The best places to buy plants online

Olivia Heath
·6-min read
Photo credit: Jacky Parker Photography - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jacky Parker Photography - Getty Images

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Looking to buy plants online? Whether you want to buy bedding plants, seeds, shrubs or trees, now is the time time to get your garden or balcony prepped for spring and summer and make it a space that you can enjoy all year-long. No outdoor space? Bring the outdoors in by injecting greenery into your home with houseplants.

The pandemic and consequent lockdown restrictions saw the nation embrace gardening like never before, as we were all confined to our homes. Whether it was renovating a once-neglected outside space, tending to a tiny vegetable patch or embracing container gardening on a balcony, we all went plant-crazy. There was an exceptionally high demand in buying plants online for home delivery. Online nurseries and garden centres experienced extremely high volumes, with some having to suspend new orders, implement daily thresholds and introduce virtual queuing systems.

Thankfully, normal business (as much as possible in the middle of a pandemic) has resumed for many retailers.

If you're unable to get to your local garden centre or plant nursery, ordering plants online is a fuss-free solution. But where are the best online sites to buy seeds, bulbs, plants, trees and other garden essentials for home delivery?

Here we round up a selection of garden centres, mail order companies, home & DIY stores, and independent plant brands where you can buy plants online.

Crocus

Crocus offers over 4,000 plant varieties with a good range of bedding plants, flower bulbs and houseplants. You can filter down to plants by type, including but not limited to, herbs, pond plants, climbers, perennials and grasses.

Buy plants online at Crocus

Thompson & Morgan

A great all-rounder, Thompson & Morgan is the UK's largest mail order seed and plant company. You can buy lots of plants from Thompson & Morgan – including garden plants, flower seeds, flower bulbs, vegetable seeds and houseplants.

During the height of the pandemic last year and following the news that the horticultural industry was facing an economic crisis with £200 million worth of plants set to be 'binned', Thompson & Morgan pledged to help by working closely with nurseries and growers to ensure that millions of plants were not wasted.

Buy plants online at Thompson & Morgan

Gardening Direct

Gardening Direct is one of the leading bedding plant suppliers in the UK with over 60 years' growing experience. They sell a great range of bedding plants, shrubs, tubers, seeds, fruit and veg, plus indoor plants. You can shop by plant type and season to find the variety you need.

Buy plants online at Gardening Direct

Van Meuwen

Horticultural mail order specialist, Van Meuwen, has a good supply of flower bulbs, seeds, plants, trees, shrubs and houseplants. You can also buy compost, tools and garden furniture.

Buy plants online at Van Meuwen

Bloombox Club

If you're looking for houseplants, Bloombox Club should be your go-to destination. Created by psychologist, Dr. Katie Cooper, Bloombox focuses on indoor plants with wellbeing in mind – plants to help you breathe, restore and boost your mind. The online site also offers a great plant subscription service to help you create an indoor jungle, and you can bag some rare and unique plants.

Buy plants online at Bloombox Club

Suttons

With a history going back over 200 years, Royal Warrant holder Suttons is a great place to shop for garden plants, vegetable and flower seeds, and much more.

Shop plants online at Suttons

You Garden

You Garden stock a great range of garden plants and seeds. They also sell bulbs, trees, shrubs and fruit trees, and essentials such as compost, lawn care and fertilisers. You can also buy pots and planters, garden furniture and tools. There is still a high demand for products so please allow 10-14 working days for delivery.

Buy plants online at You Garden

Dobies

Whether you're looking for vegetable plants or seeds, flower bulbs, bedding plants, perennial plants or trees and shrubs, head to Dobies for a great selection. You can also buy tools and outdoor living furniture.

Buy plants online at Dobies

Primrose

Head to Primrose to buy ornamental plants, climbing plants, flower bulbs, fruit trees and more. Primose also sell a great selection of garden furniture, water features and fencing.

Buy plants online at Primrose

Waitrose Garden

Garden by Waitrose & Partners is run in association with Crocus. You can buy plants and bulbs, plus pots, tools and garden furniture.

Buy plants online at Waitrose Garden

Homebase

Head to Homebase for all your gardening needs and a good selection of plants including roses, seeds, bedding plants, shrubs, perennials and Garden on a Roll; a fuss-free way to achieve a garden border. Do check availability for home delivery, as some products are in-store only.

Buy plants online at Homebase

Tree2MyDoor.com

Looking for trees for your garden? Whether you want a citrus tree, nut tree, olive tree or bay tree, you'll find a good range at Tree2MyDoor.com. This the perfect place to shop for a gift for a loved one (or for yourself, of course). You can shop by variety, occasion and size.

Buy trees online at Tree2MyDoor.com


CJ Wildlife

Looking for wildlife-friendly plants for your garden? Head to CJ Wildlife's birdfood.co.uk for plants, flowers and organic seeds which will attract beneficial insects. You can also buy bird food, feeders and nest boxes.

Buy plants online at birdfood.co.uk

Bloom & Wild

Bloom & Wild provide beautiful hand-tied and letterbox flowers but they also sell a selection of houseplants. It's a limited range but they sell some pretty windowsill plants and tabletop indoor plants.

Buy plants online at Bloom & Wild

Wilko

Wilko sell seeds and bulbs, and a good selection of plant pots and containers if you're looking for garden accessories.

Buy plants online at Wilko

Patch

For a great selection of indoor plants, do take a look at leading online retailer Patch. A favourite amongst urban gardeners, you'll find a really good range of houseplants for every room of the home.

Buy plants online at Patch

B&Q

You'll find bedding plants, bulbs, seeds and hanging baskets at B&Q, plus houseplants and pots and planters. Check availability for home delivery, as some products are in-store only.

Buy plants online at B&Q



QVC UK

QVC UK online sell a selection of bedding plants, shrubs and bulbs for a colourful garden. You can shop plants shown on its TV shopping channel alongside gardening tools and accessories.

Buy plants online at QVC UK

Hortology

Hortology champion the positive emotional and therapeutic impact that plants have on our wellbeing. Browse their A-Z Indoor Plants section to view the entire collection – lots of luscious plants await! You can also buy indoor plant pots and outdoor planters.

Buy plants online at Hortology

Beards & Daisies

Beards & Daisies bring together a carefully curated selection of indoor plants featuring some lesser spotted varieties. You can filter your search by categories including hanging plants, pet-friendly plants and air purifying plants. You can also shop a range of pots in various sizes.

Buy plants online at Beards & Daisies

Sarah Raven

Head to sarahraven.com for a comprehensive range of seeds, seedlings, plants, and gardening and floristry kits. And quality is assured too, as Sarah trials most of the products in her garden at Perch Hill.

Buy plants online at Sarah Raven

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