Whether you have several acres at your disposal or simply a spare windowsill, you'll find everything you need to get a little greenery in your life at London's best garden centres. Plants, herbs, window boxes, seeds – you'll find it all and more at the soily superstores below.
77 Park Hall Road, London, SE21 8ESThe boutique-sized Alleyn Park punches well above its weight. Regularly highlighted as one of the UK's finest garden centres by mags and newspapers, it emphasises UK-grown stock from small suppliers. Fruit trees, herbs and herbaceous perennials (some in biodegradable sacks that can be planted straight into the ground) are a key feature, while a gorgeous gift shop also stocks tools and sundries.
51-53 Islip Street, London, NW5 2DLBoma isn't just a place to buy your plants - although it's certainly well stocked if you're just looking for some raw garden materials, with its full compliment of bedding plants, trees and bushes, plus pots and cans. It also offers a complete gardening package, from regular gardening services, one-off complete re-landscaping projects, and personal shopping to help guide your choices.
Chelsea Farmers' Market, 125 Sydney Street, London, SW3 6NROne for the moneyed gardener, this picturesque centre sells a wide range of plants, seeds and even fruit trees, as well as fertilisers, pots and tools. Locals love this place for its old-fashioned (but quite glamourous) charm and traditional services. It's an ideal destination if you're looking to transform a small area or create a tranquil terrace.
5A Clifton Villas, London, W9 2PHVisiting London's stateliest centre, established in 1851, fills the amateur gardener with longing and enthusiasm. Among the gorgeous stucco mansions of Little Venice you enter a horticulturalist's paradise, via a shady drive lined with topiarised box trees in lavish pots.
2 Wick Lane, London, E3 2NAHidden between the Union Canal and the St Mark's Gate entrance of Victoria Park, this community garden centre is staffed by a team of horticulturalists and garden designers who are intent on improving the environment for those living in the East End.
Heathfield Road, London, SW18 2PHAt the fringes of Wandsworth Common (and just across the road from Wandsworth Prison), Neal's is one of the largest garden centres in the capital. Pitched at the mainstream gardener, it comes well stocked with a wide selection of popular plants, covering fruit and veg to roses, as well as a small number of specimen trees (which can be delivered for a small fee).
78-80 Earl's Court Road, London, W8 6EQA visit to Rassells is probably as close as you'll get to children's book, 'The Secret Garden'. On first sight, the centre looks like a florist. Cut flowers line the entrance, while inside gift-like pot plants, orchids, indoor plants, seeds and bulbs fill the store. If you're lucky enough to catch someone walking out of a discreet door on the left, you might be inclined to investigate.