We’d all like to be doing more gardening. But with garden centres closed, it can be difficult to know where to buy plants. The obvious answer is to buy plants online, but many mail order garden plants suppliers have struggled to keep up with demand – and trying to buy compost online can feel like a fruitless quest.
So we’ve scoured nurseries, growers and retailers to find which still have plants available for delivery. Whether you want to buy bedding plants, get some large statement plants delivered or just want to buy compost, you’ll find where to buy them here.
At the time of writing, all nurseries listed below had plants in stock. Most have plants to buy online for delivery nationwide – a few are offering local delivery only, and this is clearly indicated. You can even snap up some cheap plants, as some are offering a discount on stock that was previously allocated for flower shows that have now been cancelled. We’ve also listed places to buy compost online – some are only able to offer compost delivery on bulk orders, but this is clearly indicated. 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.
Want to add your UK mail-order plant business to this list? If you have stocks available for delivery please drop us a line.
Browse our guide to buying plants online, as well as places that will deliver compost and other gardening kit.
Where 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.
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. Currently offering 40% off every plant sold to clear show stock that’s no longer needed – the sale runs till at least the end of April but will be extended if necessary.
Alpines, hardy plants
Hardy plants grown outdoors in the North Pennines; currently selling some fine and rarely-offered primulas originally destined for the Scottish Rock Gardening Club show this April, and erythroniums (dogstooth violets) which would have appeared at the Harrogate Spring Show. Now offering reduced postal charges for UK deliveries: 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. At the moment the show plant stock they would have exhibited at Harrogate is on sale, with mail order deliveries running well.
0131 454 0660
Plants for Small Gardens
A small family-run, Devonshire based nursery specialising in growing alpine, rockery and dwarf hardy plants, over 350 varieties stocked. Minimum order £20 plus p&p, across mainland UK, with every order receiving a free plant. Scottish Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands incur an extra delivery cost – please see website for details.
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, specalising in alpine plants, woodland plants and primulas. 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. Currently taking orders for collections of five, ten or 20 pre-selected alpines only, due to high demand.
Where to buy Bedding plants
The Botanic Nursery
This traditional family-run nursery, home to the Plant Heritage National Collection of Digitalis (foxgloves), is selling off thousands of surplus garden-ready foxgloves which would have gone into its spectacular show displays. There’s also a huge range of plug plants 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 £40, or £4.95 if under, plants are delivered First Class by Royal Mail/Parcelforce.
Bedding, annuals, perennials
Home-propagated chrysanthemums supplied as plug plants grown in paper containers to plant out straight away. Selling particularly well at the moment are a new range of Korean hardy chrysanthemums for late summer colour.
0800 046 7443
Bedding, perennials, houseplants
Family-run nursery that’s built a solid reputation as specialist growers of pelargoniums, begonias, ivies and ferns. The latest addition to the range is a collection of tropical hibiscus. Orders taken now will be delivered in May.
Fuchsias and pelargoniums raised peat-free on this Suffolk nursery; the mail order season has now been extended until the end of June to sell off stock raised for the shows. They’re also selling pelargoniums mail order for the first time.
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. Shipping costs for the UK, Europe and the wider world are published on their website.
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.
Where 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.
A wide range of summer bulbs, including an award-winning selection of lilies, gladioli, nerines and eucomis. Particularly good supplies of dahlias and begonias at the moment – 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. There’s currently a spring sale on, offering up to 50% discount on selected lines.
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.
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. Also now taking pre-orders for garden-ready dahlia plants, delivered from mid-May.
As seen on BBC GW this March, this West Sussex nursery supplies garden-ready dahlia plants mail order from May, raised in biodegradable pots.
0800 304 7124
Where to buy Exotic plants
Big Plant Nursery Ltd
Specialist growers and stockists of hardy exotic plants, including banana and ginger plants, bamboos, ginkos, tree ferns, palms and many more varieties. The Sussex based nursery is currently closed, but continues to operate its e-commerce and delivery service.
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.
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.
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 snowdrops in the green (the 2020 catalogue has just gone online) and unusual and exotic ferns.
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.
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 from the rare and unusual to UK hardy varieties are available. Mail order available across the UK and EU.
Where to buy plants (general)
Aigburth Hall Nurseries
Liverpool based garden centre taking orders by phone for local collection only from the nursery gates. Stocking a huge selection of bedding and container plants, veg crops, herbs, shrubs, trees and more, plus containers, composts and tools. Call to enquire and place an order.
0151 427 3120
All Plants North
Hardy plants, compost, tools
A small independent nursery and shop based in Cracoe, North Yorkshire, stocking a range of hardy garden plants grown to suit the local climate, plus peat-free compost, pots, tools and gardening gifts. The nursery also operates a border planning service with Ed Bailey Garden Design. A plant and stock list can be sent via email to customers with a call back service operating to make delivery arrangements. Delivery is available within a 10km radius of Cracoe, with a minimum order of £25.
One of Scotland’s leading nurseries, with a wide range of new and unusual plants plus over 300 different types of peony grown in peat-free compost.
Blue Diamond Garden Centres
Blue Diamond have over 30 garden centres located throughout UK and Channel Islands, stocking bedding plants, hardy plants, trees, shrubs, plus garden furniture, sundries and more. Please search for your local centre to see whether delivery is possible – free delivery on orders over £50 within certain distance from local centre.
Fine nearest centre: contact.bluediamond.gg
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.
Gardeners Delight Online Plant Nursery
Traditional family-run nursery growing 90 per cent of the plants they sell on site. Perennials, clematis and agapanthus available mail order. The lovely evergreen clematis Kimko is selling well, and all the geums are starting to come into flower right now, too.
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.
Kings Park Nursery
Container baskets, exotics, perennials
Bournemouth based Kings Park Nursery is run by the BCP council and specialises in plants that are suited to the South Coast climate. Browse ranges of annuals, perennials, container basket collections, exotics, shrubs, compost and more. Order online from 10-2pm, Monday to Friday only, delivery is available in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
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. Whilst the nursery develop their website shop, you are invited to check the Littlehurst Nursery Facebook page for regular updates of available plants. Please email the nursery with your desired order or enquiry and provide a telephone number so they can get back to you.
Plant bundles, compost
Delivering within the M25, it delivers plant bundles direct from growers, with the selection changing weekly. Bundles can include selections of bedding, perennials and edibles. It can also deliver peat-free compost and grow bags.
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 and plant nursery are currently closed, however many of the plants for sale in their new online shop are propagated from the rare and unusual specimens found in the garden and include 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.
Plants Love UK
Plant bundles, compost
Set up to rescue plants destined for now closed garden centres. Supplying established 1-2L potted mixed plant bundles for borders with the option of adding compost to each order. Please note, at this time delivery area is fairly local to WR1-WR14 inclusive, plus some GL, HR, B and DY postcodes – please see website for more details. Priority delivery available for frontline workers.
Plant bundles, bedding, compost
Delivering nationwide, Plants2People is working with nurseries across the UK to deliver plants to your door by courier service so you can stay safe at home. Select from a range of bedding, perennial plants as well as a range of organic compost and 10 per cent of profits will donated to the NHS.
Polhill Garden Centre
Based in Sevenoaks, Kent, this nursery is providing free local delivery for orders over £20, wider areas will incur a delivery charge. 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.
Smart Plant App
Selling bundles of plants destined for now closed garden centres. Plants available change regularly. 10% donation from every sale to the NHS.
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 to TS postcodes only via their website.
Where to buy Herb plants
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 £25 – 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 to residents of Faversham, or small delivery charge for surrounding areas – see website for details on how to order.
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.
Culinary Herb Company
Herbs, salads, edible crops
East Sussex based herb specialist nursery, producing over 200 varieties of peat- and chemical-free culinary and medicinal herbs, salads, veg crops and edible flowers. Three pot minimum order for delivery, which are always dispatched on a Monday or Tuesday via Royal Mail, to avoid any delays in sorting offices over the weekend.
A small family-run nursery based in Dorset, specialising in herbs and pelargoniums, as well as wildflowers, salvias, sempervivums and chilli plants. All plants are posted out in plastic-free packaging, with the bulk of pots being carbon-pigment free, so they can be put out with household recycling. 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.
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.
Herbs, wildflowers (seed)
Herbs and wildflowers grown organically and peat-free in Norfolk. For now, mail order is seeds only, though plants will be available from May onwards.
Kitchen Garden Plant Centre
Good range of culinary herbs, mainly hardy thymes, oreganos, mints and rosemary at the moment but soon to be joined by half-hardies like lemon verbena and annual basil as well as salad leaves, coming online from late May onwards.
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.
Where to buy Indoor plants
Andy’s Air Plants
Cornwall-based mail order company selling award-winning air plants and bromeliads
Between Two Thorns
A Brighton based houseplant shop. Ships nationwide (free delivery for orders over £20).
North Wales based nursery and specialist in indoor plants. Winners of 30 Chelsea Gold Medals for their streptocarpus, gesneriads, begonias and other houseplants. New varieties of streptocarpus, which would have been launched at this year’s flower show, available by mail order. Free UK delivery for most plant collections and sundries.
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.
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.
Where 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 £30.
07793 710 350
Traditional plant nursery renowned for its award-winning hellebores, hepatics and auricula primulas. Also sells gardening sundries, tools and other equipment mail order.
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). For those living within 15 miles of the nursery (LE15 8AH),during the Covid-19 outbreak, they’re offering free delivery. Please use the online shop as a reference tool, email your order directly to the nursery, who’ll be in touch to arrange payment and delivery.
Bee Happy Plants & Seeds
Perennials, herbs, wild flowers
Bee Happy Plants & Seeds based at Lakehayes Organic Nursery, is a small family-run not-for-profit company. Propagating and growing organic wild-species plants raised from seed: herbs, perennials, vegetable crops, shrubs, and trees, all in the name of supporting critical pollinators – our bees. Everything is grown in 100 per cent biodegradable, compostable pots. Seeds, plants and bee-related gifts are delivered across the UK.
Beth Chatto Gardens
Choice shrubs, perennials and trees grouped by the conditions they grow in best, with woodlanders like Anemone nemorosa currrently looking good. Deliveries take 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 from last year’s show. The nursery is closed but orders are being despatched with only a slight delay.
National Collection Holders of both hosta and hemerocallis (daylilies) and show regulars with more than 30 RHS gold medals.
Perennials, alpines, annuals, herbs, succulents
Every kind of pink and carnation from alpines and coastal thrifts to sweet williams, with a particularly good range at the moment as the nursery was getting ready for the flower shows. Also stocks a good range of herbs, annual flowers and succulents.
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. Ship to anywhere in the UK, for a flat free 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. Offering 50% off postal charges for all orders over £60 placed before 30th April.
Hare Spring Cottage Plants
Specialist grower and National Collection Holder of Camassia and Sidalcea, and other hardy perennials, grown on site in North Yorkshire. Though the nursery is closed, the online plant shop is still open for business.
New Forest based specialist growers of heuchera, herucherella and tiarella. The nursery is closed but 1L potted plants can be ordered online and delivered across the UK.
01590 670581 /07973 291062
Perennials, alpines, bedding
A small Isle of Wight based plant nursery, specialising in growing perennials. Also supply alpines, basket and container plants, summer Bedding, veg crops, a small selection of fruit trees and bushes, herbs, trees and shrubs. Please note, delivery is available to the Isle of Wight only, with free delivery for all orders over £30.
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). Particular favourites include green-edged Primula auricula ‘Eschman Starflower’ and ‘Mrs L Hearn’, its slatey purple petals surrounding a perfect pale yellow centre.
John Cullen Gardens
Perennials, shrubs, trees
Lovely range of bee-friendly perennials and scented plants, with an especially good selection of 70 different varieites of Achillea from the Plant Heritage National Collection held at the nursery. Soft yellow ‘Moondust’ was going to be a big feature in their Chelsea Flower Show display this year; another favourite is ‘Pomegranate’ with beetroot-red flowers which hold their colour really well.
Owner Neil Lucas is one of the country’s leading authorities on all kinds of ornamental grasses and his nursery is a regular medal-winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. There’s a slight delay on despatch of two or three weeks at the moment due to reduced staffing levels.
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.
Marchants Hardy Plants
East Sussex based garden and nursery, specialising in the growing of herbaceous perennials. Offering a local delivery service in the Sussex area. Available plants are listed and updated regularly on the website, with 25 per cent savings on some plants. Order form available to download online and send by email, alternatively please call.
Fine range of ornamental grasses from this family-run specialist nursery near Chichester in West Sussex. Spring is a good time to plant any grass, but the early-flowering varieties like quaking grass (Briza media) and foliage grasses like variegated Carex ‘Silver Sceptre’ are coming into their own right now.
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.
Staffordshire-based salvia specialists, with dozens of different varieties on offer, as well as other herbaceous perennials. Currently taking orders for delivery in May and June.
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. 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.
02380 739 912
Perennials, bog plants, grasses
A small, family-run nursery based in West Wales, offering perennials to purchase for mail order. Specialises in peat-free grown bog plants, shade-loving plants, cottage garden plants and more. Charges apply for delivery across the UK and the EU, details of which can be found on the website.
All kinds of heuchera, including home-bred varieties like ‘Thomas’, plus heucherella and tiarella as well as many other hardy perennials from an award-winning nursery. Discounts on postage available throughout April.
The Plantsman’s Preference
Choice plants for herbaceous borders, with good supplies currently of wood anemones, snow rush (Luzula nivea) and the lovely cow-parsley like Cenolophium denudatum, a favourite at Chelsea and much loved by bees.
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. Still taking order online for delivery across the UK and internationally.
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.
Rose Cottage Plants
Hardy perennials, bulbs, dahlias
With a well-established mail order business for bulbs and dahlias, this award-winning Essex nursery has now added a selection of its choice perennial collection to the mail order range. 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.
Special Plants Nursery
Derry Watkin’s much admired nursery near Bath is full of hand-picked perennials and tender exotics for conservatories and sunny patios. Normally she only sells seed, but that range has now been expanded to include young plants, seedlings and unrooted cuttings, offered for a limited selection of about 20 varieties, but changed every few weeks – so check back regularly.
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, also offering a good range of sempervivums. The gardens and tea room are temporarily closed at this time, but the nursery has extended its services to include mail order (next day delivery) for the UK mainland for all plant stock, including garden gifts and continue to offer Click & Collect and local home deliveries.
Perennials, shrubs, trees
Unusual and rare evergreen and herbaceous perennials, grasses, ferns and conifers. The nursery has now closed but all plants are available mail order except bamboos, which are too large.
This award-winning clematis specialist has been a much-decorated regular at the shows for almost 30 years. This year they’re turning to mail order to sell off hundreds of plants raised to show standard at a discount (while stocks last).
Superb range of mature, garden-ready clematis from an award-winning nursery and Chelsea regular, as well as useful companion climbers to grow alongside. Delivery is running smoothly but with minor delays to 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.
Viv Marsh Postal Plants
Family-run nursery, based in Shropshire and established over 30 years ago. Holders of the National Collection of Garden Alstromeria, 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.
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.
Where to buy Rose plants
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. Delivering across the UK by courier 24-48 hour service – charges listed on website.
A modern family nursery, all roses are grown in the Lincolnshire based nursery and surrounding fields. Potted roses now available to order online.
Where to buy Shrubs and trees
Hampshire based nursery selling a large selection of plants, including a wide range of hebes, shrubs, grasses and perennials, for immediate delivery across the UK.
01489 550 830 (for urgent queries)
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.
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.
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 to import thre trees, following stringent guidelines with regular APHA inspections. Orders can be placed via the website or telephone, with plants delivered by courier.
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.
Award-winning nursery supplying certified disease-free olive trees, plus a wide range of shrubs, bamboos, tree ferns, herbaceous perennials and summer bulbs.
Where to buy Fruit and veg plants
Wide range of fruit trees, plus asparagus crowns, grapes and ornamental trees. Deliveries are continuing, but with a 14-day wait time.
Vegetables, perennials, bulbs, seeds
This Lancashire nursery is now selling off rhizomes of the 15 varieties of award-winning zantedeschia which would have been shown off at Chelsea. Also available mail order are a good range of seed potatoes, usually sold at Harrogate Spring Flower Show and at potato days, as well as vegetable seeds and growing kits.
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, but the company has received an unprecedented number of orders this spring so some varieties are no longer available – check the website for details. There is still a good choice, however, and you can pre-order for May.
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 cucamelons and agretti to mashua and wasabi.
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.
Very high demand and staffing problems have led to temporary restrictions on ordering times (a new system is promised in a few weeks’ time) and limits on the number of packs you can buy. But this popular open-pollinated seed merchant is still open.
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 mid to late May onwards. You can buy collections, or an entire veg garden’s worth of plants at once.
Vegetables and fruit (seeds and plants)
Fruit, vegetables and herbs as seed and young plants. High demand means a three-week wait for plants (less for seeds).
Where to buy Compost
Peat-reduced and peat-free compost
Own-brand Verve potting composts as well as garden sundries available to order 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
Potting composts are currently unavailable but you can buy soil improver, topsoil and bark mulch in bulk bags only (delivery is free).
Potting compost, soil improver
The full range of Sylvagrow peat free composts including multipurpose and ericaceous, plus farmyard manure supplied in 50 ltr bags (prices start at £5.99). No minimum order, and deliveries are currently within two working days.
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. Lead times for delivery are currently approximately 5-10 days.
Peat free composts based on wool and bracken. Available in multipurpose, seed and vegetable blends.
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. Allow about 12 working days for delivery at the moment.
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, with some delays expected at the moment.
Potting composts, soil improver, mulch
Peat-free, biodynamic and vegan compost available by the bag or as bulk bags, also vegan and biodynamic composts. Prices start at £24 for a 60l bag of multipurpose compost (less for bulk loads), and delivery is currently taking at least three working days.
Potting composts, soil improver, topsoil, mulch
Family-run compost and garden supplies company based in Cambridgeshire but delivering nationwide. Good range of bagged potting composts, including grow bags (minimum order 5 x 40l sacks, with prices decreasing the more you order). There is some delay in deliveries with current orders will be delivered after 18th May.
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 6-8 working days.
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 £5.26 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 £5.70) as well as bulk bag deliveries of soil improvers, topsoil and bark mulches. Delivery to London and the South East only, within 5-7 working days.
Potting compost, soil improver, mulch
Agricultural supply shops are still open through lockdown, and Mole Valley Farmers has several branches across the UK where you can pick up bags of multipurpose compost, soil improvers and bark mulches (they are not included in deliveries at present). Prices start at £5.99 for a 60l bag 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 stable manure, delivered in conveniently sized 40-70 litre sacks. Minimum order 20 sacks.
Organic, chemical-free liquid fertiliser and soil conditioner.
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, though their potting compost is currently unavailable. 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 though ordering 20 bags reduces that to £5.90 a bag. Delivery is currently running at about 7 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 sold in 40 ltr bags with prices starting at £4.99 a bag. Deliveries are currently taking 5-10 days.
Where 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.
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.
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. There’s currently a three-week delay on despatch times.
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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Offers from GardenersWorld.com
If you’re not able get out to the garden centre or local nursery you can still buy plants online, plus everything else you need for your garden. Here’s a list of the online plant retailers and specialist nurseries who we work with to bring you great offers and discounts (and Subscriber Club members can save 10 per cent with our partners here).
Bloom & Wild – A fresh flower letterbox delivery company, plus hand-tied bouquets. Subscriber Club 10 per cent discount code currently suspended with this supplier.
Blooming Direct – Lincolnshire-based nursery. General suppliers of bulbs, garden-ready plants, trees, including large fruit tree range, gardening supplies and more.
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.
Farmer Gracy – Suppliers of high-quality flower bulbs, including unique varieties, as well as the usual favourites.
GardenBird – One of the UK’s largest specialist suppliers of wild bird-related products, by mail order.
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.
Hayloft – Supplier of annuals, perennials and shrubs, with a focus on rare and unusual varieties.
J. Parkers – Suppliers of a broad range of plants, bulbs and shrubs, including fruit and veg crops.
Love Garden Birds – Based in West Yorkshire, this company supplies bird seed mixes, seeds, suets, feeders and wildlife gardening accessories.
Marshalls – ‘For Kitchen Gardens: The Fruit & Vegetable Company’ The company has a new website, now the new home of Marshalls Seeds, Unwins and Birds & Bees.
National Bee Supplies – A specialist provider of handmade beehives and beekeeping supplies.
The Organic Gardening Catalogue – Dedicated to promoting organic growing for more than 50 years. The online shop stocks a broad range of seeds, plants, fertilisers, composts, pest controls, weed controls, tools and other gardening supplies.
Pomona Fruits – Garden fruit specialists
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.
Unwins – Now part of the new Marshalls website.
Van Meuwen – First established as a producer of tulip and daffodil bulbs in 1973. Today, it’s a horticultural mail order specialist.
Waltons – Designers and manufacturers of garden sheds, log cabins, summerhouses and playhouses. The brand was established in 1878.
Wiggly Wigglers – An award-winning natural gardening supplies company. Range includes British-grown birdseed and feed, composting supplies, live and dried worms, wildflower plants and more.
Woolmans – Chrysanthemum specialists, supplier of top-quality chrysanthemum plants for cut flower, garden or show. Also offering a wide range of dahlias and carnations as well as young plants for bedding, borders and containers.
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