Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Great Places to Buy Plants in Charlotte

A recent question I got through the A Charlotte Garden facebook page was "Where can I buy plants in Charlotte?"  I realized maybe other newcomers, or those new to gardening might like to hear some personal recommendations, too.

Plant Nurseries and Garden Centers
Each of these nurseries consistently has a good selection of vigorous, healthy plants to choose from, as well as good, friendly customer service.

Rountree Plantation Garden Center
Rountree has the largest selection of plants and gardening items of any of the nurseries listed here.
Some of what's offered:
  • Annuals
  • Perennials
  • Shrubs
  • Trees
  • Containers of all sizes
  • Container Gardens
  • Garden Ornaments
  • Gifts for gardeners (many locally made)
  • Tropicals
  • Succulents
  • Herbs
  • Seeds and Bulbs
  • Tools
  • Soil Mixes
  • Fertilizers
  • Repellents
I especially like the houseplant collection, which includes tinies for terrariums.  There is a great selection of perennials for dry sites, many of which are US native plants.  Rountree currently discounts 10% for members of Wing Haven or Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. (Don't forget to take your membership card with you.)

Pike Nurseries Garden Center
The houseplant selection is good here, too.  Orchids and succulents stand out, but there are ferns, bromeliads and occasionally something more unusual like Nepenthes pitcher plants.  Pike's also carries garden furniture, stones and hardscape materials, ceramic pots of all sizes, roses, azaleas, camellias, hollies, Japanese maples and a wide range of popular landscape plants.

The Royal Gardens
Royal Gardens is known for antique roses, herbs, and unique garden ornaments and art.  The setting for this nursery in an old house in the Elizabeth neighborhood, and the personable family owners, make it a pleasure to visit.  Landscaping services are available.

Southern Styles Nursery
Southern Styles has a good selection of shrubs and trees, including Japanese maples, dogwood and redbud, lots of herbs, hardy ferns, hostas and daylilies.  I often find native plants here as well.  address/map

Local Gardens with Annual Plant Sales
Wing Haven Garden Plant Sales (Spring and Fall)
A Wing Haven plant sale is something else!  Get there early is all I can say.  Become a member if you want to get a jump on everyone else.  Members can go a day early.  Many of the plants from the gardens at Wing Haven, such as the white-berried Nandina domestica 'Alba', hellebores and Perl d'Or rose will be for sale.  Lots of native plants will be available.  Herbs.  Antique roses.  All sorts of perennials.  And the volunteers are some of the most knowledgeable gardeners you will find as you're out shopping for plants.  You can check the lengthy plant list online before you go so you you're ready when you get there.  Member discount.

UNC Charlotte Botanical Garden Plants Sales (Spring and Fall)
UNCC will have native plants, too, many of which are uncommonly offered at nurseries.  I got a bigleaf magnolia there last year.  There will be wildflowers of all types, and shrubs and trees that attract birds and native insects.  In the greenhouse, polka dot begonias and other tropicals to add to your houseplant collection will be for sale.  Member discount.


These are my favorites, but I hope you'll add any recommendations of your own to the comments!  Thanks!


  1. I also really like Campbell's in Dilworth. Very knowledgeable staff, and they have the best selections of orchids in town.

  2. alyson, i haven't been to campbell's in quite a while - not very close to me - but it is another well-liked and respected nursery in town. thank you for that addition!

  3. What a nice thing to post. I am sure the new person will appreciate this list. We have had two garden centers go out of business this year, really sad. One was one I frequented...sad to see it close.

  4. janet, i have seen a couple of my favorite places either go out of business or go into serious decline over the years. it is sad...takes a while to find a new place you like as much sometimes.

  5. This is nice to know even for me as I come through Charlotte every so often. I have to say, Charlotte is definitely beating us on the sheer amount of nurseries. We have but a few well respected ones.

  6. jess, do you think charleston has fewer nurseries per capita than charlotte? i wouldn't think so, but i've never really thought about it before. i certainly wish we had a few more here.

  7. I'm pretty fond of Oakdale Greenhouses up on Statesville Road... Big selection of plants and good prices.