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Subject: What's your favorite online nursery??
Date Posted: 5/29/2008 11:39 AM ET
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Have any favorite online nursery for plants and/or seeds (native or not)??

So far I've stuck with Ebay for my (mainly) seeds and plants.  Local garden centers and nurseries often don't have what I'm looking for and Ebay does - or at least has most of what I'm looking for.  I had a viburnum itch last week and grabbed 4 plants for a great price on Ebay.  Haven't received them yet but hopefully they'll be healthy when I do.  Seller had excellent feedback so.....

I love starting plants from seed (even if I've still got a lot to learn!) and last year just started learning about growing woody plants from seed, so I'm continuously looking for sources for seeds (especially tree or shrub seeds).

So, what online nursery gets your business?

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 3:04 PM ET
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I'm a Bluestone addict. They sell mostly small plants, but the prices are good and they've got a great guarantee.

Fantastic Plants is also another winner for me. They sell very large plants (compared to most online and local nurseries) that are beautifully packed, wonderful quality, and quickly shipped. I ordered two large shrubs from them and they arrived by the end of the week, and the shipping charges were more than reasonable.

I also do a lot of plant trading, which comes in handy. I've gotten a lot of interesting and unusual plants by trading of a size that I might not have been able to afford otherwise.

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 8:22 PM ET
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I've been happy with Bluestone too.  They generally ship at a reasonable time (not their fault PA skipped spring or summer for the most part this year).


A year ago I placed a small order to Hallson Gardens and I was thrilled with them.  They do specialize in hostas but that's not what I ordered.  They sent large plants, well packed and they were reasonably priced.  I wouldn't hesitate to order there if they have something I want.


A couple of years ago I ordered from Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.  Now it was late in the summer and hot as Hades but most of their things were okay and their packing is superb.  They are a little higher, especially with the shipping, but I would order from them if they had something I wanted, such as a shrub or  barberry.  I think that's where my one barberry came from - maybe the small ones too.  (My husband neglected the order too so I didn't complain although I think something was kind of bad looking - forget what.  Still it was so late and horribly hot so I appreciated their willingness to ship.)


I really don't remember if I ordered from Avant Gardens (MA) or not.  I might have gotten my Berberis Bagatelle from them.  I've certainly looked there.


Some of the others are the places to look for the unusual items.

I've also scrounged a lot of things on sale from Walmart and Lowe's, etc., over the years such as sages and hostas prior to the hosta virus x problem.  You never know what one might have.  I got a lot of dianthus one year (think I lost them all now - bad drainage, I guess), a couple of thymes, my large lambs' ears, an Appleblossom yarrow (oops on that one I'm thinking), and lots of salvias.  Oh, yes, what I think was a Crimson Pygmy barberry and it's probably 5-6' (very happy that it's tall).  Be cautious when you buy there, esp. at sale time.  Tags are gone or mixed up so it's good to have some idea of what you're doing. 

I suppose most of us know this, but they will sneak things in as perennials that aren't really hardy too.  However, sometimes there are surprises that aren't all bad.  I don't know what one blue salvia is, but it isn't May Night and self seeds.

When I felt comfortable buying hostas, they would often have many kinds and hunting through them would turn up some excellent varieties among the rather blah ones.  Again, since the Hosta VirusX outbreak, I don't buy hostas from these sources or any online source that I don't trust either. 

I don't know what's with the "box" stores though.  Last year the only sage in the world was May Night - so weird.  I think I finally scrounged some East Friesland (maybe) at a Walmart.  Salvias live - that's my criteria.  Also they only seem to carry sedums in the fall and not much last year.  How much "Autumn Joy" does the world need?

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Date Posted: 5/30/2008 12:02 AM ET
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I'm a fan of Spring Hill Nursery and Brecks.  Both have sent me great plants.  I've gotten Rembrandt tulips, Weigela, Double Decker Coneflowers, Bee Balm, and some others that are happily growing in my garden as I type.  :)

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 11:19 AM ET
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I haven't been gardening the way I used to but plants that I ordered f rom Spring Hill (blue hydrangea, rose bushes, various bulbs have thrived over the past 8 or 9 years.  I can't remember the name of the rose bush but the buds are small, fragrance free and each branch has many little bouquets of these tiny roses. I wish I remembered the name because I would love to get more.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 12:16 AM ET
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You can check out gardenwatchdog.com to get reviews on mail order/internet nurseries.  Bluestone has great reveiews there and Springhill has horrible reviews.  Anyway, i use bluestone as well.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 8:27 AM ET
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Could your rose possibly be The Fairy? 

Date Posted: 7/20/2008 9:31 AM ET
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Edible Gardens

Van Borginoun for bulbs

Miller for fruit

Richter's and Market Bulletins for seeds

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 2:44 PM ET
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I just got an order from Deer Resistant Landscape Nursery http://www.deerresistantplants.com/.

I was quite pleased with these - 2 barberries, 2 Russian sages, and a Royal Tapestry yarrow.  One barberry looks better than the other, but they've generally grown well for us so once we get them in the ground I hope it takes off.  I already have a Royal Tapestry yarrow and thought I might be able to divide it next spring but orderig one was easier and I wanted a new barberry.  Couldn't decide between the red and yellow so I got both :) 

This isn't a great time of year to order and ship so I'd recommend and use them again.  The plants were well packed and came quickly.  

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 10:55 AM ET
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Bluestone- fantastic.

I got some great deals on great plants at Walmart & Lowes.


Subject: Favorite online
Date Posted: 9/10/2008 1:55 AM ET
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My favorite is Squaw Mountain Gardains.  I really like succulents and they have a large variety at not so high prices.



Subject: flowers
Date Posted: 9/16/2008 8:46 PM ET
Member Since: 7/29/2007
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     Jackson and perkins is who i dealt with . I love there service and there plants are great !

                                            Dolores H.

Date Posted: 9/20/2008 3:07 AM ET
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I have had good luck with Karen's.....

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 9:58 PM ET
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Spring Hill Nursery is good.  My favorite is White Flower Farm.  A little on the expensive side but their plants/bulbs are awesome!