Best places to buy plants online
Looking to buy plants online? Want a compost delivery? We list our pick of the best online retailers to buy plants and other gardening sundries.
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.
Jump to where to buy:
- Alpine plants
- Bedding plants
- Exotic plants
- General garden plants
- House plants
- Perennial plants
- Shrubs and trees
- Fruit and veg plants
- Gardening kit and sundries
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- 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.
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.
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.
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
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
Family-run nursery, based in Lincolnshire, that specialises in alpines, dwarf bulbs and woodland plants.
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.
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.
Best places to buy Bedding plants
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best places to buy bulbs
Multiple award winning family-run nursery, now sending out lilies, begonias and cannas among other summer bulbs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Small, family-run nursery based in Cornwall and specialising mainly in South African restios and proteas, though they also stock other unusual perennials.
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.
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.
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.
Best places to buy garden plants (general)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best places to buy indoor plants (house plants)
Andy's Air Plants
Between Two Thorns
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.
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.
Craig House Cacti
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
Family-run nursery based in Wiltshire with a passion for bougainvillea, with more than 200 varieties on offer.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Blackmore & Langdon's
Award-winning delphiniums and begonias, sold as both plants and seeds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hardy, drought-tolerant perennials and grasses, raised outdoors on plantswoman Annie Godfrey's Hertfordshire nursery.
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.
Floyds 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Viv Marsh Postal Plants
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
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.
Best places to buy 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.
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.
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.
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.
Best places to buy shrubs and trees
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
The Norfolk Olive Tree Company
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.
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.
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Award-winning nursery supplying certified disease-free olive trees, plus a wide range of shrubs, bamboos, tree ferns, herbaceous perennials and summer bulbs.
Best places to buy fruit and veg plants
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.
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.
Vegetable plug plants
Good range of pre-grown organic vegetable plug plants - check the website for details.
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.
Extraordinary range of heritage and unusual vegetable seeds and some plants raised peat-free in a Victorian walled garden in East Pennard, Somerset.
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.
Robinsons & Sons
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.
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
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).
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.
Peat free composts enriched with biochar, available in several different blends including seed compost. Slow-release fertiliser also available.
0117 244 0032
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Best places to buy gardening kit and sundries
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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