15 Potting and Greenhouse Shed Ideas to Inspire Your Green Thumb


A greenhouse doesn't need to be large to serve a backyard gardener's needs, and why shouldn't a potting shed be welcoming and comfortable? Whether you design your own or build it from a kit, your shed should be an oasis. These potting and greenhouse sheds offer beautiful backyard focal points and places to work and relax.

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Recycled Materials

glass shed

This greenhouse shed is made from the windows of an old dairy farm. Virtually all the materials are recycled, save for the galvanized screws holding it all together. It provides the perfect spot for budding annuals.

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Make it Feel Like Home


This large shed looks like anything but a storage unit. Its copper roof, welcoming porch, and colorful bench make it a true extension of the home. The weathered sign and wreath on the front door add warm touches that make you want to sit and stay a while.

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Backyard Greenhouse


Starting seeds and growing tender plants is a snap in a backyard greenhouse. This one measures 10x12 feet and is constructed from rot-resistant cypress on steel posts. The cozy brick-paved interior is large enough for potting chores and a table and chairs for homeowners to relax with seed catalogs. Although positioned in a semi-shaded corner of the yard, the reinforced, insulated panels soak up sunlight to grow various plants.

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Enchanted Hideaway Shed


This enchanted hideaway potting shed is a delightful and useful focal point in the garden. Partially hidden behind fragrant herbs and climbing clematis and roses, the shed is the perfect place for storing garden tools. A whale weathervane tops the shingled roof. Potting sheds can be built of wood or purchased as kits using metal, vinyl, or hardened rubber.

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Playhouse Turned Potting Shed


Once a playhouse, this tiny building has a new life as a potting shed. Although small, a shed can serve as a focal point and offer storage for tools. It's also a "canvas" for collections. Here, a shelf over the door features a collection of antique watering cans. Small birdhouses dot the exterior. White shuttered doors open to expose a screen door that improves airflow.

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Lean-to Potting Shed


You can add a potting station almost anywhere. Here, a lean-to offers a potting surface, storage cupboards and drawers, and stool seating. Salvaged porch posts act as supports. This potting table could easily be transformed into a drinks station for a garden party with a quick cleanup.

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Potting Shed/Greenhouse


A charming wood-shingled backyard structure is part greenhouse, and part garden shed. South-facing windows bathe the structure's interior in light for potting projects (and plant propagation). An open front porch gives the shed the look of a tiny house. The doors and windows allow air to flow inside. Exterior landscaping helps the structure fit naturally into the garden.

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Garden Greenhouse


What better placement for a greenhouse shed than right in the center of a garden? This all-glass house is cooled by hinged rooftop vents that allow warm air to escape on hot days. Many greenhouses can be equipped with vents that can be opened by hand or powered by a gearbox, a motorized drive, or a sun-activated motor.

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Greenhouse with Fieldstone Foundation


This greenhouse shed kit could be a 19th-century estate garden. The white-frame building sits atop a fieldstone foundation. In many kits, all the structural components are predrilled, and the panels are cut to fit, so nearly anyone can add one to their yard.

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Potting Shed with Salvaged Parts


A whimsical backyard structure, this custom greenhouse shed is composed of found windows of varying sizes. The solar-panel roof heats the interior, and a stained-glass window offers a bit of decorative style. Periwinkle blue walls and a neon green door add garden-fresh color to this one-of-a-kind backyard structure.

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Cottage-Style Garden Shed


A cottage-style garden shed features several windows that light the interior of this small structure. The shed is cleverly positioned in the landscape, with a paving stone walkway that leads to the door. Surrounding gardens add flowers and foliage that soften the shed's angular exterior. The oversized door is large enough to accommodate mowers or wheelbarrows.

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Stucco Potting Shed


Stucco is an unusual medium for a potting shed exterior. Yet this small structure, complete with a mural above the doorway, features a stucco exterior and tile roof. The arched wood doors on each end allow visitors to walk from one part of the garden to another. An ideal spot for potting plants and storing garden tools and equipment, the shed has a ramp for wheelbarrows or garden carts.

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Saltbox Potting Shed


Nearly any architectural style can be adapted for a potting shed. Here, a simple New England saltbox shed features a slanted roofline (with a clear panel to allow in the sun's rays) that accommodates ample storage for garden tools, pots, and other supplies. The easy-maintenance unpainted wood exterior allows the potting shed to blend effortlessly into the natural surroundings. Along the south end of the shed, hinged cold frames—bottomless boxes with movable tops—aid the gardeners in extending the season by offering a protected space for plantings.

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Gingerbread Potting Shed


As cute as it is functional, this all-white, gingerbread trim potting shed anchors the back corner of a flower-filled cottage garden. The shed is surrounded by other decorative garden art—pickets, hanging birdhouses, a lightning rod—and anchored by the foliage of climbing hydrangea.

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Architectural Salvage Potting Shed


Four Gothic-style windows, salvaged from an old chapel, inspired this found-object potting shed. The multipane double doors and windows allow ample light to flood the interior. The shed's owner also uses her space as a painting studio.

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