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|On Sep 1, 2010, aandbwright Las Vegas, NV wrote:
I moved to Las Vegas a few years ago. I had only lived in the southeast before so I had no idea how to garden in a hot desert. I bought several plants at local nurseries and they all failed miserably. None of them belonged in the desert. I found High Country Gardens and have been a huge fan ever since. Every plant I have ordered from them has been extremely healthy and has grown beautifully. Like I said, I am new to the desert and had no idea what to plant so I have emailed them questions and they always respond quickly and thoroughly. Their employees seem to know more about my local growing area than the people at my local nurseries. Of course they offer many other plants besides desert plants. Compared to the local nurseries their plant prices are a little more expensive but I will gladly pay the price because I know the plant will grow. I just can't say enough how much I love High Country Gardens!
|On Aug 25, 2010, enviroplanter Spring House, PA wrote:
Selection of shrubs is somewhat limited, but they do have things you can't find anywhere else (and not just for the Southwest). Their plants are well rooted and very healthy; they really settle in quickly and grow fast. Packing and shipping are excellent.
|On Aug 24, 2010, mhpinson Boulder, CO wrote:
Posted on August 24, 2010, updated August 24, 2010
On August 24th, 2010, mhpinson added the following:
Their catolog contains detailed information needed to choose perenials for my tough growing conditions (full sun to partial shade, 10" to 20" of rain per year, low humidity, zone 5, no supplemental watering after plant is established). Catelog also indicates plants that won't be eaten by bunnies & deer, or will attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
|On Aug 5, 2010, wakacjusz South Milwaukee, WI wrote:
I'm very happy with the plants I received from HCG. They are unique and beautiful. Shipping was fast and well packed. The plants grow like crazy, just after few months my catmint is over 2 feet wide. And it was a tiny one when I got it. For couple plants, that didn't make it, I received replacements from HCG and hopefully now they will have happy ending at my garden. I recommend HCG to each garden lover.
|On Aug 3, 2010, WeeklyWeeder Polson, MT (Zone 5b) wrote:
I ordered several reblooming tall bearded irises which arrived healthy and nicely potted. The packing of these plants was very well thought out, as they were stable and arrived in good condition.
On Aug 3, 2010, High Country Gardens responded with:
"On Aug 3, 2010 3:34 PM, High Country Gardens responded with:
Thank you Colleen for taking the time to share your satisfaction with High Country Gardens and our plants.
|On Jul 30, 2010, kfoye Bismarck, ND wrote:
I have ordered several times from High Country Gardens and have been very pleased each time. They send small, but high quality, healthy plants in a timely manner. On one occasion two of the plants I ordered were stressed when they arrived and did not survive after planting. I contacted the company and promptly received a refund with no hassle.
|On Jul 21, 2010, Perenne Rio Rico, AZ wrote:
They have good healthy plants, packed nice and safe and they guarantee them for 6mo. and on occasion, even longer. I like them because they have plants that very, very few on line nurseries have.
|On Jul 3, 2010, ripleydoodle Eckerman, MI (Zone 4b) wrote:
Posted on June 7, 2010, updated July 3, 2010
On July 3rd, 2010, ripleydoodle added the following:
In answer to the comment from Victoria...
I was not referring to "big box stores," I was referring to locally run nurseries.
You may send smaller plants on purpose, and think that that will make them thrive in the long run, but that should be reflected in your prices, don't you think?
Even so...the size was only part of it. The other part was that they looked about half dead, were spindly and browning with broken parts.
On Jul 3, 2010, High Country Gardens responded with:
"On Jun 9, 2010 9:02 AM, High Country Gardens responded with:
We grow our native and xeric plants lean, tough and ready to take off. Plants with a strong root system and less top growth will do better in your garden. What you see as an impressive plant in most garden centers and big box stores is actually fed with heavy nitrogen fertilizers to push the green growth on top. Many times resulting in floppy weak plants. With perennials you want energy in the roots to take off fast in your garden. You will be amazed at how fast our plants take off and if not, we have a 100% perennial plant guarantee.
|On Jun 25, 2010, congminglaoshi Tuckahoe, NY wrote:
I just got some on sale plants, and they generally look pretty good. The ones that came in the smallest sized pot are small, some of them look like rooted cuttings that haven't been in production too long (ex Artemesia versicolor Seafoam and Scutellaria resinosa), but they are healthy. The items in larger and deeper pots seem to be considerably more developed, the most drastic visual difference being when I compared a diascia in a small pot with a color variant of same that was in the larger pot. None of the plants arrived dry in my case (the soil mix was actually wet) and all seem ready to grow after I get them planted. My order did come quickly, there was minimal soil spillage, and each plant had a soft foam covering on the soil secured by two rubber bands. Now, having ordered from Bluestone and Santa Rosa as well, I can't say that all of the HCG plants are like what you get from Bluestone or Santa Rosa, but they are alive, rooted, and several are a good size for their container. Plus a HCG grows a number of fussier, slower growing species than the other two companies grow, so I don't expect them all to be bursting out of their pots as is often the case with the usually quite vigorous species grown by the other two companies. I was really pleased with the Solidago sp Witchita Mtns, something I've been looking for for a while. The Phlox pilosa ssp sangamonensis, a rare variant, was also a very well developed plant. HCG also sent a 10 dollar coupon with the order for future use, a nice gesture. If I saw something else I wanted in the future, I would certainly order again without worry.
|On Jun 21, 2010, zone4guy wrote:
I recently received 18 plants from High Country Gardens and cannot find appropriate adjectives to describe my disappointment. unfortunately, I did not know of this site nor the 25 other negative reviews of High Country posted here before ordering from them. Had I known, I would not have purchased from them.
On Jun 21, 2010, High Country Gardens responded with:
"On Jun 21, 2010 1:13 PM, High Country Gardens responded with:
High Country Gardens strives to provide the best plants, products and service. We understand your concerns and have shared this with our shipping department for training purposes. If you have not already contacted customer service please do so we may process a claim for you.
On Jun 24, 2010 1:43 PM, High Country Gardens added:
We want to be sure all of our customers are 100% happy with our plants and customer service. Please contact us so we can work together to find a solution.
|On Jun 18, 2010, ginnysue falcon colorado
United States wrote:
This is the fourth order I've received from High Country Gardens over a period of 12 years.Only one plant has arrived damaged, and that was an Agastache and is known to be fragile. I am very happy with the product and the service.They sell plants that are very difficult to find, and provide great quality for the price.Thank you very much.
|On Jun 18, 2010, psychloman Brooklyn, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
On May 25, 2010 I placed an order with HighCountry Gardens in response to an e mail advertising a big sale.I have ordered from this company in the past and have been very satisfied so I did not hesitate to order from them again. I ordered one Lilium pardalinum, one Lilium philadelphicum, one Nierembergia gracilis and one pelargonium Endlicherianum . I opened the box upon arrival and was surprised and disappointed to see the condition of the plants. Both lilies were broken and the pelargonium was leafless , the nierembergia was okay. As of today all of the plants except for the nierembergia seem to have died. lastly all the labels had fallen out of the pots and I have been unable to tell both lilies apart. All in all horrible packaging.I was not going to bother contacting the company until I saw all the similr negative comments at the garden watch dog. I wonder what has gone wrong with what was always a reputable nursery?
On Jun 18, 2010, High Country Gardens responded with:
"On Jun 21, 2010 9:43 AM, High Country Gardens responded with:
Thank you for your feedback. These conditions described are not the norm for HCG. I have passed this on to our shipping supervisors. If you have not yet contacted us please do so that we may process a claim for you.
|On Jun 18, 2010, Suzegirl Silsbee, TX wrote:
The 3 Agapanthus white plants arrived in great condition with good roots. I will order again from High Country Gardens. Thanks for having these beautiful white Lily of the Nile plants. Suzegirl1@hotmail.com
|On Jun 16, 2010, garyswyfe Martinez, CA wrote:
I've ordered from High Country Gardens several times in the past few years and have never been disappointed. Their selection is incredible and their prices seem reasonable. Plants are packaged securely for travel and arrive ready to go into the ground. The plants always seem to do well immediately. . Excellent company!
|On Jun 10, 2010, LValadez Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
I am very disapointed in the plant that was shipped and the way it was packaged. I did not pay a reduced end of season price to suggest a less than healthy plant. Stems were broken and a lot of leafs were dryed / burnt. With the cost of the plant and shipping as much as the plant I would not expect to receive a plant in this poor condition. So they should expect poor feedback. I should not have to call to express my disapointment. When they put that plant in the box they knew. It did not happen during shipping!
On Jun 10, 2010, High Country Gardens responded with:
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|On Jun 10, 2010, kczsweetie central, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
Ordered 3 different Agastache and 2 butterfly weed this year, first time. Everything was delivered when I had requested, packaged well, and in good shape. Butterfly weeds were healthy but small, and one ended up dying (but customer service was great about replacing it). All Agastache were 6-7" tall with good branching growth and healthy roots. 'Rosita' took off very quickly and is currently the fullest of the three, and already blooming. Both 'Ava' and 'Orange Flare' are doing well, and catching up in the recent week. Even with all the rain we've had over the last month, I've been pleasantly surprised by how the plants have dealt with the wet soil and their overall health.
|On Jun 3, 2010, scadv York Springs, PA wrote:
I live in the mid-Atlantic region on the East Coast, and was initially very hesitant to order from a company in New Mexico. This is the 2nd year I've ordered from them, as I have been very pleasantly surprised by the selections, plant durability, and customer service! The information in their catalog is also quite helpful and accurate. Additionally, I recommend their liquid plant starter and seaweed additive to get your plants off to a good start.
|On May 31, 2010, sharee1 Salt Lake City, UT wrote:
I have enjoyed pretty much everything I have purchased from High Country Gardens. I am re-doing my front lawn with a grass that needs less water and doesn't grow very long (Bella Blue Grass). I received the plugs at the end of April, but don't even have it all planted yet (and I just ordered another flat as I don't have quite enough). May is the rainiest month of the year here and there have been more days that I couldn't work in the yard than that I could (we even had several days of snow, including last Monday, May 24). By the time I got a lot of these plugs planted, they looked totally dead. However, even the ones that were just planted a few days ago are starting to send up green shoots. My only disappointment is the grass seed I ordered along with wildflower seeds to put a meadow in the back yard around my peach tree. I ordered this by phone as I had some questions and the woman I spoke with encouraged me to heve the seed shipped right away and get the it planted as soon as possible. However, I could not kill the weeds/grass that were already there or get the area tilled until we had enough dry weather to keep the tiller from clogging. You can't till in the snow. So the grass did not get planted until earlier this month and nothing seems to be coming up. I followed the directions that came with the seed, but it is not easy to find a nice day that is not also windy, which is one of the reasons (other than snow and rain) that it took me so long to get the seed planted. I didn't want it to just blow away. If I don't see any sign of the grass growning in the next week or so, I may request a replacement of that seed and maybe replant in the fall. I have also purchased a lot of cacti for two cactus gardens I have--one in my back yard and a new one I am starting in my front yard. Hardy cacti are difficult to find locally. Even a shop near me called Cactus & Tropicals has very few that are hardy to this area, mainly hens & chicks and prickly pear. So I am happy to have been able to order these from High Country Gardens. I bought some last year and recently purchased quite a few more. The plants are small and cacti seem to take a long time to grow, but I'm sure they will eventually. I plan to visit High Country Gardens when I am in Santa Fe at the end of July. I am a satisfied customer.
|On May 28, 2010, YvonneMal Waymart, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:
Posted on May 21, 2010, updated May 28, 2010
On May 21st, 2010, YvonneMal added the following:
Victoria (excuse my disappointment which has so clouded my head from I opened that box). , I am not holding your hand to send a replacement so I don't know why I have to call and why you need my allowance to sendd it when I just made the order and you have my address in your system. I will take a photo of the thing tomorrow and send it to you also.
On May 21st, 2010, YvonneMal added the following:
I don't relish having to leave a negative. Nor do I relish the thought of calling when I placed my order with a company that I expected to come through on its plants. I sent the email w/photos of the grass in its pot. Keep in mind that I just got it this afternoon.
On May 28th, 2010, YvonneMal changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
Replacement received. Clearly as a top 5 company... sliding sickly plants into customers' orders is poor company standard.
On May 28, 2010, High Country Gardens responded with:
"On May 21, 2010 2:52 PM, High Country Gardens responded with:
Thank you for the report on the plant shipment. We strive to grow and ship the best plants in the business. Please allow us send a replacement, which of course, is free. Call or e-mail directly so I can personally handle the replacement order.
On May 21, 2010 4:22 PM, High Country Gardens added:
I request that customers contact me so I can obtain the order information since that is not usually included on the comments. I have now searched are system and was able to locate your account by your user name. You do not need to contact me, I have set a replacement to ship to you next week. Feel free to send a photo if you would like.
|On May 24, 2010, lanzmateo Santa Barbara, CA wrote:
I was sent six Serbian Yarrow plants with root systems that were basically nonexistant. I transplanted them immediately and two died within 12 hours; four were dead after 36 hours.
|On May 23, 2010, NebraskaPlants Omaha, NE wrote:
I have ordered from HCG several years. I have their poppy mallow, plumbago, prairie smoke, and butterfly milkweed. All except the milkweed are doing very well. The plants arrive in great condition and take right off. They winter over great with no help from me. I just ordered more plumbago and wish I could buy everything in the catalog.
|On May 20, 2010, miles33 Deer Lodge, MT wrote:
By far the best looking, largest and best maintained plants I have received, and they allowed me to choose my shipping date...the other companies I bought plants from (except Bluestone Perennials, my other favorite) shipped in April and many of their plants are not going to make it; Montana's planting date is post-Memorial Day. Their cost is well worth it, even to those of us with limited means.
|On May 18, 2010, grakay Palm Coast, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
I ordered some plants from High Country Gardens yesterday and today some of those plants went on sale.
|On May 17, 2010, june119 Lansing, NY wrote:
Maureen took the time to find the name of a cactus I described. She e-mailed me as soon as she had the information. I really appreciated her thoughtfulness.
|On May 14, 2010, plantgnome1 nowhere land, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:
i have ordered numerous plants from High Country and other than 1 or 2 which did not survive (which were promptly replaced free of charge) I have had great luck with their plants. Their irises bloomed this year-are the most gorgeous immortality irises I have ever seen. They are a bit high on shipping charges, but all the companies seem to have increased their shipping charges recently. No companies have reasonable shipping charges anymore. I purchase from HCG because they carry plants I can't find locally, So I pay the shipping. I will continue to purchase from them. Their customer service is also very good and are prompt with answering email questions as opposed to others which never bother to answer.
|On May 10, 2010, mctinsley Woodland Hills, CA wrote:
My plants were very health when they arrived. I questioned wheather I recieved one wrong plant so I took a picture and sent it to customer service. They responded right away with a discription of what the plant I ordered should look like. It matched exactly what I recieved. Great plants, great customer service, will order more plants in the future from this company.
|On May 10, 2010, leejw47 Raleigh, NC wrote:
These folks are from New Mexico. They have a beautiful catalog with a large assortment of drought resistant plants which interest me. And they have items that are of interest to us gardeners in other parts of the country. (They're good about noting which are appropriate for what parts).Their delivery was very fast, the plants I received were healthy and robust. And their customer service very promptly answered an e-mail I sent them about the use of the plants I ordered from them. All in all, a VERY satisfactory experience.
|On May 3, 2010, agaveannie El Paso, TX wrote:
High Country Gardens is the best plant supplier I have done business with on the internet. Plants always arrive in good condition and they respond quickly to email questions. I recommend this company without reservation.
|On May 1, 2010, DarwinGardener Bismarck, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:
It's been a few years since I have ordered from HCG but I again placed a small order this spring. The plants were carefully packed and arrived with no damage; they were healthy and well-rooted. Packaging is a huge issue for me because our local "brown delivery people" inevitably leave boxes upside down in the sun.....
|On May 1, 2010, nanettelg Cloudcroft, NM wrote:
I've ordered several times from High Country Gardens and always receive very healthy plants and wonderful fertilizers.
|On May 1, 2010, dbintz Salt Lake City, UT wrote:
I purchased quite a few plants this year. I had them shipped the first part of March. The weather would not allow me to plant them outside for awhile, it was to wet and snowy. So I had to grow them in a window. All the plants did really well, but three. I filled out a claim form from High Country Gardens and e-mailed it in. I recieved an immediate response that those plants would be replaced and when to expect them. They followed through! The replacements are beautiful.
|On Apr 30, 2010, SwimmingJewel Southold, NY (Zone 7b) wrote:
High Country Gardens is one of the best places to buy rare and unusual plants and natives.
|On Apr 28, 2010, organic_kitten West Blocton, AL wrote:
I receive plants that were healthy, very well packed, and sent in a timely manner. I will order from them again
|On Apr 23, 2010, mondon Kalamazoo, MI wrote:
I have just received my first order from HCG. I was pleased with the packing and the plants. I will look forward to the blooming of the Salvias and Agastache "Ava" which I bought. I have 4 more orders to come. This is a new garden plot as I have moved from SE Michigan to SW Michigan.
|On Apr 22, 2010, MartBright Centre Hall, PA wrote:
Posted on January 15, 2009, updated April 22, 2010
On April 22nd, 2010, MartBright added the following:
Just want to add that despite claims that many plants are rabbit-proof my experience is NOT. I talked to them about this and they acknowledged that yes, if the bunnies are hungry enough they'll eat a lot of the plants advertised as rabbit-proof. I think they should change the copy in their catalog to reflect this fact. After all, I don't live in the desert where there's literally nothing else to eat. I live on the east coast.
On Apr 22, 2010, High Country Gardens responded with:
"On Apr 22, 2010 2:00 PM, High Country Gardens responded with:
We are sorry for this misunderstanding. We offer many plants that are rabbit 'Resistant', not rabbit "Proof". All deer or rabbit resistant plants need to become established before they either emit an odor or taste that critters find unappealing. We recommend protecting young plants until they can build up their resistance.
|On Apr 22, 2010, mocatmom Driftwood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
I order most of my plants online since I'm not interested in many of the varieties available for retail sale locally. Because of this, I expect smaller plants at a higher cost, but I really appreciate the variety and vigor of many of the plants available via mail.
|On Apr 20, 2010, lupin27 Provo, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:
I am a repeat customer and will continue to be so. Their plants always arrive timely and in great shape.
|On Apr 20, 2010, viperdoc Pocatello, ID wrote:
Being new to gardening in the West I was relieved to find a company that provided plants that grow in my climate (Zone 5). The plants are beautiful and performed as advertised. Their shipment was packed well and arrived on the day promised. I had a few plants that needed replacement and this was done promptly and without "haggling". Great company!
|On Apr 17, 2010, rickclk San Jose, CA wrote:
I really wanted to like this company but I didn't. I think what it really comes down to is by the time you buy the plants and pay shipping it averages to more than you have to pay locally.
On Apr 17, 2010, High Country Gardens responded with:
"On Apr 20, 2010 11:52 AM, High Country Gardens responded with:
We are sorry for the experience you had with your plant shipment. Our plants are nurtured by hand in our greenhouse to be hardy, beautiful and long lasting. In addition we have a plant guarantee so if you are not 100% satisfied, we will do everything we can to make things right. Please call us to discuss how we can assist in both your satisfaction and your spring gardening.