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As people across the country are self-isolating and working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic it is more important than ever to find ways to boost our morale and help us to de-stress.
Studies suggest having plants in the office or a view of a green space improves job satisfaction, productivity and our mental health, too.
A study conducted by scientists from the University of Hyogo in Japan found that having a plant on your desk could be the key to feeling less frazzled.
While three minutes of staring at your plant, or tending to your succulents, has reported to decrease anxiety and slow down your heart rate.
For those looking to bring some green inside, you can order everything from succulents that need minimal maintenance, to large exotic house plants to brighten up your living room.
Or, if you’re looking to give your garden or balcony a spring-overhaul, now is the time to plant those bulbs and seeds that will bloom in no time.
The best places to buy plants online
Trouva | Shop here
Top pick: Epipremnum Aureum House Plant | £18
Trouva is full of independent sellers who supply everything from cacti to exotic plants.
They deliver to the UK for £2.99 per order, as well as to Germany, France, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Austria, Italy, Portugal and Luxembourg for £3.49 for standard delivery.
However, the Epipremnum Aureum - also known as Devil’s Ivy, is not available for international shipping. This particular plant is easy to tend to, and fast growing, so it is best placed on a high shelf to see it in its element.
Gardening Express | Shop here
Top pick: Indoor Yucca Tree In White Pot | £9.99 (Was £14.99)
Gardening Express has a vast array of indoor and outdoor plants for keen gardeners.
The company deliver to the UK and Northern Ireland, and while it offers free delivery on all orders over £175, for a charge of £5.99 you can select standard delivery to arrive between three to five days.
Bloom Box Club | Shop here
Top pick: Large Mother-In-Law's Tongue Laurentii | £21
Bloom Box Club offers a whole host of plants for shoppers to buy to suit the home, as well as immune boosting plants and pet-friendly options.
Those who are stuck for choice can treat themselves, or a loved one, by signing up to a plant subscription with free shipping.
Bloom Box Club only delivers to the UK at a flat rate of £6.95 per order - unless you have a Plant Subscription Box.
Crocus | Shop here
Top pick: Chinese money plant and pot | £23.94
Crocus offers a great range of bedding plants, from scented sweet peas to marigolds and begonias.
You can receive a seed order for only £2, or purchase as much as you want for a flat delivery fee of £5.99.
Those wanting to buy something a little smaller, such has bulbs, will pay a £3.99 delivery fee.
If you want your order a little sooner, you can splash out £8.99 or £9.99 for named or next day delivery.
Primrose | Shop here
Top pick: 50cm Fiddle Leaf Fig Ficus Lyrata | £15.99
From garden plants to thriving houseplants, Primrose has a wide variety of items for you to bring the outdoors inside.
The company ships to mainland areas in the UK, as well as Scotland and Northern Ireland, although certain postcodes may incur additional charges.
Standard delivery costs £6.99, while next day delivery costs £9.99.
Patch Plants | Shop here
Top pick: Peggy Ceropegia Woodii | £18
Patch Plants is your indoor plant go-to.
It offers free delivery to all customers in the UK when your basket costs over £50. Those who live outside of London will receive their order within three to six working days.
If your order is under £50, it is only an additional £5 for delivery.
John Lewis & Partners | Shop here
Top pick: The Little Botanical Large Succulent Plant Gang | £55
John Lewis & Partners never fail to impress, as they have a wide range of plants for their customers to buy, from potted succulents, to Dracaena plants, Benjamina plants in a basket, as well as orchids and other botanical sets.
The retailer offers a variety of delivery options, including free delivery on orders over £50, while a small charge of £3.50 is added to purchases under £50.
B&Q | Shop here
Top pick: Swiss Cheese Plant | £10
From hanging plants and primrose seeds to cacti and yucca, B&Q has a vast range of plants for your home and for the outdoors that won’t break the bank.
B&Q delivers to all mainland addresses in the UK, as well as the Isle of Man. However there is a fee of £5 for orders under £50 that are shipped next day or named day.
If you are bulk buying your plants, a delivery charge of £30 will be added to your order, unless your basket is over £350.
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