Indoor plants: the most critical element in the transformation from house to home. Even the most sterile and cold environments can be made delightful with a few green leaves in a well-selected pot.
Thankfully, the region abounds in blossoming garden centres and plant shops, so here are our favourite spots to buy indoor plants on the Sunshine Coast.
Acres Garden Centre
This stunning lifestyle centre has it all. Not only can you stop by for a latte and breakfast at Acres Garden Centre, you can also pick up a fiddle leaf (or two) and then grab a beautiful piece of artwork or throw rug for your home on the way out. It’s one-stop shopping at its finest and if you’re looking for garden and design inspiration, this place has you covered, and then some. By way of indoor plants, they have on offer fiddle leaf figs, ferns, philodendron totems, palms, hanging plants, succulents and monsteras.
E-plants is the jungle of nurseries. Nestled amongst towering trees in Doonan, it’s no secret that these guys really dig plants. They may be best known for bulk-buy outdoor landscaping projects, but the indoor plant range is still hefty. The standout though, is their size range. You can grab yourself an itty bitty beauty, like a benchtop appropriate Philodendron, or a giant gem, like a fiddle leaf fig that’s actually taller than you are.
Manawee Garden Centre
Instant relaxation. That’s what you feel when you step into Manawee. Their beautiful nursery is home to many hard-to-find and unusual plants, and the cute-as-a-button gift shop is, well, cute as a goddamn button. Not only do they have you sorted for your personal plant needs, they also cover your plant’s needs… schmicko pots, matching water catchment trays, dandy little watering cans—they’ve got it all.
From succulents to ferns to a damn fine selection of growing herbs for your kitchen, Yandina Markets has stalls upon stalls upon stalls of houseplants that are ever-changing. Week after week, you’ll find new treasures and it certainly doesn’t hurt to mention that they’re all at market prices too. Winning! Don't forget, the markets are only on Saturdays from 7am to 12pm.
Flax Flower Collective
Taking over a warehouse space at the back of Coolum, there’s no escaping the “ooohhh I love it” that is bound to tumble out of your mouth the minute you lay eyes on Flax Flower Collective. With a baby pink roller door, buckets of grab-and-go country flowers, tables of succulents and giant fiddle leaf figs sitting out front, this is one scenario where you can definitely judge a book by its cover. Or, in this case, a florist and plant shop by its exterior. While these guys obvs specialise in flowers, they also have some of the cutest indoor plants on the Sunshine Coast, like giant Fiddle Leaf Figs, waiting for you to take them home.
Kawana Plants N Palms
Great selection—tick. Healthy plants—tick. Succulents—tick. Cactus—tick. Pots—tick. Potting soil—tick. Friendly team—tick. But our favourite tick of them all is Kawana Plants N Palms expertise. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned grower, good old-fashioned expertise is priceless. These guys will give you the low-down on your new treasure so you can keep it alive, which is surprisingly harder than you’d expect (*cough*).
Peregian Beach Markets
Peregian Beach Markets always has a few good plant stalls, but there’s one in particular that’s really caught our attention (you’ll have to stroll the aisles to find it but that’s half the fun). Their range of indoor plants are so handsome you can’t help but take a second look. Mostly succulents and cactus, they’re already paired with the perfect pot and stone combos so your new friends come 100 per cent house ready.
Don’t know where to start with your indoor plant shopping? Here’s 8 super cute plants that would make your home Pinterest-worthy in an instant.
Image credit: Amy Higg for Urban List