Most windows give you a view of the outdoors, but if you want to bring the outdoors inside your home, consider a garden window. A garden window is a window that juts out, or projects, slightly from a wall in order to capture more sunlight. The concept is similar to that of a bay window, but on a slightly smaller scale. Some garden windows may have shelves. In order to be a garden window, glass must be present on all sides, except for the bottom. The concept behind a garden window is similar to that of greenhouse glass designs. Greenhouses capture the sun’s energy through the use of glass or some other type of product to help produce plants. It allows for the efficient conservation of resources, such as lighting and space heating, that would otherwise need to be used to grow some plants in some areas.
The purpose of a garden window is to bring some of that same technology to the home. While it may be possible to grow almost any plant in any window, garden windows are especially suited to the task simply because they allow more room to grow more things. While the plants must still be relatively small, like most houseplants are, garden windows offer more opportunities than traditional windows.