The Best Places to Buy Plants in Wellington
There's a whole world of plants out there — here's where to find them.
When you're feeling a little green fingered, sometimes it's hard to know how to get started. Luckily for you, we've put together a list of some of the quirkiest and most knowledgeable places in Wellington if you want to build a garden, a veggie patch or find a spiky cactus for your desk.
Originally for bouquets and bunches, this hidden florist in the city centre's Grand Arcade is perfect for beautiful plants. With prices ranging from $38 to $85, this boutique is catered for those who can splash the cash — but the prices are worth it. From spiky cacti in patterned white pots, to beautiful white orchids potted in fresh moss, The Wild Flower Boutique offers gorgeous indoor plants that'll look perfect next to a desktop monitor. And for those wanting to surprise a special someone with a treasured plant instead of flowers, they'll even deliver for free in Wellington's CBD. So if you're looking for that gift that says 'congratulations on the new job', or 'I reckon you deserve a birthday cactus', head to the Grand Arcade's Wild Flower Boutique for quality and free delivery.
With a focus on sustainability, the MaryFlower Boutique Nursery's attention to detail is impeccable. Here you'll find a nursery categorized into sections that not only incorporate New Zealand's native flora but are divided again into subsections — such as plants that attract bees to your garden, or native birds. The low prices in the Grenada Village boutique nursery mean you can really get stuck in — with most plants starting around $5 it doesn't cost much here to start building your outdoor haven and attracting those bees. Plus, their website is fantastic — with garden tips and tricks for even the most experienced gardener. Take a look here and get stuck in.
Based in Wellington, Nicky and Josh have created an online, sustainable and 'gram worthy store full of the most exciting plants around. With a background in Horticulture and Design, it's no wonder PotPlant Studio is highly recommended by bloggers, 'grammers and Wellingtonians alike. Featuring a constantly changing product list of super-hip succulents, palms, rubber plants and more, it's worth keeping an eye on their website. An environmentally cautious company, the way they deliver the plants from their home to yours is incredibly important. For heavier plants they're sat snug in sheep's wool and tissue paper, as well as a thick cardboard box, and for Wellington deliveries your plants are delivered personally to your door. Did we mention PotPlant Studio delivers anywhere in New Zealand? Perhaps one of the most interesting, sustainable and ultra-cool gifts for your bestie the next town over, or your mum who needs to decorate her home office — PotPlant Studio has a plant to suit every quirky personality.
Although not considered the most groovy spot on the list, Palmers is the best spot for green-fingered newbies. With everything you'll need to get started for a veggie patch, a flower bed or a backyard orchard, this place has it all. Plus, you'll never feel like your questions are too lame here — the staff are knowledgeable and have seen it all. From the right potting mix to the best gloves, Palmers is the place to go when you really are starting from scratch. And to top it all off, they've even got bonsai trees — one of the few places in Wellington to find them. If your plants aren't looking too flash, you might want to head here and get some friendly advice.
If you're looking to drastically change your garden, get a few tips and tricks about the latest garden trends or change the look of your flat from shabby chic to upmarket city central, then Hedge is the place you'll want to talk to. Having won medals galore, including three gold medals and emerging designer of the year, Hedge definitely understands their customers needs and wants. Rachel, the owner, is even a consulting designer to the Wellington Botanic Gardens — so she's always keeping up with the latest outdoor trends. This boutique nursery in Khandallah sells the perfect potted plants for your front door area, colourful trees to make your courtyard feel like a leafy paradise, and a variety of indoor plants for the apartment dwellers amongst us.
Published on September 03, 2019 by Florence Cohen