It’s 2021 and gardening is going virtual — kind of. In the past, you had to take a trip to your nearest nursery or garden center to get all the right supplies to make your garden grow. But now, you can simply sign up for a gardening subscription box to have a seasonal assortment of plants, succulents and seeds sent right to your door. Most of the subscription boxes ship on a monthly basis, but a select few follow a quarterly model, shipping at the start of every season.
We’ve rounded up the best gardening subscription boxes, keeping in mind different budgets, skill levels and garden types. You’ll find subscription boxes suited to outdoor vegetables, flower and herb gardens, as well as houseplant-only options for apartment dwellers without a suitable patio space or lawn. You have two main options: Grow plants from seed or let online plant services like The Sill, Leaf & Clay and Horti ship pre-potted greenery, so you can bask in their beauty from day one. Lucky for you, all of the subscription boxes on this list come with care instructions and helpful tips to guide you on the exciting new gardening journey ahead. (All of these ideas also make a great gift for the gardener in your life, just sayin’.)
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Grow Plants From Seed
Urban Organic Gardener
$5 per month for Monthly Mystery Box; $14.97 for Pro Membership
During the sign-up process, Urban Organic Gardener will ask you where you plan to plant your seeds, as well as how many sunlight that area typically receives. From there, they’ll come up with a seed selection that fits your needs. Pick between two monthly subscription options: The Monthly Mystery Box comes with up to two seed packs, along with starting soil pods, planting labels and instructions. The Pro Membership includes five seed packs, soil pods, plant labels, fertilizer, instructions and bonus offers.
Houseplants Fit for Any Space
Classic Plant Subscription
Keep a better eye on your plants by leaving them inside. Each month, The Sill will send a houseplant in a black or cream planter, along with instructions to ensure that you treat your new green friend with the proper care. If you’re new to houseplants, don’t worry: They only pull from their low-maintenance, hard-to-kill plant selection.
Get a Mix of Plants and Succulents
My Garden Box gives you everything you need to make your garden grow, from live plants to potting soil. The plant selection varies from month to month, so you can build your indoor and outdoor garden with herbs, flowers and vegetables throughout the year.
Plants Arrive Pre-Potted
Bulb of the Month
Harry & David
$99 for 3 months; $199.99 for 6 months; $379.99 for 12 months
Every month, Harry & David will wow you with a colorful assortment of freshly-planted bulbs. They tailor their monthly send to the season, shipping tulips in May, amaryllis in November and so forth. Although the flowers look stunning in the decorative wooden planter, you can also plant them in the ground, depending on what the weather’s like.
For a Constant Herb Supply
Herb Garden Seasonal Subscription
$44.99 per quarter
Monthly subscriptions are great and all, but they can sometimes be too much to keep up with. Leaf’d Box follows a quarterly schedule, so you only receive a box at the start of every season. Each box comes packed with 10 classic herb varieties, everything from cilantro to basil, which you can later plant in a pot or the ground. Grow your entire meal by signing up for their vegetable garden subscription box while you’re at it.
Build the Ultimate Outdoor Garden
$7.75 per month for Just the Seeds of the Month; $22 per month for Basic Bloomin’ Bin; $35 per month for Premium Bloomin’ Bin
Regardless if you’re new to gardening or a total pro, you’ll find something to love in each Bloomin’ Bin subscription box. Shipments are packed with the most in-season seeds (eggplant and cosmos seeds in June, for example), so you can always stay on top of your garden. Pick between a seed-only subscription, a basic box with seeds and soil, or a premium box with seeds, soil, and a tool of some sort.
Sends Succulents Only
The Mystery Box
Leaf & Clay
$19.95 for 1 month; $53.85 for 3 months; $95.70 for 6 months
You’ll fully lean into the surprise element of gardening subscription boxes with Leaf & Clay. Choose The Mystery Box subscription to receive three hand-picked succulents each month. There’s no say what they’ll look like — you’ll just have to wait and see. FYI: If you live in a colder climate, pay an additional $5 for a heat pack to keep plants from freezing.
Versatile Enough for New Plant Parents
Monthly Plant Subscription
$25 for two naked plants; $20 for a plant in a terracotta pot; $20 for a plant in a painted terracotta pot
Horti’s subscription service has something for everyone, even those without green thumbs. Select the New to Planting plan to get easy-care plants, the Pet-Friendly Plan to receive non-toxic plants that you can keep around your cat or dog, or Horti’s Pick plan for a carefully selected mix of the two. You can decide if you want your new plant to arrive solo or tucked inside a terracotta pot, plain or hand-painted.
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