I have run The Schwarz Greenhouse operation specializing in Hostas and Perennials for 20 years, with a mail order listing (Jim's Hostas) for 3 years I have been growing Hostas for 18 years and have a personal collection of 450 of the newer varieties. I have been a member of the American Hosta Society for 10 years, a member of the Midwest Regional Hosta Society for 8 years, and I advertise in the American Hosta Society Journal.
Just recieved my late season, first ever order from Jim and Karen. Beautiful! Plants are large (except for the one mini of course, but it's a nice little bundle!), healthy, and in great shape due to the careful packing. One of them is a Black Mamba- nearly impossible to find this time of year- which I got mainly for the very dark blossoms. They graciously decided to include a freebie, and picked a nice large Kiwi Black Magic, which also has a dark purple blossom. So, thank you for the gift, thank you for noticing, and thank you for the thoughtful consideration that went into choosing it! I'll be back in the spring!
Jim's Hostas are at the top of my list for hosta suppliers. Great plants, great service, and reasonable prices.
I placed a $150 order in mid-May, and had the plants in about two weeks. This is a little longer than others, but OK because they set that expectation up front, and delivered on it. Plants were outstanding. I can't say they were huge, but absolutely above average for on-line delivery. Many were more than one eye, with clean foliage and in great condition. Roots were not quite as extensive as I have seen, but not out range of of what would expect for hand-dug divisions, and certainly adequate. They left me the impression of a well run operation and well cared for plants.
Inventory is vast (and that actually have it), the largest I know of on-line. They have had almost every plant I've been looking for. Prices are upper-middle to lower-high, but value is high in my option. You get what you pay for. They also threw in a surprise bonus plant, even though my order was large enough to get free shipping. BOTH are ALWAYS appreciated. Service was also great, as I messed up my initial order, and straightened it out by email, and they didn't miss a beat.
They ONLY negative was that they didn't provide a tracking number for the shipment. That would have avoided one near miss upon arrival that actually turned out fun. I received a USPS Prioirty Mail "tube" one day with no markings as to who from. I opened one end and say these strange looking white tubes and began trying to pull one out. It wouldn't come, so I pulled harder. No joy. So I cut open the whole package, and wow, plants! Those white balls were the wrapped root balls. Thankfully I didn't destroy anything, but was left impressed as to how efficiently yet effectively they were packaged. Very little material outside the package and the paper towels and plastic on the root balls, but the very tight packaging provides it's own protection and it works! Very little waste too! But, having a tracking number (or outside markings) would have helped avoid the initial confusion.
In another review, I mentioned that Green Mountain Hosta is my #1 overall choice, but I would put Jim's in slot #1b. If Green Mountain doesn't have it, I would get it from Jim's. They are top notch.
Jim's has a VERY extensive selection of hostas, and is one of my primary sources for mail-order (the other being Wade and Gatton and, more recently, Land of the Giants). This year, Jim's had 2,718 varieties in their catalog! I've always been very pleased with plants from Jim's. They're always arrived healthy with good root systems, and are accompanied by a nice bonus plant. Prices are quite reasonable.
This was my first time ordering, and I will definitely order again from Jim. I am very pleased with the customer service and the hostas I ordered. The plants arrived well packed and in excellent condition with a bonus plant too. I love the wide variety of hostas listed on their site. Thank you!
Jim's has (what I believe to be) the largest selection of hostas online. I placed my order in winter for a spring delivery. When the plants arrived, they were well packed, but they were NOT fresh. It looked like they'd perhaps been packaged for a few days before they were shipped. They were limp. After an overnight soak, some did regain their upright shape, but two did not.
Prices were competitive.
woodthrush Albrightsville, PA (Zone 4a) (7 reviews) August 21, 2009
Jimshostas.com if a great place to find new hosta and the older, somewhat hard to find varieties. Prices are reasonable and shipping is great. I order 3 or 4 times a year and I'm always happy with the plants I receive.
Wow - what a selection of hostas ! I found them thru the Hosta Library's auction and ordered several from their website. They even sent a nice bonus plant ! Very quick to ship and great packaging. They sent nice size plants with great root systems. I highly recommend them for any hosta you'd want.
Hemhostaholic Scranton, PA (Zone 5b) (28 reviews) September 4, 2008
Very positive! I have placed 1 order, and have won 2 separate auctions from Jim off of the hosta library's auction site. He always sends a nice bonus hosta with each order! All of the plants I have received from him, about 10 in all, have been outstanding!
I will definitely be ordering from Jim's again!
ic_conifers Iowa City, IA (Zone 5a) (14 reviews) August 4, 2008
I drove from Iowa City to Dubuque to pick up one hosta that I ordered from Jim, a 'Gunther's Prize' that I did not want to risk to shipping. After a wonderful guided tour of the gardens, I bought three other cultivars! All are great looking plants and I expect they will all do well in my garden. Vising in person is an amazing experience, to see these wonders in full specimen size is truly something to behold!
lindenhall Centre Hall, PA (3 reviews) May 23, 2008
Received my first order for hostas from Jim's yesterday & the plants were perfect. Good quality plants, well prepared for shipping. Will order for this business again. Thanks Jim.
Cheryl8 Monroe Township, NJ (Zone 7a) (14 reviews) May 4, 2008
This was my first order with Jim's Hostas. The hosta I ordered was large and very healthy. I love it! And, never in a million years did I expect a free gift! The free hosta I received was beautiful. Well, you've got yourself a customer for life. Thank you.On May 16th, 2009, Cheryl8 added the following:
Another year, another order and thrilled again. The hosta 'Candy Dish' I ordered arrived perfect and very healthy looking. I am extremely pleased with it. The bonus hosta is always a treat.
The hosta 'Clovelly' that I ordered from Jim's last year is outstanding this year. I just love it.
Jim's hosta is still the place for rare and premium hostas.
jenireed Appleton, WI (17 reviews) August 18, 2007
I just placed an order with Jim a few weeks ago. I was very happy with the hostas I received. Not only were they quite large they were also very healthy. They all looked great, even though it's late summer. He even put a bonus plant in. I would definately order from him again.
AddieOtto Clementon, NJ (Zone 6b) (5 reviews) May 17, 2007
I had the pleasure of meeting and purchasing a plant from Jim from his vendor table at Hosta College. The plant I purchased, as well as all of the plants I saw that he had for sale were simply fantastic. He seems to have everything anyone could ever be looking for and I will definitely be doing some mail order in the future.
My first expierence with Jim was on Ebay where I decided to purchase an item instead of bidding on it. When I went ot his site I discovered more Hostas that I have ever seen anywhere. I perused his site for two days and never got to the end of it. He has the most exciting collection I have seen anywhere. He has the patience of Job! he has so much stuff I kept switching my order and he never said a word. This is where I shop when I want something different! I had one complaint and he took care of it rapidly and I still got my bonus plant! He is a good guy!
treemon Buffalo Grove, IL (Zone 5a) (4 reviews) March 31, 2006
Plants I ordered last year did very well. They were good sized and had great roots. The bonus plants were a nice touch too. I will certainly order again.
ruby42 Cape May Court House, NJ (Zone 7a) (23 reviews) November 11, 2005
The first hosta I bought from this company were one's from the Hosta Library auction in 2003, and I was thrilled with them.
I just had to buy more in 2004 so I checked out the website and added a couple more that were just as healthy as the year before!
Jim's seem's to always have the Hosta I am looking so this is one of the companys I wait for to put up their new list in the begining of the year!
I'm also a fan and repeat customer of Jim's. His selection of hostas is unsurpassed by anyone else on the web. Every hosta I've ever bought from him over the years is doing great. Keep in mind he sets his price per hosta eye, at least in most cases. I highly recommend this vendor, especially for those hard to find hostas that you just have to have!
What can I say about Jim's......my DIL turned me on to this one....and what a turn on!! If you are truely a hostaholic, he has the largest selection I have ever seen....I have placed a few orders with him this year, and have not been disappointed....plus a "freebee" to boot! I received large, healthy, and well packaged plants....his price range is well, wide!!! Something for everyone! Jim's is surely one to satisfy! I can't wait to order "Candy Dish" next spring!!
I ordered from Jim for the first time and had a very good experience. Jim was courteous enough to e-mail me and let me know that one of the hostas I had ordered was in it's "summer color". That particular hosta loses it's coloring in the hotter months and will emerge in spring with the "regular coloring". I was extremely pleased as I would have thought the wrong plant was sent. I appreciate his professionalism and will definitely order from him again. He has a Great selection. Kelly
My first mailorder order ever was received from Jim's Hostas yesterday and I am very pleased. I also received a free, surprise hosta. Jim has many hostas listed that I could not find anyplace else and I will be ordering again from this company. I liked his quick Email responses and the Priority Mail packing was just fine.
I have been a repeat customer of Jim's for several years. He has a fantastic collection of hostas and if you are a collector, such as me, it is a wonderful place to browse.
I plan to order again and again.
I ordered from Jim in 2001 for the first time. I ordered again this year. The 2nd and 3rd yr t/c's were somewhat smaller than expected, but he included a free plant to compensate for their size. The ones that were mature divisions were very nice. All plants were received in good condition. All are thriving in my gardens regardless of their original sizes. Over all a positive experience. I will be doing business w/ Jim again in the future as his selection and prices are some of the best out there.
jody MD &, VA (Zone 7b) (11 reviews) June 17, 2002
Nice quality hosta, excellent customer service. One hosta was overlooked and not in the original shipment. Jim promplty returned e-mail and mailed it out asap. He was great to do business with!
I had order quite a few hostas from Jim's last year. He has a huge selection. ( better than most). I was a little disappointed with their size compared to the other companies that I order from. But, they are all up and doing well.