6 of the best greenhouses for keen gardeners
From petite to palatial, greenhouses come in a multitude of shapes, styles and sizes, with options for all budgets. Once installed, any keen gardener will wonder how they ever managed without one… Here are our favourite 6
Greenhouses have evolved into multifunctional structures that are more than just a place to nurture plants. When not tightly packed with seed trays, pots and grow bags, they provide the perfect retreat to relax in, with protection from wind and rain and a front seat view to watch the wildlife in your garden go about its business.
Ventilation is very important to consider, too. Regulate the heat on warmer days by propping doors and windows open, and insulate the soil in winter.
Best greenhouses for any garden, large or small
Victorian Walkaround greenhouse
This unique, free-standing greenhouse with multiple doors allows the gardener access to their plants without having to actually go inside. All greenhouses are supplied in natural Pressure Treated timber and can be customised with an exterior timber paint of your choice.
Growhouse Mini greenhouse
Use this compact mini greenhouse to get an early start in the season with seed sowing and propagating plants. The Growhouse is available in natural aluminium or antique cream finish and is fitted with 3mm toughened safety glass.
National Trust Hidcote greenhouse
The Hidcote may be the smallest in the range of eight free-standing National Trust greenhouses made by Alitex but it still offers serious gardeners heaps of space to grow all manner of edibles and ornamentals throughout the year.
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Stramshall Octagonal greenhouse
A high quality, small greenhouse that would make an attractive feature in a traditional garden, all year round. It is made entirely from Western Red Cedar wood and includes many useful features as standard. £3,795, delivered and installed, woodpecker-joinery.co.uk
Shed with greenhouse area
This practical design combines a storage unit for garden tools, seed trays and pots with an attached greenhouse. In addition to its standard range, The Posh Shed Company offers a bespoke service for anybody requiring a custom-made shape or size, which includes installation.
A futuristic, igloo-shaped greenhouse, this option would make a statement in any garden, and would look especially stylish in a modern setting. When not being used to grow vegetables and plants, use it as an outdoor bolthole to relax in.
From £8,340, solardome.co.uk
Louise Midgley is a gardener and garden writer