The different types of greenhouse
Perfect if you're just getting into gardening. These are great value, easy to assemble and simple to look after.
You can use these movable mini-greenhouses anywhere you have plants that need protection from frost and damp.
Also known as lean-to-grow greenhouses. These are great if you don't have much space.
For the dedicated gardener and available in a range of sizes. Pick either a classic wood greenhouse or durable metal model.
Where should I put my greenhouse?
- Somewhere flat, not bumpy or on a slope.
- Away from trees to avoid shade and falling branches.
- Near walls or hedges to offer protection from the wind.
- Close to your house if you need mains power for lights and heating.
- Close to a tap for water.
How can I get the best sunlight for my greenhouse?
- Point the door to the north or south to get the best sunlight for all-year-round growing.
- Point the door to the East or West to get enough sunlight for spring and summer growing.
- For wall/lean to grow greenhouses, place them facing south if possible.
Should I choose a wood or aluminium 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.
- You can also make your own base with concrete or cement. 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.
Should I choose glass or polycarbonate for my greenhouse windows?
- Standard value option
- More fragile. The glass can shatter
- Lets in a lot of light
- Much stronger
- Won't shatter - breaks into small bits
- Lets in a lot of light
- Strongest option, hard to break
- Offers more insulation
- Lets in slightly less light
- Plastic. Stronger than glass
- Won't shatter, but not as strong as polycarbonate
- Can discolour over time
- Like double-glazing, it holds more heat.
- There are lines across the window, so it's harder to see through
Important accessories for your greenhouse
Shelving & staging
Ideal for creating space to place small plants and to store your tools.
Shading screens allow you to reduce the heat if your greenhouse gets too hot, but still lets light in.
You can replace windows with vents so it's easier to control the temperature. You can also automate windows to open to let out heat.
These are little drainpipes that attach to the side of your greenhouse to help you collect rainwater.