8 best plants and gardening subscription boxes
Whether you're looking to up your gardening game or treat a green-fingered friend, these are the boxes you need to sign up to
It might have taken us a while to get there (thank you, snow in March!) but now gardening season is upon us. If you’re determined to transform yourself into a green-fingered pro or simply surround yourself with more plants, then subscribing to one of the latest gardening and plant subscription boxes is a sure-fire way to get off to a flying start.
These subscriptions deliver everything you need to make both the indoor and outdoor areas of your home look beautiful on a monthly or quarterly basis. Whether you’re simply after a low maintenance plant for your office or an introduction to more exotic plants to nurture and grow in your back garden, there really is something for everyone.
It doesn’t matter if you’re limited in the greenery department either, since many of the boxes featured can be used indoors or in small outdoor areas and balconies.
We sifted through the best on the market to find the top boxes to try this summer. Important considerations included the variety of products in the box, how easy the instructions were to follow and value for money. Here’s our definitive list of eight of the best gardening and plant subscription boxes.
Lazy Flora Seasonal Plant Collection Subscription: from £16 a month (boxes received quarterly), Lazy Flora
Those new to gardening can easily be overwhelmed by the amount of plants on offer, especially when it comes to different planting conditions and seasonal needs. Lazy Flora takes all the guesswork out of it by sending a bundle of plants appropriate to the season (subscribers can select five, 10 or 15) direct to your door each quarter. Given that they’d been sent in the post, our plants (which included a vibrant fuschia primula, fragrant alpine wallflower and spring-like bachelor’s button) arrived in excellent condition, survived several days of icy temperatures and continued to bloom over the coming weeks. Impressive stuff.
There’s no worry about needing any extras either: plants are carefully selected by an experienced gardener and the box comes with plenty of soil, plastic gloves and planting instructions. Subscribers pay monthly (from £16) but receive boxes quarterly, making the smallest box £48 (rising to £57 for 10 plants and £69 for fifteen plants). However, considering you receive everything you need to get started, we reckon it’s excellent value for money (especially for the larger bundles) and an ideal introduction for those new to the world of gardening.
Geo-Fleur Plant Post Club: from £25 a month, Geo-Fleur
If you want a low-fuss approach to boosting your indoor space, why not subscribe to the plant post club by Geo Fleur? Each month, you’ll receive a beautiful plant (we received a compact but leafy staghorn fern) an handmade pot to house it (ours was a textured woven basket made in Kenya) and lovely extras tailored to match the plant, such as postcard prints. At £25 a month, the box might seem slightly pricey for the size of the plant you receive, but you’re also paying for a decor item that will brighten up your home for months to come. It’s been four weeks since we’ve received our plant and it’s still going strong. Sign up for either one, three, six or 12 months at once.
Seed Pantry Grow Club Discovery Box: £12.99 a month, Seed Pantry
The Grow Club Discovery box is a monthly box that sends a mix of flower and food seeds in the post each month. Not only is a great budget option (at £12.99 a month it’s one of the cheapest of the bunch) but the club also allows you to select what’s included too. We simply logged on to select six of our favourites from a list 10 seed options, all carefully curated for the right time to grow (our choices included lettuce, potato and pink ranunculus). The box is best suited for those who are already familiar with gardening and want to expand their knowledge, as the box offers selection from around the world and provides detailed information on each seed. Delivery is monthly.
Bloombox Club Indoor Plant Box: £35 for three months, Bloombox Club
Another plant box worth trying is Bloombox, which sends you an aesthetically pleasing statement plant every three months, complete with an ornamental ceramic pot. We were impressed by the plant received – a waxy tropical zamioculcas zenzi – which certainly took centre stage in our living room. The large green ceramic pot enclosed was weighty and of excellent quality (almost worth the cost of the subscription alone). If you want your plant to take centre stage and are looking to invest in a plant every few months, then Bloom Box Club is definitely worth the investment. You can either pay quarterly or yearly, with latter saving 10 per cent on the cost.
Seedlings Cards and Gifts Wildflower Seed and Stationery Subscription Box: £34.99 for three months, Not on the High Street
A good gardener needs beautiful tools, so if you’re also a bit of a stationery fan, this seed and stationery box should be on your “to subscribe” list. You’ll receive a monthly box of wildflower seeds but some beautiful stationery accessories too: including a notebook to jot down your gardening adventures, mini wooden plant markers to mark out your plots and envelopes to collect your seeds. There’s not enough variety of seeds to use this box for all of your gardening needs, but it still makes a beautiful gift and is great for a monthly reminder to get outdoors armed with your seeds and notebooks.
Plant and Grow Pick N Mix Three Month Grow Your Own Seeds Subscription: £48.15 for three months, Not on the High Street
Available on Not On The High Street, Plant and Grow’s three-month subscription box is a quirky offering: gone are the usual bright florals you’d expect from gardening subscription boxes. Instead, there’s a range of unusual food seed boxes (a different one for each month of the year) such as a “Gin Botanical Kit” (June’s offering) and a “Stir Fry Kit” (July’s choice). Unfortunately, we missed the date for the gin kit, but were delighted with the nifty edible flower box (containing seeds for cornflower, viola, calendula and nasturtium) we received.
The contents can be planted outside, but this box is largely geared towards indoor gardeners, offering compost disks, a mini greenhouse, plant markers and a recipe card to use your creations with (once bloomed, our flowers will be used to make a tasty “blooming salad”). The in-depth instructions made it incredibly easy for us to plant our seeds and we now eagerly await their growth. At under £50 for a three-month subscription, it’s great value for money and perfect if you’re lacking on space but need some inspiration. Six- and 12-month subscription plans are also available.
Bloombox Club Outdoor Plants Box: from £59 for three months, Bloombox Club
Another offering from Bloombox club makes our final cut. This time it’s their outdoor plant subscription box. This box is suited for the urban gardener who is looking for bright, colourful plants to liven up balconies and terraces. The box is delivered quarterly and contains five plants and a quirky hessian sack planter.
All of the plants have been carefully selected to require minimum fuss, so this box is great for city-dwellers who are time-poor, wanting to dabble in gardening to make the most of their green space. The only downside is the price: at £59.99, it’s the most expensive box on our list. Subscribe quarterly or yearly, with the annual plan once again saving you 10 per cent of the cost.
Mud & Bloom Monthly Nature Crafts and Gardening Activities: £7.95 a month, Mud & Bloom
Gardening shouldn’t be an adults-only activity. If you’re keen to get your little ones away from the screen and into the outdoors, then Mud & Bloom might be the box for you. The aim of each box is to inspire your youngster to harness to the power of the outdoors, through a mixture of nature and craft activities. Boxes are seasonal and ours included a gardening activity (seeds to grow your own giant sunflowers and organic cucumbers), a nature-based craft one (we received a mixture of materials to make a miniature garden). The box is great fun but there’s an educational element too: the activities included are designed by qualified teachers in line with the national curriculum. A fantastic way to develop your garden and new family bonds at the same time. Delivery is monthly.
Sprout London Coffee&Plant Subscription Box: from £24, Sprout London
Sprout London’s mission is to provide affordable plants to homeowners who don’t have much green space of their own. Based in Hackney, Sprout’s plants are perfect for city-dwellers who want to add a splash of colour to their homes without shelling out a fortune. Their coffee and plant subscription boxes offer something a little bit extra – not only do subscribers receive a beautiful houseplant but a 250g bag of coffee from East London coffee roastery Dark Arts Coffee (the bags alone retails at around £10, making this combo great value). There’s lots of flexibility for customers: subscribers can select from a one-, three-, six- ,nine- or 12-month plan and also customise the coffee they’d like to receive too (whether you prefer ground beans, espresso or filter, they’ve got you covered).
The Verdict: Gardening and plant subscription boxes
If you’re looking for everything you need to get started, we definitely recommend Lazy Flora’s Seasonal Subscription boxes. We also love the unusual seeds on offer in Plant and Grow’s three-month subscription box. Finally, Mud & Bloom also gets a nod for inspiring the next generation of gardeners.
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