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October 23, 2020
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Improve the Look of Your Outdoor Storage Shed: Use Planters and Gardens

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Do you have a metal storage shed on your property that just doesn't look right next to your home? If you do, perhaps it is time for you to dress it up a bit. That means you're going to make it look a bit "homey" rather than being something that looks like it's all about business. You're going to make it blend better. And the way you're going to do that is through using planters and gardens. However, you have to be careful as to what flowers you use in your planters and gardens because a lot of heat accumulates around your metal storage shed.


Planters are great to hang around the door of your storage shed and even around the eaves of the building. Now don't hang planters all the way around your metal storage shed because that could look a bit tacky. Around the entrance should be good enough. Just make sure you place planter-friendly flowers within the planter that are also friendly to the sun and heat. Such flowers include:

- Madagascar Periwinkle - This flower grows to up to 2 feet. This is one in which you want to buy the plants and not grow from seeds because they are difficult to grow. They do not like temperatures below 60 degrees and they enjoy a lot of sun. They come in various colors such as pink, lavender, white, and red.

- Wheat Celosia - This flower doesn't like cold soil and it doesn't like cold water. Basically, you have to keep it in the sun. It grows to anywhere between 2 and 4 feet and comes in pink, purple, or red.

- Amaranth - These can actually grow to be anywhere from 18 inches to 6 feet tall. Ground planters may be ideal for these or they can make a great hanging basket from the doorway of your metal storage shed. They come in orange, gold, green, purple, and orange. They do not like to be transplanted and they hate wet soil and shade.

These are just a few examples of what to use. Regular potting soil that uses the specifications listed above are great. For example: If a flower hates wet soil, then it is perhaps not a good idea to buy a moisture lock soil. You also don't want to use planters such as metal or dark colored planters. Planters of those colors can actually make it too hot.


You can always plant flower gardens around your metal storage shed in addition to planters. The combination looks very nice. You can till up the ground and use a fertilizer that works well with such flowers and can invest in some potting soil to provide adequate nutrients to the flowers. Here are some flowers to consider:

- Celestial Blue - This flower survives heat and drought. It has pink, purple, or violet blooms that butterflies cannot resist.

- California Juniper Shrub - Shrubs are great to add to a flower garden and this shrub is not an exception. It is both heat and drought resistant. You do, however, want to make sure this is planted into the actual ground and not into store bought soil.

- The Blackfoot - This one is native to Florida and is known to withstand soil conditions that are less than perfect. It is also beautiful and easy to take care of.

So if you need to make your metal storage shed look a little more exciting, this is a great way to do it. Sure, it may not look in the winter as it would in the summer, but a few shrubs can help with that. It is up to you how you do it and what's even better is that you can be creative.


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