The joys of owning house plants are innumerable. We ask ourselves every day why we don't own more plants — and then we remember we live in a city, don't own cars, and don't possess the physical strength or patience to lug a Fiddle Leaf Fig through the subway and up six blocks to our home.
Thankfully, we can now buy plants online faster than it takes to fill up a watering can. Sending someone a house plant through the mail is also a simple and creative gift idea that your loved one won't forget. Because sending a bouquet of flowers is great, but a plant's joy sure lasts longer.
Scroll through for our favorite places to buy plants online.
Bloomscape sends you fully-grown and pre-potted plants, so all you have to do is take it out of the box and love it dearly. This service is especially great when buying large plants, like this Bird of Paradise, which clocks in at 48" tall and would be a real pain to carry home.
Bloomscape also has a helpful interface that gives you care tips and tells you how difficult the plant is to grow, how much light it needs, and if it's pet-friendly. There are free returns on all plants and free shipping on plants over $50.
This plant not only looks beautiful, it will help you out when you catch a bit too much direct sunlight. Farmgirl Flowers sells burlap-wrapped bouquets and house plants grown by American farmers receiving living wages, medical benefits, and working in safe conditions.
$48, Farmgirl Flowers
If you can't trust yourself to keep even a succulent alive, The Sill is a good place to dip into the greenery hobby. Under 'The Sill Plant Promise,' you can return your certain plants for up to a year after you've purchased it.
So if your Philodendron here starts looking a little, well, dead, there's hope for your green thumb yet. You can choose to receive your plant in one of The Sill's Instagram-friendly pots or just buy the plant itself to stay on the cheaper side. The Sill also offers free returns in 30 days and gifts you a free Pilea peperomioides with orders of $50.
$9, The Sill
You can get anything on Amazon, including this assortment of 20 succulents. Amazon launched its garden shop late last year, which has streamlined the process of finding and buying live plants on its site. A ton of the plants are available on Amazon Prime, in case you need plants and you need 'em fast.
You can buy a pineapple plant online and have it shipped to your door! We are living in a golden age of golden fruit — just don't eat this one. It's ornamental. This pineapple plant comes from Botanique Workshop in London, The plants are sold through Trouva, which is a website full of independent boutiques selling plants and some seriously trendy decor.
Is there anything more charming than coming home to a Shooting Star Hydrangea at your door? Terrain sells all the tools and supplies you need to tend and grow your own garden, but they also have a nice collection of live plants available (if you'd like a running start).
At the same place where you can buy your Vans slip-ons and rose gold desk decor, you can get curated bundles of small plants, such as this assortment of tropical air plants.
$35, Urban Outfitters