20 Great Garden Sheds and Potting Benches You'll Want in Your Backyard

Store garden tools, off-duty muck boots and those shrubs waiting to be planted in one of these charming work areas brimming with character. Trust us, your backyard will thank you.

April 24, 2020

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Pot Then Play

A potting shed not only serves as a utilitarian space but can also double as a retreat for gardeners. Designed by Doreen Wynja and Tim Prevost, this area combines lush landscaping, inviting furnishings and a dreamy shed for total relaxation right in the backyard. Photo by Doreen Wynja.

Shed Meets Greenhouse

This adorable garden shed features an eye-catching glass-walled kick out where owner Kevin Loud houses his plants in the winter and seedlings in the spring. Loud and his partner, Joe Elsasser, worked together to design and build the 91-square-foot shed that nestles in perfectly with its surroundings.

Natural Climate Control

Designed by Marina Wynton and built by Jim Overstreet, this eye-catching structure has a living roof that keeps its interior cool in the summer and warm in the winter, providing natural climate control and a comfortable indoor workspace. A roof full of plants? Yes, please. Photo by Doreen Wynja.

Brimming With Style

More than just an outbuilding, this gable-roofed shed features a traditional-yet-elegant design style made adorable with the addition of blooming window boxes. These features make the structure pretty and practical all in one.

Lush Surroundings

Set within a forest of hostas, ferns and trees, weathered wood and a charming Dutch door make this quaint cottage shed, designed and built by Bob Johnstone, fit right in with its flourishing surroundings. Photo by Doreen Wynja.

Dreamy Siding

Beautiful cedar-shake siding adorns this picturesque shed set in a lush environment. The hipped roof makes the inside of the small space feel open and airy while also providing extra overhead storage.

Gorgeous Greenhouse

Get the most out of your outdoor shed by customizing it to serve multiple purposes. This garden shed comes equipped with a polycarbonate panel roof that lets in an abundance of natural light, keeps the cold out in winter and has the ability to double as a greenhouse. Photo by Doreen Wynja.

Home Away From Home

Design and functionality combine in this house-like shed, complete with an adorable picket fence and all. The peaked roof allows for extra storage overhead while the inside provides plenty of space for tools and equipment.

Slim and Simple

This simple yet attractive shed is a plant lover’s hideaway. Designed by Bruce Hegna, it's raised above the ground to keep it high and dry, and placed near garden beds so tools are in easy reach. Photo by Doreen Wynja.

Crazy for Color

Calling all color lovers! An energizing shade of blue sets a playful mood for this fully stocked potting bench that features a work area on top, a rack for hanging handtools and towels, and a storage area below.

Relax With a View

Relax after a day of gardening by creating an inviting, cozy seating area outside the garden shed. Splashes of color are infused into the area thanks to the brick red door, fun decorative accents and a colorful grouping of potted containers. Photo by Doreen Wynja.

Elevated Yet Practical

An elevated take on a garden shed, this barn-like building features plenty of room for the beekeeping and gardening equipment inside. Outside, sliding doors and rattan chairs frame the entrance into the space while raised garden beds provide a friendly sight.

Salvaged Style

Designer Andrea LaRue rounded up castoff items and reassembled them into a one-of-a-kind potting bench that's full of character and plenty of stories. She mounted an old metal countertop and bathroom sink onto a wooden work table then attached a fireplace mantle in the back to provide a storage shelf for bits and bobs. Photo by Doreen Wynja.

Wall of Windows

A shed with windows for walls is the ultimate gardener's dream space. The size of the structure allows for a potting bench, garden equipment and outdoor furniture to all fit comfortably inside while an abundance of natural light illuminates the space.

Asian Influences

No lonely, disconnected outbuilding here. Taking a cue from the Asian-style garden around, this window-filled potting shed by Natural Encounters blends in seamlessly with the overall design and feel of its surroundings. Photo by Doreen Wynja.

Curb Appeal

Don't forget to give the garden shed a little curb appeal, too. A farmhouse-style shed looks like part of this garden thanks to the flower beds and foliage surrounding it while the architectural details and barn-inspired doors add character to the building. Photo by Doreen Wynja.

Cottage Charm

Overlooking the bountiful blooms beyond, this cottage-style shed features charming architectural details that attract the eye. The neutral color of the structure allows the vibrant plants and shrubs around to shine.

One-Stop Work Area

There’s a whole suite of outbuildings in this backyard including a potting shed on the far right, chicken coop in the middle and tool shed on the left. Built by Walt Skalicky, the buildings were painted to match, tying them together in a simple color palette. Photo by Doreen Wynja.

Double Duty

This stunningly crafted tool shed serves as a pump house for a nearby koi pond that surrounds the garden patio. Designed by Art Harrison Interiors, this ultimate garden shed complements the contemporary architectural details of the main home.

Simplicity Is Key

A charming garden shed strikes a simple note in this Charleston garden that is steeped in European aesthetics. The simplicity allows it to blend seamlessly into the vegetation beyond.

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