The Best Places to Buy and Order Plants in Sydney for 2024

There's a whole world of plants out there — here's where to find them.
Elise Newton, Marissa Ciampi and Ben Hansen
Published on April 01, 2023

The Best Places to Buy and Order Plants in Sydney for 2024

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 with growing some Woolies parsley 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. Our green thumbs seem to have only gotten greener ever since we were stuck at home during the pandemic — when local pant stores were assisting our green-thumbed obsessions with click-and-collect and delivery options throughout the city.

And for many of us, this love for taking care of plant babies continued well beyond such stuck-at-home times. So, whether you're wanting some tips on affordable places to get a start on your own patch of green, or you're eager to know where you can find the best variety of natives and endangered plants, here are the top places to buy and order 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 plant 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? Browse the store’s Instagram for inspiration. And, if the only room you’ve got for plants is a tiny balcony or windowsill, you can find just the thing at this Sydney plant store too.

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    What Newtown Garden Market lacks in size, it more than makes up for in charm. Also, 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 a heap of herbs and fruits that you can grow yourself to give some homegrown energy to your cooking.

    The team understands that Sydney shoppers come from all levels of green experience, so is 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 will point you in the direction of hard-to-kill plants (for those with black thumbs), and can talk through the intricacies of garden layouts with the pros. This level of service makes it one of the very best plant shops in Sydney.

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    This huge 1100-square-metre warehouse nursery on the Princes Highway is your go-to for plants and pots in Sydney. Garden Life specialises in high-end plants, and is frequented by professional designers and landscape architects, as well as those looking to add some greenery to their home.

    The space is filled with a wide range of trees, indoor succulents and outdoor plants, as 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 range of pots at this Sydney plant shop.

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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 and copper tops — and that’s just to name a few.

    For those looking to delve deeper into Sydney’s local flora and fauna, the shop hosts workshops a few times per year, too. The website also offers plenty of tips for budding green thumbs — and, if you’re also a budding chef, the nursery sells a heap of edible Australian natives. Use this Sydney nursery to liven up your dinner plates — not just your garden or window sill.

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    This family-run Sydney 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, it 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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    The Pot Warehouse

    Take a quick scroll through Instagram, and you’re likely to uncover greenery decorating almost every home. And, you’ll notice potted plants making apartments and courtyards feel leafy and peaceful, and also adding extra zen.

    If you fancy a bit of that yourself, Mona Vale’s The Pot Warehouse is your one-stop shop on the northern beaches for adding some garden vibes to your house — and it offers every size imaginable when it comes to pots, indoor and outdoor plants, and accessories. The indoor plant shop is located in a very chic warehouse on Harkeith Street, too, which makes it super easy to pick up a couple of new plant babies.

    Image: Trent van der Jagt.

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    If you’re looking for greenery, 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 you’re likely to find here include Sydney golden wattles, lilly pilly, banksia and fringe myrtle. The Sydney nursery has 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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