Gorgeous Austin Plant Shops for New and Experienced Green Thumbs
While we love a flora-filled design moment, the benefits of living alongside plants go far beyond the aesthetic, giving owners both a mental and physical boost throughout the day. Shopping for the right greenery is just as fun as decorating with it, and lucky for us, Austin is a town filled with passionate and knowledgeable plant people. From intimate boutiques to expansive garden centers, you’ll undoubtedly find the perfect leafy addition to your space at one of these gorgeous local plant shops.
Frond Plant Shop
507 W Mary St.
Finding the right plants for a specific space can be a fine-tuned skill, but designer Sara Barnes makes it easy at the warm and welcoming studio she runs with her husband, Matt. Tucked away off of South First next to The Soup Peddler and True Hemp Science, every nook in Frond is expertly curated with overflowing greenery, complementary ceramics and home goods that will help visitors envision the endless ways they can enhance their environment.
The Great Outdoors
2730 South Congress Ave.
A local favorite since 1994, plant enthusiasts of every stage are invited to explore The Great Outdoors. The lush urban garden center is a soothing step away from South Congress and features an ever-changing inventory of pottery, garden decorations, a gift shop and a 3,000-square-foot tropical greenhouse. Unsure of where to start? Book a design consultation with resident expert Mark Gibbs for larger projects or ask an onsite professional for a quick potting lesson.
Tillery Street Plant Co.
801 Tillery St.
Run by a friendly team of artists and fellow plant lovers, you’ll find an impressive assortment of tempting verdure at Tillery Street Plant Co. — plus cool merch to match. Specializing in houseplants and tropicals, the harmonious environment is built to inspire. When you aren’t able to stop by the two-acre eastside nursery in-person, purchase a virtual consultation to get your exact questions answered or head to the online store and have greenery shipped right to your door.
East Austin Succulents
801 Tillery St.
This cactus and succulent shop actually shares a space with Tillery Street, making it an ideal two-for-one destination. In business for over 10 years, there’s always something new to discover thanks to a weekly rotating selection, complete with everything from quick gifts to rare finds and fully customizable arrangements. Plants from all over the world are propagated at the brand’s private greenhouse, and its online webshop and eBay page offer their own distinct inventory.
1211 W Lynn St.
If you sense a nostalgic vibe when you visit Sledd, it’s probably because it’s been an integral part of the Clarksville community since 1978. Housed in a funky former gas station, customers can find organic solutions to everyday issues, grab fun decor like topiary animals to add a touch of whimsy to their gardens or simply restock on seeds for the new season.
6405 Menchaca Rd.
One look at this vibrant turquoise and purple boutique in South Austin and you want to step inside. Articulture exemplifies the power of plants to transform a space with imaginative, plant-infused designs that range from custom modern tables to mosaic living wall installations. They also have tons of unique gifts that seamlessly blend art with nature. Check online for special finds and get free shipping on U.S. orders over $75.
The Natural Gardener
8648 Old Bee Caves Rd.
This self-proclaimed “Organic Gardening Headquarters” is a treasure trove of earthly riches. A certified wildlife habitat, the eight-acre campus is as much a recreational, family-friendly excursion as it is a shopping destination, featuring multiple themed gardens, a labyrinth, adorable goats and a microbe brewery offering aerobically brewed compost tea. They also host weekly free classes covering topics from organic vegetable gardening to DIY kombucha and everything in between.
215 W North Loop Blvd.
Head to North Loop and make a day out of shopping from top notch vintage fashions, groovy record stores and striking home decor destinations, including Flourish. Owner Rachel Roberts understands the profound and calming impact plants can have on our everyday lives and has made it her mission to share that joy with her customers. The light-filled studio contains a thoughtful array of specialty plants and chic planters that will transform any home into a serene escape.
5501 N Lamar Blvd.
2058 S Lamar Blvd.
What began as a mobile flower shop out of a makeshift bike has grown into two delightful locations on North and South Lamar. Cacti and succulents are resilient plants made to withstand the unpredictable Texas climate, while adding a stylish accent to every space. Founder Shannon Donaldson uses her artful eye to craft arrangements while keeping shelves stocked with trendy accessories. Join their Plant Love Club to get a subscription box delivered each month.
979 Springdale Rd. #114
Four years after its founding, Keri Anderson opened the first Plant Party location in 2014. Now, it’s one of the best places to find perfect gifts for your plant-obsessed friends. The shop sells pet-friendly varieties, playful note cards and DIY terrariums, but the succulents adorned with colorful miniature hats are a stand out. Better yet? Austinites can get free, same-day delivery on houseplant orders placed before 2 p.m.
Austin Flower Co.
1612 W 35th St.
Opened in 1996, this pretty neighborhood stop sells some of the freshest flora in town. Enter the small but exceptional European-style market and peek into the cooler for surprising and rare flowers and potted plants sourced from Austin and around the world. Better yet, visitors can feel good knowing the community impact of their purchase goes beyond the blooms thanks to the business’s direct support of many local nonprofits and farms.
Shoal Creek Nursery
2710 Hancock Dr.
With every kind of plant under the sun, Shoal Creek is a great place to unleash your inner green thumb. Mike and Veronica Sewell took their love of horticulture and opened the nursery to share their vast knowledge with their community. The collection of pottery is especially impressive, with rows and rows of colorful designs in all sizes. This fall, look out for an abundant harvest of tasty goods like squash, cauliflower, tomatoes and more.
Thompson + Hanson Garden House
1515 W 35th St. Building B
Garden House is a hostess’s dream come true. Run by landscape architecture firm Thompson + Hanson, the Victorian cottage nestled in Kerbey Lane Village is an urban oasis of high-quality garden tools, antique home goods and flourishing plantlife. Keep an eye out for future public workshops and browse the company’s landscape and garden services for larger-scale design possibilities that evolve through each season.
Barton Springs Nursery
3601 Bee Caves Rd.
Get creative and build a plantscape of your own at the beautiful four-acre Barton Springs Nursery. A former ranch, this stop in West Lake Hills has one of the most expansive selections of native Texas plants, each propagated directly on the grounds. Guests can also pick up a book and a cup of coffee at the lending library, spend time browsing Biologique, an onsite shop bursting with artisan goods, or dine out at one of the fantastic nearby eateries like Blue Dahlia Bistro and Sway.