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The Best Places to Buy Plants in Sydney

There's a whole world of plants out there — here's where to find them.
By Elise Newton and Marissa Ciampi
August 02, 2019
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The Best Places to Buy Plants in Sydney

There's a whole world of plants out there — here's where to find them.
By Elise Newton and Marissa Ciampi
August 02, 2019
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THE BEST PLACES TO BUY PLANTS IN SYDNEY

There's a whole world of plants out there — here's where to find them.

The gardening bug is a hard one to shake. What might start off as some Woolies parsley growing in the windowsill above the sink can quickly evolve into obsessively spraying Seasol on your asters and getting elbow-deep in dirt to dig up this month's potato harvest.

Whether you're wanting some tips on affordable places to get a start on your own patch of green or you're wanting to know where you can find the best variety of natives and endangered plants to splurge on, here are the top places to buy plants in Sydney.

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    Terrace Outdoor Living doesn’t just provide you with plants — it’ll help design your entire courtyard garden, too. No longer just an online shop, the Woollahra shopfront sells everything you need to make your backyard your own private inner-city oasis. Apart from plants, it sells outdoor furniture, rugs, cushions and accessories, as well as gardening tools and pots.

    Not sure where to begin? The team will even provide an onsite consultation to get you started down the path of a greener lifestyle. And, if all you’ve got — in terms of room for plants — is a tiny balcony or windowsill, the team can help you workshop that, too.

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    What Newtown Garden Market lacks in size, it more than makes up for in charm. Its selection of plants includes everything from orchids to cacti. At the moment, you can nab a whole lot of natives and textured pots, plus spotted begonia, philodendron ‘congo’ and fill your garden with pretty purple buds with the hardenbergia violacea. Always ready to help when you just can’t figure out what you’ve done to make your indoor rubber tree look so sad, the team understands that shoppers come from all levels of green experience — offering hard-to-kill plants for those with black thumbs as well as being able to talk through the intricacies of garden layouts with the pros. And it’s open daily, because every day is a good time for plant shopping.

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    The northern beaches has its own local shop that’s selling designer homewares, herbal candles and — to put the finishing touches on your stylish abode — heaps of indoor plants to choose from. Electric Eyes has everything from zanzibar to golden cane palm, umbrella plants, bird’s nest ferns and fiddle leaf figs aplenty. It also sells colourful planter baskets to house your new green additions. Throw in a couch blanket, a few cushions and a healing candle and you’re good to go.

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    This huge 1100-square-metre warehouse nursery on the Princes Highway is your go-to for plants and pots — especially if you’re on your way to IKEA. Garden Life specialises in high-end plants and is frequented by professional designers and landscape architects as well as those looking to make their home more green.

    The space is filled with a wide range of specimen trees, indoor succulents and outdoor plants — sourced both from Australia and around the world. Apart from plants, you can also shop for a range of outdoor homewares, gardening tools and a whole heap of pots.

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    Heathcote’s Sydney Wildflower Nursery offers possibly the largest array of Australian natives in Greater Sydney. It’s got flannel flower, woolly bush, kangaroo paw, finger lime and edible coppertop berries, too — and that’s just to name a very, very few.

    For those looking to delve deeper into Sydney’s local flora and fauna, the shop hosts workshops a few times per year and the next one is on native bee keeping.

    The website also offers tonnes of tips for all you budding green thumbs there. And, if you’re also a budding chef, the nursery sells a heap of edible Australian natives — such as the aforementioned finger lime — and the website has a heap of recipes, too.

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    Did you know you can buy plants straight out of the Royal Botanic Gardens? The Growing Friends Nursery sells plants that have been propagated using living collections from the gardens, the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah. Not only does this nursery offer a range of native, exotic, rare, hard-to-find and endangered plants, but the money you spend here goes straight to supporting Botanic Gardens projects, which are largely run by volunteers. And it’s open six days per week, with plants starting at just five bucks.

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    This family-run nursery has been in operation for over 30 years and is a go-to for Annandale locals. As well as plenty of natives, the Booth Street shop also stocks exotic shrubs, trees and tropical plants from around the country. Plus, the shop has lots of indoor plants, cacti and succulents — and a massive selection of bonsai, too — so you’ll be catered for whether you have a rolling lawn or a small balcony.

    The staff are locals and are happy to offer gardening advice if you need it. And if you’re keen to look after some dying species, ask them about their endangered plants and how to look after them.

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    One of your first ports of call should be your local council nursery. The Randwick Community outpost is interested in filling your garden with plants that are endemic to the local area — so it’s a great place to pick up natives, exotic species and cheap saplings. This also means the plants you’ll get here will usually grow well in your yard soil, because they’re suited to the conditions of the area. Some local plants available at the moment include Sydney golden wattles, lilly pilly, banksia and fringe myrtle. It’s been open to the public for over 50 years, too, so you know you’re getting some expert advice along the way.

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Top image: Garden Life St Peters

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