10 Philly-Area Plant Shops That’ll Help Fill Your Home With Green

Spruce up your drab living space into a tropical green oasis at these local shops.


Looking to spruce up your drab living space? Hit up one of these 10 Philly-area plant shops and garden centers, including Terrain’s two suburban locations. / Photograph courtesy of Terrain.

In Philly’s concrete jungle, transforming your home into a green oasis might seem like an impossible feat. Luckily, there’s no shortage of plant-centric stores that’ll help you pick out the perfect hanging pothos, baby succulent, overflowing planter or window box suited for your home office or roof deck. Below, find 10 local plant shops and garden centers to visit when you want to nourish your green thumb — and give your living space a little extra TLC.

City Planter

814 North 4th Street, Northern Liberties

Whether you’re filling your backyard with petunias or picking out your first windowsill shrub, this Northern Liberties shop sells annual and perennial flowers, plus tropical houseplants of all shapes and sizes. To make first-time urban horticulture stress-free, City Planter offers door-to-door plant delivery, re-potting services, and “rehab” consultations for your sick houseplants.

Cultivaire

915 North 28th Street, Brewerytown

Owners MaryAnne McClay and Justin Kenyon know the struggle of raising a plant in Philly, which is why they’re focused on helping plant lovers across the city find the perfect (and budget-friendly!) florae. Whether you bring in photos of your home or request the experts come to you, Cultivaire’s team will help you pick out the greenery best suited for your space — no matter if it’s a dimly-lit studio or a sunny and spacious backyard.

 

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Greensgrow Farms

2501 East Cumberland Street, Olde Richmond and 5123 Baltimore Avenue, West Philly

Since launching in 1997, Greensgrow has been a leader in urban farming in Philadelphia. This non-profit runs two garden centers, educational and food access programming, gardening workshops, and other community development initiatives. After their staff helps you pick out the best houseplants or seeds for starting your own urban garden, pick up some fresh, locally-grown produce from their farmstand.

Pretty Green Terrariums

1116 South Street, Bella Vista and 907 Market Street, Market East

Strolling into Pretty Green Terrariums’ South Street store feels like stepping into a magical realm. Alongside an array of self-sustaining mini ecosystems are rocks hand-painted to look like eyes, chakra sage sticks, and kaleidoscopes. Bonus: The store just opened a satellite location in The Fashion District, bringing a little green to the downtown shopping experience.

 

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Secret Garden

7631 Ridge Avenue, Roxborough

Founded in 2004 by Roxborough native John Lynch, Secret Garden boasts a quiet, secluded ambiance, making it the perfect place to go if you want to shop for your plants in peace. (There’s no signage out front, making it a kind of speakeasy for green things!) The tucked-away garden center and nursery carries a wide selection of rare perennials and annuals, fruit and vegetable plants, hanging baskets, and organic soils and sprays.

STUMP

956 North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties and 22 South 40th Street, University City

STUMP’s owners — who started the brand in Columbus, Ohio in 2015 — have long rejected the model of traditional garden centers. Each location across the country ranges between 550 to 1,250 square feet to provide an intimate community of plant lovers and buyers. STUMP’s airy NoLibs location offers an array of tropical and desert plants, plus locally sourced, sustainably crafted wares. They recently opened their second Philly location in University City.

 

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Terrain

138 Lancaster Avenue, suite 110, Devon and 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

Terrain’s two garden centers in Glen Mills and Devon are for the posh boho plant parents out there. Summer standouts include blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry plants, begonias and ferns, hanging Spanish moss, and fresh eucalyptus wreaths. And, for those lacking gardening skills, Terrain offers a large collection of faux plants as well, from fig trees to falling vines to magnolia blossoms. They’re so close to the real thing, your dinner guests will never know the difference! Plus, stop by either location’s restaurants for dishes made with locally grown produce.

Urban Jungle

1526 East Passyunk Avenue, East Passyunk

Calling themselves “the plant people of South Philly,” Urban Jungle’s Curt and Tara Alexander transformed a former autobody shop into a massive plant warehouse. Go here for vertical wall planters, succulents, flower arrangements, and hanging baskets that’ll make you the envy of the neighborhood. Have a good amount of space and don’t know where to begin? Opt for their landscaping services.

 

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Vault + Vine

3507 Midvale Avenue, East Falls

Vault + Vine, an expansion of founder Peicha Chang’s Falls Flowers, is not only a plant and flower shop, but prides itself on being a community anchor that prioritizes sustainability and sourcing from local harvesters and businesses. You can visit for your everyday houseplant (go with one in a custom-painted planter!), or hire the East Falls brand to create stunning florals for weddings and events. Plus, their café features delectable snacks, like lattes from Triangle Roasters and desserts from Crust Vegan Bakery.

Walter Pine

729 South 4th Street, Queen Village

Walking into this Queen Village floral studio feels like stepping into a Parisian fleuriste’s storefront. Walter Pine offers stunning arrangements — customized based on the season’s best flowers — with color, texture, and shape in mind. The shop is also filled with statement and low-light plants, cacti, and even pet-friendly greens.