RHS Hampton Court: His ?n? Hers sheds are all the rage

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is more than just a showcase for designers ? it?s an Aladdin?s Cave for shoppers.

There are dozens of the best specialist nurseries for dedicated plantsmen and women to get the pick of this year?s crop of new varieties, as well as old favourites.

And if you have a yearning for inspirational garden furniture and buildings some of the most stylish money can buy are on show for your convenience.

There is no need to drive from shop to shop looking for the right garden chairs, gazebos or sheds ? you can just stroll around them at your leisure.

Of course these sheds are really garden rooms and offices, which are becoming so popular now that one company says there are definite His ?n? Hers trends.

The Posh Shed Company?s founder Richard Frost, who is exhibiting at the Hampton Court show, says his male and female customers tend to favour distinctly different designs.

Women want pretty sheds with a waterproof membrane and internal tongue and groove paneling, while men prefer sturdy, practical buildings with room for all their boys? toys.

?Women are increasingly telling us how they want their shed finished,? says Frost.

?Two of the most popular uses are as sewing rooms and somewhere quiet and peaceful to read and relax.

?It most certainly isn?t somewhere to store the lawnmower and plant pots.?

The company?s Gothic Shed with arched windows?and tile-like roof are particularly popular with women and cost from ?2,800.

Men are more likely to choose the more traditional-looking Potting Shed, which costs from ?2,500 with a steep pitched roof and not a curtain or cushion in sight.

New this year and launched at the show is the Ludlow Shed, specifically designed for small gardens.

It is a similar design to the Gothic Shed but only has room for tools and equipment rather than an armchair and table.

The Ludlow Shed costs from ?1,800 and all prices include delivery and installation.

For more information go to?www.theposhshedcompany.co.uk?and for information on tickets?for the show go to?www.rhs.org.uk

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