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Looking to buy Flowers, Bushes or Shrubs? Leif's Garden Shop is where it's at in this happy corner of Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo Switch). In this guide you can see what types of flowers and bushes you can buy, how to unlock Leif's store and when to find him.

Why Isn't Leif Showing Up?

Leif Might Not Appear on the First Day

Leif might show up later during the week
While Leif and his Garden Shop was added with the Nature Day update April 23rd, 2020, he might not appear immediately for all players.

We've seen cases of him appearing both the 24th and 25th for the first time, so don't worry if he doesn't visit you immediately.

If you are in dire need of bushes and don't mind Time Travelling, you can skip forward till you meet him.

Time Traveling Guide

What is Leif's Garden Shop

Shop Information
  • You can buy Shrub Starts
  • You can buy rare Flower seeds
  • You can sell Clumps of Weed

Buy Shrub Starts to Plant Bushes

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Bushes were available in previous Animal Crossing games and can again be bought from Leif in New Horizons.

Leif seems to always be selling 1 Shrub that will bloom in the season he's visiting you in, and then another random type of Shrub.

Both will be sold in all available variants, so for Hibiscus you would be able to buy both Red and Yellow, but Holly has no variations so you can only buy the one.

You buy them as Shrub Starts, so you'll have to plant them and wait for them to grow.

Bushes bloom in different seasons

Unlike Flowers, which bloom all year round, Bushes will only bloom in specific seasons.

Bushes are more like Trees than Flowers

While they have Flowers, Bushes are basically small trees. You can't water them or walk through them once they start growin, so plan ahead when you plant them!

Buy Flowers not Available at Nook's Cranny

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You can buy Flower seeds from Leif. He'll always sell 2 types of flowers, and just like Nook's Cranny he will sell all three standard colors of them.

However, he seems to have a higher chance of selling seeds not available at your Nook's Cranny, making it possible to get flowers you otherwise would have to trade for or find on Mystery Tours.

Leif Buys Weeds at Double the Price

Leif buys Weeds at the Garden Shop

Leif will buy Clumps of Weeds at twice the price offered at Nook's Cranny, a whopping 20 Bells per Clump. That might not sound very exciting, but considering you can have stacks of 99 Weeds at a time, a full inventory might sell for more than you think!

Garden Shop Times

Open All Day

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Leif with happily sell you Flower Seeds and Bushes at the crack of dawn and dark of the night, so swing by whenever fits you.

Will Probably Visit Once a Week

We're currently testing this, but we believe Leif will visit with his Garden Shop once a week whenever possible.

That is to say, whenever another event doesn't push him out of the weekly schedule.

Types of Bushes for Sale

All Types of Bushes

Pink Hydrangea Icon Hydrangea Orange Tea Olive Icon Tea Olive Pink Azalea Icon Azalea
Pink Camellia Icon Camellia Red Hibiscus Icon Hibiscus Holly Icon Holly

Both Leif and Bushes were introduced with the 1.2 update, and you can only buy Shrub Starts to plant Bushes at his Garden Shop.

For a guide on color variations and blooming seasons, click here:

List of All Bushes and Shrubs

Types of Flowers for Sale

All Types of Flowers

Red Hyacinth Icon Hyacinths Red Windflower Icon Windflowers Red Rose Icon Roses
Red Cosmos Icon Cosmoses Red Mum Icon Mums Red Lily Icon Lilies
Red Pansy Icon Pansies Red Tulip Icon Tulips -

For a list of all Flowers, click here:

List of Flowers

How to Unlock Leif's Garden Shop

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Leif will start visiting your island naturally after you've updated your game to version 1.2.

You don't need to have the upgraded Resident Services building or Nook's Cranny for him to visit your plaza, so keep an eye out for him and plant some happy flowers as soon as you can!

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