Starting to feel a little stir-crazy at home? Get your nature fix with these indoor plant delivery services.
As Australians gear up for a full lockdown, with even stricter social distancing rules now in place, we’re all getting a taste of life on the inside – of our houses, that is. And while self-isolation can be a time to catch up on Netflix, learn some new DIY beauty tricks and spend the day in your PJs, it can also make it tough to score your daily dose of nature.
Research shows that exposure to green spaces is key for your mental health, productivity and focus, so what can you do when you’re supposed to spend the majority of your day inside?
Order some houseplants online, obvs.
Just like you can have your groceries delivered to your door, you can also put in an order for a cheeky monstera or fiddle leaf fig to help brighten up your study or create your very own garden room.
Here are the best places to shop.
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Based in the Currumbin Valley, Plants in a Box delivers more than 600 different species direct from growers all across QLD, ACT, NSW, SA and VIC. As well as offering free delivery for your indoor plants, hedges, shrubs, grasses, climbers and ground cover, they’ll also replace your plants or refund your money if your new friends arrive in a less than perfect condition. Know a plant lover in need of cheering up? Make use of the Plants in a Box gift service, too.
Specialising in rare, high-quality indoor plants, Home of Houseplants only ever has a certain number of specimens in stock so they’re able to send you the crème de la crème. They grow every plant for sale and are schooled in biosecurity, which means they’re able to deliver to WA, TAS and the NT as well as the rest of Australia. Check out their range of philodendrons, alocasias, calatheas and sansevierias to turn your home into an indoor jungle or visit the special “Easy to Grow” section if you’re just starting out.
Love succulents? Then prepare to be obsessed with Little Succers. Not only do they deliver Australia wide (and offer a same-day service for Sydney residents), they also include a cute decorative pot for every order, too. They make for the perfect gift for friends – but we reckon it’s time to treat yourself.
Got a green thumb (or want one) and live in QLD, NSW, VIC, ACT or SA? Then sign up for a monthly subscription to Botanic Box. Every month, you’ll receive a new plant and pot created in collaboration with a local artist. Don’t have much luck with houseplants? Check out their blog for details on how to care for your new pal.
Not only does Bloom Space have a wide variety of plants to choose from (with artwork, pots and planters available to purchase, too), they also donate some of their proceeds to a reforestation project. If you live in NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT or SA, we rate their Bird of Paradise for your outdoor deck and Devil’s Ivy for the study.
More essential coronavirus reading:
Read up on what the government lockdown means for you, understand why Aussie doctors are up arms, be aware of the ‘hidden symptom’ of COVID-19 carriers, prepare yourself for the long-term mental health effects of the pandemic, get your sweat on at home with these free online workouts before reviving your over-washed hands with this DIY balm, and then console yourself with these unexpected joys.