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Best city greenhouses for urban gardening

Best city greenhouses for urban gardening

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Not everyone has a spacious garden. This doesn’t have to stop you from getting a greenhouse, though. There are quite a few options for small spaces like patios or balconies. So, don’t give up the dream of becoming a greenhouse gardener just because of the lack of space. We compare the best city greenhouses for urban gardening so that you can make the right choice!

Greenhouse solutions for small spaces

Often people who have insufficient space only use cold frames to at least be able to extend the growing season. While some of them are good for year-round gardening like the Juwel Cold Frame, it is not the perfect solution if you want to grow a few more plants.

The benefit of a greenhouse is that you can grow vertically to make the most out of the given space. This is impossible with a cold frame.

There are actually plenty of greenhouse solutions for small spaces to make urban gardening possible. You can set them up on a balcony, patio, or in a small backyard. They can be leaned against a house wall or freestanding.

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But let’s take a look at the different models. More details about each product below the table.

 Monticello PatioJuliana CityPalram MythosRion EcoGrowPalram HybridGenesis Mini
Size (ft)/ Floorspace (sq.ft.)8×4 / 321×3 / 3+6×4 / 246×6 / 444×8 / 322×1.5 / 2.5+
Height (ft)7.55.26.56.27.44/5.4
StructureFreestandingLean-To/ FreestandingFreestandingFreestandingLean-ToFreestanding
Year-round UseYesYesNoYesYesYes/No
Glazing Material8mm Polycarbonate4mm toughened glass4mm Polyethylene4/6mm Polycarbonate (roof/walls)4mm PolycarbonatePVC or PE
Frame MaterialExtruded AluminumExtruded AluminumBrushed AluminumUV-protected resin frameAluminumMetal
Vents1x with auto opener1x2x with opener1x with opener1x with openerNo
DoorHinged, DoubleSlidingHinged, SingleHinged, SingleHinged, SingleZipped, Roll-up
PortableNoYesNoNoNoYes
AccessoriesIntegrated Base, U-shaped Bench, Drip Irrigation System, Shade Cloth System, Potting SinkRemovable shelves and cedar dividers, wheelsSteel Base, Rain Gutter, Magnetic Catch for DoorNoneSteel Base, Wall Mounting, Rain GutterShelves
Warranty10 Years (frame & Polycarbonate)12 Years5 Years Limited7 Years Limited5 Years Limited1 Year Limited
Price$$$$$$$$$$

Patio Greenhouse from Riverstone

The small Monticello Patio is the best city greenhouse for urban gardening

If you have 8ft x 4ft to spare, we strongly recommend the Patio Greenhouse from Riverstone. Their Polycarbonate greenhouses are the best on the U.S. market because they are built to last. With this small greenhouse, you are guaranteed year-round gardening and the highest quality. This will obviously reflect in the price, but you’ll get a lot for it!

  • Size: 8ft x 4ft
  • Perfect for a patio or wooden deck
  • Heavy-duty frame construction
  • U-shaped shelving provides a lot of space for growing plants and storing tools
  • Glazing material: 8mm Polycarbonate (for year-round gardening)
  • Large hinged double door for better access
  • Roof vent with automatic opener provides ventilation (no electricity needed)
  • Comes with an extended accessory kit: Shade cloths, drip irrigation system and potting sink (to attach to the outside)
  • Warranty: 10 years

City Greenhouse from Juliana

Juliana City Greenhouse is a mini glass greenhouse on wheels

If you love glass and only have a balcony, the Juliana City Greenhouse will be your best bet. It’s an elegant lean-to construction with wheels so that you can move it around as you wish. Juliana believes in what they do and, therefore, offer a 12-year warranty on manufacturing defects.

  • Size: 1ft x 3ft
  • Perfect for a balcony, rooftop terrace, porch or patio
  • Removable shelves and cedar dividers
  • Portable: Wheels enable to move it around
  • Glazing material: 4mm toughened glass (for year-round gardening & good looks)
  • Sliding glass doors for easy access & airflow
  • Roof window for better ventilation
  • Warranty: 12 years on manufacturing defects

Mythos Greenhouse from Palram

Small greenhouse - Palram Mythos 6ft x 4ft

Palram offers good, budget-friendly solutions for small backyards. Their Mythos line is available in different sizes with 6ft x 4ft being the smallest. However, this is not intended to be for year-round gardening unless you only want to grow cold season plants in winter.

  • Size: 6ft x 4ft
  • Perfect for small backyards
  • Glazing material: 4mm twin-wall Polyethylene
  • Lockable hinged door
  • 2x Roof windows for better ventilation
  • No shelves included
  • Warranty: 5 years limited

EcoGrow 2 from Rion

Barn-style greenhouse for small backyards to realize urban gardening

The EcoGrow 2 is a little larger than the other small greenhouses. Its barn-style shape makes it easy to move around. The Polycarbonate walls help with year-round gardening.

  • Size: 6ft x 6ft
  • Perfect for small backyards
  • Glazing material: 4mm twin-wall Polycarbonate on the roof, 6mm Polycarbonate on sides
  • Hinged door with latch
  • Roof window for better ventilation
  • Barn-shaped design for more headroom
  • No shelves included
  • Warranty: 7 years limited

Palram Hybrid Lean-To Greenhouse

Small lean-to city greenhouse for urban gardening

If you have a house with a small backyard area, you may want to get a lean-to greenhouse. The benefit is that it saves room by leaning against the house wall. This also creates a warmer growing environment in the winter season. The Palram Hybrid is the smallest lean-to greenhouse that we offer in our store. It is easy to set up and budget-friendly. If you have 10ft x 5ft to spare, you can also check out the Juliana Veranda Greenhouse.

  • Size: 4ft x 8ft
  • Perfect for small backyards, patios, larger balconies or wooden decks
  • Glazing material: 4mm clear twin-wall polycarbonate
  • Hinged door on the side
  • Roof vent with opener for air circulation
  • Rust-resistant aluminum frame with wall mounting and steel base
  • No shelves included
  • Warranty: 5 years limited

Genesis Portable Rolling Mini Greenhouse

A 3-Tier Genesis Portable Rolling Greenhouse with plants inside

Genesis Portable Rolling Mini Greenhouse lets you set up your garden wherever and whenever you need it. With more vertical growing space, it doesn’t take up too much from your small porch, backyard, or balcony. Therefore, it is perfect for urban gardening. It will act as a shield to your plants in winter and even in summer. Grow your favorite plants or even out of season crops anywhere on your property. The wheels allow for easy movement.

  • Available in 3-Tier and 4-Tier
  • Dual zipper door for easy access
  • Powder-coated metal tubular frame and mesh shelving
  • Caster wheels for easy movement
  • Flaps can secure open with ties on top
  • PVC fabric content
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

In the end, it always depends on your personal situation to pick the right city greenhouse. Everyone has different circumstances that need to be considered before the purchase. Get more answers to pre-buy questions here!

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