When choosing a garden shed, it’s easy to lean towards the stereotypically pretty wooden garden sheds with window panes. We get the appeal, but they hugely lack in security. Not only can you see the contents from the outside, but they are easy to break into, have poor locks, and often get weaker with age. A metal garden shed is often the best choice all around; they don’t age, they are super secure and require little-to-no maintenance. They just need some clever landscaping to camouflage and disguide the shed into your garden design. Here are a few suggestions from ourselves and our customers;
Choose your Shed Colour
The colour of your shed plays the most important part to blend it into your garden, obviously, a bright bold colour will draw attention to it. That’s why our Asgard sheds are available in dark-forest green, dark brown or ivory. The dark brown and green are particularly suited for blending into the garden fence or background, with more eye-popping planting to focus on.
The current black garden fence trend is hugely popular and works on large blocks of black helping define the space and make your greens look lush, and the planting shine bright. This trend sees the launch of Asgard’s latest colour; dark grey! Due to launch in the summer-autumn months.
Location & Shed Size
Choosing the right location for your garden shed is key. It’s worth considering where your shed is in relation to the sun, patio and where you sit. During the day, you may move around your garden and face a certain direction to either keep the sun out of your eyes or bask in the sun, depending on if you’re a sun lover or not. Placing a shed in your direct eye line will draw your focus to it.
At Asgard, we’ve had customer feedback on just how much they love our Access range due to the compact size and low height. Replacing a tall traditional shed with a shorter compact shed helps remove the garden shed from your eye line.
Build a Privacy Fence or Trellis around the Shed
Many of our Asgard customers have built frameworks for climbing plants, a trellis around the sides or even in some cases, cladding and green planted roof around their sheds! They look truly stunning. They help blend in your shed to the landscape and can either be designed to embrace the shed and integrate it into the landscape or hide it away. Even a privacy fence with the shed tucked neatly behind is a great way to add garden storage without drawing attention to it.
It’s worth noting, however, that Asgard sheds feature a unique ventilation system to minimise condensation. Whichever method you choose, it’s worth keeping these areas clear. You can find more about condensation and planting here.
Use Trees & Planting
Trees and planting are a great way to make your garden shed to blend in. A nearby tree can help to shelter your shed from the sun and disguise your shed while looking down on your garden from your first-floor bedroom or balcony. A mixture of heights will help to ensure your garden shed isn’t the tallest item in your garden, just ensure the roots of your tree won’t disrupt the shed’s level base in the future.
Ornamental grasses, such as Pampas Grasses (4m tall), Stipa Gigantia (2.5m tall) or Buchanan Zotov/ Toetoe (2.5m), can grow very tall to help blend the shed into your planted borders. On average, our taller garden sheds peak at just over 2.1m, and some grass varieties can even grow up to 5m! Their evergreen foliage ensures the shed still blends in during the winter months. Similar to trellises and cladding, it’s worth ensuring that the plants aren’t located too close to your shed to create condensation and block Asgard’s unique ventilation system.
A Well-Designed Patio and Path
A firm and level well-designed patio and path can distract from your shed, and make the shed to sit into the landscape. The key is to make the shed look intentional and part of your garden design, and not an afterthought.