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I came to the joys of gardening via lockdown and am loving it. Got all the (RHS, GW) memberships and learning slowly about making the most of my particular circumstances and doing fairly well (for a newcomer) at buying for the spaces I have, not just the plants I  want (missing the escholzia of my childhood but maybe next summer)

Can you please recommend me your favourite online suppliers? People who sell reliable, strong plants that will last. Aftercare is a big plus too. I've seen people complain of Thompson & Morgan/Van Meuwen selling small plants for the price for example.

I'm awaiting some lovely arrivals from David Austin and Taylors Clematis, and have looked at Sarah Raven and Crocus. Online is a must atm as I'm currently sheltering and have a big op next week 🙂 will of course buy local when I'm back up and about and the nursery hours expand a bit!

Thanks in advance.
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  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 6,552
    I can highly recommend Hardy's Cottage plants, they aren't cheap, but are excellent quality as you'd expect from a multi Chelsea gold medal winning nursery. 
    Also Ballyrobert (l think someone mentioned them earlier). 
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 2,388
    I've had several orders from Sarah Raven. All have been good condition, but they're not cheap.
    I've not had any problems with Secret Gardening Club but others have been reporting issues recently, and the prices have increased too.

  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 1,190
    Dorset Parennials are great as are Farmyard Nurseries and as my recent post confirms Ballyrobert Gardens are highly recommended. Always useful to look up the lists of exhibitors to RHS shows to locate specialist growers who are always preferable for sheer varieties offered and quality. 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • rock_henrock_hen Norwich, NorfolkPosts: 80
    I have had some nice plants from Claire Austin and recommend them
  • DevonianDevonian Posts: 111
    http://southeasternhorticultural.co.uk/ are very good for plug plants I've found, very reasonably priced too. https://www.gardencentrekoeman.co.uk/ I've had success with too, again very reasonably priced.
  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 8,576
    If you have ( or intend to have ) a pond in your garden PuddlePlants are excellent - good plants and well packaged.
    I don't really buy plants on line but both D T Brown  and J Parkers have provided decent bare root Strawberries in the past.  Burncoose Nurseries also have a good reputation I think.
    Nice to hear that you are now enjoying gardening - best wishes for a successful op outcome :)

  • DevonianDevonian Posts: 111
    And I meant to say... very quick delivery, even during Covid!
  • PyraPyra Central Scotland Posts: 132
    Binny Plants and Hopes Groves are good. So are Ashridge. 
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 2,949
    41I get my bulbs from Peter Nyssen, always good, but they also sell a basic range of bare root perennials in the spring, which I have found to be good value if you need several of the same plant to make clumps or repeat plant in a border as they are cheaper than potted, but larger and less hassle than plug plants. All arrived at a decent size and in good condition, pot up straight away and you're off to a good start.
  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 1,190
    Agree @Buttercupdays Nyssen may be a tiny bit pricier but great quality bulbs...not a single bad one in over 300 last autumn. 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
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