IMO Diane's Flower Seeds definitely is deserving of the Top 5 Award. Great selection of seeds, excellent communication, lightning-fast delivery AND packaged in a bubble envelope to prevent crushing. Well-done, Diane!
On Jul 28, 2014, floria Athens, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I have been ordering from Dianeís Flower Seeds for 6 years at least and I was always happy with her seeds. Whenever I followed her germination instructions, I had excellent germination rates. She has many unusual plant seeds, particularly heirloom (one example: her sweet peas). Shipping is faster than any other seed company I dealt with. I will definitely go on ordering from this company.
On Mar 27, 2014, LooneyLinda Mantua, UT (Zone 4b) wrote:
Posted on September 6, 2013, updated March 27, 2014
Posted on January 28, 2011, updated September 6, 2013
Posted on January 27, 2007, updated January 28, 2011
I'd like to add another positive for Diane's. Last year was my first order and everything grew very well. This year she has added a lot more tomatoes so I placed an even larger order. I can't wait to see how they turn out.
On January 28th, 2011, LooneyLinda added the following:
Diane has added several more good tomatoes this year. I appreciate her descriptions and prompt shipping.
I have also ordered flower seeds which have produced very well.
On September 6th, 2013, LooneyLinda added the following:
Great germination and wonderful tomatoes. Brown sugar is a real winner. Exactly as described - brown and sweet. Will order again from Diane. On March 27th, 2014, LooneyLinda added the following:
Great selection, packaging and prompt shipping. I have always had great germination rates with Diane's seeds.
On Mar 3, 2014, ganesha St. Catharines Canada wrote:
This is our first year ordering from Diane's Flowers (Canada), we placed 2 good size orders and both came promptly. Everything was well packed, labeled and the seed count was great for the price.
When queried about the first order placed she replied immediately.
Terrific selection of seed, good prices and lots of information as well as very reasonable shipping costs.
Once we plant I can comment on germination but looking at the previous posts I am sure it will be good.
Ms. Linsley offers a high quality product with very high germination rates and great service. She has always answered my questions via e-mail in a timely and professional manner. As my small biz is growing here in NC, I'm moving more towards larger wholesale sites, but will always appreciate her offerings and patience as a novice not that many years ago. Cheers
I found Diane's Flower Seeds on Davesgarden, I was looking specifically for foxtail lily seeds, and found them here. Website is easy to navigate. Seeds arrived in the mail quickly, I'll definitely order again. Recommend.
Several years ago I was offered credit for seeds in exchange for permission to use some of my photos posted at DG and I eagerly accepted. It was a wonderful opportunity to try varieties of vegetables I may never have even heard of otherwise. Being as I have a small yard, I could not use all the seeds at once. I planted the last of them this year and still had a very good germination rate. For the next gardening season I will return as a paying customer. Thanks again for providing these wonderful heirloom seeds!!!
In 2012 I ordered tomato seeds from Diane. Had nearly 100% germination and all were "true to variety".
In 2013 I have now ordered more tomato seeds for next spring. Just completed my order for 28 different Perennial seed packs. I think that should speak for itself as to how I feel about this company.
Fantastic selection, good prices, excellent communication. She seems like a very nice person AND she gives you a free seed packet with your order. What's not to like about that? I've ordered from her a couple of times now and even though I have no comment yet about germination rates, everything else is amazing. Plus she has varieties that you can not find anywhere else.
On Jan 3, 2013, Garden_Sass Central, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
I've just placed another order with Diane's Flower Seeds. The selection is great, especially if you're looking for something a little hard to find or a new (to you) variety to try. The tomato selection is one of my favorites. I appreciate her insightful articles and comments on successful seed starting and saving.
Personally, I look for independent businesses to support and hope you'll give Diane a try.
On Mar 6, 2012, rainbowrose East Brainerd, TN wrote:
I ordered a variety of tomato seeds and vegetable seeds from Diane and then quickly followed up with a second order for flower seeds to start early indoors. The tomato seeds had great germination rates, this is my second year growing tomatoes and these are great if not better than the store-bought seeds that I used last year. Also, I am over the moon about all of the heirloom varieties that she had to offer, we are a tomato loving household here. The flower seeds are germinating great as well and growing happily! My home office is the only sunny window I have and all of the little plant babies are healthy and happy and I can't wait to see what my garden will look like this year. Thank you Diane! Plus, she has great articles if you have trouble deciding which of the hundreds and hundreds of tomatoes to try or what type of flower you want in your garden. I don't have a green thumb, and I am growing my beneficial bug, hummingbird, butterfly attracting flowers and some fragrant varieties too and feel like I have 2 green hands. Shipping was super fast on both orders and Diane graciously gave me an extra pack of flower seeds on both orders. I appreciated the fast shipping since I wanted to start within the 8 week mark for starting seeds indoors before the frost date and Diane easily accommodated for my procrastination. Plus, I am planning on trying out her secret recipe that she uses on her roses this summer as well. You can't go wrong buying from Diane's Seeds
I ordered from Diane's Seeds for the first time a few months ago and was very pleased with my order. The seed packets had a good amount of seeds in each, shipping was fast, and the seeds I purchased have germinated well. Will buy from Diane's again.
On Feb 22, 2012, chickenlady1 Tallahassee, FL wrote:
I am very impressed with Diane's selection of tomatos that I had not found at other places. I was drooling before I could check out! I do recommend you visit her store if for no other reason that to look at the beautiful tomato pictures.
On Feb 20, 2012, hillfarm Quesnel, BC (Zone 4a) wrote:
My second year ordering from Diane's. As in 2011, lightning fast service from the USA to Canada, generous packet quantities & excellent germination of all I've planted so far. (Waiting on the tomatoes till a bit closer to spring.)
I definitely recommend Diane's as a seed source
On Dec 12, 2011, tammi_darren Evensville, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:
Diane has a very well done website that is very informative, with lots of useful information for anyone looking to start their gardens from seed. Also very professional in the manner in which questions are answered, with timely replies to questions if needed. I would recommend this company to anyone looking for a good, honest, sincere company to get their seeds from.
On Sep 14, 2011, rnation Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on February 28, 2011, updated September 14, 2011
Can't remember how I found Diane's site but sure glad I did. I order hard to find Glassine Seed envelopes which are always in stock and at a great value. Couldn't ask for better service.
On September 14th, 2011, rnation added the following:
I've placed two orders with Diane's since my last post and have experienced the same great service each time. Thank you...
On Sep 14, 2011, ladyschweig Culpeper, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on February 4, 2011, updated September 14, 2011
My order shipped the day I placed it. A free seed packet of a wonderful variety was sent with my order. The seeds look so wonderful I just pray I do a good job with them. I may make another order real soon.
On September 14th, 2011, ladyschweig added the following:
I attempted winter-sowing my seeds and I had great luck with Diane's Seeds. I cannot wait to place my order for 2012 sowing. Last night I was weeding, awash in the smell of root beer from my gratis packet of agastache rupestris. I hated weeding, but I loved smelling my free plants!
Posted on March 28, 2009, updated September 5, 2011
Overall the service is excellent. Quick shipping and she sends more seeds for a lower price than anyone else.
My only gripe is I ordered daylily seeds and after I received them she included a note saying I'd be lucky to get one to germinate. This should be told upfront rather than after you paid for the seeds. It's no big deal though. I just wanted to mention it so others could know in advance.
On September 5th, 2011, echinaceamaniac added the following:
This is probably my favorite place to order seeds. I have actually been shocked to find the seeds arrive so quickly! On Sep 5, 2011, Diane's Flower Seeds responded with:
I appreciate your posting a positive comment about my seed business. But I think you misunderstood the daylily seed starting information that I included with the order. Here's exactly what the instructions say, "Growing daylilies from seed is challenging. If you end up with one plant from a packet of seeds, you are doing well. If you don't get any, you may want to consider buying plants." I didn't realize that this statement could be interpreted in a negative way. I'll remove it from the instructions in the future.
What I meant to say is that daylily seeds are more challenging to start than the average perennial. Not only do they require pre-soaking and chilling, but the moisture level of the soil needs to be monitored daily. If they dry out, even once, the seeds might fail to germinate. My customers have had a wide range of experiences with starting daylily seeds. Some people consistently get 100% germination, while others get nothing. I don't want beginner gardeners to be too disappointed if they have poor germination rates, but understand that it's just because daylily seeds are tricky. For those who get good germination rates, I want to congratulate them on their success.
Posted on February 28, 2011, updated August 9, 2011
I LOVE this company! Diane's communication was friendly and helpful. I tend to be partial to heirloom seeds as opposed to hybrids so her selection was wonderful. I ordered about twenty-five different kinds of flower seeds and she thoughtfully included a free packet of snapdragon seeds. From Utah to Indiana, the shipping took two days! I will definitely order from this company again. I know that my seeds will flourish because Diane tests her seed every year. For gardeners of all levels of experience, I highly recommend her "Articles". They are extremely informative. The seeds come carefully packaged in small ziplock bags with the instructions typed onto a label which was stuck on the bags. Overall, I was extremely impressed.
On August 9th, 2011, 1997 added the following:
Well, I grew my seeds from this company this year and I am amazed! They were started without any problem and are making my garden beautiful. There is nothing else I can say. I haven't experienced better germination ANYWHERE!!!!!! I am so impressed. Thanks soooo much!
On Jul 26, 2011, brandie21 Tucson, AZ (Zone 8a) wrote:
Posted on February 28, 2011, updated July 26, 2011
Posted on October 4, 2010, updated February 28, 2011
Posted on June 22, 2007, updated October 4, 2010
I have ordered numerous times from Diane's and everytime I am surprised by how fast my stuff arrives. I have never had any problems with any of my orders and I always get a surprise pack of seeds.I will continue ordering from Diane's as long as she is selling seeds.
On July 5th, 2007, brandie21 added the following:
I just wanted everyone to know that I placed another order from Diane on June 29th and I received my order on July 2nd.
Diane's service is wonderful and if she says it will ship right away it will.
I have also ordered from her before and the seeds I order are always quick to germinate. I don't think I've had one not grow yet and I've ordered a lot from her.
I can tell you that if you order from Diane's once you will never order from anyone else again. Wonderful service.On March 24th, 2009, brandie21 added the following:
I have received yet another order from Diane's, at least she is the one company you can count on for getting your order quickly and right away, I wish everyone else was so efficient.
I will continue to order from her in the future.On October 4th, 2010, brandie21 added the following:
I continue to order from Diane, she always ships quickly and my order is always correct. As to the germination rates, I have never had a problem with the seeds I get from Diane. They are probably higher than from any other company I order from.On February 28th, 2011, brandie21 added the following:
I received another order from Diane, again everything was correct and I received a free pack of seeds. Shipping was super quick. Still a very satisfied customer.On July 26th, 2011, brandie21 added the following:
After many happy purchases from Diane over the years I must says that I have had the best germination results from her seeds by far. I have always been very satisfied with her seeds, service and policies. I think that if customers expect these seed companies to offer 100% guarantees on seed purchases then the companies should require the customer to be 100% idiot proof. There are so many variables when growing seeds that are dependant on the customer that it would be very hard to prove it was the seeds themselves.
On Jul 11, 2011, gdionelli Huntington, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:
Posted on February 10, 2006, updated July 11, 2011
Wow! Ordered Monday night, had my seeds Friday afternoon (from Utah to West Virginia.) Seeds are in great shape, well packed. Interesting varieties. And nice bonus free seeds. She takes PayPal also -- always a plus. I'll be back!
On October 28th, 2006, gdionelli added the following:
Another great experience from Diane's. Quick acknowledgment of my order and fast shipping. Seeds were well packaged.
Last year's seeds from Diane had great germination rates. Agastache "Golden Jubilee" bloomed profusely the first year.
Thanks, Diane!On July 11th, 2011, gdionelli added the following:
I didn't order this year from Diane - I'm running out of room in my garden! But I just wanted to say that all my dealings with her have been lovely, and I look around in my garden and see many beauties in bloom that were started with her excellent seed.
On Jun 27, 2011, Michael_Ronayne Nutley, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:
In early July 2010 I ordered Dianthus amurensis 'Siberian Blues' which germinated immediately and began to grow in a large pot. In mid August I went on vacation and neglected to make arrangements to have my garden watered. When I arrived home the D. amurensis appeared quite dead and dehydrated from the summer heat and no rain. After that wakeup call, I watered my garden each day and hoped for the best. A few weeks later I was rewarded with green shoots in the D. amurensis pot. Not being sure if these were D. amurensis or Dianthus from another pot which had scattered seeds, I cared for seedlings and hoped for the best. The winter came and I moved the pots to a sheltered location where they were covered 3 to 4 feet of snow for most of the winter.
The D. amurensis did well during winter and it even appeared to grow a little under the snow. With the return of spring the D. amurensis started to grow seriously. Two weeks ago I was rewarded with my first blue-pink flowers from this cultivar. This D. amurensis is interesting because the base of the stems are the reddish-brown color found in many Dianthus. In one plant over half the plantís stem is reddish-brown in color. I transplanted this D. amurensis to its own pot where I plan to propagate it via layering. In another D. amurensis cultivar, from a different source, all the stems are green. So I now have two cultivar of D. amurensis to play with. The flower colors appear to be identical.
Dianís Seeds are fantastic and I canít be more pleased.
On May 20, 2011, Eplebnista Millersville MD United States wrote:
I have ordered from Diane's several times. All of my experiences have been positive. I did experience very low germination rates on a Cosmos mix (which surprised me as I usually end up with a surplus of Cosmos), but overall I have done very well with Diane's seeds. Service is good, shipping is fast and shipping costs are reasonable.
Very impressed with attentiveness to service - we have an address that does not compute - 800 feet east of state road 25 - 250 feet north lakeside - this is a farm - so we use PO Box - they got the shipping information right the first time - Next the order placed on Monday arrived on Wednesday -
Impressed with the look of the seeds which came in clear zip look bags which I think is a great idea.
I placed my order on 4/2 and received my seeds on 4/7 - great shipping time. The seeds were sent in plastic zip bags and the smaller seeded varieties in glassine envelopes enclosed in plastic zip bags.
The seed counts were accurate and looked very clean and fresh. I can see the difference in feverfew seeds - these looked full and not so fly away versus the seeds I bought from Artistic Gardens (Le Jardin du Gourmet); which never did sprout.
I can't wait to get the Ooh lala peony poppies set in the ground. Very happy customer so far. :)
Good selection, very reasonable prices and shipping costs, plus the owner seems environmentally concerned and responsible. Good service and good results. If I ran a company this is what I would want it to be like.
I've been ordering from her for several years. She always has beautiful, unusual seeds and they germinate well. She is really one of my favorites. I bought several from her again this year and I have been very pleased.