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Buying garden plants online

Healthy hostas delivered from Jersey plants direct

Hosta collection from
Jersey Plants Direct

Buying plants online might not be as scary as you think and in fact can have some advantages over buying plants from traditional garden centres.

In this guide we'll discuss common questions that arise when buying plants online, review the sites where you can buy, and give advice on how you can help ensure you get good service and quality.

If you're looking to buy particular plants online we list all the plants sold by several shops here on Grows on You; you can view all plants, or look for plants by genus.


Even the best garden centres cannot stock the number of varieties that a good online nursery can. For example Crocus stock over 4000 varieties which is probably 10 times the number of varieties a garden centre would. They can do this because they are not restricted by the physical shopping space in a garden centre.


Websites have a lot more space to play with than just the small label found on plants. The good websites provide some fantastic information about their plants. Jersey plants direct is a fantastic example where their website provides information on how the plants were grown and what to do with them when they arrive. They even have an aerial view of their nurseries showing where the plants were grown!


Online retailers don't have the costly overheads of a physical store so often have very attractive prices. We often list discount codes under each retailer to give you further money off or you could use our garden product price comparison search top right of this page to compare prices across several online shops.


A plug with healthy roots ready for potting

Plants should be delivered
with healthy roots

Without seeing a plant how do I know how good it is? Well that is a very valid question and one you can reassure yourself with by reading reviews like the ones you find by our members on this website (click on the star ratings).

Jersey Plants Direct excels once more in this area by running a trials club that anyone can join called "Club des Fleurs" which send you £20 of plants for £10 in exchange for you reporting back on how the plants performed before they put them on their main catalogue.

Delivery and packaging

Innovative packaging keeps plants healthy and moist

Greenfingers' plastic cells keep plugs protected and moist

The online retailers are getting cleverer and cleverer with their packaging to ensure your plants arrive in top condition. Delivery charges can be quite reasonable too but are worth checking. Also make sure you check that the delivery timescale/date is within when you want your plants by before you place your order. Some websites will take up to 14 days for standard delivery or will only ship plants at certain times of the year.

How do I choose what plant to buy?

Why not have a look through the fantastic photos Grows on You members have uploaded of their own gardens for some inspiration. Or have a try of the garden colour tool. Crocus' tool to pick plants is really very good.

Where to buy plants online

You can find all the plants from the following shops in the Grows on You garden centre; you can view all plants, or look for plants by genus.

Websites selling plants online
Delivery Details

Crocus have a fixed delivery charge of £5.95 regardless of how much you order.

Visit Crocus
Burncoose Nurseries

Burncoose offer a free pick up option or a paid delivery, depending on the value of the order.

Visit Burncoose Nurseries
Thompson & Morgan

Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £2.29. Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.45.

Visit Thompson & Morgan
Best 4 Plants

Standard delivery is free to England and Wales when the order value is over £50. Any order under £50 will be subject to the shipping fees below:
Plants and Large Garden Tools- £6.95
Small Garden Tools, Bulbs and Bulb packs - £4.95
Seeds and Books - £0.69

Visit Best 4 Plants
Gardening Direct

Gardening Direct charge a flat rate of £3.95 per order.

Visit Gardening Direct
Blooming Direct

Blooming Direct offer free delivery on all orders.

Visit Blooming Direct
Suttons Seeds

Delivery of orders containing only Packet Seeds, Garlic, Onion Sets, Shallots and Mushrooms costs £0.95. Orders for all other products incur a carriage charge of £3.95. There are surcharges for heavy orders to the Highlands & non-mainland UK.

Visit Suttons Seeds

Unwins calculate their delivery charge as you shop and display it in your shopping basket.

Visit Unwins
Green Fingers

Standard delivery to mainland UK addresses is free on all internet orders over £29.00. For orders below £29.00 a processing and delivery charge £4.95 is added.

Visit Green Fingers
Jersey Plants Direct

Jersey Plants Direct offer free delivery on all orders.

Visit Jersey Plants Direct
Garden Centre

For most items delivery uses standard boxes, with each box costing £5.99. The cost of delivery a box is the same no matter if there are one or many items in it. Large orders may require several boxes.

Visit Garden Centre

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