You might not be able to take a trip to the garden centre this sunny weekend. However, why not take a virtual trip via your computer and buy plants online?
The lockdown has not only put our gardens in danger of looking lacklustre but left many local nurseries struggling to survive. Because plants are perishable, many growers are facing a huge stock write off and income losses.
However, over the last few weeks, we’ve seen many businesses, small and large adapting to offer home deliveries during the lockdown. Alongside other online retailers who have continued to deliver plants to our gardens during this challenging time.
Where to buy plants online
Here is our round-up of just a few of the places you can still buy plants online.
1. Best for supporting local business online – Your local garden centre or nursery
If you have a local nursery nearby, contact them and see if they are doing home deliveries. We should all be doing our bit to help out our local businesses as best we can.
2. Best place to buy indoor plants online – Patch Plants
If you are looking to introduce a little greenery into your home in a city try Patch Plants. The website specialises in indoor plants, perfect for creating your own urban jungle. They provide tips and tricks to help out even the most clueless gardener.
3.Best place to buy peonies online – Crocus
Peonies are a crowd pleaser whether they’re growing in your garden, or arranged in a vase. Crocus has a wide range of plants available to buy online. However, they are currently offering 20 per cent of peonies.
4. Best place to buy trees online – Jackson Nurseries
The family-run business in Stroke-on-Trent has a large range of plants, including trees to buy online. If you missed the cherry blossom this year during, make sure you never miss it again by picking up one of Jackson Nurseries Cherry trees.
5. Best place to buy hellebores online – Ashwood Nurseries
Ashwood Nurseries hellebores are not only gorgeous but award-winning. The nursery has cultivated strains of the plant to critical acclaim. The best part is they are available to buy online.
6. Best place to buy fruit and vegetable plants online – Perfect Plants
Most online garden stores sell seed packets for different fruit and veg online. However, if you are nervous about starting from scratch, you can order vegetable plants or fruit plants from Perfect Plants.
7. Best place to buy roses online – Garden Roses
Garden Roses is an online haven dedicated all things roses. Grown in their Cornwall and Hampshire nurseries, the website provides plenty of guidance on which rose to choose for your home, you can even narrow it down by fragrance strength.
8. Best place to buy chrysanthemums online – Chrysanthemums Direct
Chrysanthemums Direct are your one stop shop for this gorgeous flower. If you’re not certain what to plant in your garden, now is the perfect time to order young chrysanthemums for flower.
‘The young plants should be potted as soon as received and protected from any frost for the next few weeks, only planting out when the danger of frost has passed,’ advises Martyn Flint of Chrysanthemums Direct. ‘Initially they do not need too much water, allowing the compost to dry out between watering.’
9. Best all rounder – Dobbies
One of our favourite garden centres, Dobbies, is continuing to deliver plants during the lockdown. They have a large range of bedding plants, trees, climbers, edibles and more. Also any orders over £29 will receive free delivery.
Will you be placing an order this weekend?