Wow, hello! Here’s the thing: last year, I wrote this guide to the best online plant delivery resources…but the sector has grown a lot, so I wanted to give it a little refresh. I’ve jumped back in and added 11 new big, small, and BIPOC-owned businesses at a variety of price points – the 2021 additions are designated by a cute lil’ asterisk, like this * – which can help make your in-house jungle dreams a reality. Let’s get to it, yeah?
HAPPY WEEKEND, PALS. Earlier this week, Emily showed you her (not really) IKEA-hacked desk. The entire post is gold, but one line REALLY caught my attention: “I need a tree, guys – any online plant resources?”
As EHD’s resident plant owner (at least, I think I’m in the lead — I have 18 very live plants and only 1 very dead tree currently living in my 1 bedroom apartment) and as a compulsive internet window shopper and bookmarker, I was like, “HEY BOSS, YES, I DO HAVE ONLINE PLANT RESOURCES TO SHARE!”
And since we’re all kinda going through #TheBigQ together, I figured that maybe it’s not just Emily who’s on the hunt for a new plant friend — maybe a master list of the best tried-and-true online plant-shopping resources could be helpful for all of us. So today, I’ve pulled together my all-time favorite destinations (ranging in size from one-woman Etsy shops to West Elm), so you’ll be able to find the plant — and planter — of your dreams, within your budget, from the comfort of your own home.
But first — because I am nothing if not a broken record stuck on an unending loop of a track titled “support your local small businesses” — I’d urge you to research your neighborhood nursery and find out if they’re offering curbside pickup or delivery options! A few weeks back, I asked for help on what to do with my balcony and several of you suggested planting jasmine. (THANKS!) I DMed my local nursery, Mickey Hargitay Plants (#notsponsored, but highly recommended if you’re in LA), and they’ve been helping me turn my tiny outdoor prison into a scented garden oasis. Anyway, it’s great and important to keep money in your community!
But if your nursery is closed, or you want to send a present to a friend or family member (Mother’s Day is COMING QUICK, y’all), or you just want a beautiful plant delivered to your house in a cute pot with explicit care instructions and a money-back guarantee in case you accidentally kill it (yeah, some of these places actually HAVE THAT) — this is for you. (Or if you, like me, are a compulsive online window shopper and you just want to look at some beautifully merchandised websites… it’s for you, too.) LET’S GO!
Confession: I’m leading with The Sill because they’re my personal favorite. They offer monthly subscriptions (the best ones: this one for low-light plants, this one for beginners, and this one for pet-safe options), the best selection of pots, and affordable plant-care classes. They ship to the contiguous United States. (As a side note, if any gentleman callers ever want to send me a gift, I wouldn’t be angry to get something from the Sill in their Dolores planter. Just throwing it out there. 2021 update: I did, in fact, get sent plant in a Dolores planter and it was better than I had dreamed. #manifested)
Oh my! We already love Bloomist for their affordable, high-end, organic decor and their eco-faux greenery line, but they’ve recently expanded into live plants and the quality is very, very, very good. They’re sustainably grown, the selection is great for beginners, and any of these would make the perfect present. Jess recently grabbed a fiddle leaf for her own apartment and we were blown away by the product – the planter is luxe, the plant was thriving, and they’re even topped with moss, which made for a really beautiful and finished look. 10/10.
Bloomscape (and West Elm)
Bloomscape came up a few times in the comments of Em’s post and with good reason: it’s an incredible resource. They have a broader selection with plants of all sizes (I have my eye on this XL tree, which they label as “perfect for beginners”) and also offer up bundles of herbs alongside tomato and pepper plants if you’re looking for an easy entry to the urban gardening game. Orders over $50 ship free! (They also have a few offerings available over on the West Elm website.)
Isha Plants *
This year, I fell in love with the IG feed for Isha Plants, which is a masterclass for anyone looking to learn more about propagation. To that end, Isha sells propagated versions of tons of gorgeous, rare, and healthy plants for you to grow at home (which is amazing, because these tiny plants can adjust much better to your specific environment). She even offers a monthly subscription so you can support a BIPOC-owned business while adding to your collection in a manageable, measured way.
AH, Terrain. The literal Anthropologie of plant sites. This one’s more for the true, die-hard gardeners or backyard owners — you can grab a plant, sure, but what you REALLY wanna do on this site is poke around and look at the beautiful watering cans. And the beautiful chiminea. And the beautiful garden aprons. Ugh. In my next life, I want to be reborn as the type of person who needs a garden apron, instead of the type of person who accidentally forgets to water the tree I sit next to every day. BUT ANYWAY, this is a great Mother’s Day pick if you have a mom with a green thumb!
The Bouqs Co. *
You may know The Bouqs Co. from their flower arrangements, but did you know that they now sell plants, too? This is one of my favorite sources if I’m looking to buy a gift for someone who loves a fun, playful decor – how charming is this whimsical face planter? And get a load of these cute, happy little pink and mustard arched babies! Added bonus: since Bouqs is well-versed in shipping delicate flowers, you can trust that your plants will show up in tip-top shape.
Leon & George (and Williams Sonoma)
I think Leon & George may be the OG plant startup — they’re the first one I remember, at least, and I’m kinda obsessed with tracking this stuff. Their offerings are clean and simple and mid-century (and TBH, the prices for a plant + a Case Study-style planter + free shipping are not unreasonable). Small and medium plants ship nationwide; anything larger is limited to white-glove delivery in San Francisco and Los Angeles. They offer a 30-day guarantee AND lifelong plant support, though, so you’ll have an actual pro to turn to if an edge of a leaf starts lookin’ a little funky. Leon & George also sell through Williams Sonoma.
THIS IS MY FAVORITE NEW ADDITION!!! Plug in your zip code and Floom will show you a huge variety of plants available for fast delivery via a local small business. In LA, I could grab a beautiful succulent arrangement or super-healthy orchid for delivery TODAY. I just love that Floom can empower tiny businesses with tools to help them compete in an on-demand economy – please check this out and see if there are any participating retailers near you! (They’re also a great source for finding floral arrangements.)
OH BOY, we LOVE Monrovia over here. This isn’t your traditional “online plant shop” — Monrovia is actually the nursery who grows all the plants that you actually find at your local nursery. We’ve worked with them closely before (like on the landscaping at the Portland project!) and guys, their stuff is top-notch. If you head to this website and enter your ZIP code, you can buy plants and have them delivered to you by your local garden center (and, as you recall from the intro, I’m A BIG FAN OF THIS OPTION). This is the ideal solution for all of you hoping to work on some bigger outdoor projects while you’re home!
Grounded Plants *
Grounded is an awesome BIPOC-owned business with a curated selection of plants designed to “elicit a sense of mindfulness and tranquility.” My personal favorite is their ponytail palm – a pet-safe choice! – because I have one at home that (a.) requires virtually no maintenance and (b.) that my cat can gnaw on/bat at without causing me an arrhythmia. Grounded also stocks some really gorgeous accessories, like this show-stopping watering can. In closing, I think this line from the website sums it up best: “Sometimes, when the world around you seems a bit chaotic, the synergy between plants and humans are a natural progression in helping us to remain grounded.”
Leaf and Clay
HUNDREDS OF SUCCULENTS. And affordable ones, too! My favorite offering here is the $20 monthly subscription, which lands you 3 special succulents (including shipping!). They also have separate pages for their weird (the page is called “weirdos,” which somehow makes it MORE CUTE) and rare plants — both are great resources if you either want something special or if you’re looking for a gift for a super knowledgable plant-loving friend.
Urban Stems *
Oh baby, another bouquet-delivery service that has expanded into the wild world of plants. When it comes to gift-selection, Urban Stems is pretty much unparalleled – there is absolutely an affordable plant/planter combo here for any taste and decor style. From whimsy unicorns to full, lush, English-garden-esque live wreaths to neutral textured boho ZZ plants…there’s a slam dunk present for EVERYONE here. Bookmark this site for the next time you’re stumped on what to give your pal who has everything!
Annnnd now I’m gonna share my secret: Etsy is home of 2 of the most affordable plant shops on the internet. It’s always hard for me to share my sources, but it’s also my job, so I guess it’s fine. Tropical Plants of Florida has 2′ monstera plants (and a ton of beautiful flowering plants and trees) for under $50 — yes, that is a good deal — and HouseplantJunkie offers a ton of basics for under $10. Both offer free shipping for orders over $35. Please let me know if you have any other favorite Etsy vendors! These are just my two tried-and-true favorites.
Tal & Bert *
So uh, Tal & Bert is technically a vessel/housewares store that also sells air plants, buuuuuut…COME ON. LOOK AT THESE PLANTERS, GUYS. They’re the perfect finishing touch for a bookshelf or a nightstand or a coffee table vignette. And air plants are sweet, more manageable, happy, perfect hits of greenery and life for those with black thumbs.
I just can’t. I’m lost for words on this one. Our entire team wants to buy EVERYTHING HERE. Seed lollipops! PLANTING YOUR OWN POPCORN. You can grow a flowers in a jar!!! Tree kits. Push pops to attract pollinators. I know my job is to distill the best products and tell you the best things on each site, but EVERYTHING HERE IS THE BEST THING. (The thing that I, personally, am most excited about is the self-watering herb kit, which apparently also got Oprah’s seal of approval. So basically, I have the same tastes as Oprah, which is a huge compliment to me. Also, this wall-mounted planter/grow-light combo that is actually beautiful.)
Breck’s is over 200 years old – founded in 1818 – and they are an amazing resource for any large-scale outdoor projects you have going on (check out their homepage for custom plant recommendations based on your geographic area!). But they also have a special offshoot, Breck’s Gifts, for folks looking to grab a potted, indoor plant with a variety of planter options for themselves or a loved one. While their site doesn’t have the same IG-aesthetic, this is hands-down one of the most affordable options out there (e.g. full plants & planter combos for $45 instead of $80+).
PRESENT TIME. Lula’s Garden is the best option for gifting — your order can come in a super cute sleeve with a message like “Just Because,” “Congrats,” or “I Love You.” You can buy one succulent (in a really beautiful, minimalist pot), but their best options are these Verdant Gardens. Each contains 3 hand-potted succulents and they can be shipped nationwide (or hand-delivered in LA). Bookmark this one for all future holidays!
If you’re like, “wow, dummy, I can’t believe you didn’t include a website literally called plants.com in the first iteration of this roundup,” well…I’m right there with you, TBH. The plant selection here is unparalleled – everything from bamboo to bonsai trees to huge, standalone plants to orchids to cactuses. (My personal favorite page is the curated “Feng Shui plants” collection.)
This one’s for our NYC readers only (I know, I know, but there’s enough New Yorkers that I gotta include it!). I’ll keep it quick since it’s pretty exclusive: flowers and plants with some same-day delivery available. If you live in NYC, click through for more details.
Greenery Unlimited *
Two in a row – NYC residents, you’re in luck. Two specialty services just for you. Enjoy! 🙂
I’m SO EXCITED to share this one with you. The Zen Succulent checks all of my boxes: a North Carolina small business with 2 retail locations that’s 100% women- and BIPOC-owned. They’re currently offering a great collection of DIY Terrarium kits and I’m also very into their hand-made steel air plant stands.
Home Depot *
The well-loved, tried-and-true garden center resource now ships plants straight to your door, too! While some plants are still in nursery pots, the prices for delivery here are unbeatable and the variety is unmatched. Plus, maybe you can add a few of our favorite starter tools to your cart so you can beautify your space AND take on a DIY project all at once 🙂
Nature Hills Nursery
And you know I have to give one more recommendation for my exterior landscapers. Nature Hills has an enormous selection of bushes, trees, and flowering plants if you’re trying to tackle a backyard project or add some curb appeal. (Or, maybe you just like gardening for fun and it’s not about aesthetics, which is VERY COOL, too.)
If you already have your preferred pots on hand, Planterina is a great choice. They offer ceramics but they can also just ship a plant in a grow pot (the normal black/green plastic thing that plants normally live in), too, which can save a ton of money. Planterina also offers a great Daily Deals section AND free shipping on all orders.
ALRIGHT, Y’ALL. That’s all of my plant resource knowledge and it’s officially been bestowed on you. If you’ve had an experience with any of these companies or a review to share, I’d love to hear it. If you know a different site that I didn’t mention, let me know! And if you’re in a city or town with a nursery that is currently delivering, feel free to share the knowledge so your neighbors can help support, too. 🙂 LET’S CHAT, OK?