When I was a young girl, my family made many trips to Callaway Gardens. My brother and sister enjoyed eating breakfast at the Country Store; my mother liked seeing all the azaleas, and my father to this day still devours their muscadine sauce, but one of my favorite things to see there was Mr. Cason’s vegetable garden. I loved seeing the rows of plants growing in that big garden – especially the tomatoes, and there was the cutest little red roofed building amid all the greenery.
That was probably the first garden “shed” (if you can call it that) I became enamored with. I still love seeing them in gardens, and one day I hope we will have one here. (The blueprints for our home even included plans for a matching outbuilding.)So while we are perusing all-things-garden for the next few posts, I thought you might enjoy taking a look at a few delightful outbuildings. Besides being utilitarian, they seem to add so much charm to a garden. First up…P. Allen Smith’s city garden shed. It too has a red roof! (You may remember reading about his Moss Mountain farmhouse here.) And of course the red door is perfect.
And while we are looking at sheds that belong to famous people, Ina Garten has one that is beautiful. Even if it doesn’t have a red roof, I love all the vines growing on it!
This next one could be a sister to Ina’s shed couldn’t it? It has a very similar style. Love the lattice on the roof for future climbing vines, and if we had a more formal garden, I would love to have a white obelisk like the one pictured there. The small patio would be wonderful for a summer meal.
Here is another one with a space for outdoor dining. I think this one fits perfectly with our house with its color and board and batten walls….hmm…might need to show this one to my husband.
I believe this next one is actually part of a cottage, but wouldn’t it make a great design for a garden building? And there’s more space for outdoor dining here as well.
Now I know all garden buildings don’t have to be dark or rustic. Here are a few white ones that are simply charming, and this first one with its pergola is gorgeous.
Can you believe this one surrounded by a picket fence is pre-fab construction??
More picket fencing with this one (and the interior of the New England home it goes with is very drool-worthy.)
There’s a touch of picket fencing with this one too. Notice that it has a window box on the side for added charm.
Another white garden building amid amazing flower beds.
This romantic beauty is certainly not where you are potting plants.
I love love love the simplicity of this one (and you really need to read the wild story at the accompanying blog post. It is amazing!)
Here is another very simple design – but pretty nonetheless. There are complete diy directions for building it at the website if you are interested in creating one like it.
How about a garden building made from old windows and salvaged items?
This garden setting is luscious. The window boxes and plant on the door are charming, but that stacked stone pond is what I love most here.
I’m a sucker for the window boxes filled with geraniums on this building. Have you noticed how many of these have a cupola?
Okay. Forget the window box and cupola…just put a shelf above the door and a picnic table in the yard.
If we had a mountain cabin (in Highlands!) I would want this little garden shed out back.
Or perhaps this one. I particularly like the porch on the side with the potting table there. (There’s another cupola!)
More sheds for the mountain cabin. You should check out Donna’s post(s) on her grapevine covered rustic garden shed. She built it herself.
Another lush setting for an outbuilding. I suppose you would need a ladder to fill those beautiful planters above the entrance, right?
Let’s totally change styles here. You probably remember this one from the Southern Living Idea House in Habersham from several years ago. The building itself is very simple, but the architectural details in the overhangs and the potting shelf add so much charm to it!
And finally, if we had a house in New England, this is exactly what I would want for our garden shed…gray shingled exterior, white trim, bright blue door and shutters (or maybe red) and a flag. And of course it wouldn’t be complete without the blue hydrangeas beside it.
So are you ready to build a garden shed in your yard? We don’t need any more projects around here for awhile, but when the to-do list shrinks, I think a little building out back could be added to the list. (I’ve got a spot in mind next to the apple trees.)
Don’t forget about the giveaway we have with Timeless Settings going on until next Thursday, June 5, 2015. You can read all the details about it at the end of the post here. Just visit their site, come back and leave a comment about something you love there, and you are entered in the random drawing for all of this…
Hope you are having a great weekend and that you are enjoying a garden somewhere! I have a few geraniums to plant today, but I can hear the frogs croaking for rain.
Until next time…
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