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Positive YenGardener
(1 review)
On Nov 5, 2011, YenGardener Aiken, SC wrote:

Posted on April 27, 2011, updated November 5, 2011
Dear Santa Rosa Gardens:

I have ordered many plants from you and they've always performed great, however this last combo that I put together is very eye catching and gets great compliments from the neighbors and passerbys (corner house) and where did I purchase is always the next question.

Thanks for helping me turn a barren property (32,000 sq. ft.) into a stunning show place.


Johanna Smith

A very satisfied customer.

On November 5th, 2011, YenGardener added the following:

I love this company. The plants arrive in pristine condition and there's never a hassle about replacing a plant. It's been about 4 years since my first order and they have become my number one go to nursery.

J Smith a SC Gardener
On Nov 5, 2011, Santa Rosa Gardens responded with:

"On May 5, 2011 10:20 AM, Santa Rosa Gardens responded with:

Thank you for the comments Johanna! Although your garden photo is not visible here on the garden watchdog, we did post it on our customer testimonial page of our website!"

Positive maptoad
(4 reviews)
On Nov 3, 2011, maptoad Bellingham, WA wrote:

I just received plants from Santa Rosa Gardens (even earlier than expected) and I'm very impressed. I've tried ordering plants from other nurseries a few times before and had sworn off wasting my time and money: Too many badly packed, half (or completely) dead plants. But Santa Rosa's sale tempted me to try one more time. Wow! Each plant was packed as carefully as one could wish. And all looked healthy and well-developed. I will not hesitate to order from them again.

Western Washington

Positive Joyleen
(1 review)
On Oct 27, 2011, Joyleen wrote:

Hello, I had to write and tell you how pleased I am with my purchase of plants from your gardens. I have ordered from gardens/nurserys all over the country and for the first time
I got my money's worth. The way you prepare the plants to ship is what impressed me first. When they arrived they were very hardy plants and so well packed that they were completely
protected from any damage in shipping. I watered them and set them on my lanai for 2 days before planting. I added some good soil medium to the holes and a little fertilizer. The plants never looked "unhappy" at all with being planted in the ground. They are all growing well and I can hardly wait to see the flowers etc. as they develop. I am so glad I saw your advertisment in
a magazine and took a chance on ordering. Quality is wonderful. Joyce Reitz, Fort Myers, FL

Positive Gardenweed
(7 reviews)
On Oct 25, 2011, Gardenweed Somers, CT wrote:

Received my order from SRG's year-end sale a couple of weeks ago and planted everything right away. Their plants are packed SO carefully and are by far the healthiest I've ever received via mail order. All the plants have settled in and perked up nicely since planting. This was my third experience ordering from SRG; it won't be the last.

Positive 7B_8A
(12 reviews)
On Oct 25, 2011, 7B_8A Fayetteville, GA wrote:

Also took advantage of incredible fall sale prices. I recently ordered seven hellebores from them. One might expect an end of season sale may not be the cream of the crop but not here. I placed an order on Sunday night, got an e-mail saying they shipped Monday morning and I had them by Wednesday for weekend planting. They evidently do not use shipping for a profit center (you know, like the one's where the shipping costs more than the plants). Plants were well branched and about three times the size of those from other nurseries that sell coconuts. All seven already have new baby branches leafing out from the base of the plants. There non-sale prices seem quite reasonable also so check them out. Will definitely use them again.

Positive patti525
(1 review)
On Oct 24, 2011, patti525 Westwood, NJ wrote:

Got in on their fall sale, prices were good, plants were nice size and packed well, and the order was shipped very quickly. A great experience, I will definitely purchase more from them in the future.

Positive cwalke
(2 reviews)
On Oct 17, 2011, cwalke Longview, WA wrote:

Posted on October 17, 2011, updated October 17, 2011
Posted on October 3, 2011, updated October 17, 2011
I ordered several echinaceas and some grasses from Santa Rosa last month and they arrived healthy and larger than expected for mail order. Packed well. I was very pleased with this company and feel more hopeful that these late season plants will get through their first winter.

On October 17th, 2011, cwalke added the following:

17 October Well, I can't seem to stay off Santa Rosa's website...I've made 2 more orders since the first one. This nursery has an excellent selection of native plants and especially grasses, of which I'm quite fond. Sale prices are excellent and plants are good sized and healthy. This is my new favorite online nursery:)
On October 17th, 2011, cwalke added the following:

17 October Well, I can't seem to stay off Santa Rosa's website...I've made 2 more orders since the first one. This nursery has an excellent selection of native plants and especially grasses, of which I'm quite fond. Sale prices are excellent and plants are good sized and healthy. This is my new favorite online nursery:)
Positive takenbylovely
(1 review)
On Oct 8, 2011, takenbylovely Erie, PA wrote:

I chose Santa Rosa because of all their good reviews on DGW. They had great clearance prices, free shipping over $100, and I found a 10% off coupon, so I could afford to purchase more than I'd originally planned.

The communication from SR has been terrific from beginning to end - I received an email receipt, shipping/tracking messages, and an email informing me of what was backordered with an expected shipping date for those.

I placed my order Sunday evening; my plants were on my doorstep when I arrived home from work at 1 in the afternoon. WOW! They were packaged so nicely, everything was bright and green...and big! I ordered some ferns, an astible collection, four hostas, and much more for both shade and sun. The plants look so great, I can't believe they came all the way to me in northwest PA from FL! I can't wait to order again.

Positive RUBYS
(15 reviews)
On Sep 25, 2011, RUBYS Wrens, GA wrote:

Received my second order. Very nice plants except one that was damaged in shipping and they are sending a replacement next week.

Positive psychloman
(50 reviews)
On Sep 17, 2011, psychloman Brooklyn, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Received 2 Agapanthus and one Musa.All arrived nicely packaged and in excellent shape.I'm very happy with my order and I'm going to order again.Recommended.

Positive LindaDoc
(4 reviews)
On Sep 15, 2011, LindaDoc Philadelphia, PA wrote:

Posted on July 3, 2011, updated September 15, 2011
Based on the overwhelming number of positive comments about Santa Rosa Gardens, I decided to order from them as I was planning to turn my backyard into a large garden. I ordered a wide variety of plants, mostly ornamental grasses, and they arrived in fantastic shape, during the time I specified, in terrific packaging. Any questions I had during the ordering process were answered promptly. All of the plants I ordered were healthy with strong root systems and are thriving in my new garden. I just ordered three more ornamental grasses to cap off the season, and will definitely be ordering more next year. I highly recommend this company to all my fellow gardeners.

On September 15th, 2011, LindaDoc added the following:

Since my initial comments, I was so pleased with the plants I received from Santa Rosa Gardens that I proceeded to place 5 more orders, the most recent 2 weeks ago. Each and every shipment contained large, healthy plants that were packed carefully, and I now have an entire yard filled with beautiful perennial grasses and plants. I am now trying to decide what plants I'll order for fall planting. Thanks to the Garden Watchdog for pointing me in Santa Rosa's direction in the first place!
Positive phyllisv
(1 review)
On Sep 13, 2011, phyllisv Kilmarnock, VA wrote:

I ordered from Santa Rosa after reading the stellar reviews here. Website ordering was simple, prices are reasonable, and customer communication was efficient. I received healthy, beautifully packed plants - 2 days before Hurricane Irene. The plants survived the 10 day planting delay on my enclosed porch and in fact looked rejuvenated from their travels when I was finally able to get them in the ground. I have already placed a second order which is in transit and I'm putting together a third. Although I cannot comment on survival this early, I am confident that plants that start out this healthy will do well. I highly recommend this supplier.

Positive petalpusheroh
(4 reviews)
On Aug 31, 2011, petalpusheroh Cincinnati, OH wrote:

Just placed my first order with Santa Rosa Gardens yesterday. Wanted to add to this order this morning & it had already shipped!! Jude kindly agreed to waive the shipping fee on my additional order. Can't ask for better service than this!

Positive miltongarden
(1 review)
On Aug 25, 2011, miltongarden Milton, FL wrote:

Posted on October 2, 2009, updated August 25, 2011
this was the first time I have ordered from them. I ordered on Monday and received it on Wed. Great pkg and healthy looking plants. 1 of the guaras I ordered even had a tiny bud on it. Will order from them again!

On August 25th, 2011, miltongarden added the following:

great company! This is my 3rd timeordering from them, I ordered on tues am and received them on wed afternoon. healthy looking grasses. even the bargain bench plants were nice & healthy looking. couldn't wait to unpack (love their pkg)I would recommend this co to anyone purchasing online plants!
Positive phdler
(22 reviews)
On Jul 25, 2011, phdler Homer, NY wrote:

First time I've ordered from Santa Rosa and other than the fact that they sold out of four of the plants I ordered, I was not disappointed at all. Prices were good, plants were healthy, packaging was carefully done. Will definitely shop with them again. They've earned their top-rated spot in the Garden Watchdog.

Positive Sherry77
(9 reviews)
On Jul 20, 2011, Sherry77 wrote:

I have placed many orders with Santa Rosa over the past two or three years and have been happy with the plants I received. Plants are small but strong and healthy. Great company!

Positive rogersne
(1 review)
On Jul 15, 2011, rogersne Bartley, NE wrote:

I just received my order but I am really suprised by how nice everything looks. I could not have gotten nicer looking plants by going to the greenhouse. Every plant in its on container with netting to keep the leaves from breaking. Each wrapped separately and still damp. Great fast shipping I would order from them again and will recommend them to all my friends..

Positive greybird
(3 reviews)
On Jul 13, 2011, greybird Vernon, TX wrote:

Posted on June 29, 2011, updated July 13, 2011
I went to their site after receiving an email of the big sale they are having. Wow, what a selection, I had a hard time choosing! And you're not going to find prices this reasonable anywhere. Responses to email are immediate and very accomodating. Shipped the next day and rec'd in two days. Packing was the best I have seen: they are shipped in their pots, netting over the pot and halfway up the plants to protect it. Then the plants are wrapped in special cooler paper that allows air circulation between the plants. Each plant was perfect and beautiful.
I was a little concerned how they would adapt in the terrible heat in Texas (has been getting around 110+ with hot winds on a regular basis). Not to worry, these healthy plants took off without a hitch.
I am highly impressed with Santa Rosa Gardens, they are top notch in every way, couldn't be any better. Will be my first stop for perennials and grasses. (My second order is already on the way!!)

On July 13th, 2011, greybird added the following:

Wow, my second order was as great as the first!!! Don't hesitate to order from SRG!!!!! Can't wait to order again!!!
Positive greyandamy
(8 reviews)
On Jul 11, 2011, greyandamy Pittsburgh, PA wrote:

Posted on July 6, 2011, updated July 11, 2011
This was my first time purchasing from them. I was drawn in by their clearance sale. Questioning the wisdom of purchasing plants for shipping in the unusual heat of June (for this year), I chose only drought tolerant items- sedums, euphorbias. The plants shipped on a Monday, I received on Thursday evening.

After ordering from other online companies, I do have some reference for comparison. Their plants were unusually large (I was impressed) and their packing was interesting, mesh-type stockings around the larger plants that I suppose helped keep the plants intact.

There was an unusual heat wave during that time, and I'm sure the UPS truck wasn't air conditioned, thus the plants were.. HOT. Though I was home to meet the delivery.

The stonecrop sedums-autumn delight- were, I suppose, "squished"?? for lack of a better word. Their leaves were pushed down and still remain...odd. I knew I'd have to pamper them for awhile, and still am. I was hoping by now the leaves would be more.. "normal" again. I believe that they can't be propagated by Santa Rosa as they are patented, thus they were rather leggy/weak and quite rootbound. Not surprising, that's what happens when you wait until the end of the prime shipping season. I did cut them all back by half. I tell myself next year they should be looking okay.

I got 3 euphorbia ascot rainbow which were also quite wilted or also "squashed", but now, a bit over 2 weeks later, they are perking up. They are beautiful, and a great size. Though again, they were quite rootbound. They are being somewhat pampered in pots.

I purchased 4 Sedum sieboldii which I love, love, love. I've been unable to find anywhere around here. They, being succulents with many small leaves, survived the shipping but did have some damage (lost lots of leaves). One was pretty broken. 2 were suffering mildew or some type of black fungus like issue to many leaves. I pulled them off. I can't blame Santa Rosa, as the shipping process may have been rough on the box. It wasn't marked FRAGILE, or LIVE PLANTS, or KEEP COOL, or THIS END UP.. not that that may have made a difference. The 2 worst are in pots being pampered.

Then I purchased 3 Sedum spurium Tricolor. They were... very leggy. Extremely. As if grown in shade and desperately stretching for sun. At first I was unsure what to do with them. I had to untangle. Finally, after a week, I planted the 2 variegated ones out, and covered stems with soil, to help root. I don't know if it will work.

The third of the 3 is almost all green, the variegation must have been overtaken. Only 3 tiny leaves at the base are variegated, the rest converted to green. As I initially waited several days to try to get the plants back to some vigor, I then figured it would be too late to contact Santa Rosa. Plus I kind of dreaded the "energy" of getting replacements and worrying they were in the same condition, as it's even warmer. So one is an unattractive green that I just put where I can't see it, to help control weeds I guess.. a few dollars lost.

All plants were bone dry, I soaked in bucket of water, I had to replace soil that was lost. They took a lot of work to just repot to larger pots to grow on a bit. And again, a lot of broken pieces. Though that may be the price (I didn't realize) of ordering fleshing succulents. Maybe if they were packed somehow in a more sturdy box? Or with peanuts (which I hate). I don't know. Again, I think that's the drawback of "clearance" prices... rootbound, weaker, a bit too large for pots. Plus I suppose the workers were in a hurry to pack and ship, thus "missing" some little things.


On July 11th, 2011, greyandamy changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

After thought, I've decided there's no reason not to rate as positive. Santa Rosa can't control shipping or extreme heat. They did contact me via email to state that they are happy to replace anything I'm not 100% satisified with, or to ship in fall. The plants were huge. And most have established nicely
Positive Chrysalis86
(1 review)
On Jul 7, 2011, Chrysalis86 CANYON COUNTRY, CA wrote:

I've been buying plants from Santa Rosa Gardens for over two years now, and am always impressed by the quality of the plants, their excellent service and prices. I've purchased plants from quite a few on-line nurseries over the years, and Santa Rosa Gardens is one of very few companies that I consistently go back to; they are that good.

Positive susan0824
(1 review)
On Jul 6, 2011, susan0824 Aurora, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have always had good experience with Santa Rosa Gardens in the eight years I've been ordering from them. The plants are healthy and packaged to prevent damage. The wide selection of plants is what continues to bring me back to Santa Rosa. Their quick response regarding any plant problems is a big plus as well. Dina, their Sales Manager, does a great job in keeping the customer happy.

Positive pennylen
(1 review)
On Jul 1, 2011, pennylen Russellville, AR wrote:

Just received my order of 9 grasses from Santa Rosa gardens and they are in wonderful condition, packed well and the planting guide is very helpful. Their prices are very reasonable and their customer service is great. I will be doing more business with them in the future for sure.
Zone 7

Positive rosebeau
(5 reviews)
On Jun 30, 2011, rosebeau North Fort Myers, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I have ordered from Santa Rosa Gardens several times over the past few years. I am always happy with the quality of the plants I receive. They also have incredibly fast shipping and the plants are packaged very well. This is a great company!

Positive jamiew
(12 reviews)
On Jun 29, 2011, jamiew Montgomery, AL wrote:

Awesome, large Red Hot Poker plants in 4inch containers. Shipping was so fast and packaging above average! Boy, will I order from them again.

Positive Omegatop
(1 review)
On Jun 27, 2011, Omegatop Hampton, VA wrote:

They ship vibrant healthy plants. Their warranty is rock solid. They have always replaced any plants, without question, when notified of a problem. A top notch company. 98% of my plants ordered from them are alive and kicking.

(1 review)
On Jun 26, 2011, JABORUCKI Holley, NY wrote:


(1 review)
On Jun 24, 2011, CAPTAINNIPPER wrote:

Received order yesterday everything was pack great everything look good. Very happy to do business with you. I have order from a lots of plant places on the Internet but I was blow away by the size and care of the packing you sent me. I wish I know of your place years ago! MY ORDER WAS
Muhlenbergia capillaris
Hibiscus moscheutos Luna Rose - Bargain Bench
Lavandula Provence
Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote

Positive 88griz
(1 review)
On Jun 22, 2011, 88griz Malmstrom AFB, MT wrote:

Just a note to let you know that my Echinacea Harvest Moon perennials arrived today 06/22/11. I am VERY PLEASED with the healthy looking plants and with the short time that it took for them to arrive after they were shipped. I am also pleasantly surprised at the size of the plants. You will be high on my list next year when I want more plants.

Positive klem_a_tis
(5 reviews)
On Jun 20, 2011, klem_a_tis near des moines, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I ordered a variety of coreopsis on a Monday in mid June for delivery that week. I was notified on Tuesday (the next day) the plants were shipped. I was well pleased with the packing, and more importantly, the size and healthy appearance of the plants. I will return for future orders.

Positive planter52
(6 reviews)
On Jun 11, 2011, planter52 Whitestone, NY wrote:

Posted on April 25, 2011, updated June 11, 2011
Good prices, excellent plant quality and packing. Timely shipping and communication. I've already placed a second order and look forward to doing more in the future.

On June 11th, 2011, planter52 added the following:

Third order this season. Excellent quality again, and great sale prices. One Astlbi Bridal veil seemed a bit weak and smaller than the other 2, but as I've been satisfied with all of their prior products I'm sure it will be fine. The Echinacea Milkshakes were larger than I expected, and were beautiful and sturdy. I'll definitely be using them again in the future.
Positive meplant
(8 reviews)
On Jun 10, 2011, meplant kelso, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Posted on April 22, 2010, updated June 10, 2011
All I can say is this company rocks!!...I will definetly be ordering from them again...Thanks for great plants and great customer service :)

On June 10th, 2011, meplant added the following:

Made another purchase of bananas (musa) from Santa Rosa...LOVED them...They were big healthy plants...Had a small issue with them, but it was fixed right away...Will keep ordering from this company for sure!!!...Thanks Dina :)
Positive LeeAnne151
(11 reviews)
On Jun 10, 2011, LeeAnne151 Portland, OR wrote:

Posted on June 10, 2011, updated June 10, 2011
Posted on July 19, 2007, updated June 10, 2011
Received an order today. Big starts with big root systems that are packed very well. I received exactly what I ordered. Great communication from the company. Thorough instructions sent with the order too. I will buy again.

On June 10th, 2011, LeeAnne151 added the following:

Purchased again and both my orders were great. Arrived very quickly (2 days!) and well packed with recyclable materials. I usually pot up mail ordered plants and grow them on a bit before planting in the garden but these were so nice and big that I planted right out. I'm very happy with Santa Rosa Gardens.
On June 10th, 2011, LeeAnne151 added the following:

I wanted to add that I believe I ordered in 2008, 2009 and I know I did in 2010. Very happy with all shipments.
Positive ACA13
(1 review)
On Jun 8, 2011, ACA13 York, PA wrote:

I have order many plants from Santa Rosa Gardens. i have been totally satisfied. Last year, I ordered 3 flowers and this year they never came up. I did not think to much about it. This year I ordered them again and stated my situation. I did not expect anything, BUT the checked their records, saw that I had ordered them and gave me the ones I ordered for free.

Thank you so much, you have a customer for life!!

Positive lulu2001
(1 review)
On Jun 3, 2011, lulu2001 Salem, VA wrote:

Dear Santa Rosa Gardens,
I just want to tell you that I have ordered flowers 3 times this spring from you and I am absolutely delighted at the condition and packaging that they arrived in. The ones that I ordered earlier are doing well, although I think I may have to wait until next year to see blooms! I just received 12 plants today and they look wonderful as well. I hope that I will be able to see some blooms this season, but may have to wait until next year! I also like the fact that you show how many plants that you have in stock.

Positive comaroon
(4 reviews)
On May 31, 2011, comaroon Morehead, KY wrote:

I'm a repeat customer of Santa Rosa and will continue to be one -- their plants are awesome, reasonably priced, and they provide excellent customer service. What more can a gardener expect from a supplier...

Positive severn4
(1 review)
On May 23, 2011, severn4 Severn, MD wrote:

Posted on July 7, 2010, updated May 23, 2011
They replace my plants with no cost. Excellent customer service. Looking forward to getting more plants from them.

On May 23rd, 2011, severn4 added the following:

So far I have ordered from Santa Rosa Garden about 4 times. I always received good quality plants with good root systems. Some of the Echinacea plants I received were big and already had buds on them. Their customer service was wonderful. One time I received an Agastache plant which had been wilted during the shipping and did not survive after planting. After contacting the CS, they promptly sent me a replacement with a bonus plant. I would highly recommend SRS for their plant quality, value and the excellent Customer Service!!
On May 23, 2011, Santa Rosa Gardens responded with:

"On Jul 8, 2010 7:58 AM, Santa Rosa Gardens responded with:

We stand behind our plants. If you don't succeed, neither did we. Thanks for the comment!"

Positive jlc1445
(1 review)
On May 19, 2011, jlc1445 Longmont, CO wrote:

Would recommend this nursery. Excellent service(I asked them to make a change on my order and they took care of it promptly). My plants arrived in 4 days and in good shape.

Positive Get_growing
(8 reviews)
On May 18, 2011, Get_growing Dallas, TX wrote:

Posted on September 10, 2010, updated May 18, 2011
WOW! I will write details when more time, but couldn't wait to urge any plant lover to give SRG a try. The plants are lovely and an amazing value. I almost didn't order because I thought the deals were too good to be true.

I urge anyone and everyone to place your order before the "secret" is out. If all plant sellers were like these folks, there would be prettier gardens and probably more gardeners.

On May 18th, 2011, Get_growing added the following:

Update: All plants from my first order were successful. I placed a second order, and a few plants were just too small to make it. Santa Rosa Gardens gave a speedy and friendly refund! All other plants from the second order are thriving. I'm still very pleased with this company and recommend them unconditionally.
Positive sage1951
(1 review)
On May 18, 2011, sage1951 Ivoryton, CT wrote:

This was the first time I bought from Santa Rosa. What a happy surprise I had when my plants arrived just four days after placing my order and in superb condition. The ten plants were all larger than I expected for four inch pots and of high quality. The packing was also a big surprise; it was clear they were each packed with individual care. I am extremely happy with my first order from Santa Rosa and will absolutely order again. This is very high value for the cost. I highly recommend them.

Tom Soboleski
Ivoryton, CT

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