The 13 best places to buy plants online
How to add greenery to your home without actually leaving it.
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Everyone loves plants, right? They freshen the air, look pretty, and give us a small sense of responsibility. The only issue is finding the time (or the right place) to actually go out and pick up a ficus or fern.
Whether you want to fill your home with delightful houseplants or replace your shrubbery in the backyard, you don’t have to leave your home to get plants. There are plenty of resources online that will ship a small succulent or a perennial right to your doorstep.
Unlike going to a brick and mortar plant shop, you don’t have the added bonus of having a green thumb answer your questions in person when shopping online. But you do have convenience. Although some of these sites do offer additional information on care and seasonality, it’s probably best to do a little research before you buy.
For your garden or windowsill, here are 13 of the best places to buy plants online.
Our favorite: Costa Farms Live Ficus Lyrata—$89.16
You can basically get anything on Amazon and, yes, that includes plants. The Amazon Plant Store offers everything from succulents to shrubs, and even sells a ton of plants that are hard to kill for us black thumbs out there. Bonus: Some of these plants are available on Amazon Prime, which means you can up your greenery game fast.
Our favorite: Succulent Garden—$78
While I do recommend going into a Terrain store for its gorgeous store design and delicious cafe, you can get the some of their elegant plants online. Though there are some plants they only sell in-store, you can order indoor plants like aloe or seasonal tulips in addition to some outdoor furniture and decor, and have them shipped in two days. Everything they sell has a quaint vibe to it, but it is on the more expensive side—it is Anthropologie’s plant store after all.
The company’s return policy varies depending on the plant—for trees and shrubs delivered and planted by Terrain, returns or replacements are offered within a year of purchase. For all other live plants, the company doesn’t offer returns but will replace plants that arrive damaged or dead within 48 hours of delivery. If you sign up for emails, you can also get free shipping on your first order.
3. The Sill
Our favorite: Philodendron Silver—$6
Offering plants starting at $5, you can shop a variety of categories like low light and pet friendly at The Sill. If you're worried about ordering plants online, there’s 30-day return policy for when you and your plant pal really aren’t working out and free shipping on orders over $75. Not only that, but under “The Sill Plant Promise,” you can actually return certain plants for up to a year after you’ve purchased them. You can also join the Plant Parent Club for a $39 annual membership fee and get access to online workshops, articles, and new products, plus free shipping and 10% off every online order.
Our favorite: White Phalaenopsis—$125
Not only does it have a quirky name, but Floom also sells some unique plants and bouquets from local stores in your area. These plants are on the more expensive side, but plant lovers will appreciate a smaller, more curated selection as well as simple care tips included with each plant description. Note: Because these plants are sourced locally, they may not be available in your location—yet.
Our favorite: Skylar Zebrina plant—$65
Bouqs may be the place you order flowers from on Mother’s Day, but it also offers a large selection of plants for your home. Their selection may be small (currently, there are only 10 plants to choose from), but you can rest assure that these plants are coming straight from sustainable, eco-friendly farmers and in turn supports them.
Our favorite: Parlor Palm—$65
Plants make people happy, and the potted plants you can get from Bloomscape might be some of the happiest of all because they stay put in a greenhouse until they’re ready to arrive at their forever home—no sad sojourns to a big warehouse for these leafy friends. The company offers free shipping on orders over $50 and guarantees that all greenery will arrive in great condition. While they don’t offer returns, you have up to 30 days to exchange a plant that might have been damaged in transit. If you’re stumped on how to care for your new plant friend, you can check out Plant Life for tips or reach out to Joyce Mast, Bloomscape’s official plant mom, for more direct help in the event of a plant-mergency.
7. Nature Hills Nursery
Our favorite: Bloomerang Dark Purple Lilac—$39.95
This online “neighborhood nursery” will ship a wide variety of trees, fruit, perennials, grasses, and roses all across the country. While they mainly sell outdoor and garden plants, you can also purchase ferns to put in your home or few bulbs to grow as houseplants if you're up for the challenge. When your plant bounty arrives, it will will come with planting, care, and storage instructions, so you’ll know exactly how to start your green thumb. Word to the wise, though: their return policy is somewhat stringent. Technically all sales are final, but in the event a return is allowed, the company adds a restocking fee equal to 40% of the total purchase, so be sure to keep it in mind as you shop.
Our favorite: Creme & Green Mini Jade Plant—$27.99
Walmart’s online-only shop Jet.com not only ships pantry items to your door, but they also have a surprisingly great selection of plants to choose from. You can get seeds, garden flowers, bushes, and even affordable houseplants. Plus, if you order more than $35, you get free shipping, making it easy to work within a budget.
9. Home Depot
Our favorite: Gemini Hybrid Tea Rose—$29.98
If you don’t feel like going into your local Home Depot, you can still have the same plants shipped right to your door. The online version of their in-store garden center is quite impressive and filled with a variety of flowers and landscaping plants, as well as the tools you’ll need to care for them. Whether you choose to shop here or not, you can still take advantage of online tools like a mulch calculator. Home Depot also has one of the best plant return policies around—the store guarantees all tropical plants, houseplants, perennials, trees, and shrubs for up to a year. By signing up for the Garden Club, you can also get tips for maintaining plants, plus coupons and an additional $5 off your next order.
Our favorite: SuperSauce Hybrid Tomato plant—$18.99
Starting off as a seed catalog, you can now order both seeds and plants through Burpee online. The plant store is meant more for gardeners, but (thankfully) they have plants for all skill levels. Experts can get their hands dirty with unique heirloom tomato seeds, while beginners can start out with a collection of starter herbs. Plants are also shipped at the right time of growth for the “zone” you live in, which takes some of the guesswork of gardening out for you.
Our favorite: Cactus Limon Haworthia Zebra Succulent Plant—$3.95
This artisan-to-consumer marketplace is a veritable treasure trove for all kinds of unique products, and the same is true if you’re shopping for plants online. There are a variety of great houseplant sellers on Etsy, including Plant Emporium, Pretty in Green Plants, and Cactus Limon, to name a few. While these sellers differ in plenty of ways, most of them will guarantee the safe arrival of your plants and offer flexible exchange and return policies, especially in the event that your plant gets damaged during shipping.
12. Modern Sprout
Our favorite: Herb Garden Jars Indoor Garden Kit—$20
When you live in a city, it can be hard to get the garden experience you really crave. Modern Sprout is a game-changer though, since the company sells a good mix of plants, flowers, and herb starter kits, the latter of which comes in a self-contained planter and doesn’t need water. (Bonus points: the herb starter kit is also Oprah approved.) Based out of Chicago, the company has a flat $5 shipping fee for domestic orders (you’ll have to pay extra if you live abroad or in Hawaii or Alaska). The company offers returns, too, but you’ll have to pay to ship your plant back, so be sure to pack it carefully.
13. Leaf & Clay
Our favorite: Plant Mail Club Monthly Subscription—$15.95
A monthly subscription can be a terrific way to grow your indoor plantscape, and with Leaf & Clay, you can get a curated 3-pack of exquisite succulents at a very affordable price point. While the company also sells one-one cacti and succulents, its monthly service can be a great value for plant lovers, plus you get free shipping. While Leaf & Clay don’t offer returns on live plants, if your plants arrive damaged, they’ll issue store credit within 48 hours. During the winter months, Leaf & Clay recommends buying a heat pack to protect against cold weather damage.
Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.
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