I recently ordered several varieties of Aconitums (Monkshood) from Lazy S'S. This was my first order from them so I didn't know what to expect because ordering online is sometimes hit or miss. When I opened the box I was shocked by the size of the plants. All of the plants were in fantastic shape when they arrived! The plants were staked to prevent any breakage and all were nice and damp. Great value. Great experience.
My order from Lazy S'S Farm & Nursery was the first time I had ordered from them, but I can tell you for sure it won't be the last. I'm so happy with my plants, they're just beautiful! I've never seen such excellent packaging before; the plants arrived fresh looking and completely undamaged. I'm one happy customer and I highly recommend Lazy S'S Farm & Nursery to anyone who wants the best!
Lazy S's has absolutely the *best* packing and shipping that I have ever seen. For anyone that visits their web site and thinks that the plants or shipping are expensive, realize that you're going to get an excellent quality plant that was very carefully packed so it arrives at your house in good condition. And their selection is unparalleled.
Contrast this to a very old, very famous nursery from northeastern CT that I just received an order from. The Passiflora was *tiny* and the two Iochromas looked like they'd been grown under insufficient light and over-fertilized. Additionally, the plants were not securely packed. They arrived disheveled and I live 30 minutes (one shipping day) away!
Top-Notch Quality In All Aspects Of the Business!!!!!!!
Lazy S'S is exceptional. They keep in inventory plants that you can't easily find anywhere else. I ordered several difficult-to-find native butterfly plants. The plants are top quality. Some were received in a dormant state. It has been approximately 3 weeks since my plants arrived in perfect condition due to their careful packing prowess. I am happy to say that all 12 plants that I ordered are now out of dormancy and growing nicely. Great communications, perfect follow-through, excellent packing, and quality hard-to-find plants were my experience on this my first purchase from this company. The sample review provided on their website from 2008 is still valid for 2013. I will be a repeat customer!
I ordered four plants from Lazy S's earlier this spring that I cannot find from local nurseries, Bottlebrush Buckeye, Rodgersia, Turtlehead and Japanese Forest Grass. All arrived in great condition, were packaged well and were a good size to plant. They are all doing quite well so far and, as long as I have chosen good sites for them and provide the care they require, I am sure they will thrive. They have already grown within the few weeks I planted them.
In addition to the wonderful, healthy plants, I wrote to thank them and corresponded a few times with Debby and Pete Sheuchenko who provided links to the 'behind-the-scenes' of their packing and shipping process and were very gracious and kind to write back. I will definintely order from them again as my budget allows! A wonderful company to do business with and quite a pleasant transaction!
Can anyone tell me if this nursery wild collects any of their plants? I am interested in buying from them but want to make sure they are not collecting plants from the wild. Especially Trillium and the like.
Actually the only person who can tell you with certainty where/how we get our plants is me, my husband or, of course, our staff! ALL of our plants are either propagated here or purchased from REGISTERED growers. We are a family run business with a small efficient staff but I can barely find time to dig in my garden much less dig plants from the wild. I can't even find time to get to the wild thanks to all of our customers who keep us very busy!! But thanks for allowing me to let you and anyone else who might have that question know.
The plants arrived in excellent condition, and arrived promptly. I was especially pleased with the packing or lack of. There were no packing peanuts or soggy newspapers. Stakes, a plastic bag and rubberbands were the only packing and the plants were in excellent condition.
On Apr 12, 2013, janubailey MOSELEY, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
Placed an order for plants and they were received promptly and in great shape. Packaging was well done, with double pots and clear plastic that was rubber-banded over the soil and between the pots. That worked perfectly to keep the soil and moss in place! I've ordered from other online companies and these by far arrived in the best shape and didn't seem disturbed at all by the shipper. Recommend them highly and can't wait to place another order!
this was my first time ordering from Lazy S'S Farm and the experience was better than expected. The perennials arrived the same week as Lazy S'S projected and in fantastic shape. Packaging of the plants was also superb. I will definitely order from Lazy S'S again!
On Apr 12, 2013, DahliaLady41 Waynesboro, VA wrote:
My 11 plants are BEAUTIFUL! Very healthy looking and not at all stressed by the shipping process. The packaging kept them in pristine condition and was easy to unpack and care for. One plant, Elaeagnus prngens, looked fine, but was listed on the packing slip as being "lightly rooted." That day I received an e-mail from Lazy S'S with instructions for its special care, noting that it would put out more roots when the weather warms up. The personal care and attention from this company is amazing! And I love their selection. I can choose the exact cultivar I want - and that's what they ship me. Order from them - you will be pleased!
On Apr 12, 2013, jhushion Providence, RI (Zone 6b) wrote:
I have a Bach. of Science in Horticulture and order most of my plants online because I like unusual plants. I recently placed an order for over 35 plants of different varieties from Lazy S'S nursery and I couldn't possibly be happier or more impressed with the plant material they sent me and the way it was packed. They also went out of their way to accommodate my shipping schedule. If you haven't tried them before, now is a great time! You can be completely confident you will receive an order that makes you feel like it's Christmas morning, grinning from ear to ear. I will absolutely buy from here again, in fact they will be my first stop for any plant I'm looking for. Thanks again.
Posted on April 8, 2012, updated April 6, 2013
Posted on April 10, 2011, updated April 8, 2012
I order from a variety of companies, this year I decided to also order form Lazy S;s Farm & Nursery, very glad I did, because the plants I received were healthy, of a good size, and packed very carefully yet still easy to unpack. Definitely will buy from again!
On April 8th, 2012, Mid12nt added the following:
April 2012, just received my plants (2 passionflower vines & 2 chrysanthemums) and Lazy S's hands down has the best packaging,plants are very carefully packed yet at the same time are super easy to unpack. Plants as always are good sized and super healthy. I also like how I'm able to choose the week they ship my plants. A+ company! On April 6th, 2013, Mid12nt added the following:
April 2013, another wonderful experience, plants arrived healthy and when expected. Always a pleasure to purchase from, amazing selection of plants.
On Mar 27, 2013, BrisbaneAnne Brisbane, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:
Posted on March 15, 2013, updated March 27, 2013
I wanted to write good review for this nursery because I really like their selection. I found several plants that I couldn't find anywhere else. I was disappointed by the size and the way the plants looked when they arrived last Fall, especially the 3 sedum makinoi 'Ogon'. I figure I will wait until Spring to see how they do. The 3 Sedum makinoi 'Ogon' died right away and never came back. It could be me, but I ordered close to 100 plants from 10 different nurseries last year for my new landscape, most of them are doing well and waking up to the warm weather. I am very hesitant to order from this place again.
On March 27th, 2013, BrisbaneAnne changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I am very impressed with the integrity of this vendor. We've resolved the issue and if you're having trouble with plants upon arrival, it's important to let the vendor know right away so they can assist you.On Mar 27, 2013, Lazy S'S Farm & Nursery responded with:
If ANYONE ever gets plants from us that they're not pleased upon arrival, they just need to contact us. We say that inside the box lid, on statements, on the website. It doesn't happen often but damage can occur in shipment (especially to California and hot zone 10, whose state department of agriculture requires us to dip plants in chemicals to be sure we're not shipping Japanese Beetles grubs). That chemical makes plants exceptionally subject to heat damage in transit if the box is left sitting in the sun at any point on a loading dock, etc. That's why we don't ship to CA in the heat of summer. We guarantee that plants arrive in healthy, viable condition but need to know upon arrival. Months after the fact, it is difficult to determine what happened but I'm still willing to try. Please correspond with me."
I just ordered 3 plants from Lazy S and was shocked to find that shipping and handling would be $21.30. They are in Virginia, and I am in Alabama. No other mail-order plant supplier charged that much for shipping and handling, even those in Maine. Let's hope that I am as pleased with the quality of the plants as many who have provided positive feedback have reported.
On Jan 6, 2013, Lazy S'S Farm & Nursery responded with:
Our shipping rates are EXACT USPS Priority Mail rates as figured live online by the USPS Online Calculatopr plus our modest handling cost.
We don't make a dime off shipping. It all goes, sadly, to the petroleum companies for overpriced gas. If there's a company in Maine sending 3 Quart plants (not bare root, not smaller plants that weigh less) by some Priority Method (so comparing apples to apples), I'd truly love to know how they're doing it!
PS If you're not happy, I'd be more than willing to issue a refund in full so you can order from Maine.
Recently had a bad experience with a new mail order co. And it reminded me to pass the word on about one of the best, Lazy S'S. They have an incredible selection, good quality plants and they arrive well packed and in good condition. I've used them a few times already and will be using them again this spring. Don't be afraid to given them try. I'm a master gardener and have worked in the industry on Long Island, I know healthy plants when I see them! Peggy Schochet
This Fall I ordered from 4 different plant mail order companies. By far and away, Lazy S was the superior supplier. They had the greatest variety of the specialty plants I wanted. They were the best at communicating the order process. They shipped the fastest (I'm sorry that I'm still waiting for my plants from another supplier though it's been 2 months since I placed the order! -- It's going to freeze soon!). AND most important of all the plants arrived in perfect condition. After getting used the tiny, scrawny little things that I usually get via mail order, I was thrilled with the health and size of the plants from Lazy S. I will definitely be ordering from this company again!
On Sep 10, 2012, Clary Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I have ordered from Lazy S several times between 2010 and 2012. The reason I purchase from them is primarily the WIDE variety of plants they have. I can usually order all the diverse plants I want from them in a single order, saving shipping and hassle. The communication is good and they have accommodated a few requests regarding form (such as single leader versus branching at the base of a shrub). The plants have all been healthy and have all survived. One thing I've noticed with the Lazy S plants is that they do not seem to go into shock after planting; this is something I would expect from a big box store, where the plants are basically rooted in mulch and fed constantly, but I've had this problem with a few online nurseries as well. Nothing worse than fretting over a new plant while you watch your purchase price and shipping cost wither before your eyes! I've patronized Lazy S more frequently recently because of the variety and quality of the plants. I used to shop around for price and plant size, but gardening should be fun, not stressful. Lazy S is my first choice for online purchases.
Received my order a couple of days ago and I was thrilled with the product. The plants were beautiful and healthy. It was obvious that the company is concerned about their shipments because of the protective way that each plant was wrapped. I have ordered from several dozen companies over the years but have never seen this kind of care and service. Not one leaf on any of the plants was bent or damaged. Will not hesitate to order again, and...the highest compliment...I will refer Lazy S'S Farm & Nursery to my gardening friends. BarbaraP1700
On Aug 25, 2012, seaotter301 Elmhurst, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
I received my order yesterday. All I can say is WOW!!!!! I've ordered from about 10 places over the last couple of years and although the plants were always good - I CAN'T EVEN BEGIN TO TELL YOU WHAT A JOY YOUR DELIVERY WAS. I find nothing more frustrating than getting new plants/flowers, etc. and literally having to FIGHT to get to the plant and to open it to get it acclimated to our area as quickly as possible. In other words, your plants arrived in phenomenal packaging which allowed for perfect preservation and safe travel of the plants but didn't send me to the looney bin trying to open it! This may sound silly to some, but from previous suppliers, I've gotten so frustrated that it pretty much took all the fun out of getting my new stuff.
Needless to say, Lazy S'S has become my go to supplier!
They also really go out of their way to keep you informed as to shipping, care for plants upon arrival, guarantee, etc.
A PLEASURE TO DO BUSINESS WITH!!!! AND EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL.
Ordered a Trochodendron aralioides. The plant they sent me was in great shape. Well branched, well rooted, proportional, minimaly stressed. The packaging was excellent. Can't wait to order from them again
On Aug 10, 2012, windrhythms Columbia, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
This nursery is an absolute treasure, both for the plant selection available and for the care that goes into making sure that the customer's experience is a good one. I was ordering three plants of a hard-to-find Belamcanda, and even before I submitted the order, the website had made it clear that these plants have a somewhat unusual root structure and do not fill their pots with roots to the extent that many plants do, and then asked for confirmation that I still wished to order them! The packing job was like nothing that I had even seen before--each plant double-potted with a layer of peat moss and packed in its own box, then all three boxes securely fastened together to make a package that got through the USPS without so much as a dented corner! The plants were healthy and in bud, and one of them had begun to bloom by the next morning. I've never had a mail-order experience like this before, and I will continue to look to LazyS's Farm as my go-to source of happy and healthy plants.
I must add that this was actually my second time ordering from this nursery. In the spring I had ordered some white turtleheads for my shady butterfly garden, and when the ship date was near, Debbie notified me that she would like to hold them for an extra two weeks because the root development wasn't as far along as it should have been, and she didn't want to ship anything that wasn't ready. Two weeks later, she again emailed me and said that the plants were still not as robust as she would like and gave me the option of canceling the order if I didn't feel that I could wait for another couple of weeks, saying that she couldn't guarantee that they would be ready even then. We both agreed that a canceIlation was probably the best thing to do since I wanted to get them planted in time to bloom this year. I didn't get my turtleheads, but I was so impressed by the commitment to quality and business integrity, that I didn't hesitate to turn to LazyS's again when I was looking for my blackberry lilies.
Posted on May 14, 2010, updated August 9, 2012
The only retail store in our area (Baltimore, MD) was having difficulty locating any Spigelia marilandica. And so to the web.
Several other mail order nurseries were unable to supply the plant for one reason or another. S'S Farm & Nursery said they had'm & I quickely ordered a half dozen.
They took a couple of days to arrive, but appeared to have been potted that morning.
Several of the beautiful, healthy plants were blooming. This is not the first extra-special experience I've had with S'S. The nursery is super reliable in every way. Thank you!
On August 9th, 2012, Cotesa added the following:
Just received two Passaflora lutea. As usual, the crew did a super job packing. The plants look healthy & vigorous. Right now they're acclimating and in a couple more days they'll be headed for the ground.
I received my plants in this hot, humid and drought ridden summer and they were in perfect condition. I received an email to confirm the status and condition of my plants and they were most cordial. I will order from this company again and again.
What an extensive list of plants! I can always find what I'm looking for when I can't find it anywhere else and usually at a better price. And often find a different cultivar that sounds better than what I was originally in search of. Plants are consistently well grown and healthy. Perfectly packed...some growers on eBay should take lessons from Lazy S's!!!
On Jul 26, 2012, photochic21 Wading River, NY wrote:
I have received two large plant orders from this company and highly recommend their plants. I have ordered from over 14 different places (online) and they go above and beyond to ensure safe and successful delivery. The time and care that their staff puts into packing each plant is amazing! We have been experiencing an extreme heat wave and my plants still arrived in perfect condition. I also love the quick and accurate communication from the company after placing the order, when it ships and after you receive them. Excellent place to order...highly recommended!!!!
Just received 2 Euscaphis Japonica (Sweetheart Trees) and a Jasminum x Stephanense. Sweetheart Trees are pretty much impossible to find, and Lazy S's Farm has just provided me with two! All items were sized as specified, extremely well-packed, moist and all had new growth. Prices were resonable for plant sizes, and acclimation instructions were excellent! I was notified to expect package, and items came quickly. A very pleasurable experience!
A few weeks ago I ordered a weigela florida variegata. It arrived in PERFECT shape. It was expertly and securely boxed (love the stakes), and it didn't look as if it had left the garden. The plant is thriving. I'm looking forward to getting more plants from them in the future.
Ordered 6 plants from Lazy S's. Shipment was delayed about a month from original target date but they did a good job of communicating that with regular emails. One of my plants died almost immediately. A second one died in under 2 months. I contacted the company to confirm the policy / guarantee on their plants. I received a prompt but somewhat rude reply that they do not replace plants and I should have taken time to read the policy before I ordered.
I ordered from 2 other companies this year, along with my local nursery, and had about a 99% success rate with the other 100+ plants I planted this year. I understand that there are other factors that can impact plants but Iím still not going to be happy if 1/3 of my plants from one company die almost immediately. I will be taking my business elsewhere next year.
This was my exact reply to her requests for replacements. I'm sorry it it seemed rude although I'm now sure how else I might have phrased it:
Because places like Lowes and Home Depot replace plants as part of a marketing strategy called a Loss Leader, people often have come to expect open ended plant replacement but the majority of the online vendors (Plant Delights, Forest Farm, Niche, Crownsville, Arrowhead, to name a few well known vendors) have the same guarantee we do --
That plants are true to name and arrive undamaged and viable.
The February 2008 Issue of Garden Gate Magazine actually addressed the issue of plant guarantees directly in an article entitled "The Best and Worst Mail Order Nurseries" written by Dave Whitinger of famed 'Dave's Garden':
"Check guarantees, substitutions and refunds. Make sure that the company guarantees the plant to be true to name as well as healthy and viable when it arrives. Nurseries can't be responsible for the health of the plant once it's in your care. But if there are problems within the first 48 hours, most companies will work with you to correct the problem."
This is a link to our Guarantee which is posted on our Storefront page, on the bottom of statements with mails and with the shipment and on a 2"x3" label inside the box lid.
Once plants are in the ground, unfortunately there are factors that can occur (pest, dogs, even male cats, vole, moles, cutworms, etc.) that can bring about the demise of a plant that have nothing to do with arrival condition. A dog wetting on a plant for example (or even a male cat spraying it) can bring about quick browning of leaves.
If you want to send me more specific information, especially pictures, I might be able to help you figure out what's happening. How you are watering and how often, what kind of fertilizer you're using, soil pH and drainage. That sort of information.
Additional Note Here: We go out of our way to make our Guarantee known up front and go so far as to put a statement above the Submit button which states that in submitting the order, the customer agrees that they have read our policies and agree with them. Our policy is inline with those of most online vendors."
On Jul 14, 2012, Mrsdagnabit Gilbertsville, KY wrote:
The plants I ordered were reasonably priced. I received good sized plants, in healthy condition.
What really impressed me was the extreme care taken in the packaging. I have never had any mail order nursery put so much effort into making sure the plant got to me in the same condition it left the nursery. ~ Thanks Lazy S
On Jul 11, 2012, henrytown Washington D.C. United States wrote:
Just after the terrible heat wave, plants arrived. I expected them to be wilted etc. Not so, in lovely shape. Beautifully packed.
The agapanthus Peter Pan are precisely what their web page promised, a result that is not always true.
On Jul 9, 2012, virginiarose Ports., VA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I ordered a shrub and a tree and was very worried about them being shipped in such hot weather. They assured me that it was their responsibility, since they replace damaged plants.
Also USPS keeps them moving and does not let them sit, The plants arrived in good condition and I followed directions, it's been almost five days and not one stem has turned black. I love the packing, so simple yet effective. No peanuts or staples or miles of tape. Oh, the prices are great too, sure the tree was small, just like the price. I like it that way.
I would definitively order from LazyS again and recommend them to my friends.
Plants arrived in excellent condition, fresh and well leafed out in the full heat of a Mississippi summer no less. In fact these are best plants I've received from any mail order nursery. Their packing technique is really superb; you can be practically certain that no damage will occur in shipping. As of now, Lazy SS is my first choice for purchasing plants. Bottom line, if they've got it, I'll buy it from them and no one else.
Plants arrived in amazing shape! Your packing is impressive, and the wet moss and plastic bags kept the plants nicely hydrated even in summer shipping. They look fabulous! Thanks so much. I'll definitely order more come fall.
A very delicate and wildly obscure plant (London Pride) shipped virtually across country in prompt order. Quite satisfying follow-up, to a point of an e-message instruction on which fertilizer best used. Completely satisfied and shall be recommended.