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.