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By Elise Newton, Marissa Ciampi and Ben Hansen
August 16, 2021
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By Elise Newton, Marissa Ciampi and Ben Hansen
August 16, 2021
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THE BEST PLACES TO BUY AND ORDER 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 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 as we've spent so much more time at home over the last 18 months, too — and local pant stores are assisting thanks to click-and-collect and delivery options available throughout the city.

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 greenery 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? Browse the store’s Instagram for inspiration. And, the only room you’ve got for plants is a tiny balcony or windowsill, you can find just the thing here too.

    Terrace Outdoor Living offers click-and-collect shopping from its Woollahra store, plus delivery throughout Sydney. Eastern suburbs residents within five kilometres of the store can claim free delivery on orders over $50.

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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.

    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 — so it offers hard-to-kill plants for those with black thumbs, and can talk through the intricacies of garden layouts with the pros. While the store is only doing pick-up orders right now, you can also call to talk through all your gardening conundrums.

    Newtown Garden Market currently offers pick-up orders, as well as free delivery within ten kilometres. You can contact the store to place an order on 9516 4044.

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    This huge 1100-square-metre warehouse nursery on the Princes Highway is your go-to for plants and pots. 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.

    Garden Life is currently offering click-and-collect shopping from its St Peters showroom. Shop online and use the code ENJOY15OFF for 15-percent off until Tuesday, August 31.

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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 in non-lockdown times. 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.

    Sydney Wildflower Nursery currently offers contactless pick-up and delivery throughout Sydney. Delivery ranges from $30–50, or is free on orders over $250.

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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, 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.

    Annandale Garden Centre offers pick-up and delivery. To enquire about plants, give the centre a call on 9660 0874.

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    Plantgirl

    Fans of hard-to-kill indoor plants should make tracks to Marrickville’s Plantgirl. What started out as a same-day delivery service has expanded to a bricks-and-mortar store on Sydenham Road — and it’s offering black thumb-proof gifts in brightly coloured ceramic pots.

    Plantgirl is run by inner west local Felicity Keep, who wanted to add a bit of quirk to your indoor plant game. Customers can mix and match any combo of plant and pot, with the goal of creating a highly styled, personalised gift or cute new green baby for yourself — with predominately easy-to-keep-alive plants on offer.

    As far as the packaging goes, the vibrant pots range from pastel yellow to retro green and bright pink. You can also nab indoor potting mix for your plants, and artisan chocolate for you.

    Plantgirl offers delivery to anyone with ten kilometres of its Marrickville store. If you live outside the ten kilometre radius, you can contact the shop to enquire about delivery.

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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 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.

    The Pot Warehouse is currently offering click-and-collect shopping and local delivery. 

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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 nursery has been open to the public for over 50 years, too, so you know you’re getting some expert advice along the way.

    Randwick City Council Community Nursery is currently closed during lockdown, but will reopen once public health orders permit.

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Top image: Garden Life St Peters

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