On Jun 7, 2014, gardengirlinmd Hagerstown, MD wrote:
I have ordered from Lazy SS Nursery a number of times in the past ten years. Their selection is fantastic. This week I visited Longwood Gardens in PA and saw about ten unusual plants I just had to have. When I got home I sat down at the computer to search for the plants and thought it would take some time. To my surprise I found every single plant at Lazy SS. A couple were out of stock, not surprising in June, but at least I can get them next year. I have ordered from them in the summer in the past and the plants always arrive in great shape. I can't wait to get my order.
The plants I received were extremely healthy, and the packaging was protective and effective - the best I've seen. Lazy SS offers a huge selection of plants - I was thrilled to be able to order a new variety that I had recently seen in Garden Gate Magazine. Keep up the great work!
This supplier is a wonder! My elderberry plants arrived in perfect health and vigor. The packing was impressively intelligent, thorough, and careful. I've been gardening for over fifty years now and I can give you my assurance that this nursery is a really great operation!
On May 30, 2014, psychloman Brooklyn, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on May 21, 2012, updated May 30, 2014
Posted on October 30, 2011, updated May 21, 2012
I placed four orders this year for the following plants:Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow', Callirhoe involucrate, Cyrtanthus elatus ,Eucomis pallidiflora ssp pole evansii, Lycoris aurea,Rohdea japonica ,Saxifraga x urbium 'Aurea Punctata',Spiranthes cernua f. odorata 'Chadds Ford',Lycoris aurea Hubei, Cardamine diphylla,Cardamine concatenate, Caulophyllum thalictroides,Hypoxis hirsuta ,Medeola virginiana,Reineckia carnea ,Teucrium majoricum ,Saxifraga x urbium 'Aurea Punctata',Malvaviscus drummondii,Hebe buxifolia ,Sarcococca confusa , Hippeastrum x johnsonii ,Phlox stolonifera 'Blue Ridge',Phlox stolonifera 'Home Fires',Phlox stolonifera 'PinkRidge', Phlox stolonifera,all are doing well and all arrived in great shape.Packaging is especially good.This nursery takes great pains to deliver a quality product.I always order with confidence.Wonderful selection of plants.The Lycoris' hubei' was especially beautiful.
On May 21st, 2012, psychloman added the following:
I received an order of shortia galacifolia,3 different sarcocococcas and a dierama.All plants were in great shape as usual. I have been ordering from lazy ss for years and have never been disappointed.Today I placed another order with them for tarragon, rosemary and butterfly weed.In fact I never knew they offered tarragon at all until I read a posting on dave's garden saying how wonderful lazy ss' clone was.So, while on their website I couln't resist ordering a couple of more things . On May 30th, 2014, psychloman added the following:
I just received an order of five phloxes and one dicentra, as usual everything arrived quickly and in great shape. Most of the plants I've ordered from them over the years are still in my garden and doing beautifully. I can't recommend them too highly.
On May 30, 2014, KJWThack East Lansdowne, PA wrote:
The plants I received from Lazy S were very healthy, well packed and in perfect condition. I will definitely be ordering from them again - they have a great selection, reasonable prices, and they don't charge outrageous shipping fees. I also really like buying from a small family-run business. Debby is excellent at communication and customer service. Highly recommend!
Very impressed with the variety, quality and quantity of available plants. Communication was not lacking with this company. They kept me informed of the status of my order and when it was to be delivered. It is very clear that each plant is treated like one of their very own children. I would definitely order from them again. The packaging of plants was very impressive and clever. Not a leaf or branch broken during shipment. Thank you for my beautiful plants.
On May 17, 2014, cottelpg Hamilton, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
I ordered from Lazy S'S Plant Farm fior the first time this spring. Wow, was I pleasantly surprised! High quality plants arrived exquisitely packed. They gave detailed instructions and were careful with every detail. Plus, their selection is huge. I was able to find plants that I could not locate elsewhere. I will certainly order from them again.
Posted on June 2, 2013, updated May 16, 2014
Excellent selection of plants suitable for NC Piedmont, the plants were very well packed, and were healthy and in good condition on arrival.
On May 16th, 2014, Mary47 added the following:
Another year, another order. Their selection for central NC continues to be outstanding. All of last year's plants are doing well. The Serissa foetida "Variegata" is blooming and lovely. My order this year included several epimediums, hope they are happy here. Packing was excellent and plants are entirely intact and healthy looking.
On May 16, 2014, esanita TYASKIN, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on April 18, 2013, updated May 16, 2014
Posted on April 26, 2012, updated April 18, 2013
Large, healthy plants with superb packaging. This was my first time ordering from them -- I will certainly order from them again.
On April 18th, 2013, esanita added the following:
Great plants, great packaging.On May 16th, 2014, esanita added the following:
On May 15, 2014, doghill6 Central Point, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:
There were some problems with this order, none of which were Lazy S's fault. The post office did not provide good service cross country, some plants were not viable after the terrible winter so could not be shipped and some were not developed enough for prompt shipment due again to the winter. But the plants, when I finally got them, were among the best I've seen from a mail order company and the packing was definitely the best. One of the boxes arrived much later than the priority mail guarantee, but the plants were in perfect shape due to the careful packaging. The communication through all this was great. The owners must be just about the nicest people on earth.
As a Christmas present for my dad, I ordered an A. konjac from Lazy S'S Farm. For years, we have been fascinated with "corpse flowers" and loved reading anecdotes about these smelly plants. I was therefore excited to find this business after scrounging around Google. As it turned out, our zoning area was too cold to risk a shipment in December. I placed an order anyway and thought it was worth the wait, although part of me wondered if my order would be lost or forgotten in the meantime. I needn't have worried. Debby Sheuchenko, the owner, was very professional. A few days before the delivery was scheduled to take place, she sent a courteous email that notified me of the order I had placed months ago. She described the bulb in detail and told me that it was being prepared for shipment. When the plant arrived, it came securely packaged. I also received another email from Mrs. Sheuchenko, who wanted to know if my present had arrived safely. I was truly impressed by her genuine concern and desire to please. Of all my years of online shopping, I have never encountered such a pleasant transaction.
Great experience. Super healthy well-established plants. Perfect packaging. Informative website. This is my second year ordering from Lazy S'S and all the plants I ordered last year are coming back strong.
On Apr 18, 2014, manuremomma Richardson, TX wrote:
I am in the midst of rebuilding my garden due to my recent move from Texas to California. My shipment has just arrived and I am very pleased. Of course get local whenever I can but sometimes one must look across the border :o) Plants were very healthy and well packaged for their trek across the statelines. Very pleased with products and website is very informative.
As a newbie to gardening, the thing that comes through for me is that the care taken in shipping the plants matches the clarity and dedication you sense when visiting the website. There are no short cuts or "lazy-ness" there!
On Apr 17, 2014, gmanager999 College Station, TX wrote:
I placed a large order with Lazy S'S and my order yesterday. As is typical with deliveries I receive via USPS, the boxes were pretty banged up (despite the warnings you had on the outside of the boxes). However, when I opened the boxes I was greatly surprised that everything looked great! I am thoroughly impressed by the packing job that Lazy S'S did with the plants I received. To go to the extra trouble to ďdouble potĒ the plants, put rubber bands around the pots to secure the contents and place the green sticks in the pots to keep the rubber bands in place showed tremendous attention to detail that I rarely see with my plant orders. I was also impressed with the stickers on some of the plants advising me of certain conditions like shallow rooted, dormant, etc. Again, I have not seen this before (and I have ordered a lot of plants this past year). Because of the sphagnum moss surrounding the base of each plant, the plants were all still moist. All of the plants look healthy and ready to be planted in their new home.
Needless to say I will be recommending Lazy SíS Farm Nursery to all of my gardening friends.
On Apr 10, 2014, Sweetbear27 Middleburg, FL wrote:
After searching numerous websites for the plant of my choice, I discovered the item in stock and available for immediate shipping at Lazy S'S Farm & Nursery, so I placed an order for a sweetbesty plant. I was very pleased to received the plant in less than one week. The plant was packaged very professionally and arrived in excellent condition. I emailed to inform the company the plant had arrived safely, and was very pleased to receive a gracious thanks, additional care instructions for my new "baby" and a really nice picture of the nursery employees. I will definitely use their site for any of my future plant needs. My experience was GREAT! I highly recommend this business.
I've ordered from Lazy S twice. Both times communication was good, I received exactly what I ordered when I expected it, and the plants were beautifully grown and packed. They also offer an exceptionally wide selection of great uncommon garden plants. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this nursery to anyone.
On Dec 11, 2013, BBrandon77 Knoxville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
They are not alone, but I think LazyS acts irresponsible by giving the wrong impression about invasive species they offer for sale. They claim that they depend on the gardener to use good judgement when choosing a plant, but then give misleading information throughout their site.
Frequently, they make statements like, "Potential Noxious Weed...means i(f) your yard (is) in a controlled neighborhood, it's fine. If you live near a wild or native area that you can't maintain, monitor and control, then you shouldn't plant this plant." Very few, if any, gardeners can maintain, monitor, and control an area of a few square miles around their garden. Many invasive plants are spread through predation, and seeds are often carried for a great distance before being deposited. Small seeds can also be carried considerable distances by wind. Put simply, the "reassuring" statements scattered through their website is irresponsible and misguided. It's one thing to sell invasive plants, but this kind of misinformation may be even worse!
On Dec 11, 2013, Lazy S'S Farm & Nursery responded with:
As a grandmother of 2 soon to be 3 I'm concerned both professionally and personally about invasive plants. I've literally awakened in the night with a Panic Attack over Kudzu.
So that readers can see the full information you mention and quote from on Invasive Plants, it is here: http://www.lazyssfarm.com/storefront.htm
and covers half of the single most important page on our website. Invasive plants are not something we take lightly.
Like many vendors, we struggle to find a reasonable balance when choosing and describing plants. If they're invasive everywhere, we don't sell them. If they're fine some places and not others, due to growing conditions, we say as much. We make easily available links so that each customer can check if they're concerned about the status of a plant in their area. We have a special symbol that marks plants on our site that are invasive in some part of the country. We won't ship plants to states where they are listed as Noxious Weeds and say as much directly below the submit button. We link, in huge letters, to the National Arboretum's discussion of Invasive Plants. If there's a specific plant(s)/description(s) that you're concerned with I will be MORE than happy to revisit our description and see if it needs to be updated or more forceful. But a general comment doesn't help me know specifically what I need to look at. I've removed plants after having them called to my attention by a concerned customer when their status changed. I wish everyone was concerned as you are but if you actually want me to re-evaluate a description, please write me with specifics. I'll be more than happy to take a look at it. I'm Debby Sheuchenko and I can be reached directly at email@example.com"
On Oct 26, 2013, LindaGrigsby Weatherford, TX wrote:
I recently ordered and received several mums. They arrived exactly as informed and were packed the best of any plants I've ever received. All are in excellent shape, ready to go into the ground. I am so happy to know of this company and would not hesitate to order again.
On Oct 24, 2013, chuckssite Powhatan, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:
Posted on April 14, 2012, updated October 24, 2013
The plants arrived safely on Monday, 4/1012. I really like the packaging method that prevents them from being tossed around and broken. They all looked to be in great shape with no stress, just a couple of broken leaf tips, probably from handling during packing, but it is possible I contributed during movement from the box to removal of packing materials to initial watering to placement in the ground. These plants were a good size, comparable to those I might buy in a local nursery. Although the pots are smaller than nursery purchases, they seem to be adequate and much larger and more secure than the 3 inch pots from other mail order catalogs (whose products are no where near as nice as yours). Your selection is excellent, and I found plants that I could not even get locally. Dave's guide was my initial clue that you even existed! This is my first purchase from Lazy Sís Farm, and I will be back and will never return to the catalog nursery that I have previously used, spending thousands of $, mostly on plants that were no more than roots with no foliage or so small that it would take a miracle for them to live. There is a better way to do this, and you have found it! Thanks for great service. You have earned my positive review.
On October 24th, 2013, chuckssite added the following:
I have ordered more products in the Spring of 2013 and now in the fall. I am really pleased with the large selection and many selections of each type plant. As stated last year, I really like the method of packing. The 1 quart plastic container is topped with moss and wrapped in plastic to keep the plant moist and the plant material intact during shipping. This package is then secured by placing it into another plastic container. Sticks are placed in the container to separate layers of plants in the shipping box. There is almost no way for shipping damage to occur. The "sticks" are also helpful when I plant the items as they serve as markers in the garden. And, I just want to mention that this company is the best, the very best, in responding to comments with illustrative facts about all relative aspects of the order - what they do to fill the order, how they schedule, what they guarantee and why, and offer advice and solutions if one has questions or there is a problem. And, they are quite prompt with their response. I wish I had known of Lazy S'S years ago before I wasted so much money on unsatisfactory plants at other mail order houses.
Thanks to Dave's Garden, I have ordered from Lazy S'S before. This experience was again a positive one. I ordered some shrubs, then decided to add one more plant to my order after I had submitted it. I almost did not buy the last plant because it is usually a hassle to change an order. Not so. My shrubs arrived together, in good condition and were well packaged. I look forward to a colorful 2014.
I bought a home a few years ago, am finally adding plantings, but am fairly new to gardening and felt a bit overwhelmed with picking out plants. I can't say enough good things about the staff at Lazy S'S. The description and information on each plant on the website was incredibly helpful. Pete answered all my additional questions about specific plants and general questions in a timely manner. The varieties of plants they grow is tremendous; they carry probably the most of any nursery I researched online. The plants arrived on the anticipated date, packed expertly, appeared healthy and in excellent condition, and the soil was still moist in the August heat! Communication with Debby was excellent in the days following receiving the plants and I feel as if the staff at Lazy S'S really care about gardening and helping you in any way they can. The plants look great a week later after planting and I look forward to ordering from Lazy S'S again.
I ordered 4 varieties of shrub and some bee balm. I had made a special request on one of the items and Debby very kindly explained to me why my request was not possible and set me up with some replacement shrubs.
Even though there was a slight mixup during actual shipping (based on the changes to my order, I think things got a bit confusing), it was resolved very quickly and courteously.
The plants arrived in great condition and all are showing healthy new growth in my yard. I am very pleased with the quality of the product AND the customer service provided. I will definitely use Lazy S again.
I have ordered plants through the mail from many different nurseries, and Lazy S'S Farm is the best by far. My tree arrived packaged in such a careful manner no one could have guessed by looking at it that it had traveled across the street let alone across several states. I was impressed with the size as I expected a much smaller item, and amazed at the health as well as I did not expect my little tree to be so bushy and have so many healthy leaves. They are also extremely fast, helpful, and courteous when communicating with customers.
I look forward to doing more business with Lazy S'S Farm & Nursery and would recommend them to any gardener.
On Jul 27, 2013, NorthSC North, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:
I purchased two plants from them so far: Stuartia monadelpha and Pseudocydonia chinensis. They are nice plants, although I'd prefer if they were not topped off (many nurseries do that), to give them a chance to grow straight up naturally (-: please have some unpruned ones, next time I will pay the extra shipping fee :-). Pseudocydonia chinensis is growing fast and is doing very well in a pot, but regarding Stuartia monadelpha upon planting in the pot it's leaves started yellowing on one side (perhaps from exposure to the Sun) and then drying up a lot on all sides. It did not like the sunny window in the sun room, so I brought it outside under a polycarbonate rain shelter, but it kept quickly drying up and I thought it is going to die or it may not like growing in a 7 gallon pot, but I kept waiting for many weeks and after I reduced watering and gave it ice cubes instead several times, it showed growth finally. Not sure if ice helped, but perhaps a slight shade (10%) and reduced watering may have helped. I suppose if there was a disease in the soil it would have died. It grew a couple inches new branches here and there, but still looks pretty bad. I hope it will recover soon, so I can plant it in the ground next spring and buy more of these plants that are almost impossible to germinate from seed. Communication from Debby was great.
On Jul 21, 2013, rkwright85 Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:
I have ordered from a number of mail-order sites and after receiving my latest plant from them (Daphne x burkwoodii 'Moonlight Sonata') I am convinced they are the best. They have a great selection of unique plants and by far the nicest daphne I have ever bought (mail-order or retail). The temperatures were in the mid 90's when they shipped it and I was expecting to see a wilted plant when I opened the box but it didn't appear stressed at all. This was the third time I have ordered from them and I have been impressed with every plant I have received. A lot of mail-order nurseries need to see the way Lazy S ships plants because they know what they are doing. Their prices are fair, the plants are healthy, well-branched and well-rooted. They don't send twigs in a pot, they are nicer than most plants you will see in a garden center. They tell you when you can expect to receive plants and even suggest leaving a message for your mail carrier so your plants don't bake in the sun after being dropped off. Lazy S wants their customers to succeed and that is the type of nursery I want to order plants from.
I would like to share my fantastic experience with this nursery. We have been working on a huge landscape install this spring and needed to find plants that were not available at local nurseries. I have been dealing with many, many nurseries this spring and I ordered plants from Lazy SS Farm & Nursery.
First of all, I was extremely impressed with their communication from the moment I placed an order. I received another message alerting me to the fact that my order was closing and about to be packaged. Then I received a notice telling me that my order was about to be shipped and that they wanted to know if everything arrived okay!
Secondly, I received a meticulously packaged set of plants that were in impeccable shape. They have a very unique way of shipping their plants so they are not damaged. All of the plants were healthy and we've planted them - they are all doing fantastic.
With no exaggeration, this may be the best nursery that I've ever dealt with - hands down. I'm impressed and want to commend you for the fantastic service that you provide. I won't hesitate to order from you again! Thank you for your attention to quality and detail.
I have been dealing Lazy S'S for years and they have always been wonderful. Debby is great to work with and will let you know when something just isn't ready to ship and needs a little time so it can make it to you safely. They have such an amazing selection of plants, I can't even fit a quarter of the ones I want in my gardening area.
Everything they ship has always been healthy and happy, though I've killed things by mistake. I have a Hort degree from VT, but even then I still make mistakes with the plants sometimes. They have always been happy to give me some insider information to help keep the plants in great condition, not to mention all the information they make available on the website. Keep up the good work!
I am an experienced gardener and have ordered and planted over 60 species/cultivars from online companies in the last last year to start plantings at a new home. I have a PhD in plant pathology and understand the requirements of establishing new plants successfully. All this to say, I'm not a plant light weight. When I order plts I expect to treat them gently to get started and to place them in appropriate cultural conditions for their particular needs. If plants don't survive (which is rarely) I usually understand why. I don't casually expect vendors to provide refunds or replacements, but sometimes it is appropriate. I expected Lazy S Farms to do something to compensate me for the wilt death of two plants ordered from them on April 8, 2013 - a Salvia greggi and an oak leaf hydrangea. Both arrived as tiny rooted cuttings. I followed directions, hardened them off and planted them in well drained soil with appropriate sun for each. They both grew for about two months then wilted, turned brown and died. These characteristics are that of a soil borne disease. They were planted along with other perennials in reclaimed woodland soil with not history of prior diseased plants. The chaste tree cutting I bought at the same time is still living. We have had good rainfall this spring and the deaths are not a result of drought or standing water. Upon contacting the company was am distressed that they checked their greenhouse and said that everything there was living, so they would do nothing to compensate me for the two dead plants. Plants with root disease living in ideal green house conditions may thrive only to show symptoms when faced with more strenuous cultural conditions of the real garden. I believe the plants arrived in contaminated soil, hence their demise. These were both very expensive, given the tiny cutting that arrived. Thus I expected the company to look at my history of ordering from them, and replace or give me a credit for this order. I don't expect a refund on every plant that dies, but I expect a reputable vendor to back up their products in a situation such as this. So warning...this company has a wonderful selection of plants, but they may come as tiny cuttings from a greenhouse situation. They are relatively very expensive for their size. I believe they were contaminated with a soil borne disease organism at time of shipment and the company should have compensated me in some way. At least give me the benefit of their doubt to keep a future very good customer. We corresponded and I explain what I have here, but was only told that every thing they had now of those species was doing fine, so there must not be a problem. Oh they did suggest that spraying of urine by a dog might have caused the problem...not the case. I've noted that the company is up for sale. Maybe this explains their response to this complaint.
First of all, we've been for sale (on record with realtors for 10 years) due to my husband's health issues - ultimately resulting in double knee replacement surgeries this winter, a Titanium Disc in his back some years ago and severe arthritis in shoulders and hands. We were for sale before we even starting doing mail order 7 years ago. I resent the implication that my response regarding the plants had anything to do with our being for sale. That was just a mean spirited comment. We did not send 'rooted cuttings'. These exact specific plants were for sale in the Fall carried over to spring -- records available to Dave's Garden Staff upon request. We've shipped these exact same plants from the Hydrangea quercifolia crop to 11 customers with no other complaints and to 9 other customers for the Salvia greggii crop with no complaints. Records available to Dave's Garden Staff upon request. And when people lose plants, they write. I would have heard if there had been problems. I'm sorry she lost the plants after they'd been planted for months and doing fine until recently. She requested a refund or REPLACEMENT of the plants. If she feels the plants were the problem, why ask for a replacement? I DID NOT REFUSE A REFUND nor did I refuse to send replacements. First I checked our remaining plants and sent photos. All healthy, Salvias blooming. Our plants are routinely inspected by the Va. Dept. of Agriculture to maintain our Nursery License. But I respect her credentials and with my last mail of today, I thought we were still having a dialogue about the situation and whether a refund/replacement was called for. Imagine my utter surprise my upon reading this post.
On Jun 30, 2013, Sos07 IJAMSVILLE, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
Healthy plants,excellently packed! This nursery is a cut above the past mail order nurseries that I have dealt with.I tried them because they are in Virginia,closer to me than others.I will happily order from them again
One of the nicest things about gardening is the sharing of plants. One's garden becomes a sort of memory book. I would not expect that to include plants that are mail ordered from an out of state company. In this case, however, not only did the plants arrive on time and in excellent condition, but the folks at Lazy S took a personal interest both in those plants and my satisfaction.
So, I want to assure Lazy S that the plants will be given a good home and receive the best of care - just as they have been accustomed to getting at the nursery.
Great experience and I will order again.
This is my second order from this company. I placed my first order in early spring and was extremely satisfied. All the plants have been doing really well and have grown tremendously. This nursery offers a huge list of perennials that you won't find anywhere else. I had very specific needs for my yard, I needed plants that would grow near black walnuts, in heavy clay soil and provide nectar for my honeybees. After extensive research, I finally had a long list of perennials I wanted but could not find many of them in town. I was lucky to find Lazyssfarm. Their packaging is great and so is the quality and size of the plants. Their shipping fees might seem a little high but they are clearly explained on their website. I probably would not mail order a more common plant like echinacea purpurea if it can easily be found in town for cheaper but if you are looking for specific hard to find perennials and/or you don't want your garden to look like everyone else on the street, I think that they are one of your best option out there. I also appreciate their sense of ethics in the fact that they don't use growth regulators. I have a long list of plants on my wish list that I will eventually order from them. Now, I just hope that somebody will buy the nursery and keep it going since it is for sale... wish I had the money!