A greenhouse can not only be a beautiful addition to your garden, it can also be a useful structure for any budding gardener.
Serving as a shield from the elements and allowing you to extend the growing season, a greenhouse can provide vital protection from extreme weather as well as troublesome pests, allowing you to get on with nurturing your delicate plants and seedlings.
Helping you to get the best from your plants, a greenhouse works by keeping the heat in for optimum growing conditions. This works by impeding the flow of thermal energy out while allowing the sunlight to travel through the clear walls which effectively heats the air temperature inside.
Our Range of Greenhouses
We stock a wide range of greenhouses in an array of different designs and sizes, to suit all budgets. There are a few things to consider before adding a greenhouse to your garden. Our handy guide should hopefully ensure you choose the right one for your needs.
Which Style of Greenhouse?
Greenhouses should no longer be hidden away for being unsightly but can make a great focal point in your garden, as well as being a practical gardening space to cultivate plants in. As well as improvements in the design, the colour choices of greenhouses has also greatly improved and rather than a plain aluminium finish, now extends to a range of colours which will look stunning in your garden.
Green still remains the most popular choice amongst gardeners, to tie in with the natural surroundings but don’t let that stop you from branching out. There are three main styles of greenhouse to choose from, these include;
- Lean-to design
The traditional style greenhouse is by far the most popular design, partly because it is available is a variety of different sizes, allowing you to easily find one suitable for your outside space. But don’t forget, you will be looking at this new structure in your garden so you have to like the look of it.
An octagonal greenhouse can make a great feature due to its unusual design yet is still a practical space for nurturing plants and seedlings with the added bonus of being able to add extra shelving.
The advantages of a lean-to design include being able to make use of a sunny, south-facing wall, while a wall can also retain heat which will then be released in to the greenhouse through the night to create a stable temperature.
What Size Greenhouse Should I Choose?
Firstly, the outside space you have available in your garden will dictate what size greenhouse you can buy.
If space isn’t an issue then you need to ask yourself how much growing you will be doing?
It is worth giving this some careful thought as you don’t want to limit your growing capacity by choosing a greenhouse that is too small. To avoid making this mistake it is worth opting for the largest greenhouse your outside space can realistically accommodate to avoid having to upsize at a later date.
Choosing the Right Position
The size and style of greenhouse you can choose can also be narrowed down based on the best position for the structure in your garden. It is worth considering that a level site will be easier to achieve an even floor area for the greenhouse’s foundations.
Another factor to consider is a position which is as sheltered from the wind as possible and away from any large, overhanging trees which could potentially fall on your greenhouse in high winds.
If a wall isn’t available, a high fence or hedge can work just as well at protecting the greenhouse. From time to time, greenhouses can require maintenance to keep them looking their best so where you position the structure in your garden should ensure you have easy access to allow for this.
There are certain options which will maintain the appearance of your greenhouse better such as toughened glass which not only look neater, you are less likely to get an unsightly build-up of algae on them which means less time spent cleaning and more time gardening.
Services to your Greenhouse
To make your greenhouse fully functional you might like to consider having water routed to your chosen site or even an electricity supply. Gardening has certainly come on and a lot of handy gadgets now need electricity to run, such as heaters, growing lamps and automatic watering systems, depending on how technical you want to get.
You’ve carefully considered the style of greenhouse you prefer, the perfect position for it and you’ve thought about what you need from your greenhouse, so what next?
All that’s left to do is to measure your proposed site. You’ll need to know the width and length of the area so you can narrow down your choice of greenhouses. Width is the most important measurement when it comes to traditional greenhouse designs which tend to come in 2’ increments. Once you have your measurements it is simply a case of choosing the design for you.