Those within the plant community have long joked that tending to house plants is a cheap form of therapy. And now that our days are spent mostly indoors (and online), slowing down, stepping away from devices and nurturing a home garden can be an excellent antidote to lockdown-related stresses.
“Audrey Hepburn once said, ‘To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow,’” Alex Sims, one half of online plant boutique Wilde House tells Broadsheet. “We believe one of the biggest benefits is that house plants improve our mental health by increasing levels of productivity and positivity while helping to reduce stress.”
If you, like us, feel the need to step away from the sourdough and Alison Roman dishes (just for a bit) and turn your attention towards greening your space, try these plant stores and nurseries delivering foliage directly to your door.
Melbourne-born Plant Society needs little introduction. Founders Jason Chongue and Nathan Smith’s loyal Sydney following was seeded by their regular pop ups at Paramount Recreation Club and bloomed when they opened their lush flagship store in Paddington’s boutique-lined William Street. Their online store has an extensive range of plants, planters, plant-care products and gifts. All orders arrive within seven days.
Sisters Alex and Rachel Sims were working in marketing and advertising when they decided to turn their attention towards their shared love of plants.
“Rach and I have always been surrounded by plants,” Alex tells Broadsheet. “They bring the outdoors in, complete an indoor space, and are also an affordable addition to any home.”
Wilde House owns indoor-plant nurseries in the Byron Bay hinterland and south of the Sunshine Coast. The nurseries propagate, grow and nurture all plants from seedling and deliver directly from their greenhouses to customers within one to five business days. They also offer a range of products, such as Belgian-made Ecopots crafted from 80 per cent recalled plastics.
Trent Wu used to spend his time in a high-stress role, working for one of Australia’s big four banks. But he turned his preoccupation with plants into a full-time job when he and partner Charlie Wu launched Plant Daddy from their Newtown terrace. In addition to greenery such as devil’s ivy, string of pearls, watermelon peperomia, Monsteria deliciosa (fruit-salad or Swiss-cheese plants) and mini succulents, Plant Daddy also delivers macramé hangers, eco pots and other accessories for your plant babies.
Writer, plant lover and inner-west native Felicity Keep is the force behind Plant Girl, a same-day delivery service specialising in hard-to-kill indoor plants and gifts.
“I was working in an office and there was a flower delivery,” says Keep. “I saw how much it just absolutely made the recipient’s day. That’s the moment when I thought how wonderful it would be to combine my love of plants with a same-day delivery business.”
Order by 11am for same-day delivery of Plant Girl’s selection of plants, pots and gift bundles. Free, contactless local pick up is also available from its Marrickville shopfront.
Gro Urban Oasis
From air plants to the sharply named mother in law’s tongue, Gro Urban Oasis is a lifestyle retailer offering an extensive range of indoor plants, palms, ferns, foliage plants, seeds and succulents. There is an impressive selection of lifestyle products, ranging from shiny watering cans to abstract-art-inspired pots, self-care products and acacia cheese boards. Delivery is offered within a 40-kilometre radius of Dawes Point.
This indoor-plant and pot-delivery service was created by friends and self-described plant nerds Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan. Every month, the team behind Leaf Supply selects three indoor plants that can be delivered wrapped in calico, in a simple planter, or in a handmade ceramic pot. Same-day delivery is available for orders placed before 11am.
Not confident you can keep your new friends alive? We asked the Leaf Supply experts for their tips on getting your plants through the colder months.