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Positive Hoodstr
(1 review)
On Mar 22, 2015, Hoodstr Lewisburg, TN wrote:

The bulbs are big & very healthy. Other bulbs that you get elsewhere can be hit & miss on survivability, but you always get a good result with Oakes bulbs. And they multiply like crazy!!
Just wish they had something besides Daylilies. I've gotten all the ones that I like & want to 'fill out' around the Daylilies with other plants
Oh and don't let the price fool you. It says one bulb, but you'll get a huge fan of at least 3 bulbs plus they throw in a 'freebie' for you to try.
I don't have a green thumb, but daylilies are almost infallible.If I had the money, I'd buy one of each daylily in the book

Positive Wisconsinbulb
(3 reviews)
On Sep 13, 2014, Wisconsinbulb Sun Prairie, WI wrote:

After reading garden watchdog and the reviews on Oakes daylilies, we thought we would give them a try. We were impressed with the size of the plants! They are amazing. We are very, very excited to see how they turn out next season. Fast shipping, pleasant customer service and really healthy product. We will let you know what happens next season!

Positive landreyev
(10 reviews)
On Jul 31, 2014, landreyev Sandyville, WV (Zone 6b) wrote:

Placed my first order with Oakes this summer and the plants I received were LARGE-especially since I ordered a small variety. I also got 3 bonus plants which were even bigger in size than the ones I ordered. In all I received 28 plants and they've all done well despite being placed in the mid-summer heat in heavy clay soil. A few of them have even flowered since. Their prices may run higher than others (only slightly and only on some varieties) but the divisions I received were so large they could have been further divided if you really wanted to stretch your dollar. Very pleased and will order from them again if I'm in the market for more!

Positive GardeninginHoth
(3 reviews)
On May 22, 2014, GardeninginHoth Saint Paul, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Well I made a small 1st time purchase from this company... Then was reminded by my Wife that we were going on vacation this year. So I called up the friendly staff at Oakes Daylilies and asked if they could adjust my shipping time so that my order wouldn't arrive while I was on Vacation.
I even asked them to help me correct my mistake in ordering an evergreen variety when I meant to order all dormant types, and they happily found the correct person to come up with a couple of very close replacement suggestions, fitting size, color, and type to just what I was originally looking for but better suited to Zone 4a
well my order arrived on the day we got back giving me something to look forward to the following morning, however I opened up my package immediately, and was pleasantly surprised to see such nice sized CLUMPS for each Fan I had ordered.
Seriously, I think the smallest had 4 Fans and the largest Clump had 9 Fans! I have ordered Daylilies from other mail order Gardening companies and have never received a clump larger than 3 Fans for each 1 ordered.

Great sized Plants = Value
Friendly, responsive Customer service

Based on reading previous reviews, I have no doubt that they will be at least as lovely as pictured when I ordered them.
Also after my own personal 1st experience I can't see why anyone could have a reason to leave a negative review for this company.

Thank You, to everyone @ Oakes Daylilies

a customer for life.

Positive npnjgardener
(1 review)
On May 18, 2014, npnjgardener Franklinville, NJ wrote:

I have been ordering from Oakes for about 8 years now. They never fail to exceed my expectations. They send huge, healthy plants with multiple fans, and they ALL come up and bloom beautifully. I have never had a single plant fail to come up (here in southern New Jersey). The bonus plants they send are amazing. I have been tempted to buy daylilies from other companies, but I never do it, because... Oakes is simply the best. Once in a while, I get a "free" daylily from another company as part of an order of other plants. I am always stunned at how puny the other companies' daylilies are. A single fan, with some roots that don't inspire confidence. Nope, I will stick with Oakes.

Positive joevai1
(3 reviews)
On May 18, 2014, joevai1 Montrose, CO wrote:

This company is fantastic. The plants were shipped when promised, the size and health of them was truly amazing. I've been ordering plants through the mail and internet for many years and I would have to say these lilies are among the best purchases I have made. The fans were so large that I ended up dividing them into 2 and 3 plants. The only complaint I have is that I had prepared a bed for the number of plants ordered. I had to dig up more garden space for the extras. Not a bad problem to have! Recommend very highly.

Positive glasstoad
(6 reviews)
On May 3, 2014, glasstoad Omaha, NE wrote:

Today I received my order as scheduled. Again this year the plants are large and very healthy. Even the bonus plants are great quality plants. Their packing process may seem excessive but the plants always arrive in good shape. This is a very good company to do business with and I look forward to the same in the future. Nice job.

Positive Smosolgo
(2 reviews)
On Apr 16, 2014, Smosolgo Cedar Bluff, VA wrote:

It has been several years since I ordered from this company and I had forgotten how large and healthy their daylilies are. I have never gotten plants like this from other companies. The bonus daylily was as large as those I ordered. You will not be disappointed with their wonderful plants.

Positive yooperexpat
(2 reviews)
On Apr 9, 2014, yooperexpat Louisville, KY wrote:

the prices were good and the plants were above excellent, 2 and 3 fans each and plump healthy roots

Positive planter52
(6 reviews)
On Apr 5, 2014, planter52 Whitestone, NY wrote:

Posted on May 27, 2013, updated April 5, 2014
Ordered a few years ago and was very satisfied. Just received my latest order and I think these are even better. Large fans, beautiful root systems and excellent communications. Thank you.

On April 5th, 2014, planter52 added the following:

Just received another order- 3 varieties of large, beautifully packaged fans and an Apricot Ruffles bonus. Can't wait to see how they all do. A pleasure to deal with as usual.
Positive annarborite
(3 reviews)
On Feb 8, 2014, annarborite Ann Arbor, MI wrote:

Ordered from Oakes several years ago and was amazed at the quality of the plants. They even included a large lily as a bonus. Unfortunately, although the plants got very large, they did not bloom so I was very disappointed. However, the next season they were loaded with flowers and have been a major accent in my garden since then. I have had other daylilies but none can compare with these so would highly recommend to anyone.

Positive JustGene
(2 reviews)
On Jan 9, 2014, JustGene BALA CYNWYD, PA wrote:

I've had lots of good experiences with plants ordered online, but nothing like Oakes. What outstanding quality.

Positive virginiarose
(61 reviews)
On Dec 5, 2013, virginiarose Southeast, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Posted on August 18, 2012, updated December 5, 2013
I love my order, the shipping was reasonable, packing was good and plants are huge. I thought I was getting double fans but most of these are triple or better! They are HUGE, even the bonus plant, Thank you so much!!
I will order again and recommend them to everyone. Great value, give them a try!

On December 5th, 2013, virginiarose added the following:

Just wanted to add that all these bloomed the next spring and were clumps by end of season. All of the plants were very healthy, and they were all true to name. Thank you!
Positive vbmacias
(6 reviews)
On Oct 24, 2013, vbmacias Asheville, NC wrote:

This company never disappoints. Oakes has been helping me create my gardens for years. The latest order for my new home is exactly what I expected. The plants are quite large and very healthy. Everything was well packaged. When I asked that my order be held until I returned from a trip, it was not a problem. Now if only someone would come dig the holes for me...

Positive BiffLundgren
(8 reviews)
On Oct 20, 2013, BiffLundgren Midland, MI wrote:

I ordered from Oakes many years ago with great results from their daylilies. This year was no exception. Great looking plants with very large rootstock.

Positive grgantt
(4 reviews)
On Oct 19, 2013, grgantt West Columbia, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Strong healthy daylily fans were received exactly as expected. They have been in the ground for three weeks and are really starting to grow well.

Positive sbrown143
(3 reviews)
On Sep 24, 2013, sbrown143 Daphne, AL wrote:

Wonderful company! I ordered 10 daylilies last week and they came right away. Their website said I would get one bonus/gift plant probably equal to 20% of my order so I expected one additional lily. Instead I got 2 and not the cheap ones. I was really impressed because they paid attention to the fact I ordered all reds and each a different variety. They sent two bonus lilies - both reds - and different varieties than I had ordered. Outstanding! I also received a hand written thank you note. The website says each is at least 2-3 fans. Mine are 4-5 fans. One is even 6 fans. At planting I was already able to separate and get more plants. I will order again most definitely! Take the plunge and order from Oakes.

Positive GStickler
(5 reviews)
On Sep 21, 2013, GStickler Marshallville, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Oakes is one of the best places to buy daylilies on-line. The plants are all nice size and all grew well even though I planted in the middle of our hot, humid Georgia summer, not an ideal time for planting but I didn't lose any of them. The order came quickly, was well packaged, the cultivars were nicely marked so I could plant them the same day they arrived after giving them a good soak in water. I'll return often to Oakes since I now know I can buy from them with confidence.

Positive TammyY
(26 reviews)
On Jul 5, 2013, TammyY Knoxville, TN wrote:

I visited Oakes Daylilies for their Bloom Festival last weekend and was amazed at the beauty of their gardens and the friendliness of the owners, family, and staff. I purchased 7 daylilies while I was at the festival and all had in excess of 4 fans each for a very reasonable price. I should have ordered more while I was there, but I am planning to place an internet order through their website. Definitely a great place to visit and purchase from!

Positive tessblackwell
(1 review)
On Jun 18, 2013, tessblackwell Shady Hollow, TX wrote:

I ordered the 50 random day lily package. The fedex truck showed up about eight days later with 3 large boxes of day lilies.
The plants were about a third larger than I expected and much bigger than the shriveled roots I've gotten from other nurseries. I put the plants in the ground right away. That was 10 days ago. I have blooms on about half the plants. They have not opened yet but I can't wait to see the colors, shapes and sizes. It's like Christmas in the middle of summer! I will absolutely be ordering again. Just as soon as I can dig up some more space.

Positive cohahn
(2 reviews)
On Jun 15, 2013, cohahn Quincy, MA wrote:

Plants came fast and were all of very nice size. I am extremely satisfied and will be using this company again!

Positive dave12122
(69 reviews)
On May 27, 2013, dave12122 East Haddam, CT wrote:

This was my first order with Oakes, so I kept it small, three varieties and one suggested bonus plant. The plants were delivered promptly, and the first thing that caught my attention was the nice handwritten note by one of the packers. The plants themselves were generously sized, about 6 fans for each variety, and I did get the exact bonus plant I suggested! Such meticulous attention to a small order will guarantee my future business. Now, if only other companies could follow Oakes example!!

Positive Griffymom
(3 reviews)
On May 17, 2013, Griffymom Sun Prairie, WI wrote:

I have ordered from Oakes in the past and I have always been pleased. This year, new home and garden, I ordered from another mail order company and from Oakes. To compare would be like comparing a 90 pound weakling to a body builder with a six-pack. The Oakes sent the most healthy looking large plants. I can't wait to see them thrive. The others, it will be years before I see anything if at all. I highly recommend Oakes.

Positive Txtea
(3 reviews)
On May 9, 2013, Txtea Fabens, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have waited a year to see how the plants from Oakes did. When they arrive all but one was in excellent condition. But this year they all seem to becoming excellent plants. When the time come to order more daylilies I will look no where else.

Positive mmercedes
(8 reviews)
On May 3, 2013, mmercedes Houtzdale, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Posted on January 17, 2013, updated May 3, 2013
Posted on January 15, 2013, updated January 17, 2013
LUSH Vigorous & Gorgeous plants. I ordered 13 daylilies from this company last year, Jan of 2012. I have say I was thrilled with how fresh they were upon arrival. Well-packed. I was stunned at how HUGE these plants were compared to even the best I have ever recieved by mail.

The ONLY way you can get anything better it to fresh dig a clump out of the ground yourself. GORGEOUS and true to descriptions on their website and catalog.

I live in less than an ideal cold zone 5b central/northern PA. climate and we had a wet, dreary, sloppy spring. These were planted in heavy clay soil, amended with manure and peat moss. They still put on a helluva show their very first summer! I wish I could post some pictures here.

Fabulous company. Easy to navigate and order. Shipped fresh and labeled well. Free plant included.

If only all my mail order experiences were this flawless. I will never order daylilies from anyone else and plan to order again this season and forever! Thank you to Dave's Garden for helping me find them and to Oakes Daylilies!

On January 17th, 2013, mmercedes added the following:

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On May 3rd, 2013, mmercedes added the following:

Another fabulous exciting order arrived yesterday and I am as thrilled as ever and STILL surprised at the quality of the plants received from this company. Wow. Healthy plump roots. Generous size. You can't go wrong ordering from these people. They include lush, vigorous free plants that are just as large as the rest of your purchased plants. It's an addictive, happy experience buying daylilies from Oaks Daylilies. At this rate, I'll soon have a stunning daylily garden and own everything in the catalog. Highly recommend for anything they carry.
Positive taylordaylily
(2 reviews)
On Apr 22, 2013, taylordaylily Hamilton, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I ordered 9 Daylilies this year. They came on Sat. and as always looked great. They sent 2 bonus plants with my order, one of them had 6 fans. I have ordered from Oakes for several years now. They have always sent great looking plants that are true to name and healthy. Thank You for great customer service and great Plants!

Positive rbeurkens
(2 reviews)
On Mar 25, 2013, rbeurkens Albuquerque, NM wrote:

Why waste your time with anyone else? Oakes' has got to be one of my favorite businesses ever. The daylilies they send you are always huge, healthy, happy, and usually accompanied by a bonus plant or 2. They have fancy expensive daylilies and great cheap ones too! A really easy to use website that is very informative, gorgeous catalogs, great customer service, just all around a great experience and a great company! Have been ordering from them for years and I will be a customer for life!

Positive plantknutt
(2 reviews)
On Feb 19, 2013, plantknutt Miami, FL wrote:

I have ordered many times from this company. I am always happy with the purchase.

Positive flowerchild67
(4 reviews)
On Feb 17, 2013, flowerchild67 Athens, TX wrote:

I have been ordering from Oakes for about 5 yrs. The product is superb. Very large clumps of daylilies and very hardy. Each year I order spring and fall. My rating is super-positive.

Positive jimfrankmartin
(8 reviews)
On Dec 20, 2012, jimfrankmartin Scott, LA wrote:

If the Swedish Academy ever decides to award a Nobel prize for horticulture in general and hemerocallis in particular,
Oakes Daylilies will win the first time.
I ordered late in the season this year (late Nov 2012)and received two boxes full of mixed colors daylilies that looked definitely as if they had grown on steroids, they were so big.
I had to replace my eyeballs back in their sockets once I opened the packages.
Now I have finally finished sequestering them in their places, and I have already seen green appearing on the sprouting leaves. Since we only have frost perhaps four times a year in Acadiana in southwest Louisiana, I am looking forward to dozens of blooms this spring and summer. My mother, who died at 90 in December 2004, loved daylilies. Thanks to all the folks at Oakes who helped me plant a garden of daylilies
as a memorial to my mother. They will hear from me every year. Jim Martin Scott Louisiana

Positive rlhagan56
(2 reviews)
On Nov 14, 2012, rlhagan56 Spring Creek, NV wrote:

Posted on November 6, 2012, updated November 14, 2012
I ordered two peonies this fall from Paradise Garden, supplied by Oakes Daylilies. With every order I have made for years now, all purchased through PG and supplied by Oakes Daylilies and I always received large beautiful plants. This time one peony I ordered was a very small, very unhealthy looking Festiva Maxima root that only had two tiny, tiny bud growths for the next growing season. I was shocked and contacted Paradise Garden since this peony was not cheap, and I feel ripped off! No response. Nothing. I won't even bother to contact Oakes Daylilies since they were the ones who grew and sent this plant. I doubt this plant will survive winter let alone grow healthy and I am so angry since I believed their guarantees. I just might post my thoughts on their facebook pages. Now I have to search for another reliable company.

On November 14th, 2012, rlhagan56 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

I have to commend Oakes Daylilies! 3 days after my comments a beautiful, large, replacement peony root arrived completely surprising me! I had never directly contacted them. That is excellent customer service and the kind of beautiful plants I am used to buying from them.

I do still feel negative about Paradise Garden and will not trust them with another of my orders. All of my orders will continue to be directly through Oakes Daylilies. I highly recommend them!
Positive LindaDoc
(4 reviews)
On Sep 6, 2012, LindaDoc Philadelphia, PA wrote:

I used the excellent ratings on the Garden Watchdog as a guide and recently placed my first order with Oakes. I was very pleased with the size and health of my plants, and my order was shipped promptly and the plants packaged well. The only problem I had was in deciding which daylilies to order - their web site and catalog made my head spin with all the beautiful colors and varieties.

Positive Bourret
(13 reviews)
On Aug 27, 2012, Bourret West Newfield, ME wrote:

Ordered from Oakes and received my daylilies quickly. They sent tons of fans of each daylily I ordered. The fans were small but it's because their daylilies are starting to go dormant going into fall. Honestly, it's so much easier to plant small fans than large and they adapt to my climate much better. Thank you Ken!

Positive MGinIL
(4 reviews)
On Jul 19, 2012, MGinIL Port Byron, IL wrote:

I ordered 2 daylilies...the next week, a very large box was on my porch. The plants they sent were huge and they included a very large bonus plant. I am very happy with the order and will return for more!

Positive spicetail
(6 reviews)
On Jul 6, 2012, spicetail Mansfield, OH wrote:

recieved excellent plants

Positive PeerOne
(2 reviews)
On Jun 25, 2012, PeerOne Clinton, CT wrote:

I have been doing business for quite a long time with Oakes and usually have ordered a few daylilies at a time and have been very pleased. Last year I ordered there special of getting 25 plants that are not tagged, but just overstocks. They all did beautifully and were just as large in the bunch sizes as others I had gotten in the past! They also sent me a lot of extra plants!
This year, they are laden with buds and already 7 different ones have started to open and the beds are getting crowded!
Oakes Daylilies have outdone themselves year after year! I will never buy from anyone else!

Positive natalie4b
(7 reviews)
On Jun 7, 2012, natalie4b Roswell, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Posted on March 23, 2012, updated June 7, 2012
Very large divisions - at least 3 fans each - very healthy looking, and a free plant, too in the same color as the rest of my Daylilies, which is very nice and considered of them, and really appreciated.
Can hardly wait to see beautiful blooms later this year.
I don't normally spend as much on my plants, but these were highly recommended (both company and Daylilies), looked amazing in a catalog, and not something that can be easily found in local nurseries.
Just planted them, and look forward to beautiful flowers.

On June 7th, 2012, natalie4b added the following:

Just received another order from them - I am sooooo pleased and appreciative for such healthy and generously offered daylilies. Very well packed, and arrived super-fast by FedEx.
Compared to other places I have ordered from - these are a bargain considering the quality and size of divisions they send.
Will most definitely order from them again.
Thank you, Oakes!
Positive kngmi
(1 review)
On May 17, 2012, kngmi Detroit, MI wrote:

I don't normally take the time to leave reviews but I am so happy with my Oakes order I had to share.

I ordered 14 different varieties of daylily, which I received last month. The box was packed with beautiful, healthy looking bare root clumps, as promised, and the clumps were huge! Plus, I got 3 bonus plants from my wishlist making a total of 17. There were a couple that only had 4 fans, but many had 6-9 fans. I planted them about 3 days after I received them and let mother nature take things from there, and today over half of them are producing multiple scapes. These are my first daylilies, and will certainly not be my last. Oakes will be seeing my business again soon.

Positive mellicent
(1 review)
On May 5, 2012, mellicent Buffalo, NY wrote:

Ordered 6 daylillies. Received 8 timely and in good shape - 4-5 fans each all large. Will order again.

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