fire Pit Ideas

Backyard fire pits aren’t just aesthetically pleasing. They are handy too. Their versatility means that one day you could be inviting friends round for a summer barbecue, then in the winter having a bonfire with family and blankets.

When done right, a fire pit with matching furniture or surroundings can really be beautiful. And mix this with the heuristic image of burning wood, can create a surreal attraction.

Whether you are going for a modern, antique, rustic or even wood panel look, a fire pit could be the extra touch you need to make your backyard the staple of the american. Bit too far? We don’t think so. Here we have listed 5 cool backyard fire pits as examples.

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This rustic feel fire pit is large and powerful. As you can see, the fading tiles are the same all around the surrounding landscape, and tie into the classic feel. The blues and oranges are more natural shades and really complement the wood chairs.

Can’t you imagine yourself coming home from work after a long summers day, and chilling next to the fire with a glass of wine in hand? We definitely can.

This owner seems to have a lot more land than he knows what to do with, with the forestry area in the background. However, this could be intentional. The contrast in infrastructure and nature creates a peaceful effect. (Unless you’re scared about wild animals coming up behind you as you sip your red!)

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My personal favourite, contemporary design mixed with old traditional values. The modern feel is enhanced by the clean, black and blue fire pit in the centre. The sleekness of the two-colour showpiece allows the retro shape to be noticed.

Not only is it attractive, but the blue stones make the fire pit stand out from the surrounding black and white furniture. This is most likely a restaurant area, but the feel could definitely be snatched and placed in your own backyard. The only costs would be the seating area and fire pit, as long as your floor landscape is all matching and neat, or wooden.

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Similar to the first one, this fire pit uses rustic techniques with large bricks. It creates the antique feel that contrasts the modernity of a fire pit. The plants can divide opinion. Although there definitely is a need for some flower landscapes in this garden, you could argue the owner hasn’t thought to carefully about which ones and where he plants them. A better alternatives could be plant pots scattered around the area.

As you can see, there is padding on top of the surrounding wall, meaning guests can sit around it in summer. This also matches the stone flooring and wooden walkway. All the colours are in similar shades and complement the whole scene quite well.

Ignore the hot dogs, okay look if you want, this fire pit is unarguably one of the most surreal looking designs. The wonky-modern tiling creates a stunning feel. It looks like this one is in a field somewhere, but would not look amiss in your back garden. The wooden benches are also an important part of the scene as a whole, as they add to the natural look.

I can imagine countless summer nights huddling round this fire with friends and family sharing burgers and hotdogs (I’m hungry now!). A pit like this would cause envy in your inner circle, so be aware!

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An extremely unique yet modern design. This fire pit is inside a whole in your garden. As long as you have the space underneath, it can be an easier task to create. However, just make sure you don’t fall in!

7 Charming Low Maintenance Garden Ideas

We all want a beautiful garden, but not all of us want to commit to the upkeep. Don’t worry, there’s a solution.

Low maintenance gardens can look just as sleek as the landscapes we pour our blood sweat and tears into, but with half the amount of work. We have listed 7 examples of gardens which look stunning, but require minimal maintenance. Enjoy!

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A great example of a lot going on in a small space. The table and chairs face onto a small neat lawn, plants and slate steps. After set up, the only work involved would be mowing the lawn and watering the plants, perfect for those with busy lives. Not only that, but the flowers combined with the grey/orange colours gives off a charming impression, all tied together by the wooden fencing. If you’re on a budget with time and money, then this design can give a lot of bang for your buck.

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Contemporary gardens don’t need to have overwhelming water features to be considered stunning, sometimes basic means good. This sleek design utilises wood, bright, hard landscape and stones to surround a well-kept lawn. The bench looks good, and provides a handy sanctuary from family arguments (what are gardens for??).¬† The simplicity is mirrored with the scattered plants, allowing it to retain a natural garden look. Also, the dark fencing provides a contrast which supplements the bright colours it contains.

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Mow the lawn, clean the decking. That’s all the regular upkeep required to maintain this stunning example of a modern garden. Again, wooding contrasts the modern look which only adds to the dazzling impression. A matching set of table and chairs would be perfect for those summer family days, plus friends and family will be amazed by the sleekness of your garden. Not only that, but they will have no idea how little work goes into it. #humblebrag

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A clean pathway to to a neat shack. This gardener has utilised his small space in an extremely effective way. The neatly mowed lawn gives off the impression of a carefully crafted and maintained garden, but the reality is completely different. Once the flowerbeds are planted, the grass is laid and the shed painted, upkeep only stretches to mowing the lawn. If you’re shed is the staple of your home, use this design as inspiration and wow neighbours peeking over.

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A Mediterranean style garden, without the clutter. Outdoor furniture, a few plants and some tiling, this is a fine example of a simplistic and easy to maintain garden. It might not be the most striking design, but it is certainly simple to manage. The pathway and social section could be replicated with more modern tiles and brighter colours, which would improve the worn look. Nevertheless, the layout is definitely something which could be used as inspiration.


The modern design is striking, and will leave guests with a long lasting impression. The basic layout of lawn – hard landscape – flowerbeds works really well as a simplistic structure. The lawn is kept neat and well surrounded by tiles. The only upkeep would be, again, watering plants and mowing the lawn. The only difference we would suggest to this design is to make the flowerbeds more striking colours and less sparse, to coincide with the modern design of the lawn.

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This design might not be the most simple to replicate, however it is very simple to maintain. There is no lawn, meaning no mowing the lawn. Also, flowers/plants are kept to a minimum lowering the need for maintenance. The design is simple but effective, and with enough motivation will have longevity as a supplement to your humble abode.

7 Potential Sloping Garden Ideas

Sloping gardens can be a problem. An expensive one too. But before you splash out on fixing it, try to see if you can make it work. Some sloping gardens use aesthetic techniques to look just as sleek and modern as flat gardens. We have listed some examples here for you to use as inspiration. Remember, in gardening, a problem can always be made into a solution.

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Flower landscapes, something that can always make a garden look better (when done right). As you can see, this garden has almost hidden its slope with the use of a beautiful flower display. The difference in colours was clearly well thought out as its finished with an organised pattern. They have also made the other slope into a different level with an upwards path for practicality.

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Sometimes, you need to embrace your slope. Along the same theme of using flowerbeds as a distraction, this gardener has still put green lawn on his slope rather than cover it up completely. The result is a neat finish with both tidy grass and a flowerbed with a touch of colour. If this is your style, make sure you trim the surrounding trees regularly to tie in with the tidy finish.

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Steps. The slope gardeners relief! Nothing can make slope look good better than steps. This gardener has used rustic grey tile steps to create a natural illusion that the slope always looked this good. The use of 2 pillars also ensures it retains its antique presence. They have also used the technique of a natural path within the grass, which can be a popular choice depending on who you ask. On one hand it has a natural impression, but some would argue that the remaining grass looked lazily maintained.

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A large example which could be incorporated in a smaller garden. This gardener has embraced his slop by turning it into a beautiful circular pattern. Not only that, but visitors will love sitting on the ledges when coming over in the summer, it creates a perfect shape for spectating competitive family sports or even a relaxing sanctuary. This is one of the more creative examples on this list.

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A natural looking slope here. By just adding neat coordinated flowerbeds on your slop it gives a naturalistic effect. The decking in the middle creates a centre-point of the garden which allows for friends and family to use as a point of contact. Not only that, but the surrounding landscapes would wow visitors and create the illusion that they are sitting and chatting in the middle of a world heritage site.

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And back we go. Steps! As you can see this gardener clearly had quite a problematic slope before his measures. Adding natural brick style steps has now made the garden look fit for visitors. The contrasting brick and tile materials work by using supplementary colours. Also, the use of rustic plant pots suits the surrounding landscapes and gives a natural impression. The trees peering over the wall also support this effect.

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Wow. This one has quite the slope. However utilising contemporary techniques they have made the slope look like a stunning feature. By keeping the grass short and neat it automatically gives off a looked-after impression. The hard white landscape path uses squares to keep the modern theme apparent, while the surrounding flowerbeds are shaped in rectangles to keep everything parallel. The use of sparse trees in the bushes is either a hit or miss. But here they have definitely hit the spot. The distance from each other and matching colours only adds to the contemporary feel.

6 Stunning Contemporary Garden Ideas

If you are having trouble deciding on a contemporary garden design, we have listed 6 stunning examples. Modern designed gardens are staples of a beautiful home, and we understand how difficult the decision can be when re-designing. Not only will it last a long period of time, but it will be the main focus when friends and family attend house parties or dinners.

So, we’ll jump straight into it. Here are our favourite contemporary garden ideas:

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Do you have a large back garden? If so, you should make it a trophy of your property. This backyard combines hard landscape, water features, flower landscapes, and simply lawn to create a minimalist yet futuristic garden. The arches at the back serve an entrance before wowing guests with this creation. Undoubtedly, this wouldn’t come under our low maintenance category, but I think the work and upkeep would be worth it to contain such a beautiful landscape. Plus, imagine the tranquillity of using it as a sanctuary when you need a bit of time away from the family (we all do sometimes).

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Not as tidy as the last example, but it still works. The overlapping flower landscapes blend into the hard tiling which creates a pathway to the modern floating table and chairs. The green and brown colouring matches the naturalism of the garden, with the matching black and white background adding to the modernity. Not particularly high maintenance, but would be a big job to complete. Nevertheless, it would result in noisy neighbours peering over the fence to peek at the jaw dropping landscape.


This futuristic waterfall will modernise any garden instantly. The monotonous colours portray elegance and a sense of status. Water features are perfect if you want to set your landscape apart from others, plus, the sound it emits is soothing and a known stress reliever. However, water features are also known for being high maintenance. Managing them can sometimes mean hours of upkeep to keep it looking stunning.

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Nothing beats simplicity. As this example clearly shoes. A bench, table and chairs, sunlounger and barbecue all occupy this relatively small space. But the positioning and landscape make it look the opposite of cluttered. Instead the matching colours and background enable the furniture to look in place with its surrounding and give a simple yet modern impression. The bush and plant area is a nice touch, and along with the trees circling the main tiled landscape, still allow the garden to be a credit to naturalism. Imagine a hot summers day doing the barbecue for family and friends with this backyard, the compliments would be flying around – before they see the burnt sausages!

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On the theme of simplicity, this is a perfect contribution. Only a small lake, piece of artwork and bush landscape are maintained in this large garden – giving a natural impression. The forest area in the background works perfectly with the green in the garden, and allows the modern art to stand out. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into the open space, as it adds to the simplicity.

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What do you think of when you hear ‘garden shed’? A dingy old wooden tool box collecting dust at the back of your garden? It doesn’t have to be that way. This shed is kept in perfect condition with clear modern sections for a sleek look. A simple DIY job, and your shed can wow guests with its modernity. With a shed this futuristic, it isn’t just for tool storage – its a showroom.