Places to Buy Plants

Whether you’re buying plants for your garden, your patio, your balcony or your interior space, there are a number of places to purchase an assortment of shrubs, trees, herbs, and flowers. You can visit your local garden center or nursery, or better still, order them from an online florist.

The latter option often provides a greater degree of choice as online plant stockists are able to source freshly flowers and plants from a variety of locations, meaning you’re more likely to find what it is you’re looking for.

Buying plants for friends and family 

You may wish to surprise a friend on her birthday by sending a pretty plant or a bouquet of flowers directly to her door in Manchester. An aunt and uncle could be celebrating a special anniversary or milestone in London, or your brother may have just announced his promotion overseas.

Regardless of the occasion, sending a plant is a great idea and one that will show the recipient you are thinking of them on their special day. When you order plants and flowers online, you cut out the middleman and many of the options available offer next and same-day delivery.

Why send flowers

Sending flowers is a great way to congratulate someone, let them know you’re thinking of them, and bring a little joy into their lives. It’s also a hassle-free option, especially when you choose to buy plants and flowers online.

From extravagant bouquets to tropical plants, gift baskets containing miniature rose bushes, and vases brandishing an assortment of beautiful blooms, there is something to suit all tastes and styles.

Buying plants online

If you wish to add a little greenery to your home, buying plants is a great idea. Asides from adding colour to a variety of rooms in the household, plants are proven to be beneficial to our health.

Buying plants online is a hassle-free option and one that will allow you to have them delivered directly to your door, regardless of where you live, be it in Leeds, London, Glasgow, or Birmingham.

What to consider before buying plants 

Before buying plants, it’s important to consider a number of things, including what environment the plant will go into, how big the plant will be when fully grown, and what it requires in order to thrive. This will ensure you buy a plant you’re able to care for and one that will flourish for many years to come.

Plan before buying

Before buying plants online, it’s wise to study the area in your garden you wish to place the plants before making a purchase. When considering the space you intend to place your new plants, look at the exposure. Does the area get full sunlight, partial sun, or shade?

For example, areas that face west often receive full sunlight in the late afternoon, while northern areas tend to sit in the shade, eastern areas get morning sun and afternoon shade, and southern locations sit in an even amount of sunlight all day.

The climate will also vary depending on where you are based, for example, if you live in the south of the country or overseas, you’re bound to benefit from slightly warmer climates and less rainfall.

However, if you’re based in the north of the country, you may see more rain and cooler temperatures, which is when hardier plants will be required.

The next thing to consider is space. How much room does the plant you are thinking of buying require to grow? Even if it arrives small, this doesn’t mean it won’t grow to twice or even three times its initial size.

Finally, consider the soil. There are three main types of soil; these include loam, sand, and clay. More often than not, plants have a preference for a specific soil type. It’s a good idea to read up on the plant you wish to purchase and ensure you are able to meet all of its requirements.

Seek advice if you remain unsure on anything – either by searching for the plant types online or by speaking to your local florist.

Avoid impulse buys

When it comes to picking plants for your home or garden, it can be very easy to fall in love with vibrant blooms and strong structures, and buy these plants without even considering whether your garden or home offers the right environment. This is why impulse buys are generally a bad idea and it’s wise to do your research first.

Don’t be afraid of small plants

You may be tempted to buy a larger, more mature plant, as opposed to a smaller one, however, if you’re looking to stick to a budget, buying younger plants is often the better route to go down.

Younger plants are also able to handle the stresses of a new environment, more so than that of a mature plant that is having to change environments.

If you’re looking for instant impact, a larger plant is a better choice. If you only have a small area to work with, choose a slow-growing plant for best results. There are a number of flowering shrubs and evergreens that can serve this purpose, including peonies and gardenias.

Why buy online?

Buying plants online is a good option for those wishing to send a plant as a gift and also those looking to buy more than just one plant. In both cases, the plants will be delivered directly to the door of the individual.

It’s also a popular choice for green-fingered connoisseurs looking to add a little greenery to their indoor or outdoor space, yet live a good distance away from their nearest garden center or don’t have the transport to carry plants back to their home.

You’ll often be able to pick from an array of the same day – depending on the time of order – or next day delivery options too, meaning there is plenty of flexibility, this can be especially useful if you’ve forgotten a birthday or special occasion and need to find a set of beautiful blooms quickly.

Lily Calyx is our in-house flower whisperer, an expert on all things botanical and an enthusiastic orchids collector. She loves discussing the insights of the secret world of flowers, shares her gardening tips and hacks and moons over the latest additions to Serenata Flowers flower range. Ask Lily anything about flowers and we can guarantee she will have the answer.

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