The Best Places to Buy and Order Plants in Melbourne
There's a whole world of plants out there — here's where to find them.
THE BEST PLACES TO BUY AND ORDER PLANTS IN MELBOURNE
There's a whole world of plants out there — here's where to find them.
These days, you won't find too many people yet to be bitten by the plant-buying bug. If there's one thing we love, it's a dose of Mother Nature in the form of a leafy, green houseplant. And of course, that plant collection is a constant work in progress, because there is always room for one, two or seven more additions.
Thankfully, Melbourne's got a mighty offering of expert-run plant nurseries that are more than happy to help fuel your obsession for all things green. Whether you're looking to jazz up your abode with some fresh plant talent, hunting the perfect pot, or in need of a spot of sound advice, here's a round-up of Melbourne plant purveyors worth putting on your radar.
With a soft spot for the greener things in life, Folia House is a much-loved destination for plant-aholics, stocked with a hefty range of seasonal and indoor varieties. Amongst its enviable curation, you’ll find a lush assortment of hanging plants, cacti, succulents, ferns and other potted greenery, as well as all the bits and pieces you’ll need to knock together your own terrarium. There’s also a neat collection of pots and planters to help keep those plant babies looking schmick. Keep an eye on the Folia House Facebook page to see when new goodies land — and to get a head’s up on the store’s regular indoor plant sales.
Can’t head in-store? Home delivery and click-and-collect are available for orders over $30. Head here for details.
This Cremorne plant store is so darn pretty, it doubles as an events space and wedding venue. Step through the doors of Glasshaus Inside and you’re met with a sprawling assortment of indoor plants, from wee little devil’s ivy, to rafter-kissing fiddle leaf figs. There’s big appreciation here for the rare and unusual, so it’s a solid choice if you’re hunting something a little bit different to add to your collection. Otherwise, you can just wander through the warehouse jungle for an easy dose of nature. And if your house is reaching peak capacity, you’ll also find a huge range of outdoor plants around the corner at Glasshaus’ Stanley Street outpost.
Can’t head in-store? You can shop a range of products online for delivery or collection. Plus, get your order in before 1pm for same-day delivery.
A former resident of Collingwood’s Schoolhouse Studios that now lives entirely online, The Plant Exchange is only tiny, but it’s working a downright hefty range of greenery. This one’s slinging a diverse, oft-changing lineup of plants, with a special focus on rare, unusual and collector varieties.
The online store is also stocked with an assortment of pretty pots, including colourful additions from the Melbourne-made Mr Kitly’s self-watering line. Local delivery is available to addresses within 10 kilometres of Collingwood, or you can arrange for express postage. And as an added bonus, owners Jane Lloyd and Michael Chester are both horticulturalists, so they’re good to answer all of your burning plant queries and help you totally ace the whole plant parenthood gig.
Can’t head in-store? Shop the full collection online, with local delivery and shipping options available.
An indoor plant shop and outdoor nursery in one, this cheery Brunswick East spot is a plant-lover’s dream. Owner Michael Khalil is a huge advocate for the positive effects of indoor plants on mental health and once you step through his jungle-like shopfront you’ll have a hard time disagreeing. There’s a plant and pot here to suit all shades of green thumb, every budget and any kind of house setting. A strong range of treatments, tools and potting mixes have been sourced from leading Aussie companies, and you’ll find lots of locally crafted green-inspired goodies, including ceramic planters from the likes of Melbourne’s own Chris Erlandsen Studio and Ella Reweti.
Can’t head in-store? Browse and order online for click-and-collect and delivery. Local delivery is free for purchases over $100.
Foliage-filled haven Plantsmith is the brainchild of horticulturist and landscape designer Liz Turner. It’s stocked not just with a lush array of plant life, but loads of pots, planters, books, stands, gardening tools and treatments to help really unleash your inner green thumb. Staffed by a team of qualified experts, it’s also a primo spot to load up on plant knowledge and ensure you’ve got all the know-how necessary to keep those plant babies alive and thriving. And there’s lots more plant-ucation to be gained from Plantsmith’s diverse program of classes and workshops — be schooled on the basics in Plant Care 101, or prep for spring with a Propagation and Potting session.
Can’t head in-store? Free click-and-collect is available for all orders, plus there’s $12 local delivery to addresses within 10 kilometres of Preston. Browse the range here.
An oldie, but definitely a goodie, Fitzroy Nursery is proof that plant obsessions aren’t anything new. With three decades under its belt, the Brunswick Street icon has been selling greenery since before most of you were even born and it’s still a much-loved plant pit-stop today. The laid-back vibe makes for a breezy shopping experience, while the famously expansive selection of indoor plants means you’re sure to walk away with a new friend…or five. Expect to find an eclectic assortment of greenery, along with a solid range of outdoor pals primed for apartment living.
Can’t head in-store? Jump online to shop a range of products for click-and-collect or home delivery. You can also order by calling (03) 94173272.
Part of the not-for-profit sustainability reserve on Merri Creek, CERES Nursery is your go-to spot for stocking up on herbs and edible plants. These guys are all about encouraging backyard food production, no matter how big or small your patch of turf. Along with a selection of indoor and outdoor plants, and a hefty range of natives, you’ll find just about everything you need to help your garden thrive. There’s a range of books, certified organic potting mix, fertilisers and pesticides, bulk fertilisers you can refill with a BYO container, a huge stash of gardening books and a used pot exchange designed to help cut down on plastic pots.
Can’t head in-store? Head to CERES’ Facebook page for regular tips, insights and gardening information, shared all year round.
A celebration of all things green, The Plant Society is the work of architect and interior designer Jason Chongue, who’s passionate about getting younger generations hooked on the joy of indoor gardening. Alongside a nifty online store, you’ll find the flagship bricks-and-mortar space nestled within the Collingwood warehouse it shares with Japanese lifestyle store Cibi. It’s brimming with life, boasting a generous array of indoor plants, as well as a considered curation of books, accessories and homewares. The team also hosts a program of workshops and classes, from beginners’ tutorials covering the basics to a parent-child session designed to inspire mini green thumbs.
Can’t head in-store? The online shop is stocked full of plants, pots, gardening books and other homewares, which can be shipped Australia-wide. Free local delivery is also available for orders over $50.
Image: Armelle Habib
Clocking in at an impressive 350 square metres and packed full of leafy green delights, Botanicah is pegged to be the Southside’s biggest plant warehouse. Owners Harris Mashood and Bowen Walker have filled their space with a covetable collection of greenery, pots and accessories. It’s an ever-growing range, sourced carefully from local nurseries and artisans.
Botanicah has little something to suit just about every condition and watering habit imaginable, from those sun-loving outdoor plants to cute cacti and hard-to-kill indoor varieties. Whatever you’re vibing, a wander through this soothing green oasis is likely to unearth it. Along with buckets of inspiration, the team’s also got your back with expert advice on how to help those new plant babies live their best lives.
Images: Arianna Leggiero
In the age of spontaneous lockdowns, it’s handy to have a few options up your sleeve for when stores are closed and things aren’t running to the usual plan. So, here are a couple of other online plant purveyors worth getting acquainted with.
The Jungle Collective hosts regular pop-up plant sales across all the major Aussie cities, as well as the odd online event. Check them out here.
Melbourne-based online plant retailer Vine Boy has a curation of leafy gems (and gifts) over on its online store. Order before 10am for same-day delivery — they’re servicing most suburbs within 25 kilometres of Melbourne CBD.
Albert Park’s Garden of Eden nursery also sells a generous range of plants, pots, garden wares and more online. You can shop the leafy selection here for delivery or in-store pick-up.
Plant gifting service Hello Botanical offers same-day delivery to Melbourne and Geelong. Head here to shop a solid range of plants, gifts and lush care packages for you or someone special.
The Little Native Plant Co‘s online store is stocked with a great selection of plants, terrariums and native edible bush food. And $10 same-day delivery is available to addresses across Melbourne and Geelong for orders placed before 11am (weekdays).
Top image: The Plant Society by Armelle Habib