Where’s the best place to buy plants online?
Updated April 7, 2021
Top Ranked Online Nurseries
From first to worst, our complete online nursery rankings are below. Spring has sprung! April truly is one of the most exciting times for you to find new plants for your yard & garden. We called around and sales even in March were much higher than anticipated. There’s a bit of a shortage overall and some nurseries are already experiencing low stock if not sold out of some more popular trees & shrubs. And it’s not like they can replace a sold out crop right away. We strongly urge to to shop soon to have the best selection.
There’s A LOT of plants 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 4 of the largest online plant nurseries in the country for over 10 years. We have also visited (to evaluate) or ordered plants from over 32 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.
Nurseries ranked by rating score high to low.
Other nurseries we’re monitoring:
Plant Addicts – They are a drop shipper based in Omaha, NE. The 2 friends who own it built the site while they were working at Nature Hills Nursery.
Pixie Gardens – Based in Conyers, GA, they have been making a concerted effort to build up their online nursery. We might add them to our rankings soon.
Citrus.com – Good selection and prices for dwarf and semi-dwarf citrus trees.
Bluestone Perennials – One of our top nurseries for perennials.
American Meadows – Great online store for perennials & annuals.
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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 with extreme temperature conditions. Also make sure you know if you are buying bareroot, it’s most likely to be delivered in late spring.
If a site says something like; ‘ships 7 to 10 days weather permitting’ call them to verify shipping status.
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. Southern nurseries get a month or two head start on their growing season from their counterparts up north. Also, most northern nurseries will start shipping later in spring than while many in the south can ship year round.
We placed orders for 16 plants from our top rated nurseries in the past 2 years. You can view pictures and read the complete unboxing review for each by clicking on any of the links below.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 hundreds 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 plants at the lowest prices online?
Just remember you usually get what you pay for. In order of our ratings high to low, here are 3 ‘low-cost’ online nurseries. Arborday.org, Greenwood Nursery, TYTY Nurseries.
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