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Where to buy plants during lockdown: Online garden centres that are still open

Time to get green-fingered! Here's where to buy popular flowers and plants online

Abigail Malbon

If your green fingers are twitching with all the time spent at home during isolation, it could be time to brighten up your space with some indoor and outdoor plants – but with many stores being closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, getting your hands on gardening buys is easier said than done. So here's our handy guide to which garden centres are still open, where you can shop online and even which plants are best to buy.

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Which garden centres are still open?

Garden centres do not fall under the essential shop category, and so will not be open for the foreseeable due to lockdown measures put in place by the government. However, if you are looking to get gardening supplies there are some options.

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There are still several options for buying gardening supplies during lockdown

Is B&Q open and selling plants?

A limited range of plant bundles are now available to purchase on diy.com using B&Q's Click+Collect service from local stores. At the beginning of May, B&Q re-opened all of its stores, where there's a range of plants available for self-service. With Click+Collect, you can order your items online, and collect them in-store - however, be aware there may be some delays, and social distancing measures will need to be observed upon collection. 

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Other larger supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Aldi, Lidl and Waitrose may sell garden equipment, plants and compost, so you can check in-store for these during your next shop. 

Which garden centres can I shop online from?

Wickes is also offering an online queue system, and will deliver to your home – however, availability may at times be limited and some products may not be available for home delivery where social distancing rules cannot be observed. Due to the high order numbers, Next Day delivery will not be available. 

Jacksons Nurseries has paused both online and click & collect orders, but are continuing to work to fulfil existing orders. 

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Where can I buy plants?

Patch plants, Amazon and Crocus are all selling plants and accessories for delivery. 

It’s also worth checking Instagram, as your local store may have a page and could be offering delivery. 

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Not sure which plants to shop? For simple home updates, try:

Best easy-care indoor plant

A cactus is an obvious answer here, and they come in all different sizes – but if you want something a bit different, an Aloe plant could be a good option. You can even use the sap from the leaves as hair and skincare.

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Aloe vera plant, £12.50, Amazon

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Best plant for small gardens

If you don’t have much room but want a stand-out plant, a citrus tree is a great purchase. They’re relatively easy to care for, but require watering every couple of days.

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Tree, £35, Not on the High Street

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Best indoor plant for bedrooms

When choosing a good plant to brighten up your bedroom, look for air-purifying ones that will make the room feel fresh. Snake plants are a great option as they don’t need watering regularly, and the sword-like leaves look cool, too. 

Alternatively, English ivy is a great option if you want something to hang from the ceiling or a shelf.

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Snake plant, £17.99, Waitrose

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Best colourful garden plant

Peonies are everyone’s favourite flowers, right? Luckily, they’re also easy to care for; just plant them in spring ready for them to bloom in summer, and keep the soil moist. 

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Peony plant, £7.99, Bakker

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Best outdoor plant for doorways 

These beautiful bay trees have a nice neat shape, and would make a real statement situated either side of a pathway or entrance to your home.

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Pair of 1 metre tall standard Bay Trees, £49.99, GardeningExpress

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Best indoor plant for bathrooms

If you want your bathroom to look like an indoor jungle, go for a fern. These not only brighten up boring rooms, they thrive in a darker, more dense environment.

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Boston Fern plant, £12.99, Amazon

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Best plants for window boxes

Rosemary has a pleasant, piney scent, and is great for cooking with. It needs strong light, so keep it by a bright window (preferably a south-facing one)

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Rosemary herb plant, £10.99, Amazon

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