Advice & Guidance

Garden Buildings

Upgrade your garden and enjoy it all year-round with a bespoke cabin or summerhouse from Plantsplus. From upgrading your potting shed or creating a space to socialise, we’ve asked our designer and expert, Cal Gowdy, to answer his most frequently asked questions before you jump in.

Planning permission

Our buildings won’t need any planning permission as long you can tick off a few important things:

  • You’re not building on the land of a listed building or within a conservation area
  • It’s not going in your front garden
  • It won’t take up more than 50% of your undeveloped garden (Heights can reach 4 metres, with anything over 2.5 metres requiring a 2 metre gap between the structure and the edge of your garden or fence) 


Our bespoke cabins and summerhouses are made from kiln-dried Scandinavian or Baltic redwood which will reduce shrinkage. Bear in mind, that there will be contraction and expansion with climatic conditions, so ensure you invest in a good paint or oil to keep it protected for longer. All our cabins have double-glazed windows, with the summerhouses being single glazed as standard. We don’t recommend using felt covering for your roof and instead pair our buildings with bitumen roof shingles or eco slates – 100% recycled and with the option of a few colours.   


Your summerhouse or cabin comes with optional floor and roof insulation so you may want to think of having a power source for an electric heater in the cooler seasons. Whilst wall insulation and log burners are feasible, just be aware that they can double your original cost and there are extra regulations to meet. Your height restrictions will also have to take into account any flue that reaches above the roof.

A guttering kit is essential for looking after your external wooden walls, so put it to good use by collecting rainwater for your garden with an added water butt. In summer, the average household’s water use in the garden can spike to almost 70% of all water supplied, up from only 3% during the rest of the year. Not only will you be taking some strain off the environment, but you’ll be insuring yourself against hosepipe and sprinkler bans.

Fancy learning more? Pop in to any of our Garden Centres (Berwick, Dunbar & Plantsplus) to view our show cabins and speak to a friendly member of our team.

Garden Interiors

It’s wonderful to see a change in your garden come summer as flowers bloom, but not all of us are green-fingered. Redecorate your garden just like any other room in your home by bringing in some extra colour with painted furniture and eye-catching accessories. You don’t have to hide them in your garage when autumn and winter comes, just leave out and enjoy the memories of summer!

Get creative and decorate your garden furniture in any colour but brown. The Zest4Leisure Garden range includes arbours, planters and patio sets that have been made with top quality FSC® Certified timber that can be painted with no prior preparation required. Ronseal’s range of garden colours proves that you don’t have to be conservative with what you choose either (think Pink Jasmine, or Lime Zest). Amazingly, black fencing or planters can make the colours in your garden ‘pop’, contrasting well with green foliage and giving a dramatic backdrop to summer flowers. 

Elho pots are long lasting and eco-friendly. Produced with 100% wind energy and with 55% of their products made from recycled materials it’s almost a guilt free purchase. Their rich colours and sturdy shapes mean you won’t end up with unsightly sagging window planters by autumn. If you’re a seasonal gardener, just fill with summer annuals that you can replace every year, or fill with herbs – handy and practical when you’re barbecuing or eating outside in the sun.