Category Archives: Plug Plants

Non-flowering plug plants

non-flowering-blog-thumbnailWhen planning your summer planting, it is often easy to overlook non-flowering plug plants in favour of more colourful blooms.  But in many ways non-flowering plants are essential to mixed tubs and baskets.  We have a range of non-flowering plug plants that are grown for their interesting foliage.  These plants add interest and texture to mixed arrangements, and provide a contrast to more colourful blooms.

For hanging baskets, Nepeta is perhaps the most popular non-flowering trailing plant, grown for its variegated leaves and long downward trails.  Nepeta can trail up to 100cm, creating a stunning effect.  Helichrysum is also very well known.  The traditional Silver variety is an extremely vigorous trailer with furry, grey leaves.  To prevent it from dominating a mixed basket, plant with other vigorous trailers such as Surfinias®, Giant Fuchsias or Lobelia.  Helichrysum can also be trimmed to keep it at a manageable size.  We also have other varieties of Helichrysum, these being Gold, Variegated and Micro Silver.  These varieties are less vigorous than the traditional Silver variety and so are less likely to dominate your baskets.  Lysimachia Aurea is a lesser-known trailing plant with small, bright yellow/green leaves that provides a lovely contrast in baskets.


From left to right, top to bottom: Nepeta, Helichrysum Silver, Helichrysum Gold, Helichrysum Variegated, Helichrysum Micro Silver, Lysimachia Aurea

If you are stuck for ideas for your hanging baskets, have a read of our hanging basket inspiration article.  You can also have a read through our step-by-step guide to planting a basket here.

For garden borders or patio containers consider our Cineraria Silver Dust or Coleus Fairway Mixed mini-plugs.  Cinereria is a bushy plant with silver/grey leaves that creates a striking effect in contrast to other plants.  Coleus Fairway Mixed is a compact plant with brightly coloured foliage.


From left to right: Cineraria Silver Dust, Coleus Fairway Mixed

Also worth a mention here are our Coleus jumbo plugs.  Whilst these plants are not generally well know for their looks, they do have another interesting feature!  Coleus Canina Green gives off a scent from its leaves that should deter cats from the surrounding area.  Coleus Canina Variegated deters dogs.  Plant these in garden beds and borders or patio containers if you are having cat and dog problems!


From left to right: Coleus Canina Green, Coleus Canina Variegated

For more information on how to care for your plug plants, have a read of our guide.

What are plug plants, and why should you use them?

Plug plants is the term used to describe small plants, grown from either seed or cuttings.

They are a perfect middle ground, between growing from seed (very unpredictable) and growing fully formed bedding plants (more expensive!). You can use plug plants to make colourful garden displays in your hanging baskets or patio containers. They come in a wide range of colours and sizes, with some trailing over the edge, while others grow much more upright.

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Why should you use plug plants?

Using plug plants gives you a wider choice of plant, it is much cheaper than buying the finished product, and you can fit more in you basets!

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Where should I buy plug plants online from? has a range of over 200 varieties, with mixed packs of 6 for £4.99, and free delivery on order over £30. Customer Feedback 2013customer satisfaction bar chart








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How to track your plug plants through the post

Tracking your Plug Plant order with Uk Mail

Here at, you can track your order of plug plants, once it has been collected by our courier.

We pack the plants safely into their robust containers, and send them on there way. From then you can track them using the UK mail website.

This will be a simple instruction on how to do it.

  1. First of all you will need your order number, this can be found on any email that we send you, check your inbox for the address:
  2. You will need to visit the Uk Mail website to track your order. You can find it here:
  3. On the right hand side of the page, about half way down, you can see a box called “Parcel Tracker”. In the space called “by reference number”, enter your babyplants order number followed by “BP” without the quote marks. So if you order number is 34, you enter 34BP and click on the GO button.Enter your Shipping Reference
  4. Once you reach this page you can see the status of your order, and by clicking on “unsecure”, you can read more in-depth information about the status of your order.Parcel Tracking Page

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Paying for your plug plants using Paypal

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Short and to the point, this will show you how to buy your plug plants on with your paypal account.

  1. First you need a Paypal account, set up with your bank details. Follow this link if you don’t already have one: Paypal   Choose for “personal use” and follow the steps, it is rather straight forward, but contact us if you need help with it: email – Setting up your paypal account
  2. Next, after filling your shopping cart with all the plug plants you need, click “Checkout”, which can be found in the top right corner of the screen, underneath the search checkout on
  3. From here, fill in your details, and click continue. When you reach Payment Methods select Paypal from the list and click paypal at checkout
  4. Continue through to the final step and click on Confirm.
  5. Now you will be redirected to the Paypal website where you simply log-in with your details, review your purchase, and click confirm.babyplants paypal page








And thats it! Paying with Paypal is quick and hastle free and can be used accross a wide range of online retailers.

You can buy all of our plug plants online through our website

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