Plant shopping is a daunting experience if the extent of your gardening know-how is that plants probably need water. You buy a mint plant thinking ‘this little herb will be great for mojitos!’ and it ends up COMPLETELY taking over your garden (Pro tip: Mint is super invasive, so keep it in a pot and keep that pot on concrete y’all). Or, knowing that ‘plants probably need water’, you get a cactus, keep it super hydrated, and it dies?? The audacity!
We’re not judging you if the closest you’ve come to buying plants was finding ‘Little Garden’ kits in your New World shopping bag, but we do think it’s time you ventured out. So, we’ve stringed together 11 places to buy plants, no matter how green your thumb is!
For a brand-new second-hand garden, take your old plants to Plant Zero, and replace them with some pre-loved garden goodies. They have zero “nasties” in their garden sprays, and they deliver! Stop plants from ending up in landfills—a recycled garden is the most vibrant way to show your love to Mama Nature.
Wrights Water GardensPatumahoe
If you’re after something aquatic (think water lilies and lotuses), Wrights Water Gardens is defs worth a gander. Centred around the stunning Mauku waterfall and stream, the water gardens feature picturesque sculptures, native bush, winding pathways, and a bunch of animals (including turtles and alpacas!). Not to mention, they have a newly reopened café, so you can getcha caffeine on while getting some serious aqua-garden inspo.
Kaipara Coast Plant Centre & Sculpture GardenKaipara Coast
The peeps working at Kaipara Coast Plant Centre know their stuff. The award-winning garden centre has been around for nearly 30 years and specialises in plants that thrive in Auckland (that’s where we are!). But the truly special feature of Kaipara Coast is their sculpture garden. Meander through native bush alongside streams and waterfalls, and appreciate the talent of Kiwi artists.
You know what your place is missing? An indoor ecosystem, that’s what. Bioattic’s terrariums are like having a whole other world in a glass bowl, and their bonsai’s are a spectacle of peacefulness, especially when growing in one of their gorgeous rustic pots. Bioattic’s specialty plants are the key to bringing Zen to your living room.
Roger Hunter's Garden CentreMangare
Let us tell you ‘bout Roger Hunter’s Garden Centre—it’s the place where being pushed around the nursery in their iconic pink wheelbarrows amongst the plethora of seedlings, palms, climbers, perennials and various flower punnets as a toddler is a right of passage for any local. Roger himself is a legend in his own right—he’s been in the game for 40 years—and his passion has seen Roger’s Garden Centre establish itself as an Auckland favourite.
The Native Plant CentreAlbany
Aotearoa has produced a diverse range of plants and they would look fantastic in your garden (we promise). The Native Plant Centre is where you’ll find the know-how when it comes to choosing native plants for your garden, and they can even direct you to plants that attract native birds—because who doesn’t love a visit from a cheeky Tui?
One browse around Ponsonby Plants and you’ll want cacti, orchids, frangipanis and bonsai trees occupying every surface of your home. Their diverse range of trendy flora also includes carnivorous plants, succulents, and Ponsonby Plants’ own hand-made pots. (FYI, their stuff makes for mad Insta material).
Tumbleweed Coastal PlantsMatakana
Not only are Tumbleweed’s plants so tough they can withstand Auckland’s harsh coastal conditions, they’ve done you a solid favour and made their garden centre into a garden in itself. Between the winding paths and a motley of plants and sculptures, you’ve got all the inspo you need to make your own garden worthy of Adam and Eve.
White Tree Floral DesignOrakei
As long as you buy your indoor plants from White Tree Floral Design, you can be sure each one will be a treat for the eyes and soul. They have a variety of house plants including succulents, cacti, and bonsai trees, many of which are planted in stunning ornamental pots. Soon the vibes will be so peaceful, not even your flatmate’s loud chewing will bother you.
Danny's Palms & MoreWhenuapai
Take it from those in the know: palms are tricky if you don’t know your stuff. They wanna grow here, but not over there, they like being pointy, some like growing as high as your house—it’s a struggle. The good news is the crew at Danny’s Palms & More do know their stuff. You might even say they’ve got the exper-trees (new slogan?).
This family-owned nursery seems to have a hundred of every plant under the sun. While the rows upon rows of different plants is a lot to take in, the folks at Awa Nursery can lead you to exactly what you’re looking for, or to what you didn’t know you should be looking for. Got dry areas that make planting difficult? Can’t grow anything because your backyard’s shadier than a Kardashian? Awa Nursery’s got your back.
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Image credit: Ponsonby Plants