Right now you’re probably spending more time at home than ever. 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 Leaf Supply, Nature’s Colours or Swane’s.

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Garden Life

This vast space is a rare hybrid of chic homewares store and the archetypal grubby nursery, offering the best of both worlds. With designer tables alongside all the usual plants, it’s no wonder it’s a favoured destination for landscape architects. Head here if your house looks lifted from the pages of a magazine, or you just wish it would and have the cash to make it happen.

158 Princes Highway, St Peters

The Plant Society

This spot feels as much like a stylish home as a plant store – and indeed, the two-room bed and breakfast upstairs is amply decorated with plants. Stick to the ground floor if you’re just here to buy. As you’d expect from a terrace house in Paddington, house plants are strictly the go here.

21 William Street, Paddington

Rare Plants and Succulents Nursery

This appointment-only nursery stocks some 300 varieties of obscure cacti, succulents and agave. Owner Margaret Cumurovic has a knack for unearthing spectacular finds, and when she’s not meeting succulent enthusiasts at the nursery, you’ll find her on the road sourcing plants from all over Sydney, sometimes driving up to three hours away. That patience applies to growing, as well – some of her cacti are up to 50 years old, compared to the three-year-old specimens usually found at nurseries. Prices start at a reasonable $5, with plenty for $15 and $20.

108 Mark Road, Rossmore

Eden Gardens

If there’s such a thing as spending a day out at a nursery, Eden Gardens is the place to do so. Set on 2.5 acres, this aspirational site features a cafe, florist and display garden (i.e. one planted purely for admiring) in addition to sizeable indoor and outdoor retail areas. Wicker chairs, striking pots and masses of fiddle leaf figs and other on-trend house plants give the place an impressive aesthetic, but beyond that it has all the trappings of a regular nursery.

307 Lane Cove Road, Macquarie Park

Newtown Garden Market

Newtown’s friendly spirit is on full display at this compact nursery, where the knowledgeable staff can talk you through everything from planning your first garden to why your favourite monstera is no longer thriving. Stop by for flowers, dwarf fruit trees, bonsai, seeds and a substantial range of indoor plants, all crammed into a lush, jungle-like space.

538 King Street, Newtown

Randwick City Council Community Nursery

Newcomers might mistake this sparing open-air nursery for a temporary boot sale, rather than what it is: a 50-year-old operation with some of the cheapest natives in the inner city. The catalogue runs from potted herbs all the way up to full-height trees, with species from all over the world. That said, the nursery has a penchant not just for natives, but for those best adapted to the eastern suburbs’ sandy soils. If you live in the area, this is a great place to start or replenish your garden. Just not on a weekend: Randwick Community Nursery is only open on weekdays.

2B Barker Street, Kingsford

Honeysuckle Garden Mosman

Where many nurseries are supplied by larger wholesalers, this award-winning operation has its own massive production site in Dural. This steady, beating heart keeps Honeysuckle’s two locations in Mosman and Turramurra (and several other nurseries on this list) supplied with a wide range of healthy, high-quality stock, from seedlings to mature shrubs and trees. This is backed by a full range of services, including home delivery, landscaping and horticultural consultation.

500 Military Road, Mosman

Sydney Wildflower Nursery

Sydney’s best native plant nursery? Many say this is it. With a history that stretches back to 1974 and a running catalogue of 1200 native flowers, trees, shrubs and grasses, this is the place to visit if you’re looking to plant a hardy, well-adapted garden that will require low ongoing maintenance. This is also a hot destination if you’re interested in edible natives and want to learn how to grow and cook them. The team even has a bunch of recipes up its sleeve.

9 Veno Street, Heathcote

Swayne’s Dural

For all the sense it makes to plant natives properly adapted to Sydney’s conditions, an English-style cottage garden is still tempting to many people. If you’re one of them, the 16-hectare Swane’s – which has a second, smaller location in Carlingford – could be the nursery for you. Founded in 1919, Swane’s originally operated as a market garden. Over time, though, its focus has shifted heavily to roses, which it now grows in a row of big, identical pitched-roof greenhouses, along with orchids and other ornamental blooms. Outside you’ll find a full range of cacti and succulents, plenty of exotic shrubs and climbers from Asia, plus eucalypts and an array of other natives.

490 Galston Road, Dural

Growing Friends

The Royal Botanic Garden is huge, so you can be forgiven if you’ve never noticed this small retail nursery set on the eastern boundary, near Woolloomooloo. Outdoor plant seedlings are the thing here – more so than full-grown specimens, anyway – with prices starting from as little as $5. The stock is largely propagated from the RBG’s own collection and those of its counterparts in Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains. That means rare and exotic flowers, shrubs and creepers often pop up for sale, alongside a steadier supply of natives.

The Royal Botanic Garden Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney

Valley Ranch Succulents

Few nurseries in Sydney can claim third-generation ownership like Valley Ranch Succulents, established in the 1960s. Despite the name, this backyard operation stocks more than succulents and cacti. It’s also a destination for ferns and various natives, almost all of which are propagated on site.

2 Kellys Way, Oxford Falls

Hamilton’s World of Cacti

Kevin and April Hamilton founded this nursery in 1979, when they found it hard to get certain cacti and succulents for their own garden. They quickly amassed hundreds of specimens and later moved to Llandilo, the business’s current home, in 1993. Today their daughter Kim (secretary of The Cactus and Succulent Society of NSW) runs the show, with upwards of 500,000 individual plants up for sale.

2 Fourth Avenue, Llandilo

Terrace

If you’re just after one or two attractive plants and pots for your loungeroom, Terrace is a simpler option than a full-blown nursery. The playful store stocks succulents, ferns and various other indoor staples.

47 Queen Street, Woollahra

Plant Base

Visit for fiddle-leaf figs, golden cane palms and pots from around the world. Plus Tuga pastries and strong coffee.

57-59 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery

Harvest Seeds and Native Plants

This nursery is dedicated to indigenous plants and can help you discover what was growing in your neighbourhood way before you arrived.

281 Mona Vale Road, Terrey Hills

Noraville Green

It stocks 150 plant varieties – the majority of which are indoor and shade-friendly. And if you’re lacking a green thumb, it’ll help you keep your new purchases thriving.

Flinders Street, Darlinghurst