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Garden shed ideas.

Four great greenhouse ideas for your garden

  1. Cold frames - You can use these simple, sloped greenhouses anywhere you have plants that need protection from frost and damp.
  2. Mini greenhouses - Small greenhouses are perfect if you're just getting into gardening. These are great value, easy to assemble and simple to look after.
  3. Walk-in greenhouses - Medium greenhouses are a great option if you're not ready to commit to a permanent greenhouse. They take up little space but offer lots of room for seedlings and plants to grow.
  4. Full-size greenhouses - Large greenhouses are for the dedicated gardener and they are available in a range of sizes. Pick either a classic wood greenhouse or durable metal model.

What type of greenhouse is best for you?

Plastic greenhouse

Smaller than traditional greenhouses, these can be assembled or disassembled in a matter of minutes.

Why they're great:

  • Cheaper alternative to glass greenhouses
  • Can be positioned against walls
  • Lightweight and easy to install
Wooden greenhouse.

Wooden greenhouse

These offer a more rustic style. They are slower to heat up than other models but retain their heat for longer.

Why they're great:

  • Natural, traditional look
  • Easy to customise
  • Timber offers more insulation
Aluminium greenhouse.

Aluminium greenhouse

Greenhouses made of aluminium require little maintenance and last for many years.

Why they're great:

  • Lightweight for easier construction
  • Sturdy enough for lasting use
  • Low maintenance

Greenhouse glazing options

There are a number of glazing materials for greenhouses available, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Here's what you need to know about the different types:

Horticultural glass

• Standard value option

• More fragile. The glass can shatter

• Lets in a lot of light

Toughened safety glass

• Strong and resistant to breakage

• Won't shatter - breaks into small bits

• Lets in a lot of light

Polycarbonate glazing

• Strongest option, hard to break

• Offers more insulation

• Lets in slightly less light

Styrene glass

• Plastic. Stronger than glass

• Won't shatter

• Can discolour over time

Greenhouse installation

Choosing a base for your greenhouse.

Choosing a base for your greenhouse

You'll need a base to secure your greenhouse to the ground. Bases are sometimes included, or can be purchased separately. A base should be the same size or a few cms larger than your greenhouse. You'll also need to anchor your greenhouse to the base. An anchor kit may come with a base, or be sold separately.

Assembling a greenhouse

Our greenhouses come in kit form with all the necessary parts included for you to build at home. Greenhouses should be assembled by at least two people for practical and safety reasons. Special care should be taken when working with extruded aluminium and handling glass, so always wear protective gloves and goggles. 

Best spot for a greenhouse.

Best spot for a greenhouse

The perfect position for your greenhouse is where there's plenty of light. Look for a flat surface - not bumpy or on a slope. Make sure it's away from trees to avoid shade and falling branches. Always try to install your greenhouse near walls or hedges to offer protection from the wind. Keep it close to your house if you need mains power for lights and heating. And, check if it can be close to a water tap.

Greenhouse shelving.

Greenhouse shelving

All set? Time to kit it out with greenhouse accessories like a benchshelving and racks. This will help maximise your growing space and provide extra storage for your gardening supplies.

Just can't wait?

Our mini and walk-in greenhouses can be collected in store. For large items, we offer named day delivery, letting you choose a day and time to suit your needs.

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Nurture your plants

Give some TLC to your plants. Tidy it up, keep those pesky weeds away and feed them nutritious food. And then, watch them flourish.

A close up of a green house with pots in it.

Pots & protection

Start small and keep seedlings in individual pots. Cover them for protection and remember to keep the greenhouse somewhere warm and sunny. As they grow, move them to bigger pots.

A 10l green ward watering can placed outdoors.

Remember to water

Little and often is ideal for the best results. Make sure there is space for the water to drain from the pots.

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