Garden sheds and greenhouses are the two most popular types of buildings or structures that are frequently seen in our domestic gardens and backyards across the residential areas of the United Kingdom. While they may seem similar at first glance, there are very distinct differences and uses between the two, as we will find out.

Sheds and Greenhouses – Which is Right For Your Gardening Needs?

Greenhouses are structures designed in the main, for the cultivation of garden plants. They are typically made of glass or plastic to allow sunlight to enter the structure and create the optimal environment for the plants to grow and or be protected from harsh weather.

Greenhouses can be used for growing a wide variety of plants, including flowers, vegetables, and herbs. They are ideal for gardeners who want to extend their growing season, by starting earlier or growing later or as many do, growing plants that are not native to their area.

On the other hand, sheds are primarily used for storage. They are typically made of wood, metal, or plastic and are used to store garden tools, other equipment, and other items that need to be kept secure and or out of the way of the elements. Sheds can also be used as a workspace or a place to relax, depending on their size and design.

While both greenhouses and sheds have their unique purposes, they can also be combined to create a versatile outdoor space. A greenhouse shed, for example, can provide both a place to grow plants and a place to store gardening tools and equipment. With the right design and materials, a greenhouse shed can be a valuable addition to any backyard or garden.


As you can see, garden sheds and greenhouses have certainly become an essential part of the gardener’s armoury providing them optimal growing environments, shelter, storage and security for many UK households. In our pages and posts below, we will explore the benefits of sheds and greenhouses as well as how they can be combined to create a functional and beautiful outdoor space.

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