Updated January 2, 2020
Top Ranked Online Nurseries
From first to worst, our complete rankings are below. Not too many changes as winter is one of the slowest times of the year for the landscape nursery business. Top 3 and bottom 3 stayed the same. You can read about what we grade and why here.
Trying to figure out what trees and shrubs you want can be a bit overwhelming. So many choices with new introductions every year. There’s A LOT to choose from! Shopping online you’ll find just about every variety of tree or shrub but who has the best quality at the best prices?
We worked with 3 of the largest online plant nurseries in the country for 10 years. We have also visited (to evaluate) or ordered plants from over 30 online garden centers. We know what to look for and we don’t hold back what we dig up (pun intended).
This site is dedicated to helping you buy plants online with confidence at the lowest prices. We have a very unique rating system for online nurseries that you will not find anywhere else.
Nurseries ranked by rating score high to low.
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Before you place any order please make sure you verify when your plants will ship. Do it before giving them your money. Even southern nurseries that can ship year round face some exceptions & delays due to cold weather.
If a site says something like; ‘ships now weather permitting’ call them to verify shipping status. Also avoid online nurseries using gimmicks like; ‘Order now & we’ll hold it for free until spring.’ I can guaranty they won’t wait until spring to charge your credit card.
This is why we list the location of the nursery on each of their reviews. In most cases, it lets you know where your plants will be shipped from. For many in the south, winter can be a great time to plant. Cool nights and warm soil help plants establish roots quickly. The plants will focus more of their energy on the root growth underground during colder months.
We placed 6 orders from our top rated nurseries in 2019. You can view pictures and read the complete unboxing review for each by clicking on any of the links below.
What is the best mail order nursery?
Mail order is the same as saying online nursery. Before the internet became so popular, many nurseries used to send printed catalogs, so the name has stuck. We rank the top 24 mail order nurseries from first to worst.
Are there different types of online nurseries?
YES! There are 3 different types. 1) Wholesale growers who have a retail website. 2) Your typical retail nursery but many online do not have a retail storefront. 3) Drop Shippers. Websites that don’t have their own fields with plants and use third party nurseries to ship their orders. Nature Hills Nursery is an example.
Can you order houseplants online?
Yes! Literally hundsred of different houseplants are for sale online with delivery to your door. You can compare prices from our top rated online garden centers on over 170 popular houseplants.
Where can I buy cheap plants online?
Just remember you usually get what you pay for. In order of our ratings high to low, here are 3 ‘cheap’ online nurseries. Arborday.org, Greenwood Nursery, TYTY Nurseries.
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