It’s been a bumper year for indoor plant crops, as we’ve collectively spent socially distanced weekends jazzing up our living spaces with greenery – partly to make all that extra home time a bit more bearable, and partly because having a living room and balcony brimming with plant life is just plain delightful. Helpfully, Sydney’s inner-city has recently bloomed with a clutch of new spots that are helping us add to our plant collections, guiding us in keeping our purchases flourishing and even stocking chic pots to keep them in. Here’s where to find your next plant pal.
Plant Daddy, Newtown
This lush little nook in a Newtown corner terrace was originally intended to be a dispatch centre for founders Trent and Charlie Wu’s online plant store. But soon enough it went gangbusters, so they set up a physical store, too.
Visit for hard-to-find greenery including devil’s ivy, string of pearls of watermelon peperomia. There’s also monsteria deliciosa (fruit-salad or Swiss-cheese plants); mini succulents; peace lilies; and a host of other plants in a range of shapes, sizes and colours. The Wus propogate some of the plants themselves, while one of their staff members grows tropical indoor plants. As well as the living stuff, the store also sells concrete pots, cute pot cosies and boob pots planted with miniature succulents.
Noraville Green, Darlinghurst
Head to this Darlinghurst terrace, where you’ll find 150 plant varieties with a focus on those that are indoor and shade-friendly. Noraville Green is the offshoot of a nursery of the same name on the central coast, about 90 minutes north of Sydney. Owner Tanya Baker says a visit to the new nursery is a bit like “a treasure hunt” – everywhere you look, there’s something different to see.
Expect common plants such as monsteras, philodendron, mother-in-law’s tongue and spider plants, as well as rarer varieties including the variegated Monstera deliciosa. If your green thumb is a little wilted, the team at Noraville Green are happy to instruct you on how best to look after your new purchase – but if things starts to go awry they’ll happily help you sort it out over the phone.
Plant Base, Rosebery
Not only does warehouse nursery Plant Base stocks hundreds of plants of all shapes and sizes, but it also has a coffee cart by Will & Co on-site, selling brews alongside almond croissants and poached-pear danishes from beloved Clovelly bakery Tuga Pastries.
As you snack and sip, wander the aisles of the 1000-square-metre space, which is heaving with indoor varieties to put in sunny corners; succulents that won’t take up too much space on your desk; larger shrubs for your backyard; and a range of flower arrangements with a particular focus on Australian natives, oriental lilies, sunflowers and long-stem roses (the nursery is part of the Mr Roses group).