On May 25, 2011, flowersrule Palmerton, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:
I really would like to give them a Positive rating, but since I'm a little disappointed with my plants, I cannot.
I bought annual flower plants. On the positive side, the two trays of impatiens arrived looking great and are growing well. The Coralberry Punch Superbells were of a great size and healthy.
Also on the positive side was how well their customer service responded to my questions and my add-on's to my order.
The not-so-positive. A tray of Zahara Zinnias arrived very dry, dumped out of their tray and looking poorly. I have no idea how that could have happened since they were the only plants it happened to. We have less than half of them left, and not one plant looks great. Hopefully that will change.
The Goldalia Scarlet (3) were very small and not healthy looking. I have thrown one in the garbage so far and still hoping the other two will actually start looking better and grow.
So why not contact them ? I did. I called about the zinnias, but unfortunately I could not send the required photos, so I did not even bother to call about the dahlia's. I have very rarely had any kind of problems with mail order plants, but when I did, I did not have to send proof.
I will probably again in the future, but will be more careful about what I do buy. Wish I would have just bought a bunch of Supertunias !!!!
I have placed several orders with Garden Crossing both last year and this. Yes, their prices are high. But you absolutely get what you pay for- LARGE- sized HEALTHY plants, packaged perfectly,
and prompt attention to order. You are also notified when the plants ship-important to know in the summer! All in all, an excellent experience. In addition, they have a wide variety of plants, with many unusual varieties. Last year's plants are thriving and the one's I recently planted are doing well too. We have choices as to where we spend our money, and Garden Crossings is a wonderful company to deal with.
Posted on October 8, 2010, updated May 19, 2011
Posted on May 1, 2009, updated October 8, 2010
I was thrilled yesterday when my Garden Crossings order arrived. This company is using the most fantastic packing box system so the plants arrived in perfect A-1 condition. Were easily unpackaged in a clean manner.
I have been so upset with the condition of arrivals from other online companies and this was a most welcome surprise.The plants were large, full and green !!
On October 8th, 2010, stormcloud added the following:
Over the years I hav purchased from most all of the online gardening centers. I only occasionally order from American Meadows due to their rather high prices.
This morning I opened to different orders, from 2 separate places, and now understand their high prices.
Buddliea,Dicentra, and Oso Easy Rosa...Just PERFECT.
extremely well packaged with care and 4 beautiful ,full healthy looking plants !! Super !
As for the other place...thumbs down !On May 19th, 2011, stormcloud added the following:
I recieved my latest order today. Fabulous.
not planted as yet but they all looked wonderful and healthy.
Surely a far cry from the little seedlings many other online nurseries are sending.
Little problem is that in a tray of annual celosi plants one of the 6 packs only had 5 plants and the 6th empty.
Packaging is extremely safe foir the plants. No popcorn to run around collecting as you unpack. Excellent...I am very pleased with this order.
Posted on April 22, 2011, updated May 18, 2011
Undoubtedly the healthiest, largest, most well-rooted plants of any mail order nursery, and I've tried quite a few. Outstanding communication, perfect packaging (almost excessively so), and shipping dates always met.
I just received 3 clematis from GC and 3 from a competitor who touts clematis as one of their specialties. GC plants are larger, healthier, and cheaper!!
Pricing for GC is on the steep side (though obviously there are exceptions). Particularly pricey on annuals. If another highly rated nursery has the same plant for significantly less, I'll order from the competitor. For special plants that I really want, GC is tough to beat, though.
Finally, don't expect to see a lot of hard-to-find genera or varieties. GC sells popular stuff and new releases. But if they've got what you want, you can count on them every step of the way, every time. Their quality and consistency are hard to beat.
On May 18th, 2011, Get_growing added the following:
Should have mentioned that I've placed and received 4 orders with GC over the last year. Fantastic experience every time.
I recently ordered numerous perennials and they were shipped very quickly and were safely packed and in great shape when they arrived. Good sized plants and very healthy in appearance. The prices seemed good in comparison to several other companies from which I did some comparison shopping. One thing I was unhappy about was that two boxes shipped separately from the main shipment, which was fine, but these boxes were obviously mishandled and traveled on their sides so that when I opened them, the soil was all over the place and the plants were lose in their pots. They were also growing sideways, so they must have been this way for several days. The boxes are clearly marked as living plants with several arrows and "This Way Up" indicators, so this was the fault of Fed Ex, not Garden Crossings, just an FYI. Will see how they do now that they are planted.
Posted on May 6, 2010, updated May 13, 2011
I ordered a clematis and a lilac from this company. The plants arrived very well packed and were beautiful - very full. They looked like I picked them up from a local nursery. I am very pleased!
On May 13th, 2011, tpeterson added the following:
I just received my newest shipment from Garden Crossings - a clematis and a heuchera - both amazingly full and beautiful!!! I am never disappointed by this company - I highly recommend ordering from them.
The small plants I received were well packaged but uprooted during shipping due to an immature root system. Garden Crossings had become aware of problems with this plant this year after my order had shipped and had taken them out of their catalog till they grew them out a bit. The company has offered a full refund.
It seems counterintuitive to give a "positive" rating to an unsatisfactory transaction yet the manner in which Garden Crossing handled the situation left a "positve" taste in my mouth.
On May 9, 2011, SongsofJoy New Hampshire, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:
I've placed several orders and I've been happy with all of them. The packaging is great and plants arrive looking healthy; all have thrived in my garden. I do think the prices are too high. I usually only order things from GC that I can't easily find elsewhere. I also wish they didn't chop off the tops of some perennials. I ordered irises this spring and the tops were all chopped off, including a few flower scapes). I doubt they will bloom this year. All considering, the postives outweigh the minor complaints.
This was my first order from this company. I ordered hostas and echinaceas. They arrived in beautiful condition, very well packed, large healthy plants with good root systems and lots of soil. They looked like they had just been taken from the nursery--really beautiful! I won't hesitate to use this company again.
Ordered a dozen angelonia (annual flowers) from GC as my 1st order. Was amazed when I received them. They were in 5" pots with at least 4 stems per pot, all 6" high or higher. They were green and very healthy looking: no wilting or broken stems. ALL of the dirt was still in the pots. Received them just about 1 week before they should be planted, which gave me time to harden them off. While the price was no bargain basement deal, I have paid as much for these at local nursery centers and only gotten half as many stems per pot. This shipment was the best I ever remember receiving, and I order a lot of plants thru the mail. Kudos to GC!
On May 1, 2011, LOVIE2 Boston, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:
I recieved my order of Rosemary Arp on 4/29/11. I was a bit surpised at how small they were for the price paid but they all look very healthy. The packaging could have been done better/neater as there was soil all over the place inside the box and the slots for each plant weren't all tabbed out to keep the plants from moving around. Never the less I'm leaving positive ratings because they look healthy and I recieved what I wanted.
I have started container gardening since moving to Maryland. I wanted King Tut Cyperus to be the "Thriller" in some of my pots. On this site there were 4 vendors shown to have this. I chose to use Garden Crossings. Once on the site, I ordered two of the King Tuts and some other plants. My plants arrived yesterday. They were beautifully packed, in execellent health and exceeded the sizes I expected. I will definitely order from them again.
On Jan 18, 2011, kbjanet2003 mid-Michigan, MI wrote:
My experience is with the plant-hunt itself. In searching for Scaevola aemula in the Garden Crossings LCC website I find it is not available, yet it is shown as available on the Dave's Garden Plant Scout. How Can this be? While trying to be efficient and using Dave's Garden I get sent on a wild goose chase.
Their plants are huge and screaming with health and vigor. I have not seen better packing than Garden Crossings'. Plants arrive with not a leaf out of place, nor a speck of soil disturbed. I am a big cheapskate and I always think their prices are steep UNTIL my plants arrive, then I'm delighted.
On Oct 14, 2010, enthusiast10 Great Neck, NY wrote:
I wish I had checked this link before ordering. I have ordered hundreds of bulbs from another company. I just ordered the Heuchera Osidian and the Heuchera Alabama Surprise from Garden Crossings. They did not have 2 other heucheras in stock. So I ordered them from this other company with a luscious catalogue and stunning website. The Heucheras from Garden Crossings were ten times the size AND cheaper than those from the other company. They arrived today (10/14) beautifully packed, glossy & healthy via Fedex, after ordering them on 10/9/10. I was shocked to see the other 2 inch high Heucheras from the other company. I doubt that they will survive the winter. I will post back with the results. I will definitely use Garden Crossings again for any unusual item that I can't find locally. Thanks.
On Sep 11, 2010, NGW Farmington Hills, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:
The plant I received was fraudulently small for the price extorted -- and in a huge box. A waste of my money and of a good portion of a perfectly good tree for the 3 foot tall cardboard box holding the six inch plant. From the reviews here, I gather that my experience was not typical or that there are a lot of inexperienced mail-order gardeners who have never ordered from a reputable mail order nursery and received that for which they paid. It's all relative.
I am doing this review about 6 weeks late. On July 15th, I received about 10 daylilies, which I had ordered only a few days before. I was thrilled with the size of the plants and how healthy they were. They were all packed extremely well , they sent tracking information and told me when they were shipped. Everything about Garden Crossings was outstanding...the plants, the packing, the communications. I had read about them here on Garden Watchdog, and am extremely pleased with this company!
Fantastic packing and very fast shipping! The 2 hydrangeas I ordered are full and obviously very healthy plants. I hadn't been able to find the type I was looking for locally, and I decided to order from Garden Crossings. I couldn't be happier and will add them to my favorite online plant purveyors!
On Jul 7, 2010, kentstar Ravenna, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
Posted on April 30, 2010, updated July 7, 2010
Posted on April 25, 2009, updated April 30, 2010
Well, I have to say.. I am impressed by the size, health, and vigor of the plants I have bought at Garden Crossings! This is my first time buying from them. I thought I would give them a try because they were on DW top 30. Boy, they can't be beat!
I bought a peach flambe heuchera, a Henryi clematis, and a Beauty of Worcester clematis. All three were boxed wonderfully. Shipped fast, even before I even knew they were shipped lol. All three were BIG, Strong, and healthy! Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou sooo much!
Do I have to say? Yes, I will be back.
On May 28th, 2009, kentstar added the following:
Garden Crossings does it again! Impressive! I ordered an Earnest Markham clematis from them. It was sent out yesterday and arrived today! Fast shipping. The plant was healthy and nice looking with excellent packaging. Not dried out at all. Great job! You know this company is the best one I've found yet. On August 18th, 2009, kentstar added the following:
Garden Crossings does it again! I ordered a late season Sweet Autumn clematis on Saturday and had it by Tuesday! Healthy, moist, and well packed.
They are one of the best places to order from period.
Of course, I will continue ordering from them. Way to go Garden Crossings!On April 30th, 2010, kentstar added the following:
Thankyou again! I ordered Bacopa and Supertunias and all came fast and were packaged excellently! Each were in their own little slot in the box, and all were nice and moist!
Just an update: My Beauty of Worcester, Henryi, Earnest Markham, and Sweet Autumn clemastises are doing awesome! The peach flambe heuchera looks great and came through winter untouched!
This is THE place to buy all your plants! Never had any problems period. On July 7th, 2010, kentstar added the following:
Ordered 3 myosotis (Forget-me-nots) on Monday and they came on Wednesday. Two days! Can't be beat! Thanks again!
I recently ordered from Garden Crossings. I spend $500-$600 worth of plants from them. The plants were not as big as I had expected but they were just pruned down to fit in a box. I was very pleased with this site. All of my plants came alive and they all looked great. Since I have recieved them most of the plants have been planted. Only the Lugwort and Lupine are not doing so good and I think that is my fault for not watering them enough. They are in the shade. The Lupine was damaged from strong winds aswell because it is bent. I think it will be fine though. The first year is just the growing year anyways. I am happy with my order and the rest of my plants are doing great. The Clematis, Grapes and Joe Pye Weed are even decent size. I know I can get bigger plants from a local nursery which is what I usually do but sometimes you have to go online to get a specific plant like Rose of Sharon and this sit has a big selection of perrenials and shrubs.
They even have a descent variaty of fruits and vegtebals. I would definantly order from this site before any other site. They even list how much of a product is left and even let you pick your own shipping date. They never ship on weekends. Best of all they have great reviews for a lot of plants and have helpfull staff if you send them a comment. They even have free shipping and handeling in June if you spend $100 worth of plants.
Now if you go to Wal-Mart you can get a nice plant for 5-8 bucks in June but they have a limited selection and usually it is what everyone else has. Hostas, Lilies and Hydrangeas which I don't care for. Garden Crossings has most plants around 16 bucks which is about what most mail sites charge which is more expensive but you get to pick from over 2,000 plants and some of these plants you won't find in a local nursery. This is much better than going to Wal-Mart.
I checked every site in the top 30 and this is the site I went with. I am glad I did. Thanks Garden Crossing.
I ordered raspberry and blueberry bushes. I received a prompt email confirmation, Fedex shipping number and in less than a week the plants arrived. Very well packed, vibrant green, very healthy looking. Very satisfying experience.
On Jun 7, 2010, stewardess Easton, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:
SUCH a positive experience! Generously sized plants arrived the week after Mother's Day, just as I had requested. Plants were well packaged and had travelled well: no signs of stress, well-hydrated, minimal travel scars. Ingenious packaging consisted primarily of cardboard, which is recyclable (yea!). Plants were so big and mature that many have since bloomed and are easily establishing themselves in my yard. I had a number of questions about various plants before I placed my order, and each of my emails was quickly and graciously answered by Heidi. So pleased and satisfied. Thank you!
I have been very pleased with my plants from Garden Crossings. Recently 3 oxalis died due to a delay in the package being delivered during a time of 90 degree plus temperatures. Garden Crossings allowed me to select three replacement plants and mailed them at no cost to me.
On Jun 3, 2010, pookerella Bellmore, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
Just the best! Beautiful, healthy plants, a very large inventory of the Proven WinnersŪ brand and speedy service with excellent packaging. I can't say enough about this nursery, especially after my run in with someone they drop ship for, and I encourage everyone to purchase directly from Garden Crossings! They are SUPERB!!!
On May 31, 2010, MaryNeedsSleep Morgantown, WV wrote:
I ordered several hellebores and received healthy plants that were larger than similar plants that I received from two other online nurseries. All seem to be doing well, and I will order from Garden Crossings again.
Awesome plant vendor! This is the 2nd year I've ordered from Garden Crossings and have not been disappointed yet. In fact they saved a flower bed design for this year. I purchased a veronica plant at a local nursery earlier in the season, then changed my layout requiring another of the same variety to flank a hybrid tea rose. Well, of course the local place was out of this variety, but not Garden Crossings. I let them know the size of my current plant, and they were able to almost match the one I had. It was a little smaller, but it would've been almost impossible to find an exact replica. So happy!
They are a bit expensive for plants and shipping, but you get your large size plants in a pot, no bare roots. This in itself is great when you're not sure when you can get them planted. Also the varieties they carry, that you cannot find at your local greenhouses, are wonderful. Will definitely be ordering from them many years in the future. Give them a try! :-)
On May 27, 2010, luvcamellias Little Neck, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
Bought two clematis recently. For 5.5 inch pots, they are small plants - one of them was about 3 inches tall. Not the size I expected for a highly rated nursery in Dave's Watchdog and for the plant size described in their website. I am giving it a neutral rating because, although small, they are alive.
My first order with Garden Crossings will definitely not be my last. My order of Becky Daisies was promptly shipped with Fedex Home Delivery, which I received on a Saturday. To my delight, the plants arrived lush and healthy with no signs of stress or damage. I would not hesitate to recommend this company.
On May 15, 2010, janerx Haubstadt, IN (Zone 6b) wrote:
This was my first order with Garden Crossings. I am so very pleased with the plants I received. They are vigorous and healthy, a nice size, came extremely well packed, and in a very timely manner. I will definitely be a repeat customer. Thank you so much!
I cannot say enough about the Quality of plants the extra attention to shipping ,Great quality of shipping carton,personal and PATIENT phone service by Heidi.I live in Alaska and had a short notice weather delay (Very well handled )I use mailorder companys every year and I am SO GLAD I chose GARDEN GROSSINGS.to try this year .I believe they have raised the bar ,many notches I would say ..My plants were superbly grown ,VERY well packaged and obviously well cared for.Keep in mind now I live in Alaska ,use mail order yearly.My plants traveled around a thousand miles ,I plant late in the season .Ihave NEVER seen a nicer plant VERY,VERY well done.MOST excellent,Top of the list NO question!!!!!!Thank you Garden Crossings.
On May 6, 2010, frahnzone5 Bensenville, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
All I can say is WOW. My plants arrived today and these are some of the largest I have ever received via mail order. They were beautifully packed and very healthy looking. This is my first time ordering from this company but it certainly will not be my last. Highly recommended.
Posted on May 6, 2010, updated May 6, 2010
I stumbled onto the website purely by accident. I spent weeks looking through their online catalog and imagining my dream garden. I really wanted to grow hydrangeas. I really wanted to grow the really big globe type.
I called Garden Crossings and the phone was answered by a human being! No automated answering system! I spoke with Heidi, who I later learned is one of the owners of Garden Crossings. She was not only knowledgeable but extremely helpful in building my dream garden. I learned that while the globe type hydrangeas will grow in my area, they require a lot of additional care, water, soil prep, etc. We have very low humudity and it gets very warm in the summer and downright cold in the winter. Heidi suggested the bracketed type, because they flower on new and old wood, will tolerate the heat and cold and are beautiful.
The garden I had been struggeling with for over 3 years was becoming a reality. It is on the north side of the house, with little sun. Heidi also made some recommendations for other plants that would work under those conditions.
When my order arrived, the plants were georgous! No scrawny little roots, or tiny little plugs. They were nursery quality, healthy, thriving plants. The garden has only been in the ground for a week, but the plants are all growing beautifully!
On May 6th, 2010, dparker added the following:
I forgot to add that when the plants arrived (12 in all) they were healthy, moist with no broken branches.
The plants were due to arrive the last week in April. Our weather had taken a warm turn, and I phoned Garden Crossings and asked if there were any way to ship my order sooner. I received my plants a week earlier than expected and they are in the ground thriving!