Whether you’re hoping to liven up your work-from-home space or add color to your landscaping, a visit to a plant nursery is a great way to find exactly what you need. Houston nurseries carry exotic plants, native plants, indoor plants, and outdoor plants–basically, plants for every kind of plant lover. Several nurseries even specialize in rare plants. To help you figure out which one might have what you’re looking for, we’ve put together a list of the best nurseries in Houston.
Most Popular Indoor Plants
- Fiddle leaf fig tree
- Hawaiian Lisa cane
- Areca palm
- ZZ plant
- Mother-in-law’s tongue
- Large kentia palm
- Bambusa vulgaris
- Bird of paradise
Most Popular Native Plants
- Eastern purple coneflower
- Black-eyed Susan
- Inland sea oats
- Southern wax myrtle
- Pride of Houston yaupon holly
- Autumn sage
- Texas olive
Houston Plant Nurseries
1. Buchanan’s Native Plants
Buchanan’s Native Plants is home to a lot of native plants and organic gardening supplies. The upside to buying native plants is that you won’t have to worry too much about how the Houston climate will affects them. Beginning gardeners will have an easier time starting out with plants that don’t need as much upkeep, and the staff at Buchanan’s is always willing to help guide them in the right direction.
Where: 611 E 11th St, Houston, TX 77008
2. Cornelius Nursery
Cornelius Nursery is a good place to visit if you’re looking for houseplants, bulbs, or shrubs. Cornelius is one of the most reasonably priced nurseries in Houston and often has seasonal sales. In addition to indoor and outdoor plants, the gardening center sells top-notch soil, gardening tools, and a small selection of home decor.
Where: 2233 S Voss Rd, Houston, TX 77057
3. Joshua’s Native Plants
Joshua’s Native Plants is another place for low-maintenance native plants. The nursery boasts drought-resistant plants that need no special soils or fertilizers to flourish since they’re native to the Gulf Coast. Joshua’s also sells colorful pottery, standing planters, garden statues, and other garden decor.
Where: 502 W 18th St, Houston, TX 77008
4. Plants for All Seasons
Plants for All Seasons is a local, family-run gardening center that has a large selection to choose from. Here, you can find shrubs, succulents, vegetables, sod, indoor plants, outdoor trees, and more. The nursery is known to keep on top of trends and will often one of the first nurseries in Houston to stock newly popular tropical plants. You can also take advantage of the center’s gardening classes or their custom potting service.
Where: 21328 TX-249, Houston, TX 77070
5. Maas Nursery
Maas Nursery covers all the bases, including annuals, perennials, trees, and ground cover. The gardening center spans 8 acres, so it may take you a while to explore everything they have to offer. Check out their outdoor decor, which includes fun surprises such as multi-tiered fountains and dinosaur statues.
Where: 5511 Todville Rd, Seabrook, TX 77586
6. Houston Garden Centers
Houston Garden Centers is a chain with several locations throughout the greater Houston area. This is a great place to buy outdoor plants, especially annuals, perennials, shrubs, ferns, and trees. If you’re in need of soil or mulch, this gardening center is a good place to get a lot of it at an affordable price.
Where: 10763 I-10 W, Houston, TX 77079
7. Another Place in Time
On the other side of the spectrum, Another Place in Time is a smaller local nursery that specializes in rare and tropical plants. The nursery also offers deals of the week and specials, so the prices for even rare items are reasonable, so it’s very popular among collectors.
Where: 421 W 11th St, Houston, TX 77008
8. RCW Nurseries
RCW Nurseries carries a large selection of shrubs and trees native to the Gulf Coast, so it’s a great place to get some hardy outdoor plants for beginners. The garden center has been growing native plants for over 40 years and can definitely help get you started with your own collection. In addition, RCW carries hundreds of varieties of roses. Some require more care than others, and RCW staff are there to advise you on how to choose the rose that fits your skill level and how to care for it. Plus, the center is home to several rescue birds, which you’ll get to see flying overhead as you browse.
Where: 15809 Texas 249 Access Rd, Houston, TX 77086
9. Kingwood Garden Center
Kingwood Garden Center is home to trees, shrubs, and plenty of tropical plants. What makes them stand out, though, are their herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Choose from the seed wall or grab a young fruit tree and enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes with eating food you’ve grown yourself. Plus, there’s nothing quite like fresh-picked herbs to spice up a dish. You can also check out Kingwood’s home goods, which includes everything from statues, wind chimes, and outdoor pillows to candles, lotion, and accent furniture.
Where: 1216 Stonehollow Dr, Kingwood, TX 77339
10. The Cactus King
The Cactus King sells…well, cactuses. If you’re looking for succulents and cactuses, The Cactus King has got you more than covered. In fact, this family-run nursery has the largest collection of both for sale in the world, spread through 15 greenhouses. In addition to quite a lot of prickly plant life, you’ll find unusual sculptures throughout the nursery, some without their heads. Customers say that the plants are affordable and the staff is more than happy to help you figure out the best fit for you, not what would net them the most money. Note: the King doesn’t accept debit or credit cards, so bring cash in hand (or a check, if you have any).
Where: 7900 I-45, Houston, TX 77037
If you’d like to see plants in the wild, check out our list of Top 10 Lakes in the Houston Area to check out parks with plenty of local flora.
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