As for Dutch Gardens, I've been disappointed (mismarked merchandise, poor performance) and If I'm going to dig hundreds of holes each fall, I certainly will stick with the company that gives me a beautiful plant in each spot.
I have ordered from this company to add to my daffodil collection and I have had the most wonderful success with all the bulbs and a glorious Spring garden this year. I can not attest to any other plant except daffodils , which I will use this company again for bulbs this Fall.
I ordered over 100 bulbs from Dutch Gardens last year -- glory-of-the-snow, crocuses, dwarf irises, daffodils, hyacinths, and grape muscari. The catalog had excellent pictures and the prices were quite reasonable compared to other places. The bulbs were in good health upon arrival. Customer service gave me some suggestions for protection against rodents and very helpful planting advice. The only bulbs which didn't come up very well were the dwarf irises and a few hyacinths. They gave me credit with no questions asked. The successful flowers were enormous and beautiful and blooming well after my neighbors' flowers had given out. I think they are worth recommendation.
While the bulbs I received from dutchgardens.com this year were in mostly good shape (out of a box of about 100 tulip, hyacinth, and daffodil bulbs, I had about 5 moldy or otherwise unplantable ones) I did have a big complaint about their service. My bulbs were shipped, from Holland, in mid October -- and then took four weeks to be delivered! By that time, my yard was so soggy there is little hope of getting more than a handful of the bulbs in the ground. They may have shipped the bulbs at the appropriate planting time for my area -- but they certainly didn't take into account how long shipping would take!
I have been ordering from Dutch Gardens for over 10 years now. I notice their tulip prices have gone up a little but still a good buy. I have had pretty good luck with their perennials. Had 3 rodgersias that died but they replaced them and were very nice about it. The only minor flaw I can think of, sometimes they ship things a little too early for my zone.
I was extremely pleased with the Bulb order I received from Dutch Gardens in fall of 1998. One thing that pleased me was the size and health of the bulbs. Another was that I got the number of bulbs I ordered plus extra, smaller bulbs, and double daffodils, for the already economical price. The third thing that pleased me was that the bulbs came early so they were able to get well established before winter.
I have been ordering from Dutch Gardens since 1983 and have been pleased for the most part with their bulbs. They are definitely the most economical, make few (actually can't remember any) order mistakes. About the only thing negative I have to say is that the perennials I've ordered through them have usually not grown/lived, so I usually avoid. I would guess 70-85% of their bulbs do well/bloom.
I was very pleased with Dutch Gardens prices and packaging and health of bulbs. Easy to read growing instructions. The bulbs arrived in clean boxes and in good condition. I could fine no other catalog, bulb or flower that could beat their price. They are willing to sent the bulbs and give you a chance to see them before you have to paid the invoice.
Just wanted to let you know that I ordered bulbs this year from Dutch Gardens--I've heard good things about them BUT imagine my surprise when the gladiolas I ordered that were supposed to be blue, lavender and purple came up bright yellow and red!
I have ordered from Dutch Gardens for several years. Bulbs are great and the perennials have been good quality and vigorous growers. My only disappointment was with a tall bearded iris order. The ones that arrived were of good quality. When I called and reported some seemed to be missing, their representative seemed unconcerned. Nonetheless, I would definitely order from them again.
A co-worker recommended Dutch Gardens to me. I placed an order for somewhere around 300 daffodils and tulips. They were HUGE bulbs, and not a sign of mold on one of them! If that wasn't enough, their prices were very competitive with all the other companies I had dealt with and they had the same type of guarantee (replace or refund, your choice). Everything looked just great the following season. I continued to look to their catalogue before I ordered anything from someone else. They have terrific oriental and Asiatic lilies as well--do wish they had more perennials. I have ordered (in lesser quantities) from them every year--I don't think you can beat their price and size--and wrote to them just once a couple of years back. I had ordered some bulb that was offered in groups of three. I told them that of all the bulbs I had ordered in previous years, this was my only "loss". Out of a group of 3 bulbs, 1 had failed to bloom. Actually, I meant it as a compliment-not a complaint. They turned around and sent me 3 bulbs as a replacement. How can you possibly beat that?
I have ordered from Dutch Gardens and have nothing but high praise for the company their product and their service. The bulbs were of very high quality and when I did have a problem they offered me money back or re-ship. I have also ordered from wayside Gardens and the former opinion refers to them as well. I have recently ordered from a web site http://www.ioa.com----Singletree Farms, Wonderful web site all hostas. don't know about their product yet. I didn't see them on your list. You can print their list and or their directory if toy choose.
Others have already mentioned their healthy supply and wonderful service. An additional note : I ordered their Eenie Weenie daylilies from their spring catalog for my container planting in Spring 97. It bloomed okay, and I was content until I found that Oakes daylilies ship really huge plants! So I don't think I'll get daylilies from Dutch Gardens again. Someone else had mentioned about the Dahlia nightmare in window boxes - yep , it happened to me too - grew too tall and didn't flower! But overall, I've been pleased with their stuff and hope to order regularly from the - esp. the tulips, daffodils, scilla etc.
Of all the bulbs I've ordered, the ones at Dutch Gardens stand out in their size and health. The daffodils I received were almost obscenely large -I was shocked and amazed at the number of noses on those monsters. The tulips were very plump and cute, the crocus and snow glories exceptional, and the summer snowflakes absolutely beautiful. The packaging was very good, with very little shipping damage. The prices are the best for this level of quality; I paid lots more for lots less, elsewhere. I'll definitely order from them again.
I've also been ordering with a group of friends (to get the 10% discount) from the Dutch Gardens catalog. I was very pleased this spring with the show produced from their bulbs. The only bulbs that failed were ones that were iffy for my zone anyway on top of one colder than usual winter. I've put in quite a few spring bulbs from their catalog and the liatris, the lilies and the gladiolus nanas are all beginning to come up already. You can't beat their prices and their product is extremely reliable.
I have been ordering spring flowering bulbs from them for years now and have always gotten top-rate merchandise. Daffodils are often triple nose. One year, a giant alliums did not bloom but that was so long ago, I can't remember whether they replaced it or refunded the money. In any case, I've never been dissatisfied. Recommend highly.
I placed my first Dutch Gardens order last summer with a group of my new neighbors. This made for lots of fun, the ability to share larger savings, and some freebies as well. The bulbs arrived on schedule and were beautiful--large and no moldy ones. Better than any I've ordered before--even ones I selected and shipped on a trip to Holland! Here in the Chicago area we've had a strange spring and I was concerned about the failure of my crocus to emerge, even though the tulips were getting close to bloom. Lo and behold--today they showed themselves. By my count almost everything is up (barring some doffs in the cold and damp northern extremes of the yard) and looking good--even after the record cold wave, a dry winter and a wet spring. I'll order here again!
Made my phone order early Feb., they sent a mail notice of the shipping date, I received the order and the bulbs were great, no mold, no rot and several had good new growth. One substitution, ten tiger lily replacing 5 tenuifolium lily, which I didn't mind. I also ordered 25 liatris spicata and the stock was great. Hard to beat the quality, prices, good growing tips and a beautiful catalog.
My Father-In-Law first turned me on to Dutch Gardens, shortly after his eldest daughter and I tied the knot. Thirteen years and three homes later, we are still ordering our bulbs and perennials from these nice people, and have yet to experience and unresolvable problem yet. You see, the material we receive is usually very, very good, and even the one or two times it hasn't been, a call to Dutch Gardens Customer Service has corrected the problem with minimal effort or loss of planting time. In general, Dutch Gardens merchandise is large and healthy; in particular, I believe Dutch Gardens's daffodils and lilies are among the finest anywhere. I heartily recommend this company to both experts and novices alike.
Dutch Gardens specializes in bulbs, and I have been VERY happy with EVERYTHING I ordered from them. The ONLY thing that didn't grow well for me was Foxtail Lilies, & I was pushing the hardiness on those, so it's not their fault.
Quality has already been amply attested to. My story is about failing to pay them. Wrote the check, forgot to mail it. Lo comes the next spring and I phone in my order. The lady at the other end pauses a moment, then says: "And when you make out your check, would you mind adding the $106 from last June?" What class!
Thank you for helping me find Dutch Gardens again. I used to order all my bulbs from them about seven or eight years ago. I have been moving around since then and didn't want to order until I was stable. All the spring planting bulbs I have received from them have been of the best quality and very large size. The dahlias have been awesome! I found their name and address on your list and truly appreciate the lead.
I have ordered bulbs from Dutch Gardens for a number of years. Their bulbs are always top quality (daffodils are frequently triple-nosed, for example). I have only had minor problems twice and both times the problem was corrected promptly. I haven't found better prices, either.
I have ordered both bulbs and perennials from Dutch Gardens and have had no problems with performance from either. Bleeding Hearts stormed out of the beds, bloomed beautifully & held their foliage till the freeze. Liatris was spectacular it's first year out. I have also planted lots of lillybells and allium unifolium with great results. The puschkinia did not do as well, even though the bulbs multiplied like crazy. Their catalogs are great resources, even if you don't order.
I have been buying bulbs from Dutch Gardens for about 15 years. They have the best bulbs for the best price and they are the nicest people to deal with. I recommend their daffodils in particular. I have also bought their Siberian iris and they have done well. Rarely, if ever, I have had a problem. If so, they just give me a credit. Can't ask for more.
I have been ordering from the Dutch Gardens catalog for 3 years now. I live in San Diego and this is not the most favored climate for bulbs. Nevertheless I have nothing but great results from this ordering house. My dahlias are on their 3rd season in the ground and have produced the same output every year with no slowdown.
The catalog is full color, often full page photo of plant/flower. Looking at it is just a pleasure. They send out a Spring Planting catalog and Fall Planting catalog. They mainly have bulbs and plants like Hostas, Astilbes,etc. and onion sets. Bulbs are large, good quality as are the Hostas, Ferns, etc. You can order singly or have a group order. Excellent prices. Good planting information. Highly recommended. I have ordered from them often.
My dahlias did not do well in pots. My windowbox collection was a nightmare - grew way too tall and didn't flower. I finally massacred them. My freesia hybrids - no flowers. My cascade flamingo begonias - well, some are pretty - the others have trouble holding onto the bud long enough to open.
I always get my bulbs here if I'm ordering a relatively small number. The quality is superb and the selection much better than Breck's. At the very least, get the catalog. The beautiful photos will inspire you all winter.
Dutch Gardens produces a wonderful catalog full of big glossy photos in spring and fall. They specialize in bulbs, but also offer some perennials, which I haven't tried. I have ordered from them several times over the last two years and their bulbs always arrive looking fresh, healthy and generous in size. They describe the size categories of various offers clearly, which explains why prices vary and helps in making choices. Most of my daffodils and lilies are from Dutch Gardens and I look forward each spring to greeting the new plantings and watching the older ones get bigger, better and prettier year by year.