This is 2013 landscaping done on west side and southwest corner of backyard shed. Beneath the mulch are layers of newspapers. The newspapers offer a very effective and inexpensive alternative to landscape fabric: no weeds or grass growing through the mulch. The various containers are also easy enough to move, so changing the general appearance does not require any digging or replanting. In 2014, similar landscaping will be done on other sides of the shed. (Richard S. Buse photo)
If you’ve got a garage, shed, or even a house with bare ground nearby, you may be missing an opportunity. Structures create an instant backdrop, breaking the line of sight so that the eye concentrates on the garden, not something in the distance. They also provide a microclimate: deflecting wind and providing a few hours of shade, depending on their orientation. Here are 4 different ideas for filling that empty space.