Best places to buy plants online: 22 nurseries that offer home delivery

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Whether you have a leafy oasis or a quaint balcony, the internet has transformed gardeners' shopping habits, with everything from bamboo to perennials to trees available to buy online. Here, Val Bourne picks out the best online plant nurseries, so you can start sprucing up your outdoor space from the comfort of your sofa.

Brilliant all-rounders

Crocus

Crocus made mail-order fashionable when two plant lovers (Mark Fane and Peter Clay) started the website in 2000. The Rolls-Royce of mail-order nurseries, it offers 4,000 plants, including many in-vogue and unusual specimens.

0844 557 2233; crocus.co.uk

Beth Chatto Gardens

This nursery lists a traditional range of first-rate perennials. Its well-grown plants are modestly priced, beautifully packed and all the plants feature in Beth's garden – so they perform. The nursery always follows the five-sided rule: the roots must reach all sides of the pot and the bottom before plants can be sold.

01206 822007; bethchatto.co.uk

Flower - Clare Molden/The Telegraph
Flower - Clare Molden/The Telegraph

Bressingham Plants

Alan and Adrian Bloom’s Bressingham Gardens in Norfolk are packed with interesting perennials. Jason Bloom’s nursery propagates the best, supplying well-filled 2 litre pots. There’s a discount for buying three of the same plant. Low postage and superb quality make this my current favourite.

01379 688282; thebressinghamgardens.com

Hardy’s Cottage Garden

This family-owned Hampshire nursery, famous for its Chelsea exhibits, propagates most of its own plants in tough conditions. They only bother with the best perennials, ones that perform well and look good.

01256 896533; hardysplants.co.uk

Binny's Plants

Binny's Plants has more than 2,000 specimens, including the largest list of peonies in Britain. It also sells irises and an excellent range of bergenias, astilbes, bamboos, hostas and New Zealand ferns.

01506 858931; binnyplants.co.uk

Claire Austin

Claire Austin specialises in peonies and irises, but also sells a range of easily grown perennials - the ones that form the backbone of any good garden.

01686 670 342; claireaustin-hardyplants.co.uk

Three for fruit

Blackmoor Nursery

When it comes to fruit trees and bushes, this nursery has the largest range and the quality cannot be beaten. Its website is also attractive and informative.

01420 477978; blackmoor.co.uk

Keepers Nursery

If you want heritage varieties of fruit local to your area this is the site for you. Please note that Keepers Nursery is currently closed for the season and is due to reopen on May 1.

01622 726465; keepers-nursery.co.uk

Pomona Fruits

Pomona Fruits are Chelsea stalwarts, who once staged and grew Ken Muir’s strawberries. This mail order fruit nursery is run by extremely knowledgeable staff. A large range of the very best strawberry varieties, soft fruit and lots of pot-grown fruit trees of the highest quality are on sale.

01255 440 410; pomonafruits.co.uk

Choice woodlanders

Snowdrops - itsabreeze photography/Moment RF
Snowdrops - itsabreeze photography/Moment RF

Edrom Nurseries

Situated on the Scottish borders, Edrom offers collections of mainly woodlanders and alpines. The plants are listed on the web, but varieties vary according to availability. There are double Japanese hepaticas, arisaemas, roscoeas, fritillarias and trilliums on the list.

018907 71386; edrom-nurseries.co.uk

Quality Daffodils

Cornish-grown daffodils are available to order now from the Scamp family, who sell top-quality bulbs of heritage varieties, new varieties, miniatures and the best garden varieties. Your bulbs will arrive in late summer or early autumn. Simply the best!

07826 067175; qualitydaffodils.com

Seagate Nurseries

This traditional nursery iris nursery was acquired by Chris and Kate Davey just eighteen months ago. They currently grow 850 first-rate bearded irises, many Siberian irises and they’ve added a range of choice perennials. Order now for late-June dispatch.

01406 364028; irises.co.uk

Super specialists

Ashwood Nurseries

Ashwood Nurseries' specialities include hellebores, cyclamen, hepaticas, lewisias, auriculas, alpines and heathers. Choice shrubs and trees are a large part of their range - along with conifers.

01384 401996; ashwoodnurseries.com

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Magnolia - Johanna Furuhjelm / EyeEm/ EyeEm

Woottens of Wenhaston

The late Michael Loftus was passionate about plants and the nursery offers extensive ranges of auriculas, pelargoniums, irises, agapanthus and hemerocallis by mail order.

01502 478258; woottensplants.co.uk

Fibrex Nurseries

This family-run nursery offers a fabulous range of hardy ferns, the largest range of pelargoniums, a lot of tender plants and hundreds of different ivies.

01789 720788; fibrex.co.uk

Pan Global Plants

Nick Macer’s plant-hunting expeditions have taken him all over the world. His nursery offers unusual plants, many of them woody trees, climbers and shrubs not available elsewhere.

01452 741641; panglobalplants.com

Peter Beales Roses

A huge range of roses, many of them old-fashioned beauties, are grown in Norfolk by an established staff who operate like a family. Pot-grown roses are sent out between April and October, and bare-root plants are available in winter.

01953 454707; classicroses.co.uk

Thorncroft Clematis Nursery

Clematis are the perfect companion for roses, and Thorncroft helpfully subdivides clematis into groups such as late-summer viticellas, the spring Atragene group and The Raymond Evison Collection, among others.

01953 850407; thorncroftclematis.co.uk

Vegetables

Delfland Nurseries

The best vegetable plant supplier I've found. It offers a full range that varies from month to month, as well as pick-and-mix packs for the smaller garden.

01354 740553; organicplants.co.uk

The best of the rest

Burncoose Nurseries

Based in Cornwall, this treasure trove of a nursery has one of the best ranges of choice shrubs, trees and climbers, many of which are not found elsewhere.

01209 860316; burncoose.co.uk

Knoll Gardens

Knoll Gardens has the widest range of grasses available, and its website is full of inspirational pictures.

01202 873931; knollgardens.co.uk

Hayloft Plants

This nursery helpfully colour codes its catalogue and website. It specialises in penstemons, hardy plants and offers a range of 3,500 exciting perennials. The online catalogue request service is a great option.

01386 562 999; hayloftplants.co.uk