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Best place to buy plants online?

snavezil76snavezil76 Posts: 20
edited July 2019 in Plants
I plan to buy several plants this autumn, my garden is rather bare and it’s time I filled it! I don’t have a huge budget so am looking for value.

Can anyone please recommend websites for the following?

Crab apple
Various shrubs and climbers
Fruit trees and bushes

Thank you!



  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Obviously David Austin roses or Trevor White or Beales.
    Trees I use Mail Order Trees as their delivery and packing are good. They also do have shrubs.
    Plantsgalore are good as they do different sizes also grasslands.
    Secret garden sell small perennials 
    Hope that helps.
    Oh and welcome to the forum!
  • garlicgirlgarlicgirl Posts: 12
    I’ve ordered bare rooted fruit trees and bushes from Walcot Organic Nursery and have been very pleased with them
  • snavezil76snavezil76 Posts: 20
    Thank you both 🙂
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,053
    Not much by way of precise recommendations, but...

    Seek out specialist online nurseries and avoid the big online plant warehouses selling everything under the sun, they are rarely good quality or value.
    Regardless of budget, unless you have set your heart on a particularly slow-growing tree or shrub and want an instant result, better to buy a smaller specimen - it will establish in the ground quicker and soon catch up with it’s big brothers.
    Acers are expensive trees and best seen in the flesh before you buy - maybe rethink that one...
    Lots of specialist fruit nurseries, I can recommend Blackmoor in Scotland for soft fruits -  excellent, well-rooted plants, others with good reputations are Kenmuir and Chris Bowers.
    Buy roses bare root, not potted - the next bare root season will start in Autumn. This is cheaper, they will have all of winter and spring to get settled, put down strong roots and give you a good display next year. David Austin are expensive, look to other suppliers like Style Roses, Trevor White, etc., who often sell some of the most popular David Austin roses anyway. I like Peter Beales, they are really good and have an excellent selection.
    Once you have sorted out what to buy from where, keep an eye on their websites for special offers and discounts. Often forum members post notice of good deals on here too.
    Don’t discount local supermarkets and discount stores, often gems at really good prices can be found and at least you can see before you buy.

    Others will have more specific advice for you, hopefully. Anything you are unsure of, check back here. Welcome and Happy plant hunting  :)
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • snavezil76snavezil76 Posts: 20
    That’s very helpful, thank you 🙂
  • HazybHazyb Posts: 336
    Lidl, Morrisons etc can be very good value.

    I like The Secret Garden Club for flowers and Ballyrobert Gardens online is good value too, they do shrubs as well. is the only one I have used and it was good.
  • snavezil76snavezil76 Posts: 20
    Thank you 🙂
  • bullfinchbullfinch Posts: 640
    Gorgeous clematis  from Taylors.
  • snavezil76snavezil76 Posts: 20
    Thank you 🙂
  • barbiexlbbarbiexlb Posts: 1
    I have to agree that David Austin are the very best for roses, I have never been disappointed. They actually cost no more than my local garden centre but are far superior in quality as they have been dispatched direct from the breeder in tip top condition. I have also purchased bare root roses from them and these have also alwayx been succeccful, just follow the detailed planting instructions accompanying them. As for climbers I can thoroughly recommend Thorncroft Clematis, I would not buy plants anywhere else. I recently bought 5 for a new porgola in May this year, all are flourishing and already flowering. I use Thompson & Morgan, who again have never disappointed. I have always received quality plants. They also have really good offers on, which they will advise you of if you register, very useful if you are starting stocking a garden from scratch and looking to save some money. Hope this is useful. Happy gardening.
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