I love this company. I have ALWAYS received fabulous, healthy, quality plants from them. I know that when I order from them, I will get a great product. I have recommended them to several of my friends and family who have asked where I bought a particular good-looking plant.
I've ordered from Bluestone at least three times over the years. Communication was excellent, I received exactly what I ordered when I expected it, and the plants were well packed.
Customer service was excellent. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this nursery to anyone.
My only quibble with this nursery is their use of coir pots. I've long found that the only way to get a plant in a coir pot to survive in the ground is to rip it out of the pot before planting, not an easy task.
Even though I had numerous problems with my last orders ( damaged plants upon arrival, wilted, small, barely grown plants, top of the plants cut even though there was plenty of room in the box) I can't help to rate this company as positive. Every time I call customer service I am taken care of to my satisfaction. That said I really wish I had no reason to write or call.
I am their customer for many years. Almost all of the perennials and many shrubs in my gardens are Bluestones.
I welcomed coco pots idea- I am very environmentally conscious- until I planted them and many perennials did not survived. Now, year later I simply remove the pots before planting. Coco pots end up in compost pile. There are some plants that that are able to shoot roots thru Coco pots but plants with finer roots just suffer.
Prices are significantly higher -comparing to the prices when I started shopping with them- but so are prices of other suppliers with no comparable customer service. I somehow try to compensate by placing larger orders at the end of the May when Bluestone announce summer sale. For smaller orders I use offered coupons and also buy special collections that Bluestone puts together- Like Echinacea Red Hot Trio, Heucherella Trio...
I hope to see Bluestone Perennials again as TOP 5.
I believe that the heart of the company is in the right place.
On Nov 21, 2013, lsm1 Williamstown, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I frequently buy with them and the plants are usually excellent. The few I got that did poorly were promptly replaced. They also have an excellent variety and good prices (not the cheapest, but for a great service and great plant quality it is well worth it).
I have had excellent experience with Bluestone Perennials. In October of this year, I ordered 2 Penstamon Huskers Red. I received 2 well-packaged, perfect plants, and they are doing very well in my garden.
I would highly recommend this company.
On Oct 22, 2013, lilaclily Lombard, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on June 28, 2013, updated October 22, 2013
Posted on June 19, 2013, updated June 28, 2013
This year marks the last time I order from Bluestone. There are some things that I don't mind - the coir pots, even getting 1 plant when you used to get 3. But what I do mind, and mind enough to take my business elsewhere - is the price paid for what you actually get.
I order from their 50% off sale every year. And even 50% off is too much to pay for the plant that you receive. Maybe if it's harder to come by, one doesn't mind paying $7 for what amounts to a tiny stick, but paying that for something one could procure at a big box store for $5.99 that is literally 5x the size? (recently came across a bunch, that was kind of a sinking feeling). I just can't do it any more.
Looking back at all my orders for what amounts to dozens of different plants, I can't recall even one of them standing out as impressing me as to its size and quality upon receiving. Looking out at my gardens, many of those plants - all perennials - died. Even their replacements. While I am an experienced gardener that enjoys nurturing a plant and watching it grow, after making all the correct efforts in planting it the first time around (light, soil conditions, etc), one thing I don't have time for is babying something that arrives barely a grade above a plug/liner. One shouldn't have to for that price - even at 50% off.
I ordered about a dozen shrubs in my order this year. 2 of them arrived basically DOA (no longer in stock so a refund was issued), 1 went into the ground, and the other 9 have been potted and I am babying them along for the summer before I can even think about planting them in the ground. Out of the echinaceas, 2 were plugs that had been uprooted in transit (even their packaging could not secure these, they were so small). Their replacements won't arrive until the end of August.
Their customer service is top-notch, but one reaches a point where one just doesn't want to call and complain any more.
Before writing this review, I stopped myself and stepped back and did the old, "Is is me?" before posting it. I buy a lot of plants, both in-person and through mail order. My expectations are not extraordinarily high because I base them on pretty much a rolling average of all experiences. Have I received plants from other companies in worse condition or much smaller? Of course. Have I received worse customer service? Or course. Hence my neutral rating. To some, Bluestone is exactly what they need and never disappoints. To me, I just can't justify the price with what I actually receive. Not any more.
On June 28th, 2013, lilaclily changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
Wow. Talk about going downhill fast.
4 of the "shrubs" I potted up have since died. The weigela "Ghost" was the first to go, followed by all 3 of the chaenomeles that I ordered. I had them in a sheltered spot (filtered sunlight), not too dry, not too damp.
Never again.On October 22nd, 2013, lilaclily changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
In retrospect, I am a bit embarrassed that I let my emotions write such an unhappy review. Yes, the plants died. Yes, many have died in the past as well. But the truth is, I did not alert Bluestone to the problem and didn't allow them the chance to turn my frown upside down before posting feedback here. For that, I apologize.
Pat contacted me and was very patient with me as we went back and forth trying to figure out the high percentage of fatalities. Because I am an experienced gardener, it is hard for me to accept when I or my conditions are responsible for the fatality but I do feel I was honest in listing the plants that died at my hand - there were not many of them but they did exist. The rest, who knows? Circumstances are mysterious at best, especially when I have a garden filled with literally hundreds of successful perennials.
I will again say that their customer service is top-notch. Pat truly seemed to care about my unhappiness and I will say that she went completely above and beyond in trying to make me happy. She succeeded. On Oct 22, 2013, Bluestone Perennials responded with:
"On Jun 28, 2013 3:30 PM, Bluestone Perennials responded with:
If you will be in touch with our office, we will refund your purchase price. We apologize that our plants have not worked out for you."
On Oct 19, 2013, PapayalizaLiza Lincolnville, ME wrote:
I've been very pleased with everything I've ordered from Bluestone. they ship quickly, the coir pots are great, and though the plants arent giant, they really do establish much more quickly than would a larger, pot-bound specimen. By the end of the summer the plants have tripled ( at least ) in size and are thriving! Highly recommended.
I just received my order from Bluestone Perennials. It was my very first order from them but sure won't be the last. The plants were much larger than I expected and in just perfect condition; what ingenious packaging! Love the Coco Pots too; planting these without disturbing the roots will be a cinch. I couldn't be more pleased with my order and I highly recommend this company to anyone wanting the very best!
I have been ordering from Bluestone Perennials for the last 4 years. My perennial gardens (shade and sun) are comprised almost exclusively of Bluestone plants and I've only lost one and that was due to my dog digging it up repeatedly. My last experience ordering was the spring 50% off sale. When some plants didn't arrive (and weren't listed as sold out) I contacted customer service. I wasn't happy with the 1st response from them and let them know it. Pat, in the Cust. Serv. office took great pains to make it right. Fantastic, prompt response! The hosta I did order is doing beautifully, as are the salvia. The coir pots seem to do well if you rip and loosen the bottoms prior to planting. I love Bluestone's variety, online plant finder, thorough and clear instructions and plant information. It is a great site for a rank beginner (as I was 4 years ago) as well as an experienced gardener. I have tried other online sites but never had the success I've had with the Bluestone plants.
I made my first purchase here during their last 50% off sale. I had purchased several widows tears, some astilbes, and a few heuchera.
The plants all arrived in some of the largest boxes I have ever seen plants shipped in, but everything was intact and healthy. The coconut husk pots take some getting used to, and I let then soak in some water for an hour before planting. Considering how well they retain water I suspect it's the only reason the plants haven't dried out and died in this heat yet. For those complaining they don't decompose properly, I've noticed a light mulching on top of the pots helps.
I was a tad worried about the astilbes, they turned brown and withered a week after planting, but I noticed today that they're coming around and starting to bounce back.
All in all, I'm quite happy with my purchase and will continue to buy from them next year.
Posted on May 27, 2013, updated July 1, 2013
Posted on April 21, 2012, updated May 27, 2013
Posted on April 10, 2012, updated April 21, 2012
Posted on June 11, 2011, updated April 10, 2012
I had ordered 3 Salvia plumosa as part of an order in April. Only 1 of 3 survived (all other plants were fine). I called customer service and they replaced all 3 plants, received within 4 days of the call. These are actually nicer than the first group. A great company to deal with. The nicest and most efficient customer service staff, and true to their word regarding 100% customer satisfaction. This is my 3rd experince with them and I hope to have many more. Highly recommended.
On April 10th, 2012, planter52 added the following:
I just received my fourth order and the plants are in fantastic condition. Large, healthy and beautifully packaged. I'm sorry so many shoppers went negative due to the price and packaging change. They're definitely a plus, and folks should give the change a chance before they criticize. I'll definitely be ordering again. Great company and products.On April 21st, 2012, planter52 added the following:
Another order, great communication, fast shipping and excellent quality. I really think Dave's Garden should remove the negative posts which were based on price increases and new packaging. Too many opinions were expressed before trying out the new set-up. The costs are a bit higher, but the plants are larger and I'm personally having an easier time establishing the larger sizes. They should be a top 10 company again! Keep up the great service and products.On May 27th, 2013, planter52 added the following:
Just received my latest order.3 Heucheras, 2 Astilbes , 2 Echinaceas. All arrived in great condition. Very nice specimens, especially the Astilbe which are sending up flower buds already. Terrific communication regarding delivery. I wish the new price structure's negative comments weren't counted against them as they should be a top 30 company. Keep up the good workOn July 1st, 2013, planter52 added the following:
Had a problem with the Joe Pye Chocolate Eupatorium I'd ordered. The small specimen seemed O.K. but collapsed and died within days. Called customer service, and as usual they were courteous and sent a replacement immediately. Much better size and it's already doing well. I've read some reviews and have purchased at big box stores as well, only to find the plants don't return the following year. Bluestone's quality is excellent and once established, the plants do beautifully each year. Thanks.On Jul 1, 2013, Bluestone Perennials responded with:
On Jun 11, 2013, lemurianne Ida Grove, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on May 8, 2013, updated June 11, 2013
Posted on May 14, 2008, updated May 8, 2013
I received my very first order from Bluestone Perennials today, and I'm a little disappointed. I did take advantage of their recent sale, and most of those sale items look great, BUT I also ordered a viola (Etain) at $15 for 3 that is in just awful shape. It looks like something you'd find in a clearance bin in mid-July! All yellow and spindly with no blooms.. very disappointing. I love violas and was so excited to have this unique plant, but that excitement has turned to disgust. I have written to Bluestone to ask for a refund for this particular item, but have not heard back. If I do receive a response and refund I'll gladly change this to a neutral, but I really wish they'd not bother sending out these spent plants, especially at these prices!
On May 14th, 2008, lemurianne changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
I received an email from Bluestone today that states they'll credit me for the violas AND send out more next week at no charge. I will update again when I receive the new violas.. if by some miracle they are in good shape I may change this to a positive -- Clearly this company wants to keep its customers happy, which I do appreciate.On May 24th, 2008, lemurianne changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
After having complained about the state of a plant shipped to me, I received a refund and a free re-shipment of the same plant the following week. Though I still feel that the plant in question (Etain Viola) should be in much better shape for the price, I appreciate the service and have to admit that the other, CHEAPER plants I ordered look great so far! I will most definitely order from Bluestone Perennials again. The fantastic customer service makes up for the annoying packing peanuts and spindly, yellow-foliaged violas.On May 8th, 2013, lemurianne added the following:
It has been several years since I last left feedback, but I do think I have ordered something from Bluestone Perennials each year since and been pleased. When I was a just starting out as a gardener, I loved BP for their incredibly cheap prices and sets of 3 that would fill in a space quicker than one plant alone. But now, as a slightly more experienced gardener, I appreciate their new format -- bigger, healthier single plants for more money, but still very reasonable. I don't pay more for the plant + shipping than I would if I was buying something this size from my local nurseries this time of year. And the selection at BP is so much bigger! I received an order today and couldn't be happier -- everything is big and healthy and arrived undamaged.
I will say that I always remove the coco pots because they don't break down fast enough in my gardens' soil. The few time I did put them in the ground the plant became root-bound and died, but since I've been removing the pots I've had no trouble :) I will continue to order from Bluestone Perennials.On June 11th, 2013, lemurianne added the following:
I ordered a second time this year to partake of their great sale, and I was terrified when I received the email stating that the plants were shipped via UPS ground ON A FRIDAY!! There is no excuse for that. I almost called to complain immediately, but thought I'd go ahead and wait to receive the plants. The plants arrived the following week, alive but wilted and starting to yellow. After a couple days of nursing them along they looked no worse for wear and upon planting them I felt that they were obviously healthy, well-rooted plants when they were shipped. I still can't believe any nursery would ship via UPS on a Friday, but the plants are already sprouting new growth and buds, so I can't complain too much!
On Jun 11, 2013, wmc Oak Park, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on May 20, 2012, updated June 11, 2013
I returned to Bluestone after having abandoned them a number of years ago, thinking that they had become too big and their delivered plants too small and insecurely packaged. I was very pleased to receive large, healthy specimens in a timely manner, package it a box with dividers fitted as if tailored to the plants. Bodes well.
On June 11th, 2013, wmc added the following:
Following up on my last review, Bluestone stands behind their plants. Without going into detail and in contrast with another vendor I have been dealing with, Bluestone's customer service was responsive to a concern I raised recently and rectified the issue without hesitation.
On Jun 8, 2013, ThrickaThrick Stillwater, OK wrote:
I have recently made 2 orders with Bluestone Perinneals and although not perfect I am pleased with the vast majority of plants and my dealings with the company.
I ordered 4 All Gold Bleeding Hearts. The packaging is well thought out to protect the plants. They all looked well and were planted immediately. For some reason 1 died immediately but the other 3 are doing well. After contacting Bluestone I was given an immediate credit, charging the cost back to my credit card. They were out of All Gold Bleeding Heart.
My 2nd order was 3 Gaillardia (Arizona Sun, Arizona Red Shades, Oranges and Lemons), and a Patriot Hosta. All of the plants were packaged well and in good health. They are doing well.
Posted on June 11, 2011, updated June 8, 2013
I wish there was a "splendid!" rating. I started gardening when I purchased my house 9 years ago and have been shopping with Bluestone since then. I LOVE that they grow their own plants.
In all these years and my many orders, only one plant in one threepack was unsatisfactory. I didn't request replacement because in that same order I received 2 free threepacks as premiums. I LOVE sales and coupons.
I'm sure they would've replaced it though, as the only two times I needed to contact customer service in 9 years I found the representatives to be professional, helpful and friendly.
Shipping is prompt and reasonable. In fact, last fall I took advantage of a bulb clearance sale and--I swear--I got up from the computer and walked to the front door and the box was on the porch already!
As long as I keep finding a square foot of free space, I will remain a happy loyal Bluestone customer.
On June 8th, 2013, bethjed added the following:
Another lovely spring thanks to Bluestone! I placed an order at the 50% off sale after seeing what did/didn't make it through the winter. Healthy plants, moist, arrived quickly and are thriving in their new spots. My previous bulb purchases showed up glorious again this spring. Love my Bluestone!!
On Jun 8, 2013, virginiarose Ports., VA (Zone 8a) wrote:
Posted on April 25, 2013, updated June 8, 2013
Posted on June 1, 2012, updated April 25, 2013
Posted on May 7, 2012, updated June 1, 2012
Posted on November 2, 2011, updated May 7, 2012
I ordered 4 plants on 10-31-11 and received them 11-02-11. Very fast shipping and plants are fairly small but not unusual prices for starter plants. I noticed the good packing and soil was still moist. I have never gotten Coconut fiber pots before. Hope they work out because it's good for the environment. Millions of these plastic pots end up on the landfills.
See pictures on the Hosta forum. ( Mail order experiences good or bad ) Thank You!
On May 7th, 2012, virginiarose added the following:
Just a warning,The Hosta Great Expectations, started off great. I planted the whole thing into a large pot and it thrived. Now suddenly it started going down hill while the other hosta's were thriving. It was the coco pot. It did not decompose, it was tuff as ever and the plant was root bound. Maybe we should at least rip off the bottom, I had the same problem with the peat pots, the plants just won't grow. On June 1st, 2012, virginiarose added the following:
I do not know about the previous price list. A company does what it has to do to stay in business.
Compared to other web-nurseries I found them to be normal as far as prices go. I love the packing and not too keen on the Coco pots, but I just remove the pot and plant them.
I was really happy to get some shrubs at their 50% off sale, I've been waiting all year for these winterberries. Yes, winterberries for 7.77 each. They were ten times as big as some Caryopteris shrubs I bought from another popular company. I also got a huge Echinacea @ 4.47 it is by far the biggest and healthiest I have ever gotten. And best price, also got two baptisia that were both 12 inches tall at least and for all these plants the shipping was only 9.95.
I think this company is worth a second look, I will certainly keep ordering from them happily, and will recommend them to my friends.
I compare prices all the time and I have been happy with this company, even for small plants but sometimes they surprise me. :))On April 25th, 2013, virginiarose added the following:
Received another wonderful order from BS. They twisted my arm with that 10% off and the free plant thing. I love this company, the website is very user friendly which means a lot to me. If I see something I like I can put it in my shopping cart or wish list and it stays there. Smart Company! :))
I love the sales and the selection of plants and the prices. They have a little of everything it seems. The Coconut fiber is good for the environment and there is no plastic on the landfill. I just re-pot to a bigger size anyway.
There was a little dirt missing in a few of the pots. 'This end up' means, let's play volleyball!!On June 8th, 2013, virginiarose added the following:
I put in two orders this spring and got a lot of wonderful plants. There was a problem with UPS and my plants did not make it here on time, two shrubs died eventually. I notified Bluestone and sent a couple of pictures. They apologized right away and shipped out new plants they never made me feel like it was my fault. The replacement plants are even bigger than the first ones and my second order was beautiful too, I got a lot of things I would not have been able to afford other wise. Love the 50% off. :)
Once you register you will have a permanent shopping cart and you can add and delete stuff as you will. Also it is easy to create a wish list. Great Website!!
On Jun 6, 2013, heavenscape TabacVille, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
This is my second purchase, in 2013 with this company.The first was a gift, and the intended receiver was very happy with the plants.
For the second one, I am enjoying the same experience. The plants were well protected and made the transit in the Southern heat. ALL the plants were healthy.
On Jun 5, 2013, neohiogardener Struthers, OH wrote:
I placed my first order with this company recently. I was impressed with the size of the plants, however two of them were damaged in transit due to crammed packaging, etc. I notified customer service via email. After about a week they responded that they would send replacements. They kept their word and I received nice healthy replacements this week. Good communication and followup. I will order again.
On Jun 4, 2013, mc003 Crown Point, IN (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on August 14, 2012, updated June 4, 2013
I'm not posting about a specific order but my overall experience. I have placed quite a few orders the last few years, both large and small and it has been nothing but a positive experience. I love the new coco pots. Do I miss the smaller plants that were priced in threes for the most part, yes. However, all the plants that I have ordered since they changed packaging and pricing structure have been far more robust then when they came in threes, plus they are still small enough and priced competitively that I'm still able to plant a whole bed at a time and not go broke. I just recently did five different shade gardens with plants purchased from several orders this past spring. All are doing fabulous even though we had the hottest July on record and abnormally dry conditions. I'm lucky enough to live in one of the parts of Indiana that hasn't been experiencing the extreme drought conditions. I hope this company thrives and lives just as well as the plants they sell! Thank you!
On June 4th, 2013, mc003 added the following:
I don't post alot on here but I needed to say I believe this is one of the few great companies to order plants from online. I know everyones experience with Bluestone is unique, but come on people...#1 I know everyone is used to getting things immediately in this day and age but give them time to respond to emails and other correspondance, #2 they are shipping live plants to you in a box that will probably get heated up quite a bit during shipping, especially if they are in transit for a few days, most plants will bounce back very well...if not, see #1. I have ordered many large orders this year and in years past and everything for the most part was great. When I did have an issue with a plant not being what it should or a plant that came out of the pot completely during shipping, I did the adult thing and contacted them via email and waited like a good girl for a response which always came within an appropriate time. I didn't immediately go into a huffypuffy whiney, omg this company should have known better, state of mind. Crap happens, people make mistakes. As to their coco pots, I still love them but I too have experienced that sometimes they were not breaking down quick enough to allow for new root growth, so I solved that by using small garden shears and making slits on the sides and bottom of the pot. I did that last fall and this spring and I'm not having any problems. I had first tried peeling them off but sometimes the roots were a little too attached to the inside of the pot and I was afraid of pulling at the roots too much. I'm a comparison shopper and there have been many a time that even though Bluestone's price might have been a little higher, I was more willing to invest my money on their plants because of the track record I have had with Bluestone and their plants these past 4 years. Yes some plants won't survive, that's a given, but you have to own up when you're part of the issue too. Dave's does a great service to those looking for reputable companies to order from and I wholey believe Bluestone should be right up there at the top. And for those of you that actually read this whole post, sorry for being so long winded!! lol
I had been reading some negative reviews on Bluestone last year which was surprising as I've been dealing with them for decades with no problems. I think the majority of complaints revolved around their new coir pot method of sending/growing plants. I was a little nervous to see what my order would look like using this "new" system, but in my case at least, they did a fine job. The quality of the plants was good, and after peeling off the coir wrapper, I plopped the well rooted plants in the ground once the weather warmed up. Thumbs Up from me.
I have been ordering from Bluestone since 2009 and I have to admit that last year I was a bit disappointed with the size of the plants. All but 2 made it through the winter. I placed another order this year for some perennials I could not find locally and they arrived today. I was extremely happy. I ordered 16 plants and all 16 arrived in excellent condition. I think they were the largest plants I have ever received from Bluestone and everything looked healthy. I thankfully got all of them planted before the rain came and I look forward to them blooming later in the summer. I was so impressed by the high quality of Bluestones plants this year that I am placing another order tonight. Thank you Bluestone!
On May 22, 2013, jvw Clinton Township, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:
I have ordered from Bluestone for at least 5 years now. Their customer service has always been top notch. Any time I had a problem with any order they rectified the situation immediately and pleasantly. I am sad they are not in the Top 30. For the most part I have been very happy with their plants. There are a few plants I had repeated trouble growing, but I wrote it off to my conditions. Also, I enjoy taking a road trip and going directly to the nursery to shop.
It took me a bit to adjust to the new coir pots/single plant system. I have learned I get better results if I remove the coir pot entirely immediately when I get the plants. Often I do not plant my gems right away and they would dry out too fast in the coir pots for me. And if I planted with the coir pot I found it did not break down fast enough and the plant suffered in the ground. Clearly though it works great for growing the plants as effidenced by the two orders I received from them this year. WOW! Gorgeous healthy plants. I am so very pleased!
Ordered perennials this year. Bigger pots, which I like,and the plants look great. The achillea are huge. Like the fiber pots as I can put them straight in the ground. Have ordered from them before and will continue to do so. I've never had a problem with a plant from them.
I purchased several perennials. They were planted in coir pots that could just be planted, pot and all. The packaging was corrugated. Not a plastic pot or styrofoam packing peanut i sight. Thanks so much, Bluestone, for your environmentally sound materials.
On May 7, 2013, Terry Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on November 26, 2001, updated May 7, 2013
Plants are rather small, but very vigorous growers, and great prices. Nice selection of perennial plants.
On May 2nd, 2002, go_vols added the following:
The three-pack of Lamium that I ordered last year has become two very large clumps, filled with beautiful flowers - lots of compliments on them, and surprise when I tell people they started out as three little plants. Ditto for the Sedum 'Matrona'; the only disappointment is one of the Clethra I ordered isn't showing any signs of life :(
Overall, I would still order from them again in a heartbeat..On April 10th, 2003, go_vols added the following:
I placed another order with Bluestone this year, and once again, was very pleased. This time my order was for shrubs and a clematis, and the size and vigor of the plants compare favorably to other mail-order sources for similar plants (for example, I ordered two deciduous Magnolias, one from Bluestone the other from a different nursery. They are comparable in terms of size, fullness and leafing out, and the Bluestone plant was significantly less expensive.) Way to go Bluestone!.On September 18th, 2004, go_vols added the following:
I just wanted to say thanks - my order arrived right on time yesterday (despite Hurricane Ivan) and was in great shape - as usual. On June 7th, 2007, Terry added the following:
Another great order - I took advantage of their spring sale to pick up several three-packs of perennials and a Clematis. Everything arrived looking fresh and perky. A couple of the plants weren't *quite* as well-rooted as I would have liked, but I think a little extra TLC (necessary anyway due to the high temps and dry conditions we're experiencing) will help them settle in and do well, as their plants normally do.
New since my last order - they used a box that was exactly the size to snugly hold a standard plant flat, which they included with my plants, making it easy to carry everything outside to the border bed Thanks!!!!On May 7th, 2013, Terry added the following:
I haven't ordered from Bluestone in a few years, but now that we're settled in our new home and my gardens are taking shape, I took advantage of a recent offer for a free plant with $75 purchase. I'm glad I did! Love the new coir planting containers, and as always, the plants arrived well-packed and ready to go in the ground.
On Apr 27, 2013, DonnaMack Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on June 2, 2012, updated April 27, 2013
Posted on May 7, 2003, updated June 2, 2012
First, I must thank all of the people who took the time to recommend this great company. Because of the detailed feedback, I confidently ordered, and today received my first order from Bluestone. I purchased 33 plants and the quality is excellent. They are smaller that the plants one would purchase at a nursery, but I would say that they are the same size as the far more expensive White Flower Farm plants. I usually grow my own plants from seed, only buying what I cannot grow, so I am accustomed to robust plants, and these are. And some of the varieties I purchased, such as Heuchera Firefly and Heucherella Bridgett's Bloom, are usually quite expensive. And the prices! Taking advantage of some specials and 3 for 1 offfers, I paid $98.75 for 33 plants - including shipping - less than $3.00 a plant! Receiving an e-mail and a UPS tracking number was an unexpected plus. Another bonus - did anyone notice that the plants are hardened off when you receive them? They note that they can be exposed to temperatures as low as 26 degrees. What a great company! They are my first stop from now on.
On August 1st, 2003, DonnaMack added the following:
After I printed the above I ordered additional plants from Bluestone, and continue to be impressed. Of the total of 49 plants I put in, 49 took! I put in arabis, a spring blooming plant, and it bloomed in summer, and has spread considerably. The verbena Homestead Purple, Heucherella, Tiarella, and most of the others actually bloomed. Some look like mature plants, blooming with no restraint. I installed all of them in May and June!
I'm working on my fall order. These guys are incredible.On May 14th, 2007, DonnaMack added the following:
I have ordered annually each year since my above review, and have been pleased with my orders, but my most recent experience with the company was the best thus far. I was having trouble entering coupon codes, so I called and spoke with a wonderful representative who explained to me the numbers on the codes and then offered to take my order over the telephone. This was very much to my advantage, because she (I'm so sorry I did not get her name) repeatedly brought specials to my attention of which I was unaware. The result was that I received 12 free plants. My order came yesterday and every plant was healthy and viable. I also received a HUGE primula Japonica (much larger than my favorite local nursery) as a replacement for a plant that was mistakenly labeled as such last year. Better yet, I was given a delivery confirmation from Fed Ex, and my plants were delivered as promised on the afternoon of May 12, the day before Motherís Day (what a tough day to keep a delivery commitment!). And our last frost date in zone 5a is May 15. Perfect.
I cannot imagine how this entire transaction could have been better. On June 2nd, 2012, DonnaMack added the following:
I had hesitated to purchase from Bluestone this season, given the comments and the higher prices. But they sent me an email about discounted items, and I could not resist trying them again, so I ordered a few plants.
I must say that I was very pleased with the quality of the plants. I found that the roots were somewhat embedded in the coir so I could not remove it, but the fact that they had grown into and in some places through the coir is a good sign.
I also had a free shipping code from three years ago - and they honored it!
I will be back.On April 27th, 2013, DonnaMack added the following:
I must say that I am very happy with Bluestone this year. I ordered all half price plants in January: 3 Campanula Bellringers, 2 Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red', a panicum and 2 Fothergilla Mt. Airy shrubs. The plants are just excellent. The qualuty is very high. They are of nice size. I remove the coir immediately because I have trouble cutting it away - and the soil was dry. But the plants are perfect!
I needed many plants this year, ordered from Totally Tomato, Bluestone perennials, NH hostas, American Meadows, Classy Groundcovers, & Dans Dahlias. I will comment on each site as the orders come in.
My largest order, I ordered 56 perennials in 2 orders from bluestone.(first time ordering with Bluestone)
start with I found their website and catalog to be better than average. packaging is outstanding, some plants did dry a bit in the 3 Days shipping, coco pots i find a plus, plants for the most part came in good condition, my Pulmonaria i need to keep an eye on right now (transplant shock maybe?). orders over $75 you receive a free plant but this can be missed on their website and they will not inform you that you missed it. after missing it the first order i e-mailed about this and a quick responds and my free plant was in the order, some time later i put in a second order
and watched to where i put in for the free plant. ordered the plant
but i didnt feel it recorded on the website and when the order came in i found that to be true. i found this to be minor and didnt bother bluestone about it but it may be an issue with others at Dave's garden.
all in all a good experience with Bluestone.
On Apr 24, 2013, sunny70 Ringwood, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:
I've had 2 seasons and over 50 plants now from Bluestone, and my experiences have all been positive. In fact, I have come to prefer them over any other online vendor. The coco pots are genius, especially for some of the more fragile perennials. For the first time, I was able to successfully grow lupines and delphiniums - and they came back this spring in zone 6. I planted several perennials in the fall, and they too returned. Customer service is excellent - friendly, prompt and helpful. I wanted to add some plants to my order after placing it and although it was too late, they offered to send me the plants with no extra shipping costs. Selection is also excellent. I highly recommend.
On Apr 13, 2013, nevadagdn Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on April 1, 2003, updated April 13, 2013
This is another company I'd rate a solid "B", somewhere between positive and neutral. The plants are small, and I freely admit that I ordered plants that turned out to be growing wild in the woodlot behind my house in Kansas. I felt quite the idiot for paying money for stuff I could have dug up and planted for free, but Bluestone isn't to blame for my ignorance.
I prefer plants in the 3-6" pot size, because they seem to perform best for me, needing the least care and coddling to survive and reach maturity. Again, that's mere preference on my part, and my only complaint with Bluestone is that they aren't completely clear that the plants they ship are in smaller containers than I like. That could be remedied with a photograph in the catalog.
The plants I have received over the years have been healthy, and not excessively expensive. I just wish (and don't we all?) that they were larger.
On May 11th, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:
This year's order was much better than the orders I received 10 years ago. The pot size is a little larger (no more 72's, I assume), and the plants are also correspondingly larger. They arrived in good condition, even though picking out styrofoam peanuts is a pain. My order this year consisted of 12 chrysanthemum plants (the football mum and quilled/spoon collections). I ordered from Bluestone because I couldn't find this kind of mum except through one other source, and I didn't want quite as many plants as they offered.On May 26th, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:
I have to add another non-complaint--Bluestone sent a packet of all these great coupons for my next order. But I already HAVE all the varieties of the specified plants that I want and/or have room for! I wish Bluestone grew more unusual plants more to my unusual tastes, but to be fair, there are other companies that cater to the plantlover in search of the extremely unusual. Bluestone fills its niche admirably and I can't justify asking them to change because I'm a plantoholic.On September 15th, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:
With all the coupons I used and a half-price sale on selected bulbs, I can't complain about my most recent order. Some plants were a bit small, or a bit anemic-looking, but overall they are healthy and I'm sure all will grow just fine. The mums I ordered in May have done beautifully. Overall, good value for the money.On April 3rd, 2006, nevadagdn added the following:
Can I complain because I FORGOT where I planted many of my bulbs and plants and it's still too early for many of them to emerge? Naaah...that would be silly!On November 1st, 2007, nevadagdn added the following:
An order of half-price bulbs from the recent sale is completely satisfactory; they aren't the largest bulbs available, but they are still excellent value for the money. Ordering, communication and timely order processing/delivery were excellent as usual. The asters I thought were a bit anemic in 2005 have survived and grown beautifully.On April 3rd, 2008, nevadagdn added the following:
I placed a very large order this spring, just received. The 3-pak plants range from small to good-sized, all perfectly healthy and vigorous and ready to either go straight out in the garden or be moved up to 4" pots. I have no complaints.On June 7th, 2008, nevadagdn added the following:
My end-of-season sale order was exactly as I expected. Very nice.On April 13th, 2013, nevadagdn added the following:
I can't decide if I like the new coir pots or not. The plants themselves look really nice. Prices seem to still be reasonable for what I got.
Posted on June 21, 2012, updated April 7, 2013
Posted on May 2, 2012, updated June 21, 2012
Posted on April 4, 2009, updated May 2, 2012
Received my first order from BSP and was very happy with
the plants and the way they were packaged. I will be ordering
On June 7th, 2009, Patt52 added the following:
Just received another order from BSP. This time ordered by phone and the lady in Customer Service was very polite and helpful. My order came very fast and the plants were still moist and fresh. Thanks Bluestone for providing us with great plants and service! Looking forward to ordering again soon. On June 7th, 2009, Patt52 added the following:
Just received another order from BSP. This time ordered by phone and the lady in Customer Service was very polite and helpful. My order came very fast and the plants were still moist and fresh. Thanks Bluestone for providing us with great plants and service! Looking forward to ordering again soon. On May 2nd, 2012, Patt52 added the following:
Ordered 3 plants and received them a few days ago! They are smaller than what I get from other companies but seem to still do very well. When I opened the box a lot of dirt had fallen out of 1 of them, but I think it will be fine. I planted all 3 yesterday and can't wait to see them in full bloom! Thanks Bluestone!!On June 21st, 2012, Patt52 added the following:
Ordered 3 more plants from BSP Spring Sale. Received in good condition except for the Blue Paradise Phlox, which was too tall for the box and broke upon taking it out. Got in touch with them and they quickly send a replacement! Thanks so much, it's nice to know when you order plants through the mail that you can rest assure that this company has great service!!! On April 7th, 2013, Patt52 added the following:
Just received my first order of this year from BSP and everything was great, from the service to the plants. Even got a free plant because I ordered the max amount required. Thanks again Bluestone!!!
I ordered three plants: 1 Clematis & 2 Hydrangias. They arrived healthy & well-packed. The pots might have been a bit small (maybe 3" size) but each plant was tall & had strong stems. I liked that the pots were obviously bio-degradable - I can plant the pot & all - a nice touch. They have a beautiful catalogue which is a little confusing to use at first, but the plants that arrived matched the healthy look of their pictures. One additional note: the clematis I ordered is one for which I had been searching for over 15 years! The costs were reasonable. I will buy from them again & recommend this nursery to others.
On Apr 6, 2013, gdpmgary Highland Acres, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:
I recently purchased a number of perennials from Bluestone Perennials. The plants received were meticulously packed with excellent usage of green materials. The coco pots are not only green + functional but they ensure the consumer never receives rootbound plants from Bluestone as the Coco pots are so highly biodegradeable that the likelihood they will last for any appreciable amount of time is almost impossible. Having a fairly new property, the time savings in being able to simply dig a small hole and plant - pot and all is a real consumer pleaser. I give Bluestone Perennials two enthusiastic thumbs up. Everything about the company oozes quality! Gary from Lewes, Delaware
On Apr 4, 2013, LandscapeDAWG Vicksburg, MS wrote:
I am giving them a positive review because:
1. Plants came in ahead of schedule.
2. Plants were in great shape.
3. Potting was excellent with the new packaging they use.
The only thing that could have been better was the size of the plants. There was lots of headspace in the boxes so I was thinking the plants would have had plenty of room to be bigger. That being said, I realize that it is April and the plants have not had that much time to mature.
All in all a great mail order experience and would order from them anytime.
On Mar 24, 2013, curlyjoe1967 Marshfield, WI wrote:
Posted on June 3, 2008, updated March 24, 2013
I have ordered from this company three times now. I have always been satisfied with their plants. They've all grown well and most have bloomed the first year. None of their plants have ever died on me either, except for the one that the cute little chipmunk chewed off. Oh well!!! This is good company. I will certainly order from them again.
On March 24th, 2013, curlyjoe1967 added the following:
It's about time they make it back on the Top 30. They deserve it. They have great plants, good prices, and excellent customer service.
I have ordered from Bluestone Perennials since 2008. I would estimate that a third of their plants would die, especially those from the 3 packs. I quit ordering for a year because of my disappointment. But I went back to them in 2012 due to the new coconut pots. Just in case, I ordered sale items in order to keep the price lower. By the end of the summer everything I had ordered in 2012 was still alive! That was never my experience with Bluestone in previous years. I can't wait to see if the 2012 plants made it through the winter and if they will thrive in 2013. In any case, I placed another order last week. If you gave up on Bluestone, try again.
Posted on February 4, 2012, updated October 20, 2012
Just made an order of 6 Hardy Sugar Cane. Pricing was exceptional! $7.50 per plant with the 3+ discount. This is the first order I have placed with them so I dont know what the pricing was last year. Considering that the other company offering them is Plant Delights Nursery- they are selling for $20.00 a plant! They are both highly recommened so for me it was a no brainer. With shipping my order was $55.00 vs. $120.00 from Plant Delights. Will post updates with my order.
On October 20th, 2012, kazen added the following:
Well since my last post my Hardy sugar cane arrived in the coco pots looking fantasic and healthy. When I recieved them they were about 12" high, in one growing season they are now with flower and 6' tall!!! I was concerned about the coco pots not allowing for root growth but now looking at my huge and still growing grass,I'd say they did well. This company has been phenomenal and I will be ordering much more from them in the future!!