How to Camouflage Your Shed

How to Camouflage Your Shed

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Sarah Rainwater
Jun 24, 2009

Yesterday Lindsey wrote about some Stylish Sheds, leading us to wonder what can be done — aside from the obvious coat of paint — to pretty up a shed of the low-budget Home Depot (i.e. not-so-stylish) variety? Robert solved this problem by tucking his shed into a woodsy corner of his yard, flanking the door with a large tree and shrub and letting a male Hardy Kiwi vine grow wild up the side. The result is definitely more "hidden fairy-tale cottage" than "unsightly lawnmower depository"...

If you'd prefer a tidier look, vines can be disciplined with a trellis — try the perennial Clematis or the annual Morning Glory, which grows in one season. The shrub in front is a Globe Arborvitae — common at any garden center — that will grow into a spherical shape with pruning. Other slow-growing evergreens such as Rhododendrons, Azaleas, or Hollies would also work well. Fast-growing plants are nice in a pinch, but can quickly turn into monsters. If you have patience and are willing to let things look bare for a little while, the result is worth the wait.

(Image: Sarah Rainwater)

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