Best Online Plant Delivery Services
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Along with many other industries, coronavirus has put a huge strain on horticultural businesses following the closure of the UK’s 2,000 garden centres and nurseries. Growers have been forced to throw away millions of plants, and it’s predicted that the value of lost plant sales will be £687m by the end of June. A small way to help, however, is to buy plants and flowers from one of the many online plant delivery services still in bloom. Whether you’re looking to become an expert gardener or keen to spruce up your home with some indoor plants, these are the best websites for getting foliage delivered to your doorstep.
Patch Plants was founded in 2015 by Londoner Freddie Blackett, who noticed a gap in the market for online garden centres. Since then it has grown to become the go-to for stylish houseplants, sourced from suppliers across the country and delivered direct to your doorstep, along with tips on how to care for them. They also sell a range of lovely pots, plant accessories and gardening tools. patchplants.com
The UK’s leading gardening charity, the Royal Horticultural Society dates all the way back to 1804. Though some of its annual events – including the Chelsea Flower Show – have been cancelled, its online gardening shop is still in action, selling everything from peonies to houseplants to bulb-planting kits. Make sure you order early in the day, as they pause new orders once the website has reached the maximum amount that can be processed in a day. rhsplants.co.uk
One of the UK’s biggest online gardening centres, Crocus has over 4,000 plant varieties to choose from, alongside pots, garden furniture and tools. Check out the ‘Inspiration’ section on their website for advice on how to improve your garden, including tips on seasonal flowering and how-to videos. crocus.co.uk
Beards & Daisies
Sleek plant delivery website Beards & Daisies offers a carefully curated selection of indoor houseplants, including some unique varieties. New plant parent? The team are happy to help with all green-fingered enquiries, via their live chat or on the phone. beardsanddaisies.co.uk
In its early days, Hayloft saw founders Yvonne and Harriet taking orders, hand-picking plants and carefully packaging products from Yvonne’s old oak kitchen table. Though it has grown considerably since then – and developed into an online service – you can guarantee the same amount of care and attention to detail as when the company first launched. All plants in the Hayloft greenhouse are checked regularly and hand-selected based on strict quality criteria, with a focus on unique and rare varieties. Their website is packed with vibrant imagery, and colour-coded to make the navigation process easier. hayloft.co.uk
New online delivery service Plant Savers was launched in a bid to save the millions of plants at risk of going to waste due to closures of garden centres and nurseries during the pandemic. Plants are rescued from British growers, so you can’t specify particular plants – but they guarantee plant bundles will arrive undamaged, and be worth a lot more than the price point. Each assortment includes a bag of compost, and for every sale £1 is donated to Meals For The NHS, a campaign raising money to help feed frontline workers. plantsavers.co.uk
A one stop shop for all your gardening needs, Suttons sells everything from vegetable plants to perennials to flower seeds. There can be a short wait to enter the site – but you can guarantee top quality greens: founded in 1806, Suttons has over 200 years of gardening experience and holds a royal warrant. suttons.co.uk