Small, specialist plant nurseries  and independent garden centres in Kent. Many of them are open by appointment only, attend local plant fairs or do talks or demonstrations. Plants that you won’t find in the supermarket!

Blueleaf Plants

Succulent plants, mostly half-hardy, singly or in displays. Ashford.

Also available from their Etsy Shop.

Capel Cottage Garden Nursery

Cottage garden perennials, pinks shrubs and climber, trees, herbs, fruit and vegetable plants, bedding and container plants, hanging baskets (made to order). Paddock Wood.

Downderry Nursery

Holder of two National Plant Collections – Rosmarinus and Lavandula. 10% discount on a minimum spend of £10 given to members of Plant Heritage. Hadlow.

Dyson’s Nurseries

Hardy and half-hardy perennials. Salvias, including shrubby Mexican species and hybrids. 10% discount on a minimum spend of £20 given to members of Plant Heritage. Sevenoaks.

East Northdown Farm & Gardens

3,000 varieties. Trees, shrubs & perennials for chalk and coastal soils. 5% discount to Plant Heritage members. Margate.

Invicta Herbs

Comprehensive range of culinary and useful plants. Ashford.

Iris of Sissinghurst

Irises, including bearded, Siberian, ensata and other species. Marden.

Laurels Nursery

Open 08.00 -16.00 Thursday & Friday, 09:00-12:00 Saturday. Other times by appointment only. Shrubs, trees and climbers, specialising in Betula, Fagus & Wisteria 10% discount on a minimum spend of £20 given to members of Plant Heritage. No website, Dingleden, Benenden, TN17 4JU. 01580 240463.

Madrona Nursery

Rare and unusual shrubs, conifers & perennials. 10% discount on a minimum spend of £50 given to members of Plant Heritage. Bethersden.

Pineview Plants

Perennials for shade, including ferns; also Actaea, Rodgersia, Sanguisorba & Thalictrum. Sevenoaks.


Temperate to tropical plants especially Australian, South African and Chilean. Wadhurst.

Ringwould Alpines

Alpines, dwarf conifers, bonsai. Good selection of unusual shrubs, perennials and other hardy plants. Deal.

The Potted Garden Nursery

Wide range of plants with an extensive selection of shrubs and herbaceous perennials. Maidstone.

Thompsons Plant & Garden Centre

Shrubs, perennials, climbers & herbs. Three year hardy plant guarantee. Canterbury.

Walnut Hill Nurseries

Trees, shrubs, climbers, hedging, herbaceous, grasses, topiary & architectural plants for instant planting. Gravesend.

Wood Cottage Nursery

Herbaceous perennials, shrubs, clematis. Maidstone.