First comment to those complaining about shipping. If you do not want to pay shipping, go to your local business and buy. I don't think they charge shipping.
After working with other large, unnamed, online nurseries, working with Digging Dog is a breath of fresh air. They are not big, but family run, and easy to work with. I can request my own shipping date. Unheard of with the other nurseries. And, I only want to deal with perennials; Digging Dog has the type of perennials I want. Did I mention... they communicate. I am a yakker, and I need someone that will yak back at me. It's called communication.
Simple as that: they are smaller and easy to work with; they have the perennials I want, and they will try to ship them when I request it. And the last biggie, communication. So they definitely get my recommendation, and a strong one at that. Paul
Just got my first order from Digging Dog via the internet. I was very impressed with the healthy plants I received. One was damaged in shipping. I emailed them and they are sending me another, no hassle at all. I liked that I was able to request a shipping date ahead of time so I could receive the plants at the right planting time for my area. I've seen complaints about shipping charges but they seemed pretty comparable to other online nurseries with decent plants. You get what you pay for. Will definitely be a repeat buyer.
I have ordered twice now from Digging Dog Nursery and both times have been good experiences. The Plants offered are Fabulous. They came wrapped and packaged beautifully. The Plants themselves were healhy and strong specimens. I could not be pleased more. I would and have, recommended Digging Dog Nursery to friends and would not hesitate to do business with them again. They were also helpful and friendly in answering an inquiry I had made. Great Plants, Great Business!!!!
I bought plants from Digging Dog via internet and at the S.F. Flower and Garden Show. Many of their Kniphofias, Geraniums and Clematis ended up in my garden. All the plants arrived in great condition and I had no problem getting them established. Digging Dog is one of my favorite nurseries and I will buy from them again.
I have been ordering plants from Digging Dog for almost 20 years, and they are in my top 3 favorite mail-order nurseries. My favorite is my Chinese Fringe tree, planted in 1993-In the Spring, it is a wonder to behold. My garden is filled with Digging Dog plants, and I would recommend them to everyone. Plus, I love their catalog...the plant descriptions and artwork are great.
1st time buyer. The plants came in excellent condition (better than most of the mail order companies I have used in the past). Strong root development = less transplant shock. Will definitely order from them again. Great selection of plants on their website.
I recently ordered 3 clerodendrum from Digging Dog Nursery and just wanted to let you know that you exceeded my expectations. The plants are beautiful and much larger than I thought they would be, Packaging was great and service was A+
Thanks so much!
On Jul 31, 2012, rosegreensite Newport Coast, CA wrote:
For years I have been looking off and on for Sisyrinchium striatum every since I saw it in a Penelope Hobhouse garden book. Finally found it at Digging Dog Nursery along with several other plants I have never seen in my local garden centers. My plants arrived in excellent condition and are doing well in the garden beds. Cathy emailed me about a hellebore that was to be shipped later but I was going to be out of town. She made arrangements to ship the plants after I was back in town. Great plants, Great customer service. Will definitely buy from them again.
I ordered Lemon Wave hydrangeas. Once I got through the materials carefully packed around my plants I was shocked at the large size and health of the plants. Although it took me a few days to get it in the ground it did great starting on day one. I have already buried a branch to start another and I've only had this plant for a couple of months.
Thanks Digging Dog! I will be looking at your site first anytime I'm in the market for something unique!
On May 26, 2012, elderberrypress Oakland, OR wrote:
Ordered several torch lillies and they stock some rare exotics too! They have grown very well here in Oregon and are now, huge and healthy. Their selection is superb. Just ordered an angelica gigas and the shipping was reasonable too.
I ordered 8 plants. They arrived on the scheduled date and they were packed well. (Though I did have to clean out the worm bin to accomodate more shredded paper!)
When planting the plants, I was very happy to see that the plants had large, healthy root systems without being pot bound. Two of the plants were even trying to send out runners already. Often I feel like mail-order places try to send stuff out before it's rooted sufficiently, but not Digging Dog! I will totally order from them again.
On Dec 4, 2011, dwc47 Chattanooga, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:
I have found several plants here that I have not seen for sale elsewhere, Dierama in particular, and have found the plants to be larger than expected and very healthy. Digging Dog will always be on my list of places to check first when I am looking for a plant. I am honored to recommend them to all plant lovers!
On Oct 21, 2011, GreenGrowler Colorado Springs, CO wrote:
RE: Digging Dog Nursery - My plants arrived quickly and in great condition. Having ordered plant material online many times, I am so impressed with the quality of Digging Dog's plants and the care in which they were packaged.
I was most pleasantly surprised with the size of the pots and root balls - very substantial! And, everything swaddled in paper shred really kept the plants "tucked in" during their journey. The Brunneras are planted, mulched, and watered; they are already settling in nicely. I am looking forward to see them reappear with vigor next spring - and have my fingers crossed that the deer won't find them as delightful as I do!
Thanks so much for the excellent customer service, prompt & knowledgeable response to questions, and top notch plants! Digging Dog is the whole package!!!
I placed an order with Digging Dog Nursery for several geraniums, a lime light hydrangea and one campanula. All arrived from CA. to MA. in very good condition accompanied by detailed instructions for planting. They have a large variety of plants at reasonable prices that are packaged in very deep pots. All had large, healthy root systems and very lush, healthy foliage considering their cross country journey. I would definitely purchase from this company again. The quality of their plants and service are outstanding.
On May 30, 2011, Scooty Peterborough United States wrote:
Posted on May 17, 2011, updated May 30, 2011
I was very happy to find golden-leafed current in their catalogue and based of most member's experiences I placed an order for a couple of vines and three currants. Upon arrival I noticed that the currants were tiny 4 inch bushes in 2 1/4- 3 1/4 liners instead of larger bushes in 4x6 pots as advertised on their website. Had I been informed my choice was not available in the regular size I would not have ordered with them, as indeed the shipping price is quite steep. Also, planting them at this size means that it will take 15 or more years to have 2 feet tall bushes which was not the intention. I notified them of my disappointment on their website but have not heard back.
This order was a waste of my money.
On May 30th, 2011, Scooty changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
Considering that Digging Dog nurseries clarified what happened with this order and refunded the cost of the ribes I would like to change my rating to neutral. On May 30, 2011, Digging Dog Nursery responded with:
"On May 20, 2011 3:20 PM, Digging Dog Nursery responded with:
We are so sorry to hear you are unhappy with your order from us. Some of our
shrubs are so popular and extremely hard to find, like the Ribes
Brocklebankii, that we have begun shipping them in smaller pots to meet the
We understand why you would be unhappy receiving liners instead of shrubs in
the 4x6 pots that you were expecting to receive. Because the 3 Ribes
'Brocklebankii' were liners, we should have discounted the price and we were
remiss in not doing so. We will be happy to refund you the entire cost of
these three plants due to our oversight in pricing.
We also want you to keep in mind that these 3 plants, though liner size, are
well-rooted and well-branched. Our supplier, Briggs, assured us they should
easily reach 3 feet in size within 3 years.
You also mentioned that our shipping prices are quite
steep. Since we do lesser volume than corporations, we don't get the
discounts on shipping prices that they do. While we charged you $27.38 for
shipping these plants via UPS 3-Day airmail, UPS billed us $34.47.
To say that your order was a waste of money felt somewhat unfair to us. To
be honest, the three well-established vines --the 2-year old Fallopia Lemon
Lace and the Vitis coignetiae--were of superb quality.
Considering that you received your order on Friday, May 13, and sent us an
email on Saturday, May 14, expressing your disappointment, we didn't have
much time to respond to your complaint. Since we are a small business, there
is nobody checking our email on the weekend. We certainly would have
appreciated a chance to make things right with you before you posted your
We sincerely appreciate your business and strive to satisfy each of our
customers. We hope our plants will flourish in your garden.
We will be sending you a refund check in the amount of $24.00 for the Ribes
I am very impressed with Digging Dog. Compared to most other nurseries I have purchased from, their plants are large, healthy, inexpensive, and well packed for shipping. They have a very interesting selection of plants and are my top choice nursery for anything they have in stock.
On Apr 16, 2011, SchwarzeKraehe Los Angeles, CA wrote:
I am a repeat customer of the Digging Dog Nursery for the past few years. They offer a large variety of non-mainstream plants that fascinate and intrigue me. I just received my last package from them this week and was very happy with it as always. The Spanish lavenders were large and fresh and the kniphofia's were huge and just ready to burst into bloom! Everything is well packed, and they make sure to send it at appropriate times (checking weather conditions), and communicate well with customers. I know I'll be back in the future.
On Oct 11, 2010, uptowngardener Minneapolis, MN wrote:
I recently contacted Digging Dog with one of those, "Help! It's urgent! Can you get these plants to me today?" requests that mail-order nurseries must dread. The folks at Digging Dog responded immediately. They sent lovely plants w/ well-developed root systems that arrived in Washington sooner than I had any right to expect. I enjoyed superb service, quality plants, and a fair price. I will not hesitate to order from this company again.
We have ordered from Digging Dog for the past 4 years. In the Spring of 2009, we order several items including 12 eringium giganticum. When they arrived in April, there was nothing in the small pot, but we were game and went ahead and planted them any way. We waited until the end of June and nothing had come up. I emailed Digging Dog, referenced my order..while it took a little while to hear back from them, they indeed stood by their plants and sent me out 12 new plants, no questions asked. We appreciate the specialty nurseries that offer hard to find plants and know that it is a tough business. We appreciate them even more when the plants they sell are high quality and they stand behind them. Digging Dog gets a big thumbs up from us!
I ordered 6 salvia plants over the telephone. They arrived on the date promised and were in better shape than some of the plants in local nurseries! Nicely packed, still moist and with the leaves protected. They are thriving in my garden. This is a very service oriented business and I will be getting more plants from them for sure.
On Jul 9, 2009, crazymary Lodi, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:
I just received my order of 6 plants and they arrived in beautiful condition and were very carefully packaged. The plants had large root systems and were larger than I expected. They gave complete instructions on how to care for plants shipped in warm weather and I was also happy with the friendly service I received via telephone. I will definitely be ordering again. Their selection of plants is terrific too.
I go back to this company again and again. In general, the plants are well sized and are securely packaged. My first orders were placed in 2007 and I've made several orders since then. I wait for the clearance/special sales and find them competitive with other mailorder nurseries. The shipping is typically competitive as well, but I only live a couple states away and am comparing them to other west coast mailorder sources. Right now I'm waiting for my 2009 Father's Day 15% off order (grin).
The only negative I can state is that they offer some really nice plants that are not hardy in my area so I need to be very careful not to be seduced by their descriptions and buy another plant that needs to be lugged into the garage every time the temperature plummets (sigh).
Last year I placed an order and included in that order were 8 Mavis Simpson geraniums. Their website stated they were hardy to zone 5. I am zone 6 so I ordered them. None of the 8 grew this year. I've been reading about geraniums and I have found that Mavis Simpson is a tender perennial and a wonderful geranium specialty company has them listed as zone 7. I guess I know why mine didn't survive. I emailed the company to let them know the information for this plant is incorrect and had it been correct I never would have spent over 50 dollars for 8 geraniums that aren't hardy to my area. I feel the least this company could have done was respond to my email. Since I have heard nothing I decided to include a review on this site.
On June 26th, 2009, suscwbuff changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I did receive a check in the mail today compensating me for the Mavis Simpsons and an apology.
On Jun 8, 2009, diggindragon Newark Valley, NY wrote:
They shipped my plants from California to New York. 3 days in a UPS box, and they weren't even WILTED! Every specimen I've ever purchased from them has come back like gangbusters the following season. I've even found plants I've never heard of before - making my upstate NY garden very unique. My neighbors are green with envy. This is simply the BEST mail order nursery I've ever dealt with.
On Apr 6, 2009, dthomas979 Saint Charles, MO wrote:
Wow are the people here crazy or what, they get taken on shipping and rate this company as positive, I saw all the positive ratings and thought I would give them a try, my 32 dollar order had a 29.90 shipping charge with handling to Mo. That is a complete ripoff, it's insulting. There are many good companys that aren't on the top 30 that don't rip you off on shipping. Stay way unless you like the people your ordering from laughing all the way to the bank.
On Apr 6, 2009, Digging Dog Nursery responded with:
"On Jun 26, 2009 10:01 AM, Digging Dog Nursery responded with:
We are sorry that the person from Saint Charles, MO expressed concern about our shipping costs. We wholeheartedly assure this person and all who are reading this rebuttal that we are not 'laughing all the way to the bank'.
Since we are a small family run business, we are not eligible for the
substantial discounts that larger mail-order businesses receive from UPS.
As we are all aware, fuel costs have both fluctuated and risen dramatically
over the past few years. These events and recent trends have led freight
carriers to impose increasing fuel related surcharges on their customers.
Digging Dog Nursery has been absorbing these incremental costs for some time now. In fact, Digging Dog Nursery has barely raised their shipping costs
After careful research, we found that a $50.00 order sent UPS
AIR does average around $25.00. To offset, the UPS air charges for small
orders, we are now offering PRIORITY AIRMAIL VIA THE POST OFFICE.
Attentive personal service, eco-friendly nursery practices and choice hard-to-find plants that are not only well grown, but grown with a lot of love is what
kept loyal customers ordering for nearly twenty years."
On Apr 6, 2009, Vicky_D Pompano Beach, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:
I read some positive reviews about Digging Dog so I wanted to give them a try. When I was ready to order, I saw a notice that read "At present, we are unable to ship to Florida, Hawaii or anywhere outside USA." It should read "unwilling". I emailed the company to ask when they will be ABLE to ship to FL and the reply I received was "Sorry, the state's agricultural regulations are so strict, it simply is not worth it." I for one would not feel comfortable purchasing from a company unwilling to meet the strict agricultural regulations of any state. What does this imply about their quality standards? High Country Gardens is willing to meet Florida's strict standards ( I've made over $500 worth of purchases from them so far) so my confidence and customer loyalty stays with them!
On a side note: some of the zone information included with each plant is incorrect. Lavenders are hardy to zone 10/11.
Brilliant. Perhaps the finest plants I have seen, betraying what must be well-adjusted specific and individual care. They are lush and noticably thick-stemmed. The company was very accomodating as far as shipping plants in early winter.
Under all of this, they offered not one, but five specific and hard-to-find plants I was seeking, at a price that makes me wonder how they survive.
On Aug 22, 2008, Susi_So_Callif Vista, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
I ordered 17 plants and got a virtually immediate response when it turned out that a couple were out of stock. I chose substitutes and they sent a shipping date with their confirmation. The plants arrived right on time and in excellent condition, beautifully packed and labeled. Best of all, they're having a sale for people affected by the drought and I saved 15% on my order. I'd definitely order again.
On Jun 20, 2008, ElizabethAnneM Birmingham, AL wrote:
My first order with this company came right on time. The plants are nice. The packaging was great. Despite the heat, the plants were happy and moist. Customer Service took the time to call me with a question. Good experience. Just wish they had photos online. Would order again.
On May 11, 2008, dannygates58 Jefferson, NH wrote:
Every year I order from Digging Dog and every year I recieve beautiful plants. This year was no exception. In fact I made some last minute additions and and all was shipped at once exactly on time. Packed well and amazingly healthy well rooted big plants. I could not be more pleased. Excellent company