The 6 Best Gardening Subscription Boxes of 2020

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: The Sill

"The Sill’s end goal is to deliver plants as healthy and happy as possible each month."

Most Unique: Seed Bank Box

"The brand focuses on seeds for edible gardens, and delivers eight to 10 different varieties in every box."

Best for DIY: The Plant Club

"Deliveries also often come with extras that have in the past included slate plant labels with a wax pencil."

Best for Seasoned Gardeners: Bloomin’ Bin

"Just Seeds Premium allows subscribers to choose between fruit and vegetable, flower seeds, or both."

Best for Outdoor Planting: Urban Organic Gardener

"Deliveries include expanding seed-starter soil pods, planting label markers, Epsom salt soil fertilizer, and more."

Best Containers: My Garden Box

"This DIY subscription service sets itself apart with its charming and crafty containers for plants."

Best Overall: The Sill

The Sill

The Sill

Trendy online plant store The Sill offers four different monthly delivery boxes that will make a nurturing plant parent out of almost anyone. The Plants For Beginners subscription box ($42 per month) delivers one small plant and earthenware pot in the color of your choosing (blush, mint, cream, or black) each month. Shipping is included.

The Medium Plants For Beginners box ($60 per month) is The Sill’s most popular monthly subscription option and comes with one easy-care plant and a seven-inch earthenware pot in blush, mint, or black each month. Shipping is included.

Both the Low Light Plants Monthly Subscription and the Pet-Friendly Plants Monthly Subscription ($42 per month each) come with a plant that matches the box’s description and a planter in the color of your choosing each month. Shipping is also included.

The Sill’s end goal is to deliver plants as healthy and happy as possible each month. Some plants are delivered fully-potted, and others will require a little more TLC upon arrival. Subscriptions can be paused or canceled anytime after the first three months.

Most Unique: Seed Bank Box

Seed Bank Box

Seed Bank Box

Seed Bank Box specializes in delivering organic, heirloom, and non-GMO seeds for flora varieties that you won’t find at most stores.

That includes seeds for plants such as Blue Shelling Pea, Chiko Burdock, Parisian carrot, and Early Purple Sprouting broccoli. (Sound familiar? Probably not.) The brand focuses on seeds for edible gardens and delivers eight to 10 different varieties each month.

Seed Bank Box offers just one kind of monthly delivery that becomes less costly per month the longer the subscription. A one-time delivery is roughly $20. Both the six-month subscription for $110 and 12-month subscription for $215 monthly bring the cost down to about $18 per month, including shipping.

Best for DIY: The Plant Club

The Plant Club

The Plant Club

The Plant Club brings living decor indoors with its monthly subscription box that lets subscribers get their hands a little bit dirty.

Each delivery comes with everything you need to pot a new houseplant, including the month’s featured plant, a decorative container, custom-blended potting mix, and assembly instructions. Deliveries also often come with extras that have in the past included goodies like slate plant labels with a wax pencil.

The Plant Club offers one kind of delivery every month, but there are different subscription options including a one-time delivery (around $25 per box), three-month or six-month prepaid subscriptions (about $25 per box), and a 12-month prepaid subscription (approximately $24 per box). The Plant Club’s three-day expedited shipping costs around $9 every month.

Best for Seasoned Gardeners: Bloomin’ Bin

Bloomin’ Bin

Bloomin’ Bin

Bloomin’ Bin gives plant enthusiasts the chance to grow their own greenery from seeds, with monthly deliveries that revolve around different themes like June’s Asian Vegetables and Amaranth and July’s Cabbage and Celosia. Bloomin’ Bin offers four different subscription types: Just Seeds, Just Seeds Premium, Basic Bin, and Premium Bin.

Priced at $8 per month, Just Seeds includes three to five seed varieties that are the company’s seeds of the month. For around $11 per delivery with a minimum six-month subscription, Just Seeds Premium allows you to choose between fruit and vegetable, flower seeds, or both. Your order also comes with a custom binder in your first delivery to hold seed packets, as well as laminated instructions.

Priced around $20 per delivery, Basic Bin allows you to pick between fruit and vegetable, flower seeds, or both, and also comes with a soil or plant food sample—and often a pot or grow bag as well. The Premium Bin (around $30 per month), includes all of Basic Bin’s components, as well as a project or garden tool every month. The bins may include live plants and usually require the purchase of additional soil. There is a flat shipping fee for every box.

Best for Outdoor Planting: Urban Organic Gardener

Urban Organic Gardener

Urban Organic Gardener

On top of being a great resource for information on urban farming, Urban Organic Gardener has a monthly seed delivery service that’s great no matter where you live.

Offered in two tiers, the Monthly Mystery Box (around $5 per month with free shipping) provides subscribers with up to five different kinds of seeds per month, plus seed-starting soil pods and planting markers.

The UOG Pro Membership (around $15 per month with free shipping) gives subscribers five different kinds of seeds per month that are curated based on subscribers’ experience in gardening, access to sun exposure, and where they’ll grow the seeds (like in a container or a raised bed). It also includes expanding seed-starter soil pods, planting label markers, Epsom salt soil fertilizer, planting instructions, and more.

Best Containers: My Garden Box

My Garden Box

My Garden Box

Inexperienced gardeners will have the chance to grow their green thumb with My Garden Box.

The DIY subscription service delivers everything you need to enjoy a new houseplant, from soil and pots to the plants themselves, every month. Each box comes with illustrated instructions, garden care tips, and preportioned ingredients that make planting and enjoying a new piece of greenery a cinch.

My Garden Box sets itself apart with its charming and crafty containers for plants. Past containers including a small, metal watering can and moss ball containers, as well as more traditional pots.

Each delivery costs about $39 with a month-to-month subscription. That cost goes down depending on the frequency of the subscription. For example, prepaying for a year’s worth of houseplant projects brings the monthly cost down to about $36. Shipping is an additional $13 per delivery.

How We Chose the Best Gardening Subscription Boxes

When selecting the best gardening subscription boxes, we considered skill set, subscription options, budget, urban farmers, and gardening varieties (i.e. seeds vs. plants).

We included basic plant options alongside services that offered rare seed varieties. For instance, we chose Seed Bank Box because it had the most unique seeds for edible gardens, while Bloomin' Bin focuses on rotating monthly seeds. We also wanted to provide the best options for those looking to grow living plants indoors (The Plant Club) and outdoors (Urban Organic Gardener).

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