The sun is out, the birds are chirping and the monotony of lockdown has finally convinced you to rest your weary thumbs from your Nintendo Switch and explore their green potential instead.

Whether you're looking to dust off the shovel and get your garden geared for summer, or perhaps less fortunate with space, want to spruce up a bald balcony or windowsill with a few flowery friends, there are plenty of UK retailers online that can deliver indoor and garden plants to you right now. 

Here are some of the top places for mail order house plants, outdoor plants, perennials for outdoor bedding and more.

(Psst! If you're a total gardening noob, why not check out these cheap gardening courses on Udemy or Masterclass).

Floom

Floom

Floom has a wonderful selection of indoor and outdoor plants from independent florists from London, Bristol and Brighton. You can see all the plant and flower options available to you by entering your post code.

They offer same-day delivery too if you order before 12pm, and next day delivery if you order by midnight. Regular delivery costs £6.99, which arrives the next day at the earliest. Same day delivery costs £9.99.

You can also shop for groceries and hampers from Floom.

Gardening Direct

Gardening Direct

Gardening Direct is your one-stop shop for practically any type of plant you can think of. The mail order live plant supplier launched its service in 1996 and grows all its plants in its nursery in Jersey.

The site itself isn't too concerned with being sleek and trendy like Floom, but when you can find everything from bedding plants, shrubs, trees, bulbs and seeds, to fruit and vegetable plants, hanging baskets and accessories, all for around £20 or less the look of the site doesn't really matter. It's no doubt stocks sell out quickly.

Delivery is free on orders over £40 and you get a 30-day replacement or refund if you're unhappy. Check out Gardening Direct to see all its offerings.

Thompson & Morgan

Thompson & Morgan

Established in 1855, Thompson & Morgan is now one of the UK's largest mail order seed and plant suppliers. Like Gardening Direct, it offers an enormous range of plants for both the outdoors and indoors, along with loads of gardening equipment, accessories and decorations like water features, ornaments and outdoor furniture.

Thompson & Morgan also work to reduce the wastage of plants from nurseries and growers. It saves millions of plants by selling them off at a reduced cost. You can find plenty of outdoor and indoor plants within £6 to £8

The brand has a replacement or refund policy like Gardening Direct. Delivery rates vary, depending on what you buy. Seeds have a delivery cost of £2.99 while other orders have a cost of £4.99. It's a maximum delivery fee of £6.99 if you buy both plants and seeds. You should receive your plants within 3-4 days.

Head to Thompson & Morgan now to see its selections. 

Gardens4You

Gardens4You

Gardens4You has excellent discounts on plants, with loads of mail order house plant options under £15 in its Sale. The site is well organized and easy to use with sections covering everything from the standard house and bedding plants to more specialized options, like bonsai trees and pond plants.

Orders over £50 qualify for free delivery and should arrive between 3-6 days. Check out Gardens4You now.

Appleyard Flowers

Appleyard London

Appleyard Flowers is a luxury mail order plant site, similar to Floom, with a slick design and options for hampers and groceries too. It's a good destination if you want to buy flowers and plants as a gift (just see its elaborate flower and champagne menu). With special attention given to presentation, Appleyard plants and flowers arrive in lovely ceramic pots, ready to display and impress its recipient.

You can find both garden plants and houseplants at prices starting around £20-£24. 

Appleyard offers free standard tracked contract-free delivery on its plants. Check out its Spring offers.