Beginner's outdoor plants

Designed by
Freddie, Founder of Patch

If your thumb is less green and more, er, flesh-coloured, we’ve got the perfect starter plants to set you on the path towards becoming a pro. Our collection of easy-to-care-for beginner’s plants will thrive in pretty much any outdoor space and require minimal attention - perfect for someone who wants to dip their toes into urban gardening. We believe everyone can turn their thumbs from flesh to green, and the best way to do it is to start with an easy-to-please plant. Read below for our top low-fuss outdoor plants.  

Once you’ve found your new plant friends, grab a few outdoor pots to pop them into (available in large and small sizes).  

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Featured plants

Cubby the Japanese laurel is a simple kind of guy. Just pop him in a shady spot, give him drink now and then, and watch him grow tall and mighty. His chilled-out nature and gorgeous colouring make him a popular choice for urban gardeners — catch him sunning himself in green spaces around London.

Phoebe the Canary Island date palm is a great all-rounder — she’s just as happy indoors as she is outside. Her sturdy, arching green stems will give your space that cool tropical look, and her easy-going personality means she’s perfect for the novice plant parent.

Beryl the golden shield fern loves to spread out in a damp, shady spot in the garden. Just give this pretty lady plenty to drink and she’ll be happy as a pig in dirt.

Fats the Fatsia japonica is a near-unkillable plant who will thrive under almost any condition. Bonus: this handsome guy will blossom beautiful, dandelion-like clusters of white flowers in autumn.

Rebecca the Australian ivy is a proud specimen from down under. She’ll be happy living inside or outside, and will trail beautifully over the edges of whatever pot you put her in.

Esther the Festuca glauca (or ‘blue fescue’) is a bit of a wild one: she’s got electric blue tufts that make her stand out from the pack. Don’t be fooled though — she looks feisty, but she’s actually pretty chilled and easy to look after.

Mae the Chamaerops humilis (a.k.a the ‘European fan palm’) is an all-round people-pleaser — she's been our most popular plant at Patch since we launched in 2016. She’s super easy to maintain, making her a great plant for beginners.

Poor Jasper the Euonymus japonicus doesn’t get enough love: this gorgeous plant is criminally underused in urban gardens. Better known as the ‘spindle tree’, we love Jasper because of his amazing shape and low-maintenance personality.

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Contains one Aucuba Japonica Crotonifolia, one Bay Pyramid, one Phoenix Canariensis, three Dryopteris Affinis, one Fatsia Japonica, one Olive Tree, three Muehlenbeckia Complexa, two Festuca Glauca, one Chamaerops Humilis and two Euonymus Japonicus. Pots, compost and drainage material are also included. 


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