Window Greenhouse

Give your indoor plants the light they crave with a window greenhouse.

Why buy a greenhouse window? Sunrooms and solariums are a hot trend for homes, both old and new. They provide ample space with sunlight for growing tropical plants. If your budget or yard won't allow those options, consider replacing a window with one ideal for house plants.

Which Spot is Best?

Deciding where to put your greenhouse window is an important first step. Most people have at least one window to work with.

Your garden window should face the sunniest side of your home, usually one facing south or west.

Look around for obstructions. Windows that are shaded by trees or buildings most of the day won't let in enough sunlight for flowering plants, succulents and other sun-lovers.

An overhanging roof won't be a problem. Actually, it will shade your garden window during the hottest part of the day in summer, when the sun is directly overhead. And in winter, when the sun is lower on the horizon, sun will pour in, flooding your plants with light.

Kitchens are a good choice, allowing you to grow herbs and vegetables within easy reach. And, watering is a breeze with the faucet nearby.

The greenhouse kitchen window shown here fits into the space in the wall where a standard double-hung window would be. It's like a little lean-to greenhouse or bay window with fitted shelves for plants.

Wondering what to grow in your window greenhouse?

Many culinary herbs and some veggies will grow well. Growing your own edible plants is a joy, especially in the winter when your outdoor garden is blanketed in snow.