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|On Apr 11, 2003, cavebearathome wrote:
I ordered 58 perennials. They arrived potted, fully leafed and rooted, in excellent condition. I've seen worse plants on local nursery racks. Most of the pots were in sturdy trays with individual supports for each pot or cell-pack. The prices seemed very reasonable (indeed, more than reasonable considering the outstanding quality of the plants). The plants arrived 5 days after I placed the order online (and the online site is easy to use). It took a little time to pick all the styrofoam "peanuts" out of the pots, but is was well worth the slight effort.
|On Apr 4, 2003, Pitimpinai Chicago, IL wrote:
Love Bluestone. Ordered from them for the first time last year. Terrific price. Small size but all healthy. Being small, they adapted very well to our growing conditions in the Midwest. Buddleia and Caryopteris were very small, but bloomed the first year!!! So did several other kinds of perennials.
On January 15th, 2004, nunoi added the following:
The best services, best plants, best prices. Very consistent in all qualities. My orders grow larger every year.
I was very surprised that the itty bitty shrubs bloomed the first year so did most perennials. Just placed another huge order again.
Ordered a few shrubs from Park's last fall not knowing that they would be offered at Bluestone this year and at only a fraction of the price. I am banging my head against the wall now!!
On Dec 23, 2004, nunoi added the following:
I have been a Bluestone customer for at least 4 years.
It is my major source of perennials now. Their shrubs are excellent too. Everything is small, but grows beautifully.
Excellent plants, excellent price, excellent packaging, and excellent customer service.
I already have a long list to order for April-May delivery.
On May 3rd, 2006, Pitimpinai added the following:
Bluestone, Bluestone :-) I wish I could sing. :-D
Received another shipment today. What else can I say. I have ordered so many plants from Bluestone for years that this year I had to cut down my order drastically.
I wish I had room for more. The healthiest plants I can find for the price. I am looking forward to my flowers this year. Again. :-)
|On Apr 3, 2003, celyvabeach Virginia Beach, VA wrote:
I started gardening last year and 80% of my plants
On April 18th, 2003, celyvabeach added the following:
Received my spring order in excellent condition
and looks like the plants are bigger this time.
One of the shrubs is in bloom! The plants that
didn't make it last year were replaced with no
questions asked. How about that for service.
|On Mar 25, 2003, gbateman1 wrote:
The plants are maybe a week behind other plants as far as size compared to other nurseries but the pricing more than makes up for it. I ordered lots of plants from them this year after reading the glowing reviews and it's all true. They also want you to send back the peanuts and will even pay for it so that is another plus. Nice company and nice plants.
|On Mar 18, 2003, Suja wrote:
This will be the third year I'm ordering from Bluestone, and every year, the size of my order keeps going up. The selection is wonderful, the prices modest, and the service, excellent. The plants may be small, but they are healthy with excellent root systems, and thrive once they are in the ground. The only plants that have died on me have done so due to mistakes on my part (with some help from deer), and they've always gladly replaced them. As long as I have space to garden, they'll continue to get my business.
|On Mar 14, 2003, ahelms Kannapolis, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:
Great company. I've been very happy with my purchases and highly recommend them.
|On Mar 10, 2003, magical_mama wrote:
I ordered quite a few plants from them last year after hearing so many good things about the company, both here and from other gardeners. The plants were all healthy and in great condition. They were on the small side, but well worth the price. They even sent a note that if I mailed back the packing box for reuse, they'd give me credit for shipping my next order free. I'm waiting for spring to see how the plants all did, and if I weren't 8 months pregnant I'd order another big order from them now. I'm tempted to anyway!
|On Mar 8, 2003, Mima56 Thayer, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:
For my planting dollar, Bluestone has been my most trusted source. And you can't beat their guarantee!! I've had little plants arrive in full bloom. What a joy!
|On Feb 26, 2003, violabird Barnesville, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I'm a newbie here but am really glad to see that the best kept secret in the gardening world is out. I've been doing business with Bluestone for at least 8 years and heartily recommend them to all my friends. Like to see Bluestone as # 1 !
|On Feb 26, 2003, greenleaf52 Westland, MI wrote:
This is a top notch nursery. Fine selection and great prices. Most important to me, though, is their prompt, friendly and helpful customer service. Whenever I've had a question or wanted to add to or combine orders, their response has always been prompt and positive. I recently had to cancel a rather substantial order due to an unexpected move. In less than 48 hours I received a nice
|On Feb 22, 2003, groovin Windom, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:
After reading all the reviews, I visited Bluestone's website and ordered the catalogue. I have a problem area--large and very shady and emailed for their recommendations. They answered back very quickly, with great advice and suggested I try only a few plants (rather than sell me dozens) that may or may not work for this area. The catalogue came within a week, and I placed an order. Bluestone's responsiveness and care has certainly sold me! Can't wait for spring and my plants!
On May 9th, 2003, groovin added the following:
Received my plants today, and one word...WOW! Plants are in great shape, well packed. Great idea to recycle the peanuts and cell packs. Placed another order this evening and used the coupons that came with my order. Most impressive company!!!
|On Feb 18, 2003, Jili wrote:
I was very impressed with the quality of their plants. They may look small but ALL of the plant I ordered bloomed their first season in the ground!
|On Feb 17, 2003, cjc1 Chino, CA wrote:
I love this company. I have purchased plants, bulbs, and seeds from online catalogs for 3 years now, and Bluestone Perennial plants have always been the healthiest and have grown well. I have e-mailed them in the past to tell them how pleased I have been with their plants. Their catalog may not be as impressive as some but they have a great selection to chose from. The only thing I wish they would improve on, is to get pictures up sooner on their new selections on their web sight.
|On Feb 3, 2003, cathyb53 Newfield, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:
Well, add my voice to the many strongly positive comments about Bluestone! This is by far my preferred place to order perennials; their prices absolutely can't be beat even without their incredible 3-for-2 special. I have never found anyplace with such good plants, good value, and superb customer service!
|On Jan 26, 2003, RichHurley New Freedom, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I can only echo doghill's comment: "If they had everything I want, I wouldn't order from anyone else."
|On Jan 23, 2003, Tracer62 wrote:
I've never had a bad plant from this company in the 4 years that I've been ordering. Any plant that hasn't survived is strictly due to my inattention.
|On Jan 18, 2003, EllenHerndon Mineral, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
I ordered from them for the first time last year - just placed a small order to take advantage of their buy two plants and get one free. Their plants were fantastic! In excellent condition, packing was great, and the plants grew throughout the horrible drought we had here in Virginia last year. I received their catalog again this year - with the same sale buy two plants and get one free and placed a big order this time. What a bargain! Look forward to receiving the plants.
|On Jan 10, 2003, JillMG wrote:
A little late in lodging my comments, but I ordered from Bluestone for the first time in Spring 2002--93 plants--an extensive order. Every last plant(except one, which was immediately replaced)arrived well-packed and thriving. It took me several days to get them in the ground and each one of them truly surprised me with their almost immediate growth. Not one of them even drooped! What ever did not survive throughout their first season was my own fault (no need for details). I give Bluestone the highest rating--service was excellent, questions answered on the phone, and their 3 for 1 deal is unmatched by any other mail order company. Yes, the plants are 'smaller', but their prices are excellent, good root systems, and quick and hardy growth, even in the heat of Western Colorado. PLUS, they send you a passel of very usable coupons for future orders! Don't hesitate to order from Bluestone.
|On Jan 10, 2003, Faerierelm wrote:
Bluestone is the BEST for catalogue gardening. don't let their latin based catalogue or website discourage you. They spend their time where you need it..on the plants! Plants arrive incredibly healthy and take off when in the ground! They were as good as you get at the local nursery for 1/2 the cost! After 6 years of catalogue gardening..this will be the only company I use for plants!
|On Jan 5, 2003, teesa Conneaut, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
I love this place. Every year for at least 6 years I buy plants from bluestone. The plants are small when they arrive, but they're not bareroot! I have bad luck with bareroot. I plant them out and by their bloomtime most are ready to do their stuff. By the third year I've realized I've planted them too close. I never learn. Sometimes there are extra plants in each cell. I just devide them up and consider it a bonus.
|On Jan 4, 2003, Nannette Signal Mountain, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
I ordedered from this comapany based on all the good feed- back --- I hate to be the first, BUT my plants were puuuuunnnnnnneeeee and sad, the nasty yellow plants that were delivered to me have not developoed into plants. This has been the most negative gardening site I have experienced ever!
On January 12th, 2003, Nannette changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
I got an e-mail from a Bluestone rep offering to replace my order from last spring. They had read my complaint at this website and are willing to correct the problem by sending my entire order this coming spring. I am so pleased that they are willing to do that. There are not many companies that would make an offer like that. Now I understand why so many people have given them favorable ratings and I fully intend on changing my rating of them from neutral to positive when I receive healthy plants. I also think Dave’s Garden is a great place and have told many of my gardening friends about it. Now before ordering anything I check out what other gardeners have to say.
On May 14th, 2003, Nannette changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
I received my replacement order from Bluestone and an additional order that I had placed. All the plants were in good condition. The invoice even had a note on it to take special care in packing high quality plants. I am very impressed by this company and will definitely continue to order from them and recommend them to other gardeners.
|On Dec 27, 2002, Bucky5 Lafayette, NJ (Zone 5a) wrote:
Best mail order company in the business. Strong, healthy plant material; friendly, knowledgeable customer service reps; reasonable prices. NEVER a question on replacment requests. GREAT company.
|On Dec 25, 2002, bonitading Maple Shade, NJ wrote:
I was very pleased with all the plants I bought from them last year. Everything grew lovely the first season. I will buy from them again. They were very quick with shipping, and everything was carefully packed. There was no damage to any of the plants during shipping.
|On Nov 15, 2002, Chicagoguy wrote:
I like their on-line catalog and recieved prompt and accurate confirmation of my order and shipping dates. My plants arrived as scheduled, much larger than I expected and actually were in bloom already. They are growing well. I will definitely use Bluestone Perennials again.
|On Sep 26, 2002, FranG Brighton, MA wrote:
Beautiful, healthy, well-packaged plants arrived yesterday. I have a bone to pick with UPS, which dropped the package off without ringing the doorbell. Good thing they weren't sitting in the sun.
|On Sep 17, 2002, mkf1 Brandywine, MD wrote:
While the plants I ordered arrived promptly & in good shape, I was billed $22.00 more than I was originally told when I ordered on the website. Apparently, the website calculated incorrectly. Customer service did agree to credit me the difference, but only after a lengthy conversation. Not sure I'd order from Bluestone again, & I surely won't order from the website.
On June 10th, 2006, mkf1 changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
I gave this company a second chance after one bad experience. The plants sent were mostly dead, black, rotty roots. I'm done with Bluestone Perennials now for good. It's hard to believe that they get so many positive comments!
|On Sep 16, 2002, prussell wrote:
This was my first time ordering with this company. I received the order exactly when they said I would, and liked the email informing me that the items had shipped. One plant was missing (one space in a three pack was empty) and they replaced the item promptly, and with good humour. Their website is one of the best around, despite the short descriptions and many missing plant photos. It's worth shopping here just to be able to search for plants based on height, zone, flower color, etc. Highly recommended!
|On Sep 5, 2002, Aotearoa New York City, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:
I am new to gardening. I garden in NYC. The dirt I am working with contains a lot of unsavory particulate matter, which I am slowly converting to soil. Having read the positive remarks about Bluestone, I went to their site, saw a few plants I thought might live in my environment, and sent an e~mail asking for advice. Two days later, I received a detailed reply with specific guidance for my conditions. Rather than trying to sell me the number of plants for the 75 sq ft I had described, they said, "Why not try a few as a test and see how they work?" It turned out they were having a 2~4~1 sale on these (not mentioned in the e~mail). I placed an order. I later called to ask about delivery dates, etc., and found myself engaged in a very instructive conversation with someone with an obviously high level of expertise who was ACTUALLY CONCERNED that my garden grow well, and not with making a sale and getting me off the phone. What a marvelous way to run a company (I hope they're making a profit at it!).
On April 15th, 2003, Aotearoa added the following:
Today, I received my second~ever order from Bluestone. Every step of the process was first class: easy to navigate web site, excellent telephone service, packing of the plants, and the plants are well leafed out and very well rooted on arrival.
I ordered by telephone as I had a question about a particular cultivar. As I placed my order, without prompting the woman said, "We have a two for one special, what would you like?" I didn't know they were having a sale.
When will you deliver my order, I asked. "Tax day," she said, laughing. They were a day early.
|On Sep 4, 2002, DashboardDJ wrote:
This company is great. I have been dealing with them for 2 years now. The one time they sent me the wrong item. Told me to keep it, at no charge and sent me the right one the following week. How can you go wrong? I have never had any bad plants from them. I always use their catalog as a great reference, plenty of good info in there. And Jennie, why wait for next Spring? Fall is a great time for planting perennials. I just ordered 8 new plants from Bluestone. Highly recommended!
|On Aug 18, 2002, lisaknoblich wrote:
I have ordered from Bluestone twice and I'm looking forward to my third order arriving. The plants are small, but they take off fast. The ones I plant in Spring usually bloom the first year.
|On Aug 10, 2002, LolaLopes Iowa City, IA wrote:
I have been buying from Bluestone for years by telephone. They are completely reliable and plants always arrive in good shape. Last year I ordered about 60 plants of a cultivar of ajuga. It was great being able to specify a particular plant and buy it in whatever quantity I needed. This weekend I'll be ordering another big batch.
|On Aug 4, 2002, tyms4 wrote:
I love this company; they have been responsible for all the beautiful perennials in my garden! I added a new bed in the fall with perennials from Bluestone and it has been huge and blooming like crazy all summer. Any problem plants have always been cheerfully replaced. Highly recommended!!
|On Jul 2, 2002, croakie North Augusta, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:
Bluestone is one of my favorite online companies. I have placed many orders with them over several years. All of the plants have arrived healthy and have done very well. I've had one or two that didn't, and I have had no problem getting them replaced. Their prices are very good too.
|On Jun 14, 2002, Jennie wrote:
Our first year to order from Bluestone. We have been very
|On Jun 4, 2002, NatureK wrote:
I emailed them with a question about shade tolerant plants and a representative emailed me back very quickly with a personal answer. I have emailed them several times and keep getting great personalized help.
|On Jun 1, 2002, thomaspowell wrote:
I recently received several plants from Bluestone and while not impressed with how they looked when they arrived, I have been amazed at how well the plants have grown. This is good stock with a healthy root system. One Siberian Iris had tumbled out of the pot in shipping and Bluestone replaced it within a week of my call to them. I am very impressed with them so far and will order in the future.
|On May 30, 2002, monarda Troy, MO wrote:
I placed a small order for perennial plants through their website on 5/22/02. I received immediate confirmation and confirmation when my order was shipped. The order was shipped via United Parcel Service and was delivered today. I was absolutely amazed at the wonderful condition these plants were in. I followed the instructions for watering the plants and setting the new plants in dappled shade. The plants look even better than they did upon receipt. I will definitely be ordering from this company in the future.
On June 10th, 2002, monarda added the following:
I had one Pulmonaria die out of three received. I have contacted their customer service department and am waiting on a response.
On July 10th, 2002, monarda added the following:
I received an e-mail from Dave inquiring about the outcome regarding the dead plant I received. I did receive an immediate response from Bluestone and I received a credit on my charge card dated 6/19/02.
Other than the dead plant and other plants being much smaller than expected, I will continue to do business with this company.
I appreciate the fact that Dave from Gardenwatchdog follows up on comments posted on this site and will continue to recommend it to the members of the garden club that I am a member of and to anyone else looking for information on reputable companies selling plants to the retail public.
|On May 28, 2002, kachew wrote:
Excellent! I ordered about 20 plants in the early spring. They sent me a confirmation card and estimated shipping date. I got all of my plants and a few free extra ones. I will order from this place next year!
|On May 23, 2002, ElizabethN wrote:
All my plants came in great shape. They were small when they arrived but they are growing like crazy. I will definitely buy from them again.