While nothing beats going to a specialist nursery to buy new plants for your garden, online shopping is more convenient, plus there's a greater range of plants to choose from. Plus, when shopping online you don't have to lift heavy bags of compost or attempt to fit trees and shrubs in to your car – the hard work is done for you.


With so many online plant retailers to choose from, it can be difficult to know which are the best places to buy plants online. Here, we've scoured specialist nurseries, growers, online garden centres and retailers to bring you the best choice. Whether you want to buy bedding plants, indoor plants, trees, statement plants or just a few bags of compost, you'll find it all here. We've also listed some great online suppliers of gardening kit, tools and other gardening essentials, so you can get whatever you need delivered direct to your door.

Due to new restrictions around the movement of plants, many retailers are unable to deliver plants outside mainland UK, including to Northern Ireland.

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Here's a list of the online plant retailers and specialist nurseries we work with to bring you great offers and discounts (Subscriber? Don't forget your subscriber discount.)
  • Bloom & Wild – A fresh flower letterbox delivery company, plus hand-tied bouquets. Subscriber Club 10 per cent discount code currently suspended with this supplier.
  • Crocus – Surrey-based nursery launched in 2000. Offering the biggest selection of plants in the UK, offering over 4,000 varieties, from bulbs to trees. Subscriber Club 10 per cent discount code currently suspended with this supplier.
  • Dobies – In addition to seeds, they offer a large range of young annual plants plus bulbs, fruit and garden equipment.
  • GardenBird – One of the UK’s largest specialist suppliers of wild bird-related products, by mail order.
  • Gardening Direct - Based on the philosophy that 'gardening is for everyone', they sell plants that are easy to grow and maintain.
  • Happy Beaks – A supplier of bird seed mixes, feed bundles, feeders and accessories.
  • Harrod Horticultural – A specialist in the design and manufacture of structures for kitchen and ornamental gardens, plus a veg crop range, as well as garden equipment and an outdoor living range.
  • J. Parkers – Suppliers of a broad range of plants, bulbs and shrubs, including fruit and veg crops.
  • Rolawn – A turf grower and supplier, providing a range of topsoil and compost products.
  • Sarah Raven – Provides a comprehensive range of seeds, seedlings, plants, and gardening and floristry kit.
  • Suttons – With over 200 years of gardening experience supplying, seeds, young plants, fruit bushes, vegetables and much more to novice gardeners and seasoned professionals alike.
  • Thompson & Morgan – One of the UK's largest mail order seed and plant suppliers. Its product range includes a seed collection, young plants, fruit and veg crops, bulbs, seeds as well as an extensive range of gardening supplies.
  • Van Meuwen – First established as a producer of tulip and daffodil bulbs in 1973. Today, it’s a horticultural mail order specialist.
  • You Garden - Lincolnshire-based, 11-acre nursery supplying a large range of bulbs, young plants, shrubs, trees, veg crops and more, plus gardening essentials and outdoor furniture.

Best places to buy alpine plants

The Alpine and Grass Nursery

Alpines and grasses

A family-run nursery based in Lincolnshire, growing alpines for over 30 years and ornamental grasses for over 20 years. Plants are propagated on site and put together in collections such as alpines for troughs, alpines for pollinators and cascading alpines. Deliveries available across the UK.

01775 640935

Caves Folly Nurseries

Alpines and perennials

Family-run Herefordshire nursery nestled into the Malvern Hills and specialising in herbaceous perennials, alpines and bulbs, all grown organically and in peat-free compost.

01684 540631

D'Arcy & Everest Alpines

Alpines and perennials

Multi award winning specialist growers of alpines and unusual perennials, with all plants propagated and raised on site.

01480 497672

Hartside Nursery

Alpines, hardy plants

Hardy plants grown outdoors in the North Pennines, sold individually and in ‘collections’ selected by the nursery at a 40 per cent discount on catalogue prices (they will also make up bespoke collections for specific situations). Orders are by email from the catalogue on the website

01434 381372

Kevock Garden Plants

Alpines, bulbs, trees, shrubs

This award-winning nursery in the Scottish Borders specialises in woodland plants such as meconopsis and primula, as well as alpines, marginal and bog plants. Deliveries are taking a little longer at the moment, though, with wait times of up to four weeks.

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0131 454 0660

Pottertons Nursery

Alpines, bulbs

Family-run nursery, based in Lincolnshire, that specialises in alpines, dwarf bulbs and woodland plants.

01472 851714

Rumbling Bridge Nursery

Alpines, woodland plants

A family-run nursery based in Kinross, specialising in alpine plants, woodland plants and auricula primulas, all grown in peat-free compost. Orders for courier delivery, minimum charge £15, or available for local collection.

01577 840160

Slack Top Nurseries


Leading alpine specialist selling resilient, bone-hardy plants raised outdoors on this Yorkshire nursery perched high in the Pennines. Demand is brisk so the online shop is currently opening each Sunday, then closes once the weekly limit of orders is reached.

01422 845348

Best places to buy Bedding plants


Bedding, perennials

Specialist growers of garden pinks, carnations, geraniums and fuchsias, grown in peat-free compost and delivered in recyclable packaging.

01273 844229

The Botanic Nursery


This traditional family-run nursery is home to the Plant Heritage National Collection of Digitalis (foxgloves) and has plants available in 9cm pots as well as seeds. Also selling peonies as large flowering-sized divisions, and a variety of young plants added to the online shop as they become available.

07850 328756

Brookside Nursery

Bedding, perennials, veg crops

Staffordshire-based plant nursery, specialising in plug plants for summer bedding and hanging baskets, as well as garden ready perennials, vegetable crops and garden sundries. Delivery is free for orders over £50, or £4.95 if under, and you can select your preferred delivery date in advance.


Chrysanthemums Direct

Bedding, annuals, perennials

Home-propagated chrysanthemums supplied as plug plants grown in paper containers to plant out straight away. P&P is staying the same for 2021 at £3.95 for any size order, with a 10% discount on orders of 10 or more plants.

0800 046 7443


Bedding, perennials, house plants

Family-run nursery that's built a solid reputation as specialist growers of pelargoniums, begonias, ivies and ferns. Among recent additions to the range is a collection of tropical hibiscus.

01789 720788

The Growers

Bedding, house plants

Online retailer selling a wide range of bedding plants. Plants sold in bulk, most in minimum packs of 8 plants. Plants shipped in recyclable packaging. Delivery currently takes at least 5 weeks.

0333 3585777

Potash Nursery

Bedding, shrubs

Fuchsias and pelargoniums raised peat-free on this Suffolk nursery; currently taking orders for May delivery. Last year’s experiment selling pelargoniums mail order for the first time was so popular it’s now a permanent fixture: orders taken by phone only.

01449 781671

Roualeyn Fuchsias

Bedding, perennials

Tender and hardy fuchsias of every kind from this specialist grower, based in the Conwy Valley in Wales. As well as flamboyant half-hardy bedding fuchsias you'll find hardy varieties for the border and some more unusual types from giant 2m tall Fuchsia arborescens to miniature Encliandra types.

01492 640548

South Eastern Horticultural

Plug plants, bedding, perennials

A family-run nursery based in Essex, with thousands of young plants grown on site each year. Browse the massive range of annual/biannual, bedding, perennial and shrub plug plants, as well as bulbs, tubers, seeds, garden sundries & tools. Free delivery on orders over £60.

Please contact via online form

Woottens of Wenhaston

Bedding, perennials, bulbs

A plant lover's selection of pelargoniums and auricula, plus hardy perennials and agapanthus. Increased demand and staff shortages mean a delay of two to three weeks in processing orders. Click and collect service for local customers.

01502 478258

Best places to buy bulbs

Bloms Bulbs


Multiple award winning family-run nursery, now sending out lilies, begonias and cannas among other summer bulbs.

01234 709099



A large mail order family run business from Holbeach, Lincolnshire, and subsidiary of Taylors Bulbs. They've been growing daffodils for over 100 years and have exhibited for the last 28 years at RHS Chelsea. In addition to daffodils, a broad range of spring- and summer-flowering bulbs are also available.

01406 426216

De Jager Bulbs


Long-established bulb nursery with a wide range of summer bulbs: now taking orders for mail order field-grown dahlias but get in there quick as popular varieties are selling fast. There's a 10% web discount for early birds, too.

01622 840229

Harts Nursery


A wide range of summer bulbs, including an award-winning selection of lilies, gladioli, nerines and eucomis. Free delivery on orders over £50 – and regular special offers and discounts available, so check out their newsletter and blog.

07855 785540

Hoyland Plant Centre


Small, family-run nursery and Chelsea regular, specialising in agapanthus, clivia, nerines and tulbaghia. Currently offering up to 50% off on selected lines, plus free delivery on orders over £50.

01226 744466


Peter Nyssen


Spring bulbs in the green, and a wide range of summer bulbs including dahlias, gladioli, lilies and begonias. Also sells hardy perennials, ferns and a small range of trees and shrubs. Delivery is currently running a little behind usual, at about 2-3 weeks.

0161 747 4000

Pheasant Acre Plants


The towering fans of gladioli on the Pheasant Acres stand have been a familiar sight to show regulars for many years, and now you can buy this year's Chelsea show stock online as a 50-corm ‘container collection’. Also now taking pre-orders for garden-ready dahlia plants, delivered from mid-May.

01656 664086

Rose Cottage Plants

Hardy perennials, bulbs, dahlias

With a well-established mail order business for bulbs and dahlias, this award-winning Essex nursery also offers a selection of choice perennials to buy mail order. All have been grown outdoors on the farm and are offered as well-rooted young plants, ready for planting out. Currently despatching within five working days by next-day courier service or orders may be collected by prior arrangement.

01992 573775


Dahlias, bulbs

As seen on BBC GW, this West Sussex nursery supplies garden-ready dahlia plants mail order from May, raised in biodegradable pots.

0800 304 7124

Best places to buy exotic plants

Blue Nurseries

Hardy exotics

A family-run nursery, specialising in hardy exotic plants from around the world. The Wiltshire-based nursery also sells a range of more familiar perennials, and all are available to buy from their website.
All prices are inclusive of shipping, too – so there are no hidden P&P costs.

Contact via online form

Chichester Gingers


National Collection of Hedychium sp Flowering Ginger Lilies. The collection list is available to view on the website, however please contact owner, Andrew Gaunt by email, to find out what's available for mail order.


07767 357 224

Crûg Farm Plants


Plant hunters Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones travel the world in search of exotic and unusual plants to sell through their north Wales nursery. Though the nursery is now closed, mail order is continuing to operate as normal; all plants are grown peat-free.

01248 670232

Desert to Jungle

Shrubs, trees, exotics, succulents

Hardy and half-hardy exotics from palms and giant echiums to agaves and cannas; it's a little early for more tender specimens (mid-May is peak buying time) but ferns, grasses and bamboos are available now.

01823 443701


Vegetables, bulbs, exotics, ferns

Don’t expect your usual veg from this plant-lover’s nursery: instead you’ll find American peanuts, udo and an edible thistle. Other specialist lines include unusual summer bulbs and unusual and exotic ferns.

01635 578113


Carnivorous plants

Organic specialist grower of every kind of insect-eating plant, from bladderworts and Venus flytraps to sundews and sarracenias, grown without peat in their own, specially-formulated compost. There’s free P&P on orders over £45.

Contact via online form

Kelnan Plants


Small, family-run nursery based in Cornwall and specialising mainly in South African restios and proteas, though they also stock other unusual perennials.

07773 586603

Penberth Plants Ltd


Based in a small fishing cove in Cornwall, this small, family-run nursery specialises in the propagation of plants from South Africa and the Southern Hemisphere. Range includes aeoniums, succulents, protea, restios, flowering bulbs and other rare and unusual shrubs. Plant passports issued with every order.


Shrubland Nurseries

Hardy & exotic plants

This family-run nursery specialises in unusual herbaceous perennials, and exotics including houseplants and conservatory plants. There's also a selection of garden-ready alliums, potted up and on the point of flower. The nursery is closed until at least mid-April, but there’s free delivery and a click-and-collect service for local customers.

01473 657012

Surreal Succulents

Succulents, exotics, ferns

A small nursery based at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens in West Cornwall. Winners of multiple RHS Gold Medals, specialising in succulents, palms, ferns, grasses and many other exotic rare plants from all corners of the world. A very large range of succulents with over 200 varieties to choose from, from the rare and unusual to UK hardy varieties. Mail order available across the UK and EU.

07548 010897


Best places to buy garden plants (general)

Binny Plants


One of Scotland's leading nurseries, with a wide range of new and unusual plants including perennials, trees and shrubs, plus over 300 different types of peony grown in peat-free compost.

07753 626117

Doorstep Gardener

Plant bundles, compost

This company, formerly known as Lockdown Gardener, sprang up in response to the first lockdown. It was so successful it’s rebranded itself for the long term. It’s still delivering plant bundles direct from growers to addresses within the M25 (minimum order £35), with the selection changing weekly. But this season they’re also planning to extend the delivery zone to Birmingham and Surrey: email for details. Bundles can include selections of bedding, perennials and edibles; they also deliver peat-free compost and grow bags, and offer an online garden design service too.

0207 183 2246

Enchanted Earth

Garden-ready plants, houseplants, compost, grit

A small independent garden centre based in Lincolnshire. Specialising in UK grown garden-ready plants, including a range of organic veg and herb plants, as well as general supplies of compost, planters, grit and moss. The nursery also specialise in miniature plants and ornaments for creating fairy gardens. Free UK delivery by courier Mon-Fri for all orders over £25, plus click and collect for local customers.

01673 878095

Gardeners Delight Online Plant Nursery


Traditional family-run nursery based in Devon, and growing 90 per cent of the plants they sell. Perennials, clematis and agapanthus available mail order.

01271 861461

Great Dixter Nursery

Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd, the garden is now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett. Plants from the garden have been propagated here since 1954; using home-made compost (Dixter Gold) and cold frames. The small nursery is open for mail order selling both familiar and unusual plants. View the nursery catalogue to see what's available, plus the usual range of sundries, seeds, garden tools and more from the online shop.

01797 254044

Green Box Plants

Hardy shrubs, perennials

A family plant nursery based in the South West of England supplying high-quality, hardy plants by collection type, i.e plants for containers, plants for cottage gardens, plants for drought etc. Green Box Plants is passionate about protecting the environment so use natural and recyclable materials wherever possible, plus pre-loved boxes for packaging. Delivering throughout England and Wales.


Lealans Garden Centre

Bedding, compost, sundries

Garden centre based in Wolverhampton, stocking a very large range of plants, composts, fertilisers, sundries, bird care etc. Delivery within a 10-mile radius of postcode WV6 7EZ for a £5 fee (£30 minimum spend).

01902 700209

Littlehurst Nursery & Garden Centre

Perennials, alpines, trees, shrubs

A small independent garden centre based in Coventry, supplying a range of plants, shrubs and trees including home-grown bedding and herbaceous plants. The nursery’s online shop is now up and running and delivers within a ten mile radius – or further away by special arrangement. At the moment stock is limited but more is being added all the time.


Marwood Hill Garden

Perennials, shrubs, ferns

North Devon based Marwood Hill is a 20-acre garden created by the late Dr James Smart and includes National Collections of Astilbe. The garden is now open, but if you can’t visit you can also order plants from their online shop, propagated from the rare and unusual specimens found in the garden and including a broad range of perennials, shrubs, ornamental grasses and more. Click and collect is available for local customers, otherwise a courier service with a flat rate fee of £13.50 is available.

01271 342528


Polhill Garden Centre


Based in Sevenoaks, Kent, this nursery is providing free local delivery for orders over £50. Supplying general garden sundries, including indoor and outdoor living ranges, bedding plants, perennials, shrubs, trees, compost, aggregates, birdcare and more. Orders can be placed via the website.

01959 534212

Windlebridge Garden Nursery


A Middlesborough-based nursery offering a very large range of perennials, bedding plants, David Austin roses, trees, shrubs and more, as well as garden sundries, bird care, and garden furniture. Currently offering next day delivery (excluding Sundays) to TS postcodes only via their website.

01287 635642

Best places to buy herbs

The Cottage Herbery

Herbs, perennials, seeds

A small family-run, award-winning nursery based in the Teme Valley, growing and supplying peat-free herbs, unusual edibles, aromatic and hardy perennial plants. You can order via the website for pre-arranged contactless collection from the nursery or free local delivery for orders over £35 - a list of postcodes for delivery is published on their website.


Edible Culture

Herbs, seeds, edible crops

An eco-friendly Kent nursery specialising in peat-free grown edible crops, native perennials and hedgerow plants, plus a range of tools and compost. Plastic use is reduced wherever possible, with compost delivered in re-usable bags. Free delivery within a 40 mile radius of the nursery site in Faversham – email for details.


01795 537662

The Edible Garden Nursery

Herbs, edible crops

Devonshire based nursery, originally established in Suffolk in 1985. Specialist growers of herbs and edible crops supplied in large 1-2L pots, which are peat- and chemical-free. A massive range is available for mail order, delivered in plastic-free packaging which can be recycled or composted.


01647 400301

Glenholme Herbs

Herbs, pelargoniums

A small family-run nursery based in Dorset, specialising in herbs and pelargoniums, as well as wildflowers, salvias, sempervivums and chilli plants. Both delivery and click and collect available.

01963 220302


Hooks Green Herbs

Herb plants and seeds

Very wide range of culinary and medicinal pot-grown herbs supplied as both plants and seeds. Business is brisk, but deliveries are running smoothly so far. Free delivery on orders over £35.

07977 883810



Herb seeds

Specialist herb nursery run by GW regular Jekka McVicar. Offers about 140 different types of medicinal and culinary herbs as seeds, including a growing kit of five packs of herb seed complete with compost, labels and biodegradable pots. You can also buy plants in culinary herb plant boxes, with a seasonal selection of herbs in 1ltr pots.

01454 418878


Jemima's Garden

Herbs, wildflowers (seed)

Originally based in Norfolk, this specialist organic herb and wildflower nursery has now moved to Dumfries and Galloway. Seeds only, in plastic-free packaging, are available from a well-stocked online shop.

07802 480612


Kitchen Garden Plant Centre


Good range of culinary herbs supplied as seeds and plants, mainly hardy thymes, oreganos, mints and rosemary plus half-hardies like lemon verbena, All plants are grown organic and peat-free, and packed without plastic.

07492 903325


Pepperpot Nursery


Huge range of herbs, all grown outside at this traditional Hampshire nursery. Culinary herbs range from rosemary, sage and oregano to lavender and mint; there's also a selection of edible flowers and salad leaves, as well as strawberries.

Contact via online form pepperpotherbplants.co.uk/contact-us

The Rosemary Specialist


If rosemary is your thing – this is the nursery for you. Home to the Plant Heritage National Collection of Salvia rosmarinus cultivars (rosemary) the online shop offers what it believes to be the largest range of rosemary plants for sale in the UK. As well as individual cultivars you can buy collections of rare rosemaries and a ‘chef’s choice’ collection for gourmet cooks, supplied as 9cm plants with a flat rate delivery charge of £6.50.

Contact via online form

Best places to buy indoor plants (house plants)

Andy's Air Plants

House plants

Cornwall-based mail order company selling award-winning air plants and bromeliads



Between Two Thorns

House plants

A Brighton based house plant shop. Ships an ever-changing range of houseplants nationwide via its online shop (free delivery for orders over £20), plus larger plants and terrariums for local delivery only – available postcodes are listed on the website.

01273 710853

Dibleys Nurseries

House plants

North Wales based nursery and specialist in indoor plants. Winners of 30 Chelsea Gold Medals for their streptocarpus, gesneriads, begonias and other house plants. Free UK delivery for most plant collections, sundries and large potted plants; plug plants cost £6.80 P&P.

01978 790677


Craig House Cacti

House plants

Award-winning cacti and succulents from respected growers Stan Griffin and Vicki Newman. They don't send plants out mail order but a good range of seeds is available, plus feeds and a cultivation booklet.

07788 753215/07900 197461

Hampshire Carnivorous Plants

House plants

Matt Soper's gold medal winning carnivorous plants will be familiar to visitors to the RHS flower shows: as well as sarracenias, Venus flytraps, nepenthes and sundews he sells specialist compost and garden sundries.

07703 258296

Harriet’s Plants

House plants

Harriet’s houseplant business grew from a pop-up shop selling across Cornwall: she’s now based in Staffordshire but still grows a fantastic range of houseplants, all grown in peat-free compost and available via her online shop. They’re usefully grouped in the areas of the house they like best, from bathrooms, to bright light, to part shade.

07375 116067


Little Green

House plants

Good range of houseplants from this Bristol-based family business, all grown in peat-free compost. Local delivery only, by bike wherever possible: there’s a list of available postcodes on the website.

07449 724393


McBean's Orchids

House plants

Superb quality orchids from a long-established specialist and multiple RHS medal winner. McBeans majors in Cymbidium and Oncidium orchids, with new varieties and more specialist orchids added to the website through the year. Many varieties have been bred by the nursery itself including Oncidium 'McBean's Stephanie' with crisp white flowers with a purple tinge.


01273 400228


Simply Succulents


Extensive collection of every kind of succulent you can think of (and quite a few you can't) for growing indoors as houseplants or outside (sometimes with winter protection). Among the range are several home-bred varieties including burgundy Aeonium 'Simply Scarlet' and purple-tipped Sempervivum 'Simply Nightfall'.


07548 947357


Westdale Nurseries

Conservatory plants

Family-run nursery based in Wiltshire with a passion for bougainvillea, with more than 200 varieties on offer.


01225 863258

Best places to buy perennial plants

Abriachan Nurseries (The Garden on Loch Ness)

Rare perennials and shrubs

Family nursery on the shore of Loch Ness, specialising in hardy, rare and unusual perennials and shrubs. Mail order delivery available across the UK.


01463 861 232


Ashcroft’s Perennials and Ornamental Grasses

Perennials, grasses

A specialist herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses nursery based in Lancashire. Offer a large range of plants for mail order in sizes up to 3L. Free shipping on all orders over £50.


07793 710 350

Ashwood Nurseries

Perennials, shrubs

Traditional plant nursery renowned for its award-winning hellebores, auricula primulas and hepaticas, currently on offer at 25% off selected varieties while stocks last. Also sells gardening sundries, tools and other equipment mail order. They’re experiencing a very high volume of orders at the moment, though, so there are some slight delays to delivery times.


01384 401996

Barnsdale Gardens Nursery

Perennials, roses, shrubs

Former home of Gardeners' World, this Rutland based gardens and nursery stock perennials, roses, shrubs, potted bulbs, bamboos and grasses, as well as a wide range of penstemons. Plants arrive by courier within 24 hours of dispatch, for which there's a flat fee of £12.50 (not including the Scottish Highlands). They also offer free delivery to addresses within 10 miles of the nursery, plus a click-and-collect service: call or email for details.



01572 813200

Bee Happy Plants & Seeds

Perennials, herbs, wild flowers

Bee Happy Plants & Seeds based at Lakehayes Organic Nursery in Somerset is a small family-run not-for-profit company. Both seeds and plants are available from the online shop, all bee-friendly and grown in biodegradable, compostable pots.


01460 221815

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Beekind Plants

Perennials, wildflowers, herbs, vegetables

This Suffolk nursery grows a wide range of pollinator-friendly plants in biodegradable pots as well as veg plug plants, salads, and herbs. Local delivery only within 15 miles of the nursery, or you can click & collect...



Beth Chatto Gardens

Perennials, shrubs

Choice shrubs, perennials and trees grouped by the conditions they grow in best, most propagated and raised on site at the nursery. Current delivery times are running at up to two weeks.


01206 822007


Blackmore & Langdon's


Award-winning delphiniums and begonias, sold as both plants and seeds.


01275 332300

Bluebell Cottage Gardens & Nursery


Cheshire-based nursery run by former BBC TV Gardener of the Year Sue Beesley, majoring on choice perennials. The nursery is closed but mail order and deliveries continue as usual: a click-and-collect service is also available to local gardeners.


01928 713718

Bowden Hostas


Home to the National Hosta Collection and RHS Chelsea Flower Show veterans – on sale at the moment are mature display specimen hostas which would have been sold at this year’s cancelled show. Demand has been high so some items are currently out of stock, but new plants are being added to the website all the time – including tree ferns and bamboos from mid-April.


01837 849367

Brookfield Plants

Perennials, trees

National Collection Holders of both hosta and daylilies (Hemerocallis), and show regulars with more than 30 RHS gold medals. Free delivery on orders over £50.


01233 624934

Calamazag Nursery

Perennials, alpines, annuals, herbs, succulents

Every kind of pink and carnation from alpines and coastal thrifts to sweet williams, offered as collections – choose from alpine pinks, unusual species dianthus, or garden pinks. They also offer themed general plant collections, and a range of vegetable and herb plants.


07958 167096


Claire Austin Hardy Plants


Superb range of hardy herbaceous perennials with a particular flair for peonies and irises. Browse the website and you'll also find Claire's suggestions for themed 'plant collections' for (among others) shady borders, butterfly gardens, cut flower gardens and dry areas.


01686 670342

Daisy Roots


Hardy, drought-tolerant perennials and grasses, raised outdoors on plantswoman Annie Godfrey's Hertfordshire nursery.


07958 563355


Enchanted Gardens


Enchanted Gardens is a pollinator-friendly plant nursery based in Whitstable, Kent. The organic nursery is passionate about environmental protection and bio-diversity, specialising entirely in bee, butterfly, moth and bat-friendly plants. A large range of perennials ranging from 9cm to 3L pots are available, as well as a small selection of seeds, climbers and bulbs. Local customers can collect their orders from the nursery, those further afield can email their orders and a cost for delivery by courier will be established.



01227 266070

Floyds Climbers & Clematis

Climbers, clematis

A Wiltshire-based nursery specialising in the growing of climbers and clematis - with over 200 varieties stocked. ew clematis added this year include Clematis ladakhiana, with antique gold flowers, and darkest purple C. ‘Black Tibet’. Ship to anywhere in the UK, for a flat fee of £10 (up to 10 plants). Customers outside the UK or those wishing to make a larger order should use the contact form to enquire about shipping.


01249 782622

Hardys Cottage Garden Plants


Award-winning nursery offering a wide range of over 1000 choice perennials, most raised on site and grown in peat-free compost. Orders are currently taking up to two weeks to deliver.



Hare Spring Cottage Plants


Specialist grower and National Collection Holder of Camassia, Sidalcea and Uvularia, plus other hardy perennials, grown on site in North Yorkshire.



07792 376805



New Forest based specialist growers of heuchera, herucherella and tiarella. They run a busy online shop and have recently restocked again after a particularly hectic start to the year – so many popular varieties are now back on the virtual shelves. Delivery is currently taking about two weeks. There’s also a click-and-collect service for local customers.


01590 670581 /07973 291062

Hillview Hardy Plants


A wide range of cottage garden perennials are available mail order from this Shropshire nursery, with auricula primulas looking particularly good right now (the nursery is home to two Plant Heritage National Collections of auricula). Among those featured for this year are Primula auricula ‘Khaki’ mottled in dusty pink and green, and ‘Königin der Nacht’ striped in purple and white.


01746 716454


John Cullen Gardens

Perennials, shrubs, trees

Lovely range of bee-friendly perennials and scented plants, with an especially good selection of 70 different varieties of Achillea from the Plant Heritage National Collection held at this Lincolnshire nursery. Postage is charged at a flat rate of £9 for plants (£2.75 for seeds and bulbs).


01205 460567

Knoll Gardens


Owner Neil Lucas is one of the country’s leading authorities on all kinds of ornamental grasses and his Dorset nursery is a regular medal-winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. There’s also a click-and-collect service for local gardeners.


Long Acre Plants

Perennials for shade

A plant lover’s nursery tucked into the corner between Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. The online nursery is packed with an extremely wide selection of plants which grow best in shady places, all grown in peat-free compost. Particularly good range of grasses for shade, and hardy ferns: new additions this year include graceful and upright-growing fern Polypodium calirhiza ‘Sarah Lyman’, from California.



01963 32802

Mandy Plants

Tender perennials

You'll find some real beauties for greenhouses and conservatories at this North Norfolk nursery, not least a fine collection of tender and exotic-looking climber Mandevilla. For sunny patios, Senetti are looking good right now, with nemesia and abutilons arriving over the next couple of weeks. Other glamourpusses on sale in the online shop include Tibouchina, Abutilon, Lantana and Nemesia. All prices are inclusive of postage and packing.


07432 112245

Meadowgate Nursery


Fine range of ornamental grasses from this family-run specialist nursery near Chichester in West Sussex. Business this spring has been brisk and stock is running a little low, but there are still some choice selections available if you’re quick: they include evergreen Carex grayi, with mace-like seed heads, and green-and-white striped Briza media ‘Russells’.


01243 641997


Mickfield Hostas


Mickfield is home to an enormous Plant Heritage National Plant Collection of Hosta, built up over the last 40 years, and they offer over half the varieties for sale online, adding to their extensive online catalogue. Orders are taken via email or phone, and there's also a click-and-collect service for local customers.


01449 711576


Middleton Nurseries


Staffordshire-based salvia specialists, with dozens of different varieties on offer, as well as other herbaceous perennials. Currently taking orders for delivery in May, with a special offer of free delivery for orders over £35.


Contact via online form

0121 308 4077

Paddock Plants

Perennials, shrubs, grasses

A family-run nursery based near Southampton in Hampshire and specialist growers of abutilon and echinacea. Offering an interesting range of perennials, grasses, ferns and shrubs, plus a selection of indoor plants, with 40 new varieties added for the 2021 season. Plants are grown peat-free and without chemicals and are delivered - in 99 per cent plastic-free packaging - by 24-hour courier throughout mainland UK. There's also a click-and-collect services for local gardeners.


02380 739 912

Penlan Perennials

Perennials, bog plants, grasses

A small, family-run nursery based in West Wales, offering perennials (grown organically and peat-free) for mail order. Specialises in bog plants, shade-loving plants, hardy geraniums, cottage garden plants and more. Currently offering free postage for orders of Arisaema tubers; there’s also a click and collect service from the nursery.


01570 480097



All kinds of heuchera for sale online, including home-bred varieties like ‘Thomas’, plus heucherella and tiarella (the nursery holds Plant Heritage National Collections for all three plants). Many other hardy perennials also available. Offers starter packs of six mixed heuchera, heucherella and tiarella, as well as some older heritage varieties from the National Collections.


01270 820335

Contact via online form

The Plantsman's Preference


Choice plants for herbaceous borders; as well as a comprehensive list of their full, mouthwatering catalogue there’s a helpfully simplified section of the website dedicated to reliable plants for beginners, selected for their good looks and easy-grow nature. New treasures for this year’s catalogue include diminutive wake robin Trillium viridescens, with patterned leaves and apple-green flowers, and Teucrium scorodonia ‘Crispum Marginatum’ with ruffled leaves, much loved by flower arrangers.


01379 710810

Primrose Hall Peonies


RHS Chelsea Gold Medal award-winning growers of peonies. Based in Bedfordshire, they grow and supply one of the widest selections of rare and unusual peony varieties in the UK, and are holders of the National Plant Collection for Intersectional ‘Itoh’ peonies. All plants are grown in peat-free compost.


01525 878924


PriorsWood Clematis

Clematis, climbers

Specialist growers of clematis and other climbing plants, based in Hertfordshire. Offer a year round mail order service, suppling plants in 2-3L pots. Orders can be made by phone or email.


01920 461543


Seagate Nurseries


Family-run Lincolnshire nursery specialising in bearded iris, with a fabulous array of hundreds of varieties available to buy bare root from August onwards. In recent years owners Chris and Kate have been expanding the range to include an ever-increasing selection of choice perennials, all grown peat-free. There’s also a click-and-collect service available from the nursery.



01406 364028

Special Plants Nursery


Derry Watkin’s much admired nursery near Bath is full of hand-picked hardy perennials and tender exotics for conservatories and sunny patios. She sells mainly seed, but an increasingly wide selection of varieties is also available as young plants, plugs and both unrooted and rooted cuttings. Mail order is running well but Derry warns post can be ‘very erratic’ at the moment – so advises allowing two to three weeks for delivery.


01225 891686

Stonyford Cottage Gardens Nursery

Herbaceous perennials, shrubs

A family-run nursery based in Cheshire and specialist growers of herbaceous perennials and shrubs for over 25 years. Bedding plants are now on sale, with free shipping for orders over £50. A click-and-collect service is also available from the nursery, as well as local delivery.


01606 888970


Swinesmeadow Farm

Perennials, shrubs, trees

Unusual and rare evergreen and herbaceous perennials, grasses, ferns and conifers. You can buy most items mail order, but there are some particularly large or delicate specimens only available click and collect or as home delivery for local gardeners.


07432 627766

Taylors Clematis


This award-winning clematis specialist, based in Doncaster, south Yorkshire, has been a much-decorated regular at the shows for almost 30 years. They run a well established mail order service, selling garden-ready plants in 2 litre pots: order five or more plants and you get a price discount. New for 2021 is long-flowering ‘Duchess of Cornwall, growing 1.5m tall with royal purple flowers.


Contact via online form

01302 700716

Thorncroft Clematis


Superb range of mature, garden-ready clematis from an award-winning family-run nursery and Chelsea regular, as well as useful companion climbers to grow alongside. Demand has been exceptionally high this spring so there’s currently a five-day delay in order despatch.


01953 850407


Tinnisburn Plants

Perennials, climbers, shrubs, trees

A small, family run nursery situated 600ft above sea level in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Delivering across the UK, browse collections of trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, ferns, hostas, alpines, bulbs and more. Free delivery on plant orders over £50. There’s also a click-and-collect service from the nursery.


013873 71453

Tissington Nursery

Perennials, herbs, vegetables

A small, family run nursery run from the walled kitchen garden at the Tissington Estate, nestled into the hills of the Peak District National Park. On offer via the online shop are a lovely selection of Victorian violas as well as other hardy perennials, plus edible plants including herbs and vegetable plug plants (available to pre-order for delivery from May). All plants are raised in peat-free compost.


01335 390650


Viv Marsh Postal Plants

Alstroemeria, iris

Family-run nursery, based in Shropshire and established over 30 years ago. Holders of the Plant Heritage National Collection of Garden Alstroemeria, and specialist growers of tall bearded iris. Alstroemeria are despatched in 1.5L potted plants, tall bearded iris are despatched as large divisions, ready to plant straight outside. If you’re quick you might qualify for their early bird offer: all Alstroemeria orders received by 30th April come with an extra plant, chosen by the nursery, for free.


01939 291 475


Westcountry Nurseries

Lupins, perennials, clematis, trees, shrubs

Holders of the National Collection of Lupins and four-time RHS Chelsea Gold Medal winning exhibitor, this Devonshire based plant nursery stocks a large plant range including its award-winning lupins.



01237 431111

Best places to buy roses

Apuldram Roses


A small West Sussex specialist rose nursery, stocking a huge range of hybrid tea, shrub, climbing, rambling, patio and ground cover potted roses. Bare-root available Nov-Mar. Potted roses are delivered throughout the year by courier 24-48 hour service – charges listed on website.


01243 785769

David Austin Roses


Legendary among rose breeders, the late, great David Austin OBE invented the modern English Rose and the company he founded sells the complete range, plus a selection of old and species roses. The bare root season finishes by the end of April, and stocks are now running very low of most varieties. However from early summer, as new stock becomes available, you should be able to buy potted roses as normal via the online shop.



0800 111 4699

Peter Beales Roses

Roses, perennials, climbers, shrubs

Peter Beales is best known for its exceptional collection of old classic shrub and climbing roses, as well as modern and species roses. The bare root season runs from November to March, with orders being taken from April. Container roses are in stock all year round. They also have a wide range of garden plants online, to complement your roses.



01953 454707

Harkness Roses


Harkness has its roots in Yorkshire, and once supplied Queen Victoria. About 80 years ago they moved operations to Hertfordshire where they’re still breeding roses today. This year’s star new release is the England Rugby rose – a deep red (of course) hybrid tea released just in time to celebrate the 150th anniversary of English rugby.



01462 420402

Style Roses


A modern family nursery, all roses are grown in the Lincolnshire based nursery and surrounding fields. Potted roses now available to order online but the nursery is warning orders are taking longer to process. There’s also a click-and-collect service available.


01406 424089

Best places to buy shrubs and trees

Ashridge Nursery

Trees, bulbs, perennials, climbers, vegetable plug plants

Online garden centre best known for its excellent range of trees, though it does sell all sorts of other plants plus garden sundries. Based in Somerset, it supplies standard ornamental trees (available only during the bareroot season from November to March) plus fruit trees and hedging bareroot or potted. Deliveries are running as normal.


Contact via online form

Chew Valley Trees

Trees, shrubs

British-grown trees from this Bristol nursery, which raises all its stock on site including trees, shrubs, hedging and fruit trees. Look out for regular special offers, with up to 35% off individual tree specimens. Most are supplied bare root from November to March, and all stock is available in containers year-round. The nursery delivers plants itself, and despatch is currently about four weeks from ordering (shorter for local postcodes).


01275 333752


Hedges Online

Hedges, trees, shrubs

C.G.J.Mathias & Son (Nurseries) are a third generation family nursery based in Tilford nr Farnham, Surrey and have been growing hedge plants for over 50 years. They specialise in the production of all varieties and sizes of hedging plants, with a particular focus on the larger sizes of hedging, but also grow and supply a range of trees, shrubs, topiary and pleached hedging. Shipping available across the UK, or you can collect from the nursery by prior arrangement.


01252 714552


Hippopottering Nursery


Very fine range of Japanese maples grown outdoors on this award-winning Yorkshire nursery and supplied in one or two litre pots as well as larger 'instant impact' trees.


07979 764677



Trees, shrubs, ferns, climbers, perennials

Traditional nursery based in Gloucestershire, specialising in British grown rare and unusual trees, shrubs and ferns grown in peat-free compost. Most of the stock is raised on site, Look through the online catalogue, then download and complete the mail order form. You can also collect in person by prior arrangement.



07973 331142

The Norfolk Olive Tree Company

Trees, palms,

An award-winning supplier of olive trees and Medditerranean plants, stocking a large range, of young, mature and ancient olive trees. The company works closely with DEFRA to import its trees, following stringent guidelines with regular APHA inspections. Orders can be placed via the website or telephone, with plants delivered by courier: deliveries are taking a little longer at the moment, with a wait time of about three weeks.


07766 730893


Paramount Plants & Gardens

Trees, shrubs, perennials

A North-London based plant centre and online plant nursery specialising in mature specimen trees and shrubs, with advice available for suitable trees for your garden. Fully mature hardy plants including trees, large shrubs, bamboos, topiary, acers, ferns, palms, climbers, grasses perennials and evergreen screening trees available. Deliveries available across the UK, please see website for details.


Contact by email only: salesteam@paramountplants.co.uk

Todds Botanics

Shrubs, trees

Award-winning nursery supplying certified disease-free olive trees, plus a wide range of shrubs, bamboos, tree ferns, herbaceous perennials and summer bulbs.


01376 561212

Best places to buy fruit and veg plants

Blackmoor Nurseries


Wide range of fruit trees, plus asparagus crowns, grapes and ornamental trees. After a hectic start to the year staff have now largely caught up and orders are usually despatched within five days. You can also collect from the nursery.


01420 477978


Cross Common Nursery

Fruit, climbers, exotics

Based on the southernmost tip of Cornwall, supplying all kinds of citrus trees as well as passion flowers, unusual and exotic plants. Deliveries are running smoothly but there's a delay of about a week.


01326 290722


Delfland Nurseries

Vegetable plug plants

Good range of pre-grown organic vegetable plug plants - check the website for details.


01354 740553

Otter Farm

Vegetables, seeds

Otter Farm has become known for growing really unusual fruit and vegetables that push the boundaries of hardiness and introduce us to new flavours. Among the more commonly grown vegetable seeds they offer mail order there are some really interesting edibles to try at home, from earth chestnuts to Chinese artichokes, though stocks of plants and tubers are running quite low at the moment.


Pennard Plants

Vegetables, seeds

Extraordinary range of heritage and unusual vegetable seeds and some plants raised peat-free in a Victorian walled garden in East Pennard, Somerset.


01749 860039



Fruit, shrubs, herbs

Fruit trees are the main focus for this East Sussex nursery, with a wide range on offer from apples and pears to blueberries, gooseberries and cherries. You can also buy citrus, grapevines and herbs as well as flowering shrubs for the garden. Free delivery for orders over £50.


01825 721162

Real Seeds

Vegetable seeds


01239 821107


Robinsons & Sons

Vegetable seeds

One of Britain's longest-established family-run vegetable and fruit seed nurseries, now on its fifth generation of Robinsons, and masters of the giant vegetable display at summer and autumn shows. There's a huge range of vegetable seeds available on the website including some fun varieties to try like luffa and amaranth.


01524 791210


Rocket Gardens

Vegetable plug plants

Extensive range of vegetable plug plants, despatched from May onwards. You can buy collections, or an entire veg garden’s worth of plants at once.


Contact via online form

Victoriana Nursery

Vegetables and fruit (seeds and plants)

Fruit, vegetables and herbs as seed and young plants, despatched by mail order from this popular Kent nursery (there’s also a contactless collection service from the nursery for local customers).


01233 740529

Best places to buy compost


Peat-reduced and peat-free compost

Own-brand GoodHome potting composts are now completely peat-free, and you can also order garden sundries online and for contactless click and collect.


Carbon Gold

Peat-free compost

Peat free composts enriched with biochar, available in several different blends including seed compost. Slow-release fertiliser also available.


0117 244 0032

Compost Direct

Soil improver, topsoil, mulch

Soil improver, topsoil and bark mulch in bulk bags only (delivery is included in the price). Despatch times are currently running at about a week.



CPA Horticulture

Potting compost, topsoil, soil improver, mulch

Based in Carmarthenshire, Wales, but with depots across the UK, supplying a good range of potting composts plus soil improver, mushroom compost and bark mulch. Most products are available in either bulk bags or small bags, with the exception of manure and multipurpose compost which is only currently available in bulk bags.


01994 231121


Peat-free compost

Peat free composts based on wool and bracken farmed on site in Cumbria. Available in multipurpose, seed and vegetable blends, plus a new range with added comfrey. Delivery is within 10 working days of order.


01931 713281


Dandy's Landscaping Supplies

Potting compost, soil improver, topsoil, mulch

Good stock levels with potting compost available in small bags (minimum order 10 bags) and bulk bags, as well as mushroom compost, mulches and bespoke blends of topsoil.


01244 280008


Earth Cycle

Soil improvers, topsoil, mulch

Based in Chichester, West Sussex, but delivering peat-free soil improvers, topsoils and mulches nationwide (no potting composts available). Delivery is in bulk bags only.


01243 781730

Fertile Fibre

Potting composts, soil improver, mulch

Peat-free, biodynamic and vegan compost available by the bag or as bulk bags. Prices start at £24 for a 60l bag of multipurpose compost (less for bulk loads).


01432 853111

Field Compost

Potting composts, soil improver, topsoil, mulch

Family-run compost and garden supplies company based in Cambridgeshire but delivering nationwide. Good range of peat-free soil improvers, mulches and manure available in small bags or as bulk bags (minimum order 5 x 40l sacks, with prices decreasing the more you order). Demand has been exceptionally high, so orders face delays of about three weeks before delivery.



The Garden Superstore

Potting composts, mulch

Good stocks of potting and specialist composts as well as bark mulches. Minimum order of £50 and delivery takes about 3-5 working days, though this occasionally varies so check the website for updates.



01903 258200

Garden Topsoil Direct

Soil improver, topsoil, mulch

Northamptonshire-based online supplier, delivering nationwide. No potting composts, but an extensive range of topsoils, soil conditioners and bark mulches, all supplied in bulk bags or smaller 50l sacks (minimum orders apply). Delivery is currently 2-3 working days.



Hickman Brothers' Landscapes

Potting compost, soil improver, topsoil, mulch

Oxfordshire based landscaping supplier with an online shop selling garden supplies, including potting compost, soil improvers, topsoil and mulches. Prices start at £6.50 for a 70 litre bag of multipurpose compost.


01993 822226

London Lawn Turf Company Ltd

Soil improver, topsoil, mulch

Sister company to the London Topsoil Company, but offering potting compost in 60l bags (prices start at £7.51) as well as bulk bag deliveries of soil improvers, topsoil and bark mulches. Delivery to London and the South East only.


01959 897603

Mole Valley

Potting compost, soil improver, mulch

Mole Valley Farmers has several branches across the UK supplying bags of multipurpose compost, soil improvers and bark mulches. You can arrange home delivery, or arrange click-and-collect pick up at your nearest store (with a day or two’s notice). Multibuy deals are available on all brands of multipurpose compost.


01769 576419

Mr Muck's Garden Supplies

Soil improver, mulch

Small family-run company with depots in Yorkshire, the Midlands and Lancashire with plenty of stock of soil improvers - mainly mushroom compost and farmyard manure, delivered in conveniently sized 40-70 litre sacks. Minimum order 20 sacks.


01302 358158

Natural Grower

Organic, chemical-free liquid fertiliser and soil conditioner with free delivery on orders over £30.


0333 800 5450


New Leaf Compost

Peat-free, organic compost

Based in Belfast, New Leaf Compost produces 100 per cent organic, peat-free, premium compost. Produced locally in Northern Ireland from sustainable materials and shipped across the UK and Ireland, New Leaf Compost’s eco-friendly compost is available to buy in both 20L and 40L bags, from £13.99. Special discounted composts are also currently available.


02890 613547

Online Soil

Soil improver, topsoil

Lancashire-based online compost delivery company, providing screened topsoil and soil improver in bulk bags as well as turf. Deliveries are currently running smoothly at 1-2 working days.


01695 422144

Quality Garden Supplies

Potting composts, soil improver, mulch

Range of potting composts from Bord na Mona with topsoil, soil improvers and bark mulches too. Minimum order 5 x 50 litre bags, with prices starting at £15.75 for a 50l bag (including delivery) though ordering 20 bags reduces that to £5.90 a bag. Delivery is currently running at about 5 working days.


0871 9710988

Valley Contractors

Soil improver, topsoil, mulch

Based in Birmingham, but delivers topsoil, soil improvers and mulch across the country with next-day delivery available for orders before 10.30am. All sales are in bulk bags.


0121 474 3506


Potting compost

Stores are open with strict social distancing protocols in action, or you can use the click and collect service. Deliveries are also available. Good range of potting composts available including peat-free and ericaceous composts.


Yorkshire Trading

Potting compost, soil improver, topsoil

Good range of potting composts, soil improvers and topsoil, with potting composts available in small (10-50 ltr) bags. Deliveries are running as normal.


01377 337150

Best places to buy gardening kit and sundries

Green Gardener

Pots, wormeries, irrigation, pest control

Eco-friendly gardening supplies from biodegradable pots to biological pest controls including nematodes for use outside and under cover. Also supplies irrigation equipment, wormeries and raised bed kits.


01493 750061

Greenhouses Direct

Greenhouses, accessories, raised beds

The company's own brand Rhino greenhouses and aluminium raised beds are manufactured and sold from a purpose-built factory in Norfolk, and come with a 25-year guarantee. Delivery across mainland UK is free on all Rhino greenhouses and accessories as part of the same order. Other greenhouse brands in a range of sizes are also stocked.



The Greenhouse People

Greenhouses, barbecues, sundries

Aluminium and wooden greenhouses, plus summerhouses, barbecues, outdoor ovens and all accessories available for home delivery. Deliveries are currently running as normal.


01782 385400

Harrod Horticultural

General gardening equipment

Everything you could possibly need for the garden, from large structures like fruit cages, arches and obelisks to raised bed kits, planters, tools, pots and labels.


0333 400 6400

Labels N Things

Labels, plant supports

Every possible type of plant label in wood, copper and aluminium as well as plastic. Also sells a range of plant supports and protective disposable latex gloves for use in the garden.


01527 557990


Pots, planters, garden furniture and garden structures. High demand has meant a major backlog built up over spring, with most lines sold out, but they are now catching up and restocking – so though delivery may still take a little longer, service should return to something more like normal.



Marshalls Garden

Seeds, compost, general gardening equipment

Seed merchants Marshalls have now expanded their range massively and sell a wide range of gardening sundries as well, ranging from bird food to tools, greenhouse accessories and hanging baskets, and – occasionally – compost. Fresh stock is arriving daily. Stock levels are good, but there’s currently a three-week delay on despatch times with plants sent out in strict order of availability – see website for exact delivery dates.


0844 557 6700

Two Wests & Elliot

Pots, greenhouse supplies, general gardening equipment

Best known for its encyclopaedic range of greenhouse and polytunnel accessories, but also supplying pots, labels, planters, netting and all the equipment you need for day-to-day gardening. Despatch is currently slower than normal due to staff shortages, with a delay of approximately four weeks.


01246 451077

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