Despite eased restrictions, you’re probably spending more time at home than ever right now. Of all the ways to zhoosh up your place and generally lift the mood, a bit of greenery is right up there.

House plants are a vital connection to nature (however tenuous) and many species even purify the air. And treated well, plants grow and improve over time, rather than gradually falling apart like everything else you own. (Keeping them alive isn’t nearly as difficult as people make out.)

Shop for new indoor plants at these spots – from chic, tiny homewares stores to sprawling, multi-acre nurseries. Alternately, if you already you know what you want, order online at Dawson’s Garden World, Green Assembly, Stackwood, Hass & Co Botanics or Little Leaf Co.

Stackwood

This former diesel warehouse is now a thriving community hub, home to nine small businesses. But key among them is a plant shop operated by Stackwood itself and staffed by a landscape architect and florist, among others. Pop into the attached cafe, Stacked, for a coffee, then browse the extensive range of ferns, cacti, ficuses and other indoor plants, with plenty of pots to match. You can also shop the range online.

10 Stack Street, Fremantle

Little Leaf Co

Don’t be deceived by this shop’s modest, wrought-iron-gated entrance. Inside there’s a manageable warren of rooms, each brimming with plants. The front room alone is enough to satisfy most needs, with its bevy of rubber plants, monsteras and other popular indoor species. Head out the back to find slightly larger specimens and a wider range of pots from in-demand brands such as Melbourne’s Pop & Scott and Angus & Celeste. If you like what you see, book an appointment with Little Leaf’s consultant, who can style your home or office.

Unit 4 496 Marmion Street, Myaree

Hass & Co Botanics

With its emerald green walls, crisp white floors and the beaming smiles of owners Cal Hassall and Casey O’Callahan, Hass & Co is a welcoming space indeed. Thankfully, these looks are backed by real know-how. The duo can tell you whether a begonia, ficus or philodendron is the best indoor plant for you, leaving you to select from the wall of alternately stylish and quirky pots and planters. Don’t miss giving the couple’s Bichon Frise, Misty, a pat on your way out.

3a Oxford Street, Leederville

Green Room Decor

This plant cave (this is the appropriate word, trust us) and its resident Golden Retriever, Nigel, have been at Maylands residents’ service since 2018. Though the shop is small-ish, its range of succulents, palms and leafy greens could furnish a dozen homes with ease. And indeed, plant styling and hire are available at very reasonable prices. If your eyes are bigger than your boot, Green Room also offers delivery.

34 Eighth Avenue, Maylands

Miaflora

Positioned somewhere between a big commercial nursery and a typical indoor plant shop, Miaflora is the ideal place to plan and shop for a small garden, without being overwhelmed by choice. The compact backyard carries hedging plants, drought-tolerant natives, cottage garden classics and water plants. Indoors you’ll find, well, indoor plants. And a range of pots and giftware, which isn’t quite as modern as that stocked at other inner city stores. Horticulturalists and other specialists are on staff to help you navigate it all.

905 Beaufort Street, Inglewood

Bar Botanik

Bar Botanik is far from the first business to think of combining coffee and homewares, but it does so with exceptional flair. “Am I drinking coffee in a plant shop? Or shopping for plants in coffee shop?” is a question you might ask yourself as you tour this pretty, blonde-timbered space, where creepers and succulents cascade from the walls, ceilings and shelves. Unusually, most of these plants come not from a wholesaler but from the personal greenhouses of the three owners.

289 Fitzgerald Street, West Perth

Dawson’s Garden World Forrestfield

This chain of nurseries began operating in 1903, just two years after Australia became a country. Sit with that for a second. Today, the Forrestfield HQ (purchased in 1914) is a huge production nursery than supplies about 85 per cent of the plants sold at other Dawson’s locations, in Joondalup, O’Connor and Swanbourne. Roses are a particular speciality, but this huge, multi-acre site has everything a gardener could need, from garlic bulbs and succulents to hedges and fruit trees.

160 Hale Road, Forrestfield

Empire Homewares Claremont

Empire Homewares is a furniture store first and foremost, but the potted plants scattered around this chic, spacious store are more than numerous enough to justify the trip. If you need horticultural advice, however, you’re better off elsewhere.

3 11 Leura Avenue, Claremont