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The garden shed is a perfectly functioning building which serves its purpose down to the ground, however, even the best shed can, in some people’s mind be a little dull.
So what can you do about it if you have a large 18×6 shed? You can treat the shed as a blank canvas and have flower and shrubs set in front. This will allow them to stand out against the brownish back drop even from a distance making the shed a focal point of your garden.
Another idea is to train flowers such as plants and flowers – such as roses – to grow up the front of the shed and this can create a stunning display of colour. However it can sometime be a little tricky to get them to climb up depending of the type of plants as there are five different types of climbing plants. These are scramblers, stickers, twiners, tendris and stem root plants.
By researching the type of plants you want to use you can ensure they will grow up and over the garden shed (or fence or wall) and hide the bland and plain appearance. Some of these categories will require vertical support, some horizontal support where as some won’t need any help at all.
Tendrils will require thin horizontal support so the plants have something to grab onto. 50mm x 50mm netting will serve this purpose as will horizontal strings hanging from poles. Stickers are similar to tendrils however their tendrils come with their own glue, so to speak. This enables them to climb up more or less any surface. These only require the surface of the shed to stick to and don’t require any vertical supports.
Twiners tend to have intertwining leaves or stems and require something vertical to attach itself to, so in this instance a trellis work, a fence post, string or wire will do the trick, however, ensure it is horizontal. Scramblers need help to grow up the side of a building so you need to secure these in place and the ideal materials is twine, wire or strong string. As they grow the thorns help the plants to adhere to the wall of the shed.
The final category are the stem root climbers. These have very clingy roots which can attach to more or less any surface. As these as so strong I can’t really recommend them to be grown up the side of your garden shed as it could damage them. Steer clear.
The Royal Horticulture Society reports that rambling roses are one of the most popular plants for growing up walls, fences or sheds and they suggest these should be grown horizontally as this will ensure the greatest amount of cover.
By keeping a careful eye out for diseased roots or stems they recommend these should be removed as this will allow fresh and newer shoots to flourish. At Wisley Gardens they would prune their ramblers in the Autumn or before Winter after securing the summer growth. All shoots which had flowered should be cut back in readiness for the following year.
By training these plants to climb over your 18ft x 6ft shed you can ensure an outbreak of colour throughout the year. Even during the bleak winter months these plants will take away the plainness from the garden. It’s also possible to add hanging baskets to the shed and these can accommodate even more flowers and colours.
However to me, in the garden shed business, nothing beats the sight of a well looked after garden shed. This just goes to show that every one is different and should be different, otherwise it would be a very boring world.