Indoor Garden source list for Los Angeles: my top 5 nurseries

I’ve previously posted about my favorite indoor plants, but I wanted to create a list of some of my favorite garden stores. Southern California’s great weather means there are plenty of places to go, but the list below are my three favorites because:

  • They have a great selection
  • Their staff was helpful in answering my questions.
  • Their plants were healthy


1. Marina Garden Center: If I ever need a new pot or plant container, this is where I go, partly because of their west side location. There are rows and rows of terracotta pots of all sizes, which are great for succulents and most of the indigenous plants of this region. I had a couple of questions about air plants while I was there and the owner (or maybe manager?) had a lot of good advice. They also carry a variety of soils and fertilizers and can help you choose the right one. Prices are decent considering it’s Marina del Rey.

13198 Mindanao Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-5956

2. Rolling Greens: If you’re looking for something more exotic, Rolling Greens will definitely have it. Their Culver City location is situated on a hill down the street from the Baldwin Scenic Overlook. I imagine a lot of landscape architects and designers come here when they need an 8-foot dracaena, and I’ve noticed a lot of event service trucks picking up large orders for parties, so they are probably a good resource for weddings. Prices are only slightly higher but the quality of their plants can’t be beat. You’ll notice a difference when the plants are planted in the proper media, which you won’t find at a garden center at a big box store. Usually they throw the plants in potting soil and hope you have the knowledge to replant it in the right mixture (ie: a cactus isn’t going to do well in potting soil). I’m also a big fan of the clearance plants that might have some wilted leaves or are slightly damaged. I picked up an orchid for $6 and it’s still looking great. Also, they have terrarium classes at their Hollywood location and I’ll update this if I ever am able to attend one.

9528 Jefferson Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 559-8656 (their website is flash so I’m including a link their Yelp listing instead here)

3. California Cactus Center: The name says it all. This place has succulents that look like they’re from another planet. I’ve mentioned previously that aloe is a great houseplant and has a medicinal value, but to be careful where you purchase it. This would be the place to go for aloe and agave plants. They also have a great selection of teracotta and other pots that are good for succulents, not to mention good growth media for these types of plants. You can get little succulents almost anywhere, but California Cactus Center would have the best selection and would carry them in a wide variety of sizes.

216 S Rosemead Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 795-2788

4. Xotx-Tropico: And now for the very exotic! This place is pricey, hence the “exotic” part. It’s quite popular with the Hollywood crowd and the owner, Leon Massoth, is truly dedicated to his work. If you’re lost and have some cash to spend, I would definitely go here and Leon will set you up. A quick once-over on their site will provide you with their various accolades (W Magazine says this is the best nursery ‘in the world.’ Even if taken out of context, that’s quite the compliment) but this place speaks for itself. I’m the type of plant enthusiast who can spend hours looking at plants and Xotx-Tropico is like going to a museum.

900 N Fairfax Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 654-9999

5. C & S Nursery: Finally, a nursery in my neighborhood! C & S definitely holds its own. While they might not be a niche nursery like California Cactus, they make up for it in variety and good customer service. They have great prices and occasionally will have workshops so you can learn more about the craft. I like it when nurseries do this because it shows they care about educating their customers and want them to have successful gardens.

3615 Hauser Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 296-6657

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