Here is an interesting and timely story:
(My apologies to all the high school and college students who will be put to work in the yard during this spring and summer)
For new sheds, think about their placement. Instead of hiding the structure in the back corner of the garden, make it the focal point of the side garden to bring attention to a less-used area.
In this garden in upstate New York, one is drawn down the curve of the path to the iron gate and left to wonder what lies beyond.
10. Showy specimen plants. To use a tree or a small shrub as a focal point, choose one with outstanding characteristics — such as spring flowers, interesting branch structure or brilliant fall leaves — and plant it with a bit of room to breathe. For example, put a specimen tree in the center of a patio or within a garden bed surrounded by lower-growing plants.