Secret Utility Area

June 27, 2011 ·

Secret utility area

When designing a garden, it is wise incorporate a utility area, and figuring out a creative way to conceal it can be just as important as selecting the right plants!

Freestanding screen

To start, it is best if you can work with materials that are already exist in your garden; this helps to create a cohesive look. For my utility area, I used leftover wood from my fence to construct a small (30″ x 48″) free-standing screen that also works as a potting bench. Then I planted Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ in front of it.


Remember, it doesn’t need to be fancy, but it does need to serve your needs, and this takes a bit of planning. Think about how much space you need to comfortably move around and consider what you might want to do in your utility area. Some people enjoy a potting bench, others simply want to store tools. My space is a comfortable 4′ x 4′, and I added a hose rack and some hooks that I use for my everyday garden tools. I also made sure there was enough space to store things like garden stools and a basket for compost.

Garden tools

Backside of utility area


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