On Jun 19, 2014, KJWThack East Lansdowne, PA wrote:
Posted on June 1, 2014, updated June 19, 2014
I have ordered from GHS for a few years now. I have never had a problem with their plants - they are always very healthy and extremely well packed. This year was no different - the plants were sprinting right out of the box. I also really appreciate their potted vegetable and fruit options for those of us who have very small gardens and only two people to feed, and therefore don't have the room or the need to start dozens of seeds in March and April.
I got two mums, two cucumber plants, one watermelon, one cantaloupe, one mojito mint, 4 basil and a number of jade beans from them - all very healthy. I am still waiting for the sprint peas I ordered, but they emailed me and let me know that they were not ready to ship yet and I am willing to wait an extra week for healthy plants.
On June 19th, 2014, KJWThack added the following:
Update: I continue to be truly impressed by this company. After a slight delay, they had to cancel my order for sprint peas because there was a problem with the crop. They were very good about it, apologized and refunded me my money immediately. And then a few weeks later (yesterday, to be exact), they sent me sprint pea plants from their new crop. Free of charge, a complete surprise to me - I didn't have any idea they were going to do that. I am so impressed that I am ordering some more plants from them tonight. They now have a loyal long-term customer.
Having found it too late in the season to locate chrysanthemum transplants in the colors I prefer an local nurseries, I checked in Dave's Plant Scout. There I discovered Garden Harvest Supply. The wonderful array of plants, at very reasonable prices, caused me some doubt about the quality I would find when the plants arrived. Today, just three days after placing an order, my 8 healthy plants arrived in an ingeniously stable packing container, and they were not even needing water! Two substitutions had been made, but the new plants fit exactly with the height/color scheme I was working on. I am so happy that I just ordered 6 more chrysanthemums. I will be using this company many more times in the future.
Posted on May 28, 2014, updated June 11, 2014
I really wanted to like Garden Harvest Supply! I ordered several plants for this season but for some reason, the 2 sugar sprint plants I ordered were received completely wilted. I tried unsuccessfully to revive them, but in the end, they were completely dead.
I am finding it hard to get ahold of customer service regarding this issue - would love it if I can get store credit instead of replacement sugar sprints as both of them were dead on arrival while the rest of the plants I received are doing completely fine.
On June 11th, 2014, minami changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Thank you so much for helping me out Joe.
I really appreciate it!
Everything is healthy and growing beautifully.
One note I should add is that everything is very carefully packed during shipping.On Jun 11, 2014, Garden Harvest Supply responded with:
So sorry to hear of the poor condition of your plants. We will gladly replace them for you. Not sure why we are not connection on this issue? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put in your subject line your order number and these words, "SEE JOE". I will also send you a D-mail. Thanks for allowing us to get your replacement plants get shipped correctly.
Posted on May 7, 2014, updated May 22, 2014
Posted on May 9, 2013, updated May 7, 2014
Posted on December 13, 2012, updated May 9, 2013
I contacted Garden Harvest supply by phone. The customer service was very friendly and helpful. I had a question about their Miss Huff Lantanas, and they were able to answer my questions. I never order from a company that has poor customer service or lacks knowledge about the products they sell. But Garden Harvest Supply was very friendly and professional and pretty knowledgable about what plants they sold.
I am definitely going to purchase approximately 18 Miss Huff Lantana plants this Spring, but I haven't decided whether to order from Garden Harvest Supply or ComNur.com. Both companies are excellent. It will probably come down to which company has the best offer on Miss Huff Lantanas.
On May 9th, 2013, Gardeningman added the following:
I decided to order from Garden Harvest Supply (GHS), and the folks there were absolutely wonderful every step of the way. Stephni and Mandy were especially helpful. (They were able to put up with me, and that alone speaks volumes for their patience and professionalism. lol) There was one small ďhick-upí in the process. There was a crop failure, so the Miss Huff Lantanas I ordered were not available. GHS e-mailed me with the option of either a refund or choosing a different cultivar of lantana. I was pretty disappointed, but it wasnít their fault. I know they donít enjoy crop failures any more than their customers do, because it may cost them some good business. Anyway, I chose two different cultivars of lantanas: Dallas Red and Confetti.
The lantanas arrived yesterday along with a couple of Black Knight Butterfly Bush plants and a Carolina Salsa Lantana plant. ALL of the plants were in superb condition, and the packing was the best Iíve ever seen. The little plastic pots were enclosed inside larger plastic cartons, which were packed in the shipping box with paper around them, so no dirt was spilled and the plants remained undisturbed during the shipping process.
The plants were healthy with very well-developed roots for the size of the plants. Right after I planted them yesterday evening, it stormed with heavy rain, gusting wind, and pounding hail. One of the Confettiís was even submerged under water. I was really worried that I had killed my brand new plants. However, the plants were just fine, and I attribute a lot of that to the health of the plants.
I definitely recommend Garden Harvest Supply for anyone wanting to buy perennial plants. On May 7th, 2014, Gardeningman added the following:
This is the second time I ordered from Garden Harvest Supply. Once again, the customer service was great. Mandy is always very helpful and polite. I received my order in two days! I ordered a variety of plants, and my order this time looked even better than last time. I was extremely impressed.
The one Sum and Substance Hosta I ordered is the only plant I'm a little concerned about. It has one eye, which appears to be healthy and two leaves. One leaf is very yellow and the other leaf is crispy around the edges, but I will plant it and see what happens. I have a great little hosta bed on the north side of my house that all of my other hostas are thriving in. Besides, hostas are easy to grow and very resilient. This one should be fine, but only time will tell for sure.
Anyway, I am still extremely impressed with my order. The Autumn Joy Sedums are huge and robust and everything looks great. I can't wait to plant it all tomorrow evening. Great job, GHS! I appreciate your commitment to quality products and quality customer service.On May 22nd, 2014, Gardeningman added the following:
Garden Harvest Supply (GHS) continues to impress me. Out of the 15 plants I ordered from GHS this last time, only two of them weren't well enough developed to make it. And that has never happened before. They were an Autumn Charm Sedum and a Sum & Substance Hosta. I notified GHS, and they immediately sent me two replacement plants at no additional charge. The replacement Autumn Charm Sedum was actually one of their premium plants in a quart size container. I was very impressed. The Sum & Substance Hosta was regular sized but much healthier looking than the first one. Thanks again, GHS.
Although my plants weren't mailed when they said they would be - When they did arrive they were packed well and thriving. And since planting them, they are still doing well.
~ I do think that Mandy needs a customer service class, and not blame the customer for the delay in the order.
On May 8, 2014, Garden Harvest Supply responded with:
We are happy to hear the plants are doing well. Sorry about the delay in shipping. Without knowing the particulars I can't really address this further. You are welcome to send me a D-mail and I can follow up with more detail. Thank you for your business!
On May 2, 2014, virginiarose Southeast, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:
Posted on July 10, 2013, updated May 2, 2014
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I received my plants, about 8, in good packing and still moist and healthy in their little 3 or 4 inch pots. Very nice plants, so healthy and big for the price. I would recommend this company to all my friends and garden buddies everywhere. I would definitely order from them again and again. :)
On June 8th, 2011, virginiarose added the following:
Just received another perfect order from Garden Harvest Supply. Very healthy plants, good packing, not one speck of dirt missing, still moist too! Hope to do more business, thanks for the coupon and discounts. :)On May 4th, 2013, virginiarose added the following:
I received my order yesterday and the packing and plants are better than ever! Very healthy plants that were still moist and no dirt spill. Yahoo!On July 10th, 2013, virginiarose added the following:
I got another beautiful order today! This company has the best packing method I have ever seen. I have been ordering from them for several years and each year they get better and better.
( Thank you Joe! )On May 2nd, 2014, virginiarose added the following:
Wonderful order! Great packing method and beautiful plants.
Thanks for adding the Heuchera! On May 2, 2014, Garden Harvest Supply responded with:
Posted on February 11, 2014, updated February 18, 2014
I have ordered from GHS several times and visited the mail-order location just to check it out because it is within driving distance. Unfortunately, I am disappointed with my most recent purchase. At least two of my seed packets are way short on seeds. The company touts that their seeds come in "hand-filled packages" and I am reasonable when it comes to what "approximately" means. However, one packet (very expensive) was supposed to be 25 seeds and I got 10. Another was supposed to be 50 and I received 40. With lower count items, these discrepancies are significant from 20% to 60%. And, with several other packages of as yet unopened seeds, I'm not looking forward to counting out hundreds of seeds.
I have contacted the company directly, and will update if they respond.
On February 18th, 2014, dirty_nails changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
The company rep did indeed return my e-mail immediately and I received replacement seeds plus some extra for good measure. Thank you GHS for great customer service! I will definitely order again! On Feb 18, 2014, Garden Harvest Supply responded with:
So sorry for this shortage. Each season we do a hand count for each variety of flower seeds. Then we use a measuring spoon sized for that count. The complete process from the bulk side to the finished seed packet is done by hand. We also changed some of the quantities on some of the seed packets from last year to this year, it looks like we missed updating the count online for Cheyenne Mix, we have corrected that count and will be sending you out the quoted amount...plus a few extra for your troubles. On the Lupine shortage, it appears a new lot came in, (sometimes Lupine seeds vary in size) and we did not double check the measurement. We are sending you another packet to make up for this shortage. With all that being said, it is rare for us to be short on seeds and we certainly thank you for bringing this to our attention. If there is anything else we can do, please let me know.
On Jun 15, 2013, mc003 Crown Point, IN (Zone 5a) wrote:
Ordered from this company for the first time last year and was so pleased I ordered several more orders this year. I received an email about one of the orders I placed, saying the variety of astilbe was unavaible and would I like to sustitute with another, which I chose to do. The replacements were freaking huge!! Thank you! Also in that same order one of the dicentra burning hearts completely snapped off during shipping. I took a picture and emailed them and was told I would be receiving a replacement which came within a couple of days and again was much larger then the original plants. I was a happy camper with my orderes this year so when I got an email about the 30% off of perennials I jumped. I filled my cart up while I was at work and when I got home I was able to place it right before this huge arse storm knocked our power out for a day. Once the power was restored I checked my email and the order had shipped and I received it yesterday! Once again everything was fantastic! Thank You!
On May 24, 2013, Patricia_CR Grecia, Alajuela Costa Rica wrote:
I was recently in Chicago, and placed an order for several plants. They arrived on time, well packed and super healthy. I was delighted at how carefully packed they were. In spite of a long trip they took, all of them are growing healthy and strong. Can't thank you enough. I would consider to buy from you anytime again. Love the variety you have!
On May 24, 2013, Pinetucky Swainsboro, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:
Posted on May 7, 2012, updated May 24, 2013
I received my first order of nice, healthy plants from this company . When I opened the package, I was delighted to find that half of them were already in bloom. Shipping was very quick and the packaging was very secure allowing minimal soil loss. I hope to be ordering more very soon.
On May 24th, 2013, Pinetucky added the following:
The two orders I have received this spring have both been great. Plants were of good size, well rooted, and healthy. Packing was again exceptional. I received email confirmation of both orders and also shipping notifications. They do everything right, so I am a very happy customer.
Posted on March 13, 2013, updated May 20, 2013
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I placed my first order with Garden Harvest Supply this spring and was happy with the plants I received. I purchased a mix of annuals and perennials and all were healthy plants. Would order again.
On June 18th, 2011, Sherry77 added the following:
Since writing this review, I have placed two more orders with Garden Harvest Supply, and am still more than pleased with everything I have received. All of the plants I ordered are healthy and strong and I'll definitely be ordering from GHS in the future! On July 5th, 2011, Sherry77 added the following:
I placed yet another order with GHS, and once again, am very pleased with the plants I received. Plants were well-packaged and came through the shipping just fine, even in the heat. Very pleased with all my orders from Garden Harvest Supply this spring and early summer, and will use them as my main source from now on for online plant shopping.On April 19th, 2012, Sherry77 added the following:
Just received a large order from Garden Harvest Supply today, and am once again completely happy with my order. The plants were so well-packaged and all look nice and healthy, most were already flowering and will go straight into my garden. Love GHS!On May 7th, 2012, Sherry77 added the following:
Received another order from GHS, veggies this time, and was once again well-pleased. The tomatoes and peppers are growing well in our garden.On March 12th, 2013, Sherry77 added the following:
My last order with GHS was in late spring last year, and a few of the plants I ordered during their clearance sale did not make it through shipment. GHS quickly refunded me for those few plants. Everything else I ordered from them did well (a large number of annuals, perennials, even vegetables), and I'm happy with their customer service. They're still my favorite online garden center and I am looking forward to ordering again this spring.On May 20th, 2013, Sherry77 added the following:
Received a huge order from GHS last week, including three full 50-count trays of annuals and I am amazed at how well they were packaged and shipped. The plants are all healthy and not a one was out of the tray. Good job GHS.
On May 17, 2013, stetchworth Ocean Springs, MS (Zone 8b) wrote:
This was my first time ordering from this company. I ordered two Mandevilla plants, they were nice size plants and the packaging was the best I have seen on a mail order company. I highly recommend them and I will be ordering from them again.
I placed several orders with Garden Harvest for plants and supplies this spring and have been very impressed. Fast shipping and well-packaged, healthy-looking plants--everything as it should be. Their prices are reasonable, too. The ivy geraniums and trailing verbena I received the other day are particularly pretty and I can't wait to plant them in my hanging baskets this weekend!
I have been shopping with this company since 2008. I have had nothing but good service and have been extremely happy with every plant that I have ordered. I have been so happy with the plants, that I place several orders per season and will only buy plants from them because the grow and they have wonderful customer service. You can also find them on ebay.com which is how I orginally found them. Kudos! Kudos! Kudos!
Something was biting us while we were sleeping at night. I never did find out what it was.I had ordered the Diatomaceous Earth,Food grade, as I had read it was a natural way to kill bugs. I sprinkled it around the baseboards and in the basement, and I noticed many bugs dead. Even black water bugs. That was nice enough, but whatever was biting us never bit us again after sprinkling the D.E. I am sold on it , and I have been telling others about it. Thank you, Barbara, from Ohio
On Sep 13, 2012, juhur7 Anderson, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:
Posted on August 11, 2012, updated September 13, 2012
Posted on August 8, 2012, updated August 11, 2012
I ordered two hibiscus from them, packaging was excellent,in fact when UPS threw them upside down on the front porch it did not any harm to the flowers as they were packed so well. Good price, and excellent processing,well above average.
On August 11th, 2012, juhur7 added the following:
I thought I would take a minute to add the plants were large and healthy as advertised ,in excellent condition,and are now growing very well.On September 13th, 2012, juhur7 added the following:
I ordered a Rhododendron as a gift ,my second order from them,really nice once again, This will always be i mind when considering future purchases. Everything did and has always arrived in great shape!
On Sep 13, 2012, Hemhostaholic Scranton, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:
I ordered 9 'Pow Wow White' Echinacea, and 1 'Vintage Gold' Chameacyparis. I actually saw the UPS person toss the box on the ground, where it rolled twice, and landed on a side. I opened the box up, minimum dirt was spilled. All of the 9 Echis were in great shape (almost the same size as I just paid $5 a piece for at a local garden center!) The 'Vintage Gold' I knew would be on the smaller size, the plant was shipped in a 4" container, but the plant was about 10-12" tall! I am impressed with this companies shipping, their products were big "bang" for your buck, and I will definitely be ordering from them in the future!
On Aug 31, 2012, DEMinPA Selinsgrove, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:
I ordered strawberry plants for fall planting in July. They notified me they would be shipped the week of August 27th. I received them yesterday August 30th. They arrived in perfect condition. Will buy from them again.
On Aug 18, 2012, plantgnome1 nowhere land, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:
I have placed two orders in the past month and plants arrived in good condition, some with buds starting to bloom already. So far I am very happy with this company and their plants. I just placed a third order for a new garden I just started. I will be using this company more as their prices can't be beat. The newest cultivars of Coneflowers half the price of other sites, as well as Heuchera. Most of the sites ( I will not mention their names) I have been using have started charging ridiculous prices for their plants and I have had to get numerous replacements because they are shipping the smallest almost seedlings that don't survive the trip to my house. Also other sites appear to raise their prices when they have 25% off sales, which I feel is deceptive.
GHS has low prices to begin with and so far no problems with any of their plants. Their shipping prices are about the same as others. Packaging is acceptable-just a little messy with soil in the box. I love the point credits as they are really worth it, ie: 115 points equals $5.75. Another site which offers rewards 100 points only equals $1.00.
Highly recommended site.
Posted on July 20, 2011, updated August 5, 2012
Posted on June 12, 2011, updated July 20, 2011
It was for the first time that I ordered from this company, and I chose it because there were so many positive comments on this site. And I am very happy with what I got. All the plants looked healthy, some were really huge and I don't think that I'll have any problems with them. And I also liked the prices - I couldn't buy so much stuff for the money I paid at the local nursery. THANK YOU! And I am sure to order from this company again.
On July 20th, 2011, Mylena1 changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
I am changing my rating of the company, because one of the ferns that I had ordered died and at my request to replace it I was explained that they give only ten day guarantee to living plants. Isn't it ridiculous? Ten days the plant only needs to think what to do next - to grow or to die, and even the lousiest nurseries give six months to one year guarantee. Sometimes a plant doesn't look too good when we receive it, but with good care it begins to grow and finally thrives, sometimes quite the opposite, it looks quite healthy at first, but then without any reason at all it drops leaves and dies. I read all their rules on the site, and I thought that ten day guarantee referred to other stuff this company sells, not to the living plants. So I want just to warn other gardener to be careful while ordering and writing positive reviews on Garden Harvest Supply. There are so many positive reviews here because they offer certain discounts for further orders to those clients who wrote a positive review, but they don't stand behind every one of their plants, and if the most expensive plant dies, it will be a complete loss for you, as they offer you only a ridiculous ten day guarantee and no replacement after that.On August 5th, 2012, Mylena1 changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
This spring I ordered a lot of plants from Garden Harvest Supply and I didn't have any problems at all. All the plants were big enough and healthy. So now I know for sure that if I need really good stuff to plant it on the flowerbeds of my clients I should order from this company - both the prices and quality are excellent . And their customer service is great too - they immediately react to every email and are very helpful. I highly recommend this company to all gardeners. THANK YOU!On Aug 5, 2012, Garden Harvest Supply responded with:
Dear Mylena1: I am sorry you had a plant die. I have looked over your original order from April and noticed you purchased other varieties of ferns as well, are they doing okay? We tried very hard to make it plain that the 10 days are for plants, all other items have a 30 day satisfaction guarantee. This rarely happens with our plants and has not been a priority to increase the number of days on plants; however after reading your comments and reviewing other online nurseries, it appears we are a bit off on the length of our guarantee. We will continue looking into this matter, thanks for bringing it to our attention. I will have the girls contact you via email to get your dead plant taken care of. Joe
On Jul 21, 2011 8:23 AM, Garden Harvest Supply added:
You also mentioned the discounts we offer. It is absolutely true, we do give our customers discounts when they place a review. We understand how very busy people are with life, when they take a few minutes out of their day to tell others about their experience with Garden Harvest Supply, we show our appreciation with a discount coupon for a future purchase. Thanks again for being our customer!"
I purchased 20 Jersey Supreme asparagus 1-year crowns in May 2011. They arrived promptly along with excellent instructions for planting and care. All the plants grew and thrived! We harvested lightly this year and will plan to enjoy a full harvest next year. The plants are amazing! Very healthy, thick and bushy! I am very pleased with the service and quality of plants!
Ordered clematis. Quickly shipped. Packed in 2 inch pots held in special plastic holders to fit nicely into the box. Roots well developed and moist potting soil upon arrival. Leaves a bit dried out but should recover well with transplanting.
The NICEST people to do business with. Great product and great customer service. Some of my plants died and there was no problem with them sending out replacements. I HIGHLY recommend this company. They do business the old fashioned way!
Posted on May 7, 2012, updated May 26, 2012
Posted on March 5, 2012, updated May 7, 2012
Every perennial I am looking for this spring is here and a reasonable price. I have had good expereinces in the past so am very happy not to have to spend a lot on shipping fees ordering from different nurseries.
On May 7th, 2012, ibewgirl added the following:
I rarely purchase annuals but added some "flowering combos" to an order and they are very attractive. Two of them started blooming with a few days. I think it's much more convenient to to purchase these rather than driving around to nurseries trying to find the colors you need. They really take the guesswork out of hanging baskets. The Prairie Fire combo looks great in a turqouise planter.
I was also pleased to find Pretty Much Picasso petunia which none of the nurseries carried last year. On May 26th, 2012, ibewgirl added the following:
The first place I check for heucheras and heucherellas. All arrived in great shape.
On May 18, 2012, kqcrna Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
Posted on April 26, 2012, updated May 18, 2012
I received my first order from Garden Harvest Supply yesterday.- seven nice, big healthy plants. Packaging is wonderful, each plant held neatly and firmly in place. Not a granule of soil was displaced in shipping. Prices were competitive. Order was shipped and received when I had requested.
I would definitely order from this company again.
On May 18th, 2012, kqcrna added the following:
I placed another order and received it today. Another positive experience with this company and I would recommend them.
Ordered a bunch of Echinacea plants. Two did not look good. Went ahead and planted them all in hopes that the two would perk up, but they didn't. Reported it to the company and they immediately shipped replacement plants. The replacements have arrived and look great. Haven't planted them yet because it's been pouring here in Minnesota, but I'm sure they'll do fine. Will definitely order again from this company. Great customer service!
On May 4, 2012, flowersrule Palmerton, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:
Posted on May 12, 2011, updated May 4, 2012
This was my first time ordering from Garden Harvest Supply, and I will order from them again in the future.
There was a mix-up with the order and not all of the plants were initially shipped. It was eventually straightened out and my plants were shipped immediately. I would not hesitate to buy from them again because I am now confident that if a problem arises, they will fix it. Customer Service is superior !
On May 4th, 2012, flowersrule added the following:
I just received another order of plants from Garden Harvest Supply and am very happy with them. They are all healthy, good-sized plants and were packaged safely for shipping.
I love Temari verbena and it seems most places sell the Lanai variety. Garden Harvest has my very favorite flower plant and I will definitely be back for more in the future.On May 4, 2012, Garden Harvest Supply responded with:
Ordered 2 hollyhock plants: Chater's Maroon & Nigra Alcea. Packaged well. Even had "Live Plants" and "Handle With Care" stickers on it. I am super excited to see these hollyhocks bloom next fall. Quality plants. Will order again!
Posted on July 21, 2011, updated July 21, 2011
I recently asked for a gift card for this company from my wife for my birthday. They had a lot of nice things on their website. When I went to spend it though I noticed that they do not allow you to spend gift codes on shipping---only merchandise, and their shipping is NOT cheap. So I have to pay to ship my own present. So please be wary-- better to get cash and spend it than it is to be limited by these unfortunately over-restrictive policies. Will come back and review the product once I receive it.
On July 21st, 2011, survivorman changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Indeed the company has now fixed this issue--I can now wholeheartedly recommend gift cards from them. Thanks for making it right!On Jul 21, 2011, Garden Harvest Supply responded with:
Happy Birthday Survivorman! The shopping cart software we have used in the past did not allow gift certificates to be used for shipping cost; however we have recently upgraded to a newer version which does allow it (we failed to turn on the new option so that shipping could be included). After your call this morning and now your comment here, we started digging into this issue and discovered we now are able to allow it to be used against shipping charges as well. Please accept my apology for the confusion with your order. Give us a call back if there is a way we can make this right with you. Joe"
On Jul 19, 2011, gardadore Saylorsburg, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:
June 26 I ordered 3 Tarragon, 1 Rosemary and 1 Stevia plants. They arrived a few days later in fantastic condition and bigger than I expected. I am very impressed with the quality of their plants and their fantastic service. I will certainly use them again!
Back in April of 2011, I decided that I wanted to have a few herbs and some coleus plants in my garden... Actually I should say it's really a small patio, only about 64 square feet or so... which the plants have to share with patio furniture.
Anyhow, I was able to obtain suitable herbs locally... but nobody in my town who works where plants are sold seems to even know what Coleus is, let alone had any for sale. I went searching on the internet and found Garden Harvest Supply, where I discovered an abundance of varieties of Coleus.
After studying my options, I chose Dark Chocolate, Dark Star, and Cracklin Rosie varieties of Coleus. All are said to be 15 inches or smaller in height... well surprise, surprise, surprise! They get much larger than that. Mine are currently about 24 inches in height (or a little over) and still growing. No, I'm not at all disappointed as much as astounded! I thought I was getting dwarf varieties, which is what I had intended to get due to the very limited growing area available to me.
Do I blame this type of growth on:
1. The humidity? - which these Coleus seem to love.
2. The loving care which my beloved spouse showers on the plants?
3. The Miracle Grow potting soil? - which is about all we can find locally.
4. All of the above?
Ironically, I was supposed to be the gardener in this household because my husband works full time for wages... but he does more in the garden than I do.
Later, I also bought two Apple Mint and two Spearmint plants. They are doing what mint does - attempting to be invasive. I don't mind, because that invasive tendency gives me an excuse to harvest some fresh mint, which I like in teas and salads... and since everything in my garden has to be planted in pots of one kind or another, the mint can't go too far. In fact, the Apple Mint must be as happy as a plant can be. It's attempting to bloom. I harvested the blossoms this morning.
After moving to MO a couple years ago from 45 years in So. CA to a house which had a severely neglected landscape... what a challenge....
One of the additions has been a good size "mound" in the front yard. We planted a Riverbirch and a miniature weeping evergreen tree, a few dwarf native grasses and added several purple Echinacea. Looking very pretty but my husband made the comment that it needed more color and I agreed. I want to stay with a more natural look and of course hardy perennials are a must, so I began browsing for some of the yellow/orange/red hue Echinaceas. Many of the "designer" colors I found were over the top in price, until I stumbled on Garden Harvest Supply. Was thrilled with the offerings and equally pleased with the prices. Decided to order a variety of new colors from GHS.
I called them to check on availability and if they could be planted this far into the hot summer. Lady was very pleasant and helpful, letting me know that yes, I could plant the now but was going to make sure they were well watered till they became established. So I placed an order for nine. They arrived quickly and were packed exceedingly well, good sign, especially in this weather. They were in very deep 3" pots, well established with several buds ready to bloom. Since dragging hoses to the mound is a bit of a chore for this old gal, I chose to replant them in 5" deep pots, and set them in our little greenhouse till fall. I will pop them in when the weather is less extreme. Early enough for them to establish before winter comes, which is what I successfully did with our purple ones last fall.
I highly recommend GHS for quality and service!! Will be back for other items on my "want" list!!
On Jul 4, 2011, fabulousflowers Springfield, OH wrote:
I have been gardening for over 50 years and my plants ordered from Garden Harvest came in terrific shape and condition and were packaged very well. I have ordered from a lot of different companies as well as going to lots of nurseries and Garden Harvest will definitely be one at the top of my list. They had some varieties of certain plants that I collect that I have not seen elsewhere. So I was very happy. I have passed your name on to a couple of friends in different garden clubs. Thanks for the terrific service.
On Jul 1, 2011, iykim Hillsborough, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
I just received my first shipment of plants from Garden Harvest Supply. All plants arrived healthy with minimal damage. They were packed really well, in a snappable plastic cases which keep the plants pretty much intact the whole shipment. They also have the most reasonable prices on heucheras and heucherellas. I am very pleased with my purchase. I am planning to make more purchases from them in the future.