I live in zone 4 on a Sandy Loam (50% sand, 50% silt). I have a new construction area, that minimum needs soil holding erosion control (ground cover) - however, I am limited by a annual 16 inches of rainfall (with a dry spell sometime in the summer), and also limited by my well, which only pumps 1/2 gallon per minute. I will have to hand water the ground cover plants I acquired, thus the quantity of plants I put in, is limited to what I can hand water.
But I have grand plans, and while any future sedums I might acquire will also need to be occasionally hand watered - Hens and Chicks (more properly Sempervivums) will not require this supplemental water. I discovered North Hills Nursery.
At first I was overwhelmed by all the different varieties. How could I choose? And then I discovered North Hills Collections. I promptly ordered two 36 collections of Sempervivums.
What amazes me, and why I am writing, is I received a personally written email in response to my order:
"I got you two completely different 36 plant collections for a total of 71 different all individually labeled. I goofed on one and you got two 'Blue Boys'."
OMG, a personal hand written note from an Internet catalog! Unheard of in my experience. While I have no idea whether I will be able to keep 71 different varieties straight, but the mere fact that a human (John) at North Hills Nursery took the time and trouble to pick out 71 different varieties for me, and write me a personal note about it - motivates me.
I most certainly am thinking about how to keep all the varieties labeled, as well as design their display area (North Hills does have some layout designs for my ideas to springboard on).
For what was for me, a gamble on a unknown to me Internet Plant Sales - North Hills Nursery sure have impressed me!
yet another very satisfied customer! my order arrived right away, I loved the bonus sempervivum plants which were just as special and unique as the ones I had ordered. Lots and lots of choices.... I'll order again, I'm sure.
I ordered a hypertufa planter and mistakenly thought that the plant collection would be included. When the plants didn't come, I contacted John. He kindly explained via e-mail that I had misunderstood--and then, in the dead of winter, he dug up snow-covered sempervivums and sedums , and mailed them to me. FREE! I also sent quite a few e-mail questions about how to plant, and he patiently and courteously answered every single one. The man comes near to sainthood. When the plants arrived, they were in beautiful condition, with each species snuggled in its own brown bag. And so many! I have just finished planting them in the hypertufa container and have about six left over which I will have to put in another container. John is delightfully knowledgeable, and his service at North Hills Nursery unparalleled in my experience. I will definitely be a repeat customer. Sally in Florida
WOW!!! ordered on 12-30, email confirmation from owner same day, plants received on 3rd business day and in great shape. Not only that but exta babies and bonus plants, this guy really WANTS my business. Its obvious that John is not only great grower but enjoys his business as well, hope to stop and see their operation this spring. Mark
A++++ - All of the succulents were generous in size and included "babies". Quick delivery and the plants were carefully placed in small bags with plant tags. John "threw" in an extra group of succulents along with his personal note. In the past I have ordered from other sellers who ship small, single plants some of which were root-bound plugs. Thanks John, I will order from you in the future. Pam
I have just placed my third order with North Hills Nursery and am ecstatic over their fast shipping-healthy semps-large sized semps-and extreme friendliness in answering emails -one can tell just from the emails that this is truly a passion for John and his plants certainly reflect his extreme care and love of his business-will most definitely order more semps from them as they are out of some that I want to use in my landscaping-this company is definitely going to be my only source from now on for purchasing sempervivums-the packaging is awesome and the id stakes are truly a great help to me identifying the ones that are my favorites and that I want to order more of-the special for December was greatly appreciated,also-getting 2 for 1 price-keep up the good work --
My order just arrived. I couldn't be happier. Fast shipping, great packaging, great selection, healthy plants! The included name stakes are a great touch. I'll definately order from this company again and recommend it to my friends.
A+A+A+ I was extremely pleased with my order. It only took 3 days to receive it out here in California and all the plants look fine. I will definitley order from this company again. Everything was bagged seperately and labeled so nicely. That I really appreciate, as there are so many semps it's hard to figure out which is which some times.
PS. The bonus plants were extremely nice. Lots of chicks
The plants were so nice, I could not believe my eyes. They are big, healthy, colorful and much more than I expected! I actually gasped when I unwrapped some of the plants. Its so nice to get more than I'd hoped for when ordering on the internet. I ordered from the online catalog and recieved my package in only 3 days! Also, after ordering John and I had several nice email exchanges with helpful information. I would highly recommend them to everyone and I will certainly bookmark their site.
On Jul 10, 2006, Supergal16 Cranberry Twp, PA wrote:
My husband and I visited North Hills Nursery this weekend (July 2006) after finding a brochure at a local restaurant where we stopped on our way home from a trip. What a great experience!!! The owner spent over an hour with us showing us the hundreds of varieties of "hens and chicks" he carries and helping us make our selections. He provided us with a ton of useful information so that I am much more confident in my ability to keep my new plants alive and thriving!!! I am excited to get them into the ground and will definitely go back for more.
My wife, kids, and I just visited North Hills Nursery this July (2006). The owner has a great place and was very eager to show us around. I never thought there were so many types of semps. I found so many that I want and will definetly go back for more. I got a large bonus plant as well for visiting. His plants were of great size and many had numerous chicks. I really recommend black prince as one of your choices. If you get a chance to visit his place in person, you will NOT be disapointed.
I placed a small order on Tues. and received pkg. on Friday via priority mail. All plants were labeled and each was in separate bag. Very pretty. More than adequate amount of each plant for a good start. Best of all, I received several bonus plants. These were not just throaway, but extremely nice, labeled plants with lots of "chicks", and in colors that sort of complemented my selections, but did not duplicate them. I would definitely order from this site again.
On Mar 19, 2005, wvtreehugger Charleston, WV wrote:
I just got back from visiting the nursery, and I am very pleased to highly recommend North Hills Nursery. The selection is very impressive, and the owner's knowledge and passion for his plants are truly inspiring. I was very pleased with the plants that I purchased, and I will make future purchases from North Hills Nursery.
I ordered a cow planter filled with chicks & hens, and the order arrived promptly and completely. The plant quality is wonderful. They have surrvived a winter in Salt Lake City, and are going strong.
This is a terriffic company to work with. Outstanding service, professionalism and quality. If you love to garden, you should order from their website!
On Jan 2, 2005, squigglewheel Frederick, MD wrote:
I have purchased merchandise from North Hills Nursery several times and I must say the quality of the plants have been surperb and the prices are very good. I recently visited their site and was very pleased with the ease of navigation, and especially enjoyed the slide show. This company is AAAA+.
On Jan 2, 2005, speakerpeople Mount Wolf, PA wrote:
Fantistic, Very professional . I visited their nursery in Sept 2004 and found their products to be excellent with thousands of selections. I would recommend their products to anyone that is serious about gardening. Now that I have found their website I recommend that you take a tour. If you have any questions I am sure you can just phone or send an email and get your questions answered quickly and professionally.