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5 sites to buy plants online

By Luke Sillett

Updated: August 23rd, 2018

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Garden centres might be the perfect Sunday afternoon for some, but a lot of effort for others. You can get almost anything delivered to your house, and plant buying websites are no different.

These 5 websites are some of the best for buying plants online. They all offer something different, from obscure cacti to affordable, familiar perennials.

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1. Crocus

Crocus has an impressive number of categories and subcategories. Gardening beginners will love the search function. Shoppers can choose plants and flowers based on their ideal soil type, preferred position, and need for sunlight.

Buy perennials, shrubs, flowers, container plants, and even garden furniture easily online.  Their collection of gardening accessories also means you can get all your equipment in one go too.

Frequent sales and discounts make filling your flower beds super cheap too.

Best thing about it – the super-specific product filters. Got an east-facing garden with dry, sandy soil? Here are 27 plants which will be ideal.

2. Ornamental Trees

This site stocks 500 different trees and shrubs, from unusual fruit trees you’ve never heard of, to traditional evergreens. Each tree has detailed planting and care information, including aftercare and how to prune. Most trees are available in different sizes.

Many of the trees require some careful looking after, but some are fine for beginners. Read the extensive notes before you buy.

Best thing about it – the novelty. They stock trees you’re unlikely to find at your local nursery.

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3. Blackmoor Nurseries

This family-run nursery specialises in fruit trees, growing their varieties on 250 acres. Shoppers can choose from edible apple, kiwi, loganberry, strawberry and more. Foodies can even buy a truffle tree.

To help with the logistics, Blackmoor have created a 28-page fruit-grower’s handbook. The guide explains how to plant, where to prune, and how to care for the specific plant every month of the year.

Best thing about it – the massive choice. Beginners and experienced fruit-growers will both be pretty impressed.

4. Tropical Britain

Buy grasses, perennials, and succulents from all over the world. Gardeners who want to introduce something a bit different to their garden have their pick of plants native to South America, the Himalayas, and Australia.

Each plant includes detailed info about growing preferences, aftercare, and cultivation. It’s not true that exotic plants won’t thrive in a British climate, Tropical Britain. They grow all their stock indoors in the UK.

Best thing about it – style and substance. Pick a plant that would look great in your garden and get lots of advice on taking care of it.

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5. RHS Plants

This online plant shop is from the most reputable source – The Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS owns and maintains 4 gardens throughout the UK, and hosts the Chelsea Flower Show every year.

The RHS’ search tool helps you filter by soil type, sun exposure, and the category of plant you’re looking for (herbs, evergreens, grasses, shrubs, etc.) If you need any more advice, their online resources are pretty thorough too.

Best thing about it – search for exactly what you need. Browsing is fun, but you can also get really specific.

These plant buying sites stock a varieties you’ll already be familiar with, and plenty you’ve never seen before. Whether you’re looking for something different, or functional plants that keep flowering, your garden will be full of colour in no time.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Luke Sillett

I like long walks on the beach, penguins and fried chicken.

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