On May 30, 2015, DonnaMack Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on April 25, 2013, updated May 30, 2015
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Posted on March 29, 2013, updated March 29, 2013
I ordered from Santa Rosa based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback, but my personal experience was very disappointing. I ordered two alchemilla mollis from their half price sale last fall, and received very tiny, rather wornout plants. I had to put tags on them so I could find them, they were so tiny. I have been gardening since 1996, so I know how to install plants.I though that I would wait for spring, but they have shown no development at all, so I have ordered plants from another company.
I should add that evry single plant I ordered from other companies, however small, performed for me.
On March 29th, 2013, DonnaMack changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
I received a very gracious email from Ms. Jude Groninger of Santa Rosa Gardens. She seemed genuinely concerned, and offered me a ship date of April 22 for the replacement plants.
I am changing my rating to neutral, and if this attention is any indication, I am in hopes of changing my rating to positive.On April 25th, 2013, DonnaMack changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
I received replacement plants, plus a gift, and I must say that the alchemilla mollis are amongst the finest I have ever received - beautiful, large, and well packaged. Just excellent.On May 30th, 2015, DonnaMack added the following:
I must give credit where credit is due. I have ordered several grasses from Santa Rosa this year: calamagrostis acutifolia, calamagrostis brachtitryca, miscanthus 'Morning Light'. All have been excellent.
I placed two large orders on faith just by the positive reviews here and I was not dissapointed. Everything was large and healthy. I got their bargain boxes (shade and perennial) and they gave me very nice selections (chelone, heucheras, coreopsis, hibiscus, brunnera, hellebores and more that I can't recall right now). They have great coupons and free shipping for larger orders. As a result I have ordered hundreds of dollars worth since. Their prices are usually the cheapest and their plant sizes are bigger than other nurseries. I'm definitely a customer for life!
My first order (found them on a garden blog "An Obsessive Neurotic Gardener") and can't say enough about this organization! The plants I ordered were very healthy, a good size, well packed and shipped. I was a little worried about the flat rate longer shipping (cheap me), but they arrived in virtually perfect condition. Careful unwrapping (love the stocking-netting!) and a little water and they are just fine, waiting for just a few more days to condition from Florida to Maine on the covered front porch . . . I WILL be ordering again!
I love Santa Rosa Gardens, so much! I've placed several orders with them over the past two years, some super large and some small. The plants are consistently healthy and well packaged. Santa Rosa Gardens also offers a wide variety of perennials and grasses, and frequently offers coupons and specials. I've been able to try many new plants because of the affordability. Super pleased! Would be delighted if they would start to offer more shrubs.
I have been ordering from Santa Rosa Gardens for 2 seasons thus far. I have always been pleased with the material they send, and with the packing, etc. I cannot always plant as soon as I receive material so sometimes I have to place seedlings in a sheltered spot (I use a lg. plastic windowbox)
in the shade on my patio. In my experience, these seedlings are tough and sturdy. Yes, sometimes the plant is small and sometimes the plant is root bound. But as an experienced gardener, I know what to do with them. I have a nursery bed for babies, and I simply trim down a root bound plant at planting and give it extra attention. Always great CS, and I save alot of money. Will continue to purchase from them.
On Nov 10, 2014, MWilliams87 Chapel Hill, NC wrote:
I can say nothing but good things about Santa Rosa Gardens. I've ordered butterfly bush, ornamental grasses, black eyed susans, and lavenders from SRG. The plants are outstanding and arrive very healthy looking. The packaging is phenomenal, easily the best packaging I've ever seen from a online nursery. Each plant is individually placed a net sock, to keep the soil from spilling out all over then box, and then wrapped in paper. The fall clearance prices are an absolute steal! At $5 flat rate 2 day shipping... just can't be beat.
You can also pick when the order will ship overall outstanding customer service, healthy plants with well developed roots, and very reasonable prices!
I probably would have hesitated to order from Santa Rosa Gardens because I am on the upper East Coast, figuring transit was too far for plants to go by Ground transit, had it not been for a fellow-DG'er who highly recommended them and they were having a fall sale. I ordered 15 plants at really reasonable prices and saw on their website they plainly display what size their plants are (and how they are packed).
I cannot say enough about this company or the plants that I received. They have definiltely won my business with their prompt shipping (I LOVE that you can pick the ship date and know when to expect your plants, at a time that is convenient for you!), the wonderful packing and the size of the plants did NOT dissapoint. I was impressed at how large some of the plants were, some more than 12" high and full, nice, healthy plants. Some even had blossoms or buds on them, including a foxglove, which I did not expect.
Santa Rosa can expect more business from me and I would high recommend them. The plants were shipped on the Monday I requested, and arrived on Thursday, which was VERY reasonable shipping time as well!
I ordered several dozen perennials at Fall sale prices from Santa Rosa Gardens. Email communication on the status of my order was excellent and they quickly refunded me for an item that was not longer in stock...after giving me the option of waiting until Spring when more would be available. My order arrived quickly and the plants were in great condition...not only because they clearly had been well taken care of before shipping but because each plant had a mesh stocking and wrapping of paper that protected it in transit. This was my first transaction with their company and I was very impressed. Thank You!
On Oct 4, 2014, Mima56 Thayer, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:
Posted on May 11, 2014, updated October 4, 2014
I placed a first order with Santa Rosa Gardens, large by my standards, and was very pleased with the transaction and with my plants. I ordered 33 perennials. The packing was amazing, and the plants were big and healthy, with the exception of two that had a horrible fungus. But due to the packing, they never came in contact with the other plants. Whew! Too, I was missing one plant from my order. I emailed the company immediately, and knowing it was their super busy season told them \"no rush\". But I received my new plants in less than a week!
My plants have been in the ground for a month and are doing great. Two asclepias even started blooming within a week! I must say that I am very pleased with my first experience with Santa Rosa Gardens, and I shall order again, especially now that Bluestone Perrenials is out of my price range.
On October 4th, 2014, Mima56 added the following:
I placed a smaller fall order with Santa Rosa Gardens, and the plants I received were in great shape. The Sedum, Autumn Joy, is even going to bloom! I especially like the fact that when you get ready to order, the website shows you how many of each plant are available. Too, this time I said to ship ASAP, and they emailed me with the ship date, so I could mark my calendar. And with each shipment, the plants arrived a day or two sooner than expected.
On Oct 1, 2014, shindagger Oklahoma City, OK wrote:
Posted on October 27, 2010, updated October 1, 2014
This is a great company to deal with. The plants were extremely well packed and fresh, the personable service excellent. The responses I received via e-mail when I made several changes in my order while waiting for the weather to cool down for proper shipping time was gracious.
The ornamental grass plants I received were smaller than I can buy retail locally but were so much quicker to establish and they were all well rooted. They are now three times larger, looking like gallon sized plants as compared to the 4\" size they were when I received them about a month ago and some are blooming. The gallon sized grasses I planted that I purchased locally two months ago don\'t look like they have grown much at all and were very root bound when I purchased them which seems to be common with grasses. I am sold on this smaller sized plant and the choices are so much better than what I can find here.
I was so impressed, I ordered more grasses taking advantage of their Fall Sale and I just received the 2nd order today and these plants were excellent as well, the service consistent.
I will certainly order from them again next spring.
On October 1st, 2014, shindagger added the following:
Its been a while since I ordered from SRG but I placed 3 separate orders this fall for more varieties of grasses. I love this company, when you see the plants you just want to order more, so I did, two more times. The plants were healthy, large and arrived in great shape. I'm working on a small prairie and their great selection of affordable native grasses is helping make this possible as they naturalize in my landscape. Along with the fall sale plants, I pre-ordered 'Red October' Big Bluestem, seems SRG is the only online place who is selling it, I can't wait to see it color up next fall. I can't say enough about their packing, the ease of ordering, clarity of your order status, the quality of plants and the fun it is to place the order and receive those wonderful big white boxes of healthy plants at such unbelievably reasonable prices.
I don't think I am exaggerating when I say that this company has got to be at least in the top five in the entire country! I have ordered several times from them now, the first time just a few months ago, and every time has been a wonderful experience. In fact, I am going to have to fuss at them for making me spend so much money! LOL They keep sending me these coupons, and I cannot resist! Seriously, everything is packed wonderfully, the plants look great and healthy, the prices are more than reasonable, and the shipping prices are more than fair. I just can't say enough great things about his company.
On Aug 14, 2014, Old_Gardener Calabasas, CA wrote:
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I had come across Santa Rosa several times in the past while researching plants on the net but had never ordered from them as their prices seemed \"too good to be true\" (especially the end-of-season sale prices - wow!!). After recently coming across them again, I checked them out on Dave\'s and promptly placed an order for approximately 30 plants due to their great reputation here. Well, I could not possibly be happier!
Customer service has been absolutely wonderful (thank you, Jude, for all of your help and for your patience - you\'re terrific!!). They kept me informed on the status of my order, answered questions in a quick and friendly manner, and they shipped my order out promptly. Every single plant arrived healthy, robust and with a full, well-developed root system and each was sleeved in its own \"sock\" for added protection. Also, the shipping fee is amongst the lowest I have seen ($7.99 flat fee with optional 2-day or next-day air). Based on the price, the plants, the vast selection, the packaging, and the customer service, Santa Rosa is now one of only two nurseries that I will always check first when placing an order. Thank you, Santa Rosa, for the great service - you are truly a 5 star nursery!
On October 4th, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
I placed an autumn order and received it last week. Every plant has a robust root system and all looked great except for one Gaillardia who did not travel as well as its companions. I emailed Jude on arrival and was immediately offered a replacement. I requested a few days, however, to watch this particular plant. I am happy to say that I emailed Jude this evening cancelling the replacement as the Gaillardia has fully rebounded and now looks as good everyone else (healthy roots = healthy plants). I have already placed another order due to ship on Monday. Great plants at great prices coupled with quick, responsive customer service make SRG a gem of a nursery! On October 12th, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
I received the next order and, as before, every plant looks great! The plants that I received two weeks ago have all transitioned well in my garden, are rapidly putting on size, and many are sending up buds. Santa Rosa is fantastic!!On November 2nd, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
I placed another order earlier this week that arrived today. Although it is late in the season and I purchased sale plants, each and every plant looks fantastic - truly an exceptional delivery. I cannot recommend Santa Rosa highly enough - I will definitely place more orders with them in the future. Also, the plants I received 3 weeks ago have not only settled in, but they have grown considerably (doubled in size or more) and at least half are blooming! Thanks, Santa Rosa, for offering such healthy, robust plants at great prices and thank you, Jude, for always keeping me up to date on the status of my order and getting back to me so quickly whenever I have had a question. On March 9th, 2013, Old_Gardener added the following:
I placed an order for 24 plants on 2/1 for early spring/March shipping. The plants were shipped last Monday or Tuesday (I received a ship notice on both days - perhaps it is due to there being 2 boxes shipped?) and I received them on Thursday. UPS left my boxes in the middle of a shared driveway (not at my house), the smaller box was upside down, and the plants in the smaller box appeared to have suffered a difficult ride (1 was even out of its pot). Thankfully, SRG had wrapped and packed the plants well and all 21 plants arrived green and moist. I did email Jude just in case the upended plants go into shock and she emailed me back immediately - thank you, Jude, you are fantastic - but, as of last night, they were all resting comfortably in the greenhouse.
I was notified on Tuesday (after shipping) that 3 of the 24 plants were on backorder (hence, receiving 21) and I only wish they had notified me prior to shipping so that I could have substituted similar cultivars that are in stock for the ones that were not ready yet. Still, a very positive review and I have already placed another order to fill in another section of garden.
Santa Rosa Garden has great prices, fantastic customer service (Jude is the best), and packaging that survives the perils of shipping. All of the plants that I have received have, without fail, been well-rooted and healthy. Truly 10 stars! Oh, and many of the perennials that I purchased late last year from SRG are already huge - no sleep, creep and leap for them! Again, a fantastic nursery to do business with!! On March 15th, 2013, Old_Gardener added the following:
I received another order today. As always, everything was well-packed and the plants look great!On June 28th, 2013, Old_Gardener added the following:
I received another order mid-June and am expecting my final Spring/Summer order for this year today. As before, the previous order was absolutely lovely out of the box (I emailed with a question about one plant and received a response from Jude within an hour or so - no issue with the plant). Between this nursery and one other (each carry a very different selection of plants), I have been able to re-do much of the front yard and am halfway through the back - and at a very reasonable cost. Thanks, SRG, for the great quality and customer service! You are always the first place I look, now, when shopping for perennials. I\'ll be ordering more come autumn.On August 14th, 2014, Old_Gardener added the following:
Over the past year, I have placed several more orders as their site and their plants are quite addictive. Although there have been a couple of very minor bumps in the road (a couple of Leptinellas did not ship well, some ants hopped in for a ride mid-way down the route, and some plants were not available to ship), Jude has been there every step of the way. In all fairness to SRG, I read that another, unrelated vendor had the same ant issue at the same time. It turned out that a package depot mid-route had an ant problem and the ants were moving their nests about - definitely not SRG's fault!. In terms of the bamboo shortage, I ordered all of the plants left in stock and I appreciate the fact that they notified me that a couple of the lot were not available. This allowed me time to make a substitution - thank you, Jude! In terms of the Leptinella, Jude offered to refund (which I declined as they were still showing some life) and she also gave me some helpful tips in regard to them. As of today, I could not be happier with the results - the Leptinella have rebounded and I learned some things along the way.
My last few orders with SRG have been rather large and extensive (multiple, multiple boxes - I feel guilty that I paid so little in shipping - and so little for the plants as I caught their end-of-spring sale) and Santa Rosa Gardens has done an exemplary job in filling them. Jude, you and SRG are the best! Thank you so much for all of the time that you have spent helping me and all the wonderful advice. I will definitely be ordering again!
Santa Rosa Gardens has great prices on plants and shipping as well as a wonderful selection to choose from. They processed my order quickly. The BUZZ Velvet Butterfly Bush is the most beautiful butterfly bush I've ever seen... healthy, too! I will order from them again, for sure. Thank you!
On Jul 29, 2014, Santa Rosa Gardens responded with:
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On Jul 24, 2014, ehunt123 Merrimack, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:
Ordered some grasses Tuesday morning. SRG shipped that day, UPS Ground. Arrived Friday. All plants were shipped professionally, healthy, in a protective netting, and packaged properly. There's a reason why they're top5 here and with many other gardeners. Would order from again anytime.
What a delight! I was swayed by the flat shipping and sale prices, but didn't have very high expectations. What I received were reasonably sized plants well packaged. I will certainly purchase here again!
On Jul 15, 2014, jennwv11 FALLING WATERS, WV wrote:
This company is ONE OF THE BEST online plant store that I have ever came across. The prices are fair, plant size is generous, and shipping and handling is what impressed me the most. I only paid $5 for shipping but I would have gladly paid $20 for the care my plants received. I will definitely buy from them again!
On Jul 15, 2014, Santa Rosa Gardens responded with:
"On Aug 5, 2014 10:44 AM, Santa Rosa Gardens responded with:
We do everything we can to negotiate fair shipping rates with our shipping vendors AND pass the savings along to our customers! Thanks for your comment!"
On Jul 13, 2014, saturnalia Winston Salem, NC wrote:
I placed my order with this company based on the reviews here and had a great experience. They were very responsive and easy to communicate with. One of my purchases was not going to be ready to ship until the fall and they contacted me promptly to let me know and to give me the option of an immediate refund if I didn't want to wait. They shipped fast, exactly when they said they would. The plants were good sized and are very healthy. I would definitely order from Santa Rosa again.
2nd year ordering from this company. very pleased. sadly, many of my plants did not survive the winter. without hesitation, santa rosa replaced the plants. dealing with jude is absolutely wonderful. she is so very nice to work with. highly recommend this company.
On Jun 22, 2014, rmds Grant Township, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:
Posted on June 22, 2014, updated June 22, 2014
This is my first year ordering from SRG after finding it here on the "top" list..I've always ordered from Bluestone Perennials and a few other online nurseries for over 25 years.But SRG prices were much less and their plants were advertised as large and healthy.So I gave them a try. I've placed 4 orders this spring My first order was awesome.The plants were very large and the packing was impecible.I was so excited that I finally found "the" place to buy my perennials.I have over 2 acres on my new home and "live" to flower garden.My 2nd and 3rd orders were somewhat disappointing.The packing was not nearly as carefully packed and some plants were very small and a few sickly.I received 10 of the same plant with 6 being quite nice and 4 extremely small.12 of the same type of plants that I ordered needed to just be thrown out.I've noticed that the plants being sent are not consistent in their size and health.This is confusing to me.It is always like Christmas to me when my plants arrive and I am very excited to open the box to see my new plants!! But as I stated earlier,my joy turned to sadness when I seen some of the plants that I received after my first awesome order.But all this being said, if you love gardening flowers as I do,SRG is truly the BEST place to shop.They have the best customer service I've ever came across.Jude is awesome.She refunded every charge IMMEDIATELY for any plant that I was disappointed in-no questions asked.I also received a beautiful plant for free with my order to also compensate.I can't imagine anyone giving a "negative" or "neutral" rating for SRG.Jude in customer service can not be topped when it comes to making the customer happy.Because starting over with new plants at my new home is so very important to me after leaving 12 years of gardening behind at the old home,I've been quite a bit more fussy and verbal with SRG, which is out of my character,but Jude has treated my concerns with respect and kindness.So please do yourself a favor and buy from SRG.The sale prices are unbelievable and the customer service is unbeatable.I just placed an order for 64 more plants, that's how confident I am about buying from Santa Rosa Gardens even after the disappointments I've had.The plants may "fall short" at times , but Jude and their customer service never have.BUY HERE!! You will be happy that you did.
On June 22nd, 2014, rmds added the following:
I just wanted to add that I moved to Grant Township,MI. The Zone here is 6 rather than 4 where I was living before.So I am ordering many new types of perennials now from SRG now that I am not as limited as I was in a Zone 4 area.And this is so exciting to receive many perennials that I have was unable to plant for many years.I lived in a Zone 6 area 15 years ago and missed so many of the perennials that I had back then.So with SRG, I am able to start again with prices within my budget!!On Jun 22, 2014, Santa Rosa Gardens responded with:
"On Aug 5, 2014 10:38 AM, Santa Rosa Gardens responded with:
Thank you for finding Santa Rosa Gardens and for giving us a shot at becoming one of your 'go to' plant suppliers. We try hard to make every shipment the best it can be, but once in a (great) while, we do fall short. What you'll find from Santa Rosa Gardens, is that we will ALWAYS do whatever it takes to remedy the situation and help you put quality plants into your garden. If you don't succeed, we don't succeed. Thanks so much for your feedback!"
On Jun 22, 2014, AuntVi Gainesville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
What a great and happy surprise. I had been 'burned' by less than stellar sites for gardens over the past several years and, honestly, expected nothing else after all this time. However, this company, Santa Rosa Gardens, is the BEST! I recently purchased 8 plants from them at their 'end of the season' sale. Normally, at the end of the season sale it would not be terribly surprising to receive some plants which did not live up to hopes and expectations. Not the case here! All of my plants (coneflowers) were healthy, well packed and received with explicit instructions for planting and future care. Although I am a long time gardener and did not need the instructions, I looked them over and any person new to gardening would be happy to receive such well written and explicit instructions. THANK YOU Santa Rosa Gardens. You will be receiving all of my future plant and garden supplies orders placed over the internet.
On Jun 22, 2014, Santa Rosa Gardens responded with:
"On Aug 5, 2014 10:39 AM, Santa Rosa Gardens responded with:
We are so glad that we could help you out! Hopefully the coneflowers are thriving to your expectations. Happy gardening!"
Doing business with Santa Rosa is one of the more pleasurable experiences I've had! They have an excellent website, their products are fairly priced, they promptly deliver top quality products and recently, when some of their items went on sale right after I made a purchase, they provided a credit towards future purchases. That's service!
SR is a big leap above some others that have burned me with bad service and terrible merchandise (cough **House of Wesley** cough, cough).
I look forward to future trade with Santa Rosa. Highly recommended!
On Jun 21, 2014, Santa Rosa Gardens responded with:
"On Aug 5, 2014 10:42 AM, Santa Rosa Gardens responded with:
We don't like to compare ourselves with our competition (cough-cough), but our goal is quite simple. Provide the gardener with quality plants at a reasonable price and follow through with quality service. We look forward to helping you with your gardening needs!"
I ordered several times since finding this site last fall. I only wish I had found it sooner! Their plants are much larger (and healthier-looking) than those I received from other companies. Customer service is friendly but professional. And their plants arrive in good order, having been packaged simply (no plastic wrap! Yay!) but well. In my area in north Georgia, shipping live things can get tricky due to crazy weather fluctuations, but I have not been disappointed by Santa Rosa.
I definitely plan to return to this site for fall planting, over and over, as long as I have room to plant!
Posted on June 3, 2014, updated June 5, 2014
I decided to try Santa Rosa Gardens based on reviews I've read from this site. I was disappointed.
Although they packed the plants very well, that was all that looked good. The plants were not very healthy - unexpected considering they waited 2 weeks to ship after I placed my order.
They also have this image on their website that said "BIG HEALTHY PLANTS" 16 oz soil volume. Fail. At least to me. They were not all healthy and they were definitely not all big. Sure, the soil could be 16 oz, but the plants that were in it looked really finky. I was so disappointed because their website really looked very well put together.
I am not going to buy from them again. There are better priced plants out there with better quality. I know this because I have spent over $5000 this season, having bought at least 35 trees and hundreds of smaller plants from several mail order. I started out with recommendations but then ventured into trying out several others. Surprisingly, those very highly recommended are the ones that disappointed me most. Lesson learned: one never really knows until they try.
On June 5th, 2014, rivermare changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Jude from Santa Rosa Gardens reached out to me to understand what my disappointment was with their plants and after I shared that info, she provided an explanation for the outcome and refunded 3 of the smallish plants as I indicated. Even if I did not get the exact plants I desired, they have made the mail order process of buying and feedback pleasant for me.
I thank them for caring. I appreciate good sellers such as Santa Rosa.
On May 30, 2014, lilaclily Lombard, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on July 1, 2013, updated May 30, 2014
I have been ordering plants through the mail for over 15 years, and I cannot believe that I did not discover Santa Rosa Gardens until this year. But I now can't imagine ordering from any other company. I am THAT happy!!
I am overwhelmed by the quality and price offered by this company. I have to admit, I went a little crazy and ordered over 40 perennials. I added to my order several times. Jude was always courteous, knowledgeable, and speedy with her replies. My plants came large and lush and packed with love. Taking them out of the boxes was like Christmas coming early.
It is obvious to me that they deserve their ranking here. I can only echo what mostly everyone else has to say about Santa Rosa Gardens. Thank you for everything!
On May 30th, 2014, lilaclily added the following:
Second year ordering from Santa Rosa and all I can say is - what an outstanding experience from start to finish. Placed an order for 20 perennials and couldn't believe the large, healthy plants I received for the price. Some plants were already blooming with stalks over a foot tall and they survived shipping completely intact with not a leaf disturbed.
On May 26, 2014, plantgnome1 nowhere land, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:
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I have been ordering from S.R.G for several years now and they never disappoint. The have the most reasonable prices around and their plants always perform in my gardens. Rarely one doesn't make it and it is replaced immediately by them. I especially like their 2.99 sale at the end of the summer. The plants are larger and the prices can't be beat. You have to use this company.
On September 27th, 2010, plantgnome1 added the following:
Since my last rating, I have received several more orders and all were in excellent condition, packaged well, the soil was moist and all plants were tagged. Excellent service as I add plants to existing orders within days of shipping and they always come thru. Will continue to purchase from this company for my all my gardens.
I also ordered from a competitor, who shall remain nameless at this time, and received sub standard Phlox Panaculata, yellowing Filipendula, panicum grass with dried out soil as well as soil all over inside the box, my free mystery plants were in better shape in my order than the ones I paid for.
I will start using SRG more and the competitor much less.On September 16th, 2011, plantgnome1 added the following:
Well its September again and S.R.G fall sale is on-I purchased as many plants as I could afford (and have room for) and added some right before shipping and they came thru again. I am refurbishing the gardens at my daughters house and needed to purchase many items, so this sale is perfect for me. Their customer service is the best, friendly helpful and they let me know when certain plants are not available in enough time to order something else in their place. This year-even with the hurricane, 99% of their plants did not even get damaged because of strong root systems.Yes some plants arrive small, but in my experience these plants caught up to the others within a month with proper planting and feeding (I plant all new arrivals with Biotone starter). I never received a dead plant from them yet. I read the few negatives and some people really complain about everything-I guess you can't make 100% of the people happy all the time. Oh well, more plants for me!On August 18th, 2012, plantgnome1 added the following:
Still one of my favorite companies for me and I order from several different companies every year. They make good on any plant that doesn't survive. Now shipping is a flat rate which is another plus. Still helping out my daughter with her gardens as the prior owners let everything go for about 4 years. This has turned into a monumental task and as I clear each space, I order from SRG as their prices are reasonable especially during their early sale this year. Yes lately, some of the plants are arriving quite small, but mostly they survive. You can't beat their ornamental grasses for price or health. Each online site I shop on have their specialties-this one really excels in the grasses. Will continue to give them my business.On July 2nd, 2013, plantgnome1 added the following:
My rating will never change for this company-I have placed numerous Spring orders and all received in great shape and healthy. Some customer actually complained about Bargain Bench Hosta-they must be kidding-when your getting a $13.00 plant for 2.99-are you expecting a freshly dug and potted Hosta?? I have purchased numerous Hosta from the Bargain Bench and they are thriving-when you get a root bound plant just cut off the very bottom with garden shears, spread the roots with your hands and plant it. The ones I got this Spring are now huge. I have also had plants sent with wrong tags, have emailed Jude and received replacements free of charge with no questions asked. I have had a few not make it thru the winter, they were replaced free of charge. Shipping costs are the best in the market at this time-flat rate no matter how large your order is. Not like others who increase the shipping costs as your total goes up. As for Big Box store plants, some are diseased (most hosta are virused at the Big Box Stores) and they don't replace your plants.
I am happy with and will continue to fill up my gardens with SRG plants. On May 26th, 2014, plantgnome1 added the following:
After this past horrible winter, I lost numerous plants and the ones I got from SRG have been replaced free of charge this Spring. This year their sale is not as it has been in the past. Bought a few plants but not the large orders I have placed in the past as the sale is limited to only some of the plants.
On May 25, 2014, HouseofFlowers ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:
Posted on May 22, 2013, updated May 25, 2014
Posted on April 7, 2012, updated May 22, 2013
I just received an order from Santa Rosa, and just like last year, I was NOT disappointed with the quality of my plants!!! The plants were well packed, no bugs, soil was in place, plants were healthy and the root systems were exceptional. A couple of my items are on back order (I've never experienced this before with Santa Rosa) but I hope it will not be too long before they ship.
On May 22nd, 2013, HouseofFlowers added the following:
Placed another order, and they were huge with amazing root systems!!!! I was surprised to receive such large, robust basil plants. Awesome! This place will forever remain on my list of "go to" nurseries. On May 25th, 2014, HouseofFlowers added the following:
My plants received from Santa Rosa this year were tall, bushy and healthy. Although they came from CA to MA, the soil was in place even after the delivery man placed the box upside down!!! I shouldn't be surprised anymore since this is my 3rd year ordering from them, but I always feel amazed. (This year one plant had a major branch break but I believe I can save it.) On May 25, 2014, Santa Rosa Gardens responded with:
"On Jun 18, 2013 10:56 PM, Santa Rosa Gardens responded with:
Herbs were new to us this year, so feedback is important. Thanks and happy gardening!"
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This was my first experience purchasing plants from Santa Rosa Gardens. I had ordered plants from several online nurseries before and wasn't sure what to expect for $2.99 per plant on sale. But since several of the plants I had been eyeing up and hoping to purchase this year were priced so irresistibly low, I decided to give it a go. I noticed too that even their regular prices were almost half that of other online nurseries and wondered if price and quality went hand in hand.
I couldn't have been more pleased when the plants arrived. Packaging was superb. Each individual plant came wrapped in heavy paper and encased in a mesh 'sleeve'. I had never seen such care being taken to protect a plant during the shipping process. Each and every plant was in good health, and none of them came sloppily sheared as has been my experience with other online nurseries in the past, even those online nurseries that charge the most.
When one of the plants I had ordered was out of stock, customer service contacted me immediately, allowing me time to decide on either a replacement plant or a refund, even shipping the rest of my order while I was making this decision. When I decided on a replacement plant, but then wanted to add another plant to my order as well, customer service actually included this additional plant as a 'free gift'. I was even more tickled when I opened the box to find that they'd included 2 more 'surprise' plants. The care they take towards their customers and their generosity go unsurpassed.
Santa Rosa is my new go-to online nursery. Their prices (even their regular prices) are unbeatable without sacrificing quality. Their flat rate shipping allows me to purchase more of the plants I want. And their customer service is delightfully caring. They without question outshine every other online nursery out there.
On May 23rd, 2014, tailzzz24 added the following:
I think I could do a commercial for this place. Just received my most recent order this past week - healthy plants that thrive, timely shipping (you'll always receive an email if there will be a delay), careful packaging, and outstanding customer service. Great selection of plants too. Love my heucheras especially! I've told both my sister and my neighbor about you, and my sister placed an order with you about a week ago.
On May 18, 2014, virginiarose Portsmouth, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:
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Got my order yesterday, Big healthy plants were still moist. Good packing also.
Company did send email and when shipped and they did arrive two days later. Also good Planting instructions.
Great job! I will do more business with SRG, also I was thrilled about the early bird discount. :)
On May 18th, 2012, virginiarose added the following:
Received another beautiful order from Santa Rosa, Could not resist the bargain bench. Great plants and customer service. Thank You. :)On June 11th, 2012, virginiarose added the following:
Great sale, had to get 5 more Echinacea's! Smooth transaction, fast shipping, great packing, big healthy plants. I love this website, they never disappoint me!
I look forward to doing more business in future and would highly recommend them. :)On September 27th, 2012, virginiarose added the following:
Love that 80% off sale and I got some painted ferns and a Coreopsis and foxglove. Great plants and packing as usual. On June 22nd, 2013, virginiarose added the following:
I just got my second order from SRG for spring 2013. All the plants are wonderful, healthy and very big. I love the spring sales and look forward to fall. Packing by this company is always great.
I got plants from the 30% off sale and the 2.99 sale, I am very happy as usual. :)On October 13th, 2013, virginiarose added the following:
I got a third order last week and it was great as always. Great sales!! What a wonderful year it has been. I love shopping on the website and the sales are terrific. I always recommend this company where ever I go. See you next year!On May 18th, 2014, virginiarose added the following:
I got the order I put in during the pre-order sale fall 2013, it was a great sale. I got lots of new perennials, and such a wonderful selection. Good size plants and great packing as usual. Thank you SRG! Love the new website too. On May 18, 2014, Santa Rosa Gardens responded with:
"On Jun 22, 2013 9:27 AM, Santa Rosa Gardens responded with:
Thank you for your continued support and have a wonderful summer! We look forward to helping you out with your gardening needs this fall."
Every time I order from Santa Rosa, I am rewarded with healthy, well-rooted plants that thrive in my Colorado clay. I just received my beautifully packaged shipment (why can't anyone else figure out how to flat-rate ship?) including the new Nepeta Junior Walker, which I have not found locally. All the plants are ready to go and grow! I love this nursery!
On May 8, 2014, Bec_No_Va Huntsville, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:
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I placed an order with them last week & a very substantial one at that (close to 200!) - shipped yesterday & arrived today, the sizes are awesome, they look very healthy & I can't wait to get them all in the ground!! Packaging was flawless & very good, excellent communication! They will be my go-to nursery from now on!!
On May 8th, 2014, Bec_No_Va added the following:
Due to the cold winter we had I lost a couple of the plants...but, the ones that survived, oh my! They are growing like crazy and I'm already thinking about dividing them!! Ordered a few more fillers and they arrived a few days ago - great plants!!
On Apr 30, 2014, melody Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:
I'm very pleased with my shopping experience with Santa Rosa Gardens. They carefully waited to ship my order until after danger of frost had passed in my area. The plants were big, healthy and packed beautifully. They were obviously cared for with each one slipped into a protective net sleeve, as well as wrapped in a crush-proof layer of paper. There was absolutely no water stress as each plant arrived well hydrated and strong. They transplanted into my garden without a leaf out of place. Great job!
My experience with Santa Rosa Gardens has been wonderful from beginning to end....The site is very informative and easy to shop in.... The staff is very helpful and when my plants arrived, they were carefully packed and healthy and beautiful...... I am already getting my next order together....You absolutely can not go wrong with Santa Rosa Gardens.....and the selection of plants is amazing..... bjmiller
On Jan 8, 2014, HazelCrestMikeB Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
Ordered for the first time from SR last fall based on the recommendation of "Virginiarose". I was very pleased with the quality of the plants that I received. Both of my banana plants are doing good indoors. Can't wait for spring to get them out doors. Anticipating many blooms from the other plants in the ground also. Highly recommend!!!!! Mike Burton
On Oct 26, 2013, DanSpitz_Guitar Bellport, NY wrote:
This is a great company....impressive website with a big selection of interesting and nice stuff...I placed a couple of orders with them...the items were VERY well-packaged---(carefully and intelligently packaged)...the items shipped out within just a couple of days of placing my order....the items arrived here at my place---not huge items, but really healthy looking...I've planted them items and they are doing well...I ordered a Buddleia from them and it's looking so cute and healthy planted in the ground...they have REALLY good prices on a lot of their items, too....this is a great company and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Santa Rosa Gardens....5 out of 5 stars !
On Oct 10, 2013, Wiberg2006 Kennewick, WA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I ordered 10 grasses late in the season at an absolutely great price. They came very well packaged, on time, and very healthy. Perfect. I had been looking locally for these grasses and they are hard to come by. They seem to be doing well, despite very high winds (gusts to 40 mph) and a torrential downpour two nights after they were planted. I will be ordering from Santa Rosa Gardens again.
WOW! I am a big believer in mail order garden resources but know that you don't always get what you pay for. That said, Watchdog 30 companies are pretty reliable. I had never ordered from Santa Rosa Gardens before so only ordered some clearance items. The plants arrived today and I am really impressed. The plants are all healthy and a good-to-great size. The packaging was the best that I have ever seen. If these plants don't thrive, it will be my fault. I will definitely be back. Sometimes you get much more than you pay for. Well done Santa Rosa Gardens!