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Adding a Structure

For the latest installment of our digital inspiration guides, we will look at three types of outdoor structures: greenhouses, sheds, and pergolas.

Each offers a unique practical and aesthetic benefit to an outdoor space, from extending the growing season to storing tools to providing a shady spot to sit. And all three have the potential to become a personal sanctuary within your own backyard. 

Where to start? Well, the usual design rules pertain: Garden structures should be useful and charming and tie into the rest of the design. Most important, though, is selecting one that will fit your needs. 

Click through to see examples of task-specific buildings.

Cover (previous) photo by Jon Whittle. Right: The John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden. Photo by Chelsea Lobser. 

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Garden Design
December 2011