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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Magnolia Garden Ideas To Make Your Own | Part 3

Monday, May 14, 2018

Have you planted your tomatoes? How about sugar snap peas? Or sweet pea flowers? Spring is THE time to get our gardens planted, but it also the time to try out some great gardening ideas you found in seed catalogs, gardening centers, blog posts, Pinterest boards, and visiting gardens in person.

If you want a little more inspiration for your garden STRUCTURES, take a look at what I found in my visits to Magnolia Market in Waco, TX. 

This is the final post, Part 3, in a series of Magnolia garden ideas to make your own. Links to Part 1 and Part 2 are at the end of the post. 

🌿 Garden Idea ❹ : STRUCTURES    

  • G A R D E N   S H E D  
Magnolia Garden Ideas to Make Your Own from Magnolia's Garden Shed

MAGNOLIA SEED + SUPPLY is the name of Joanna and Chip Gaines' garden shed located in the heart of their flower beds and vegetable gardens. Of course, their shed is not a working shed, but a kind of model shed with gardening items to buy. 

Now, you don't have to name your garden shed, but I (rather my family) did name mine, le Jardin Château (garden castle,) long before Magnolia Market existed. I don't have a sign with my garden shed's name on it, but after seeing Magnolia's sign, I'm now thinking about it. 

What is in your DREAM garden shed? 
If money, time, and sources are no object?

Magnolia Garden Shed Signs and Plants
Signs ... to organize and identify the contents. How about a large wooden GARDEN sign or chalkboard plant signs?

Plants ... succulents in bedding trays before planting. 

Magnolia Garden Shed Shelves With Pots, Watering Cans, Books
Shelves ... to store gardening tools. Watering cans, books, seed packets, flower misters, wooden hand tool boxes. Or, your very own personalized clay pots. 

Do you remember the Fixer Upper episode in which Joanna had a local artisan create a set of dishes with the home owner's last name on each piece? 

Magnolia Garden Shed Shelves and White Hanging Ceiling Lantern
Chandelier ... a white metal lantern with scalloped edges. This exact lantern is available online here. (I always feel compelled to  say, "No affiliation, just sharing information. I like it when writers share sources with me.

Magnolia Garden Shed Wood Counter, Wire Baskets, Brick Floor
So much in this photo speaks to the heart of garden shed lovers everywhere.  

Brick floors ... set in a herringbone pattern. Perfect for splashing water, dropping dirt, and muddy shoes from working in a garden shed. 

Wooden counter ... with a THICK wooden vintage-looking unpainted top, raised white wood paneling base, wood baseboard, and wood trim under the countertop. 

Wire baskets ... on the countertop and attached to the counter's side. 

Magnolia Garden Shed Chippy White Horizontal Shiplap, Rustic Wire Birdcages, Metal Roof Window Valances
Chippy white wood ... horizontal shiplap boards on the walls and as window trim.

Interior window awnings ... rustic metal roofing can withstand dirt and water in a working garden shed. No fabric curtains inside a real garden shed.

Wire bird cages ... wall decor with personality. 

Magnolia Garden Shed Chippy White and Green Painted Chest of Drawers for Gardening Supplies
Wooden cabinet ... storage space galore for your gardening supplies. 

  • T O O L   S H E D  
Magnolia Garden Tool Shed With Metal Roof, Double Doors, Flower Trellis
Check out the design features for a tool shed in a garden. The building looks large enough to house both large equipment and supplies like large bags of potting soil, mulch, and fertilizer. Shovels, rakes, and hoses could also make their home in a large tool shed. 

Large paved walkway ... for moving lawn mowers, tillers, and wagons. 

Double wooden doors ... for accessing the space without problems. 

Trellis planters ... for adding style to the shed and for more gardening areas.

Metal roof ... for farmhouse country style and for withstanding hailstorms in the spring in Texas.

Louvered cupola ... for looks and possibly for ventilation. 

  • G R E E N H O U S E   

Magnolia Garden Cedar and Rock Greenhouse
A greenhouse is best located close to other garden structures and planting areas. The Magnolia Market greenhouse is right next door to the SEED + SUPPLY garden shed. 

Cedar frame ... deters rot and insects. 

Roof windows ... provide lots of solar heat for plants during the winter months. 

Stone half wall ... adds contrasting texture to the design and some small shady spots inside below the windows. 

Magnolia Garden Cedar and Rock Greenhouse
There is an enclosed section at the back that could be used to store supplies. 

Stone pavers ... for the floor are a less expensive option than a brick floor, but provide the same benefits. 

Gravel or mulch ... covers the ground around the greenhouse and prevents mud holes. 

Magnolia Garden Greenhouse Cedar Shelves, Wood Boxes
Shelves ... thick cedar shelves will take a beating, deter insects, and deter rot from water splashes. 

Wooden boxes ... handy for organizing and for plants.  

Magnolia Garden Greenhouse Metal Buckets
Another wooden box ... with metal reinforced corners and handles. 

Metal buckets ... great for holding extra potting soil. 

  • S I N K    

Magnolia Garden Industrial Outdoor Sinks
A long exterior industrial size sink provides water from multiple faucets for cleaning tools and for watering plants in large pots. More than one person can work at the same time. 

I don't need as large a sink, but an outdoor sink can be a big help. 

Clean ... pots. 

Douse ... plants and vegetables before taking them into the house. Reduces dirt inside and washes away critters catching a ride inside. 

  • V I N T A G E   S I L O    

Magnolia Silo Overlooking Flower Gardens
Do you have a vintage structure in your yard or garden? 

Take a cue from the Gaines, and make it a focal point. 

What possibly could be considered an eyesore worthy of being torn down can become the prime accent when integrated into the overall plan. 


If you missed the previous posts about garden ideas from Magnolia Market that you can make your own, you may also enjoy reading  

Magnolia Garden Ideas | Part 1

Magnolia Garden Ideas | Part 2 


Coming soon --- photos of new French-design urns and plants in my garden.