Are you looking for plants for your garden? Or want to buy a plant as a gift for a "green-thumbed" friend? There are a number of venues to buy plants around the Nelson Bay region, which have extensive ranges and something for everyone - and every garden.
On a personal note, our family have been on the hunt for palm trees - nothing too huge, but enough to make our garden look tropical. After recently moving from Canberra, where everything we bought had to be frost-tolerant, it is refreshing to look for tropical plants to suit the Port Stephens climate. Palms, ferns, birds-of-paradise and frangipanis, seem to be flourishing in every garden we see. These are the plant nurseries and outlets that we have discovered, however, if you know of somewhere else - perhaps a locals secret we haven't heard about - then please leave a comment at the top of this article. The first leafy venue has the "wow" factor, as soon as you walk in...
Walk in and start exploring, at Plant Trade Nursery, Bobs Farm
Plant Trade Nursery is located on Nelson Bay Road at Bobs Farm, just a few minutes from Anna Bay. It is the only plant nursery that was recommended to us by a number of locals when we asked them where to go to buy quality plants that will survive the Port Stephens climate. Inside the front entranceway, the plants look lush, green and healthy, as they stand in rows according to what they are. They sell native trees, hedging, fruit trees, annuals, magnolias, grasses, ground covers, ferns, succulents, roses, herbs and much more. They also have a row of $5 plants on clearance, if you are looking for a bargain.
Once you have finished looking, allow some time to look in their quaint gift shop, with items for your garden or beautiful, unique gifts for loved ones. We ended up buying a lot of our palms in this location, as they looked healthy and were tall in size for the price. See here for details.
Palms, bamboo and Christmas sculptures, at Plant Trade Nursery
Bunnings is located at Taylors Beach, less than 10 minutes from the nursery, above. It has an extensive plant section, to the right of the store, with reasonable prices and a great variety for every budget. Ensure you read the plant label before you buy, to confirm that the plant is suited to the Port Stephens environment. See here for details.
Bluewater Landscape Supplies is located in Salamander Bay and has a small plant section out the front of the business. Take a walk along and check out their natives, fruit trees, succulents and palms - which all look healthy and regularly watered. They also have more trees near their office, as well as a wide range of succulents and palms in a shaded section nearby. See here for details.
Buy a wide range of plants for the garden at Bluewater Landscape Supplies. Image: Bluewater Landscape Supplies Facebook
Markets are a popular way to pick up some cheap plants, which have already been acclimatised to the surrounding region. In Nelson Bay, take a walk around Tomaree Markets and Nelson Bay Legacy Markets, for some well-priced plant bargains. If you like Bromeliads in particular, you will find at least a few stalls selling them at either of these markets. If you live near Medowie, also check out the Medowie Markets for cheap plants that are hardy and drought tolerant. We have picked up a number of ferns from these local markets, at a fraction of the price of the plant nurseries. Also look out for cheap frangipani cuttings in pots, at excellent prices. See here for a full listing of markets in the Port Stephens region.
Bargains you can't walk by, at the local markets around Nelson Bay
These are the best places that we have found to buy plants around Nelson Bay - do you have somewhere else that you prefer to go? Do you drive further towards Newcastle or Raymond Terrace for a larger plant nursery, which you have used for years? If so, please leave a comment at the top of this article.
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