Welcome to the 2024 Babylon Plants catalogue spreadsheets page

Welcome to the 2024 Babylon Plants catalogue. Due to the extraordinary conditions this spring, our catalogue is very late and we’ve decided this will be a 2 year catalogue, with more up to date prices and sizes regularly updated online. Please note the prices online take precedence over the paper catalogue which is intended more as a guide of our range than a current availability list.

Babylon Plants is a cash and carry wholesale nursery based in south Oxfordshire, where customers are welcome to come and browse the stock beds and containerised stock areas for inspiration or purchase.

Orders can be picked personally or placed via email. Large enquiries are best sent as emails so they can be turned into quotations to be emailed back for confirmation and adjustment to suit the client’s budget. We always acknowledge emails so please call if you receive no response. During busy periods, we may require a minimum of 3 working days between receipt of order confirmation and the availability of the order for collection or delivery.

Babylon Plants grows its own plants as well as sourcing from other growers to offer a complete plant supply service. Mainly grow hardy perennials, ornamental grasses and shrubs, we also carry a wide range of containerised trees and roses. Plants are available in pot sizes from 9cm to 110 Litre.

The catalogue contains descriptions of our plants including preferred growing conditions and descriptions of the flowers, habit, size and foliage of the plants. Heights and flowering months (1-12) are listed at the end of each description. The following abbreviations appear in the descriptions of some plants. AGM-Award of Garden Merit, PP/PBR-Plant Patent, S/Sh-Sun or shade, S/PSh-Sun or partial shade. If you would like the list e-mailed to you as excel spreadsheets, please email The price conversion table at the back of the catalogue allows customers to work out the price of a plant if it is in a different pot size from that listed. Our catalogue prices are ex-VAT which will be charged at the standard rate at the time of invoicing. We’ll be regularly updating our online list on the website, please ask if you want to the password to view prices.

We grow most of our herbaceous stock from seed, cuttings and division. Shrubs are bought in as UK grown liners and grown on. Babylon Plants sources plants from other British growers and nurseries. Bulbs, bare-root and root-balled plants can also be ordered in for autumn and winter. Designers and landscapers are welcome to shop or browse during opening hours – Monday to Friday 8.00am-5.30pm. Please report to a member of staff on arrival.


Discount Structure

Plants bought in multiples of 3 will have a 20% discount.


Changes to Billing, Stock Control and Plant Passporting


During Summer 2020, we’ll be switching our stock control, quoting and invoicing to a new system allowing us to issue plant passports as per the regulations introduced at the end of 2019. Each group of plants will have a plant passport on the label when picked or invoiced. Professionals will need to register with Defra as a user of plants. This allows Defra to contact you should there be a serious disease outbreak. Retail customers and clients of trade customers do not need to register.


Environmental Policy

We believe in running the nursery sustainably with as small an impact on the environment as possible. We recycle, re-use and compost most waste from the nursery. Pests are mostly controlled using biological controls and organic methods and we primarily rely on cultural controls and healthy plants to resist pests and diseases. A wide range of wildlife feeds on pests in the nursery. As a result all sorts of birds, mammals and amphibians live and breed on site, including owls, kestrels, weasels, snakes and newts. Don’t be alarmed, they are all quite shy. Pesticides are used where no alternative is practical, although where possible we deploy protective biocides such as Serenade, Majestik and Prestop. We switched to entirely peat-free compost in 2013. The nursery eco-buildings are heated and provided with hot water by waste logs and wood and our electricity continues be supplied by Ecotricity. The catalogue and our offices all use recycled paper. Due to increased concern about ‘plant miles’ and the spread of diseases, we have restricted stock sourced abroad to those items we cannot source adequately from UK growers. This year, we are following much of the industry in adopting the use of taupe pots for ease of recycling, although sterilisation and re-use remains the preferred and more environmentally friendly option and we will continue to accept and reuse black pots.




We have no minimum delivery amount and can deliver nationwide by courier or pallets. Prices for pallets start from £65.00. Deliveries made using our vehicles charge £80.00 per hour one-way to cover the costs of fuel and wages. For instance, a delivery to Oxford taking half an hour would be billed at £40.00. The minimum delivery charge is £35.00. Deliveries to garden shows and London cost extra due to the additional traffic issues. All costs above exclude VAT @ 20%.

Delivery Terms and conditions

  1. Delivery is to the kerbside/driveway and our drivers are unable to carry plants round a site to the planting location. If this is not possible let us know ahead of time so we can make arrangements, though this would be at cost. 
  2.  It is your responsibility to ensure there is a safe location to unload which is directly accessible by our vehicles. 
  3. We do our best to estimate time slots for the delivery, however we are susceptible to traffic, drive being blocked, drivers getting held up etc, so we can’t guarantee the times give. The driver will give a call when he leaves giving a closer approximation of arrival time. Please do make sure you schedule delivery with a buffer, so you don’t have staff waiting in the event of a delay. We recommend getting the plants delivered the day before they are needed. Just to be safe. 
  4. Unfortunately, we can’t leave the delivery crates behind, so the plants will need to be decanted from them.
  5. The driver can’t wait while you check the order, normally the drivers won’t know their plants, and don’t have stock in the van, so if there are any issues contact the office once you have checked and we well rectify any errors if any arise. 
  6. When we dispatch by pallet, we don’t have any control over it once it leaves site, we normally struggle to get any updates from the network. We do book them for next day delivery, but we can’t give times, and on occasion when the transport network is stretched it can take two days, so again please make sure there is an appropriate buffer in timing.
  7. The driver can take plants to the back garden, wait on site etc, but we do charge £10+vat per 15 minute he is delayed. We have had to do this due to a few cases where the driver was held up resulting in a delay to the rest of the deliveries, which wasn’t fair on the other customers waiting for their deliveries. It also means we get less deliveries in the day if the driver is held up on site. 

General Terms and conditions 

  1. Payment should be prior to delivery or on collection for new customers.
  2. We accept payment by debit cards, credit cards, cash and BACS payments when paying in advance, details are at the bottom of our invoices. We no longer take cheques.
  3. We request a 25-50% deposit on orders of contract grown, reserved, and bought in stock. This is non-refundable if orders are already assembled on site and stock is of an appropriate standard.
  4. In default of payment, interest will be added to the outstanding account calculated at a rate of 1% per month.
  5. Any complaint must be made as soon as possible. We will replace plants which are discovered to be the wrong variety, or which also have underperformed at the nursery. We will not accept liability for any losses incurred as a result.
  6. We aim to update our availability list ever month, prices and stock may occasionally differ from the AV list as batches sell through an new batches become available. 
  7. Pot sizes change throughout the year with our propagation and potting regimes. Smaller pot sizes are often potted on for summer to create bigger more drought-resistant, hardier plants.
  8. There is a 20% discount when you buy 3 or more on a herbaceous perennial stock line, though this does not apply to trees or shrubs.
  9. All plants remain the property of Babylon plants until paid for in full.
  10. Plants and prices are quoted subject to availability at the time of quotation. Prices and availability may change at the time of order.
  11. Orders must be confirmed in writing or by email. The placing of an order confirms acceptance of these Terms and Conditions in full.
  12. Changes made to an order once it has been confirmed in writing will incur an administration charge commensurate with the level of changes made.