What to consider before buying a greenhouse?

A greenhouse is a great addition to any garden space. After all, it will not only allow you to grow a whole host of plants, flowers and vegetables in your garden, it will also provide an effective shelter for more delicate plants during the harsh, winter months. This means that you will be able to grow your plants all year round without fear that they will succumb to the unpredictable nature of the British weather.

However, with so many greenhouses on the market, it can sometimes be difficult to determine the best greenhouse for your needs. Available in a wide range of shapes, sizes, materials and prices, there is a lot to consider when it comes to picking a suitable greenhouse that is able to accommodate your exact requirements.

But, if you’re struggling to find a suitable greenhouse, don’t worry; we’ve created a handy guide outlining the things you should consider before investing in a green house.

Where are you going to place your greenhouse?

As greenhouses come in wide variety of shapes, sizes and materials, it’s important that you understand where you are going to place your greenhouse in your garden. After all, you will need to make sure that your garden is able to accommodate your new greenhouse.

A top tip is to mark out the space that will accommodate your new greenhouse using string or canes – this will give you a good idea whether or not it will fit!

What type of greenhouse will suit your needs?

There’s certainly not a one size fits all when it comes to choosing a greenhouse. You’ll quickly discover that there are a number of different styles to choose from including:


A traditional greenhouse boasts a distinguishable pitched roof and rectangular shaped metal frame.

Featuring a generous amount of growing space and the ability to maximise light, traditional greenhouses are perfect for those with a large garden. Their unimposing nature also means that they blend effortlessly into your natural surroundings.


A barn greenhouse is similar to the traditional greenhouse, especially when it comes to growing space. However, one of their main differences is that a barn greenhouse provides increased headroom! This means that they are the perfect space when it comes to growing vines, climbers and taller plants. Their attractive design and functional features makes them a versatile addition to any garden space.


If you have limited garden space, a lean to greenhouse is a great option. This is because they can be built against a supporting wall or on the exterior of your home. However, it’s important to remember that this type of greenhouse is extremely prone to overheating so it’s worthwhile investing in additional ventilation or blinds to protect your plants during the warmer months.

What are you planning on growing?

A greenhouse is a great space to grow a variety of plants, flowers and vegetables throughout the year.

However, what you plan to grow will determine your choice of greenhouse. For example if you are planning on growing exotic plants or delicate seedlings, you will have to invest in a greenhouse heater.

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