Although it may be technically spring, the weather doesn’t always make it feel that way. Snowstorms, rainstorms, tree branches that are too nervous to put out new leaves, a heavy feeling that winter may never end. It can be hard to believe summer is just a couple of months away.
If you’re sick of the gloom, we’ve got an answer for you: Get more houseplants. Houseplants have several benefits, from making a room look brighter and more inviting to boosting moods and cleaning the air. And you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home to do it. Buying plants online is easy, especially if you know where to do it.
We found the best places to order plants online, no matter what you’re looking for.
For when you’re new to plants
There’s no shame in being new to the houseplant game, but to save yourself the grief of a wilted new friend, we recommend starting with beginner plants. The Sill, which is one of the best-designed websites for plants, has a whole section dedicated to plants that are easy for beginners to keep alive, and they have gorgeous pots to keep them in to boot. We speak from experience: Get yourself at least one pothos plant.
For succulents & cacti
Succulents and cacti are often hardier plants, which means you could pretty reliably order even from places like Amazon. But we recommend looking at Etsy, which has several smaller sellers with gorgeous succulents. For example, we love Panicle and Frond, which sells everything from Graptosedum to Mammillaria gracilis, most for under $10.
For air-cleaning plants
If one of your main goals for adding more houseplants is to clean the air, Garden Goods Direct has a section of plants entirely dedicated to that. Spider plants, Dracaena, ficus and Boston ferns are all popular plants known for their air-purifying abilities, and if you spend more than $99, you’ll get free shipping.
For flowering plants
Want a flower garden but lack the outdoor space? White Flower Farm sells several types of indoor flowering plants, from lavender to Cape primrose to jasmine. They’ll also help you figure out what zone you’re in so your plants have a better chance of surviving when they arrive.
For large statement plants
Want a gorgeous treelike houseplant? Plantz is the place to go. Whether you want a palm or a ficus or a white bird of paradise, Plantz has several size options so you can choose the best one for your space.
If you’re building a terrarium or adding a statement to your kitchen window box, Moss Acres has all kinds of moss for you to choose from for the perfect look. Until May, they have a moss sampler available so you can try out several different types.
For hard-to-find plants
Are you well beyond beginner stages and looking for hard-to-find houseplants? Pistils Nursery, based in Portland, has a whole section of specimen plants that could be just what you’re looking for. Jewel orchids, staghorn ferns and the funky Swiss cheese plant are all among their offerings.
For when you just can’t get enough of new plants
If you don’t care so much about the type of plant you’re getting and just want new plants all the time, consider a plant subscription box. My Garden Box offers plants and gardening tools, The Desert Box focuses on succulents and cacti, and Horti has options that are totally pet-friendly.