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.
On May 8, 2013, lemurianne Ida Grove, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:
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.
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!
On Apr 25, 2013, virginiarose Portsmouth, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:
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!!
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!!
On Oct 5, 2012, daffodil_lover Nova, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:
I found Bluestone last year only because of also finding Dave's Garden. Many people had great things to say about Bluestone. I ordered some plants last year and they were great. I am writing today because I ordered some end of season specials this fall. In just two days these 5 lovely plants were on my doorstep. Nice plants and fantastic service. They also have a wonderful selection of plants. I will definitely buy plants from them in the future.
I ordered from them a few years ago and was happy with the quality of the plants. I ordered some hens and chicks, bulbs and oriental poppies. I moved and had to leave the plants behind. Since I moved, I've been ordering from a few companies this spring and fall to stock my new place. I commend this company for their awesome shipping/FedEx notification policies and the great plant material I received. I ordered from the other companies before I placed my 2 orders with Bluestone this fall and I am still waiting for the other companies shipments. I called the other companies and they tell me they cannot even give me an estimate for delivery. It's a little hard to plan planting without any info. The Bluestone material is already planted and looks ready to take off. These guys are the best I've seen in years, that is why I am taking the time to recommend them.
Posted on June 7, 2009, updated October 1, 2012
I have been using this company for several years now and am quite happy with them. Once in a while in the order a plant may arrive in bad shape and all you have to do is call and it is quickly replaced no questions asked. Yes, the plant arrives smaller then most of the other mail orders, but they mature to beautiful plants. Sometimes something you order may not thrive, but that is more because of the zone, the soil or something else not pertaining to Bluestone.
On October 1st, 2012, dlewisny added the following:
Since my last posting, Bluestone started using new potting which makes planting so much easier, and now they do not seem to send a pack of 3 small plants in lieu of one nice sized one. Selections include plants that you sometimes are hard to find elsewhere.
I only utilize 2 mail order companies and they are one of the two. I have used them for years and always look forward to their mail order catalogue.
Should a plant be DOA, they will replace happily. Surprised they are not part of the top 30 in Garden Watchdog.
On Sep 26, 2012, JonSchneider Fleming Island, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Posted on September 26, 2012, updated September 26, 2012
Posted on October 26, 2007, updated September 26, 2012
One of the very BEST internet garden sites I have ever dealt with... great plants with excellent packaging. Customer service goes the extra mile in working with you if there is any problem with any of the plants. They deserve to be in the top tier!
On September 26th, 2012, JonSchneider added the following:
Once again, I have ordered from Bluestone and have received excellent quality plants in their new coir pots. The customer service as always is excellent and they saved me shipping costs by combining several orders that were (ordered) months apart.
I am surprised to not see them in the top 30... from my experience over many years with internet gardening sites, they surely deserve to be in the top tier!On September 26th, 2012, JonSchneider added the following:
Once again, I have ordered from Bluestone and have received excellent quality plants in their new coir pots. The customer service as always is excellent and they saved me shipping costs by combining several orders that were (ordered) months apart.
I am surprised to not see them in the top 30... from my experience over many years with internet gardening sites, they surely deserve to be in the top tier!
On Sep 8, 2012, wantlotsofflowers Middlefield, MA wrote:
This company is fantastic. I ordered from their winter sales (you get cheaper plants, they get money in the winter, a win-win) several times last winter & all orders were combined with combined shipping charges & shipped together in the spring. I ordered close to 100 plants. The office staff is extraordinarily helpful & friendly. With so many plants there were a very few problems which were solved instantly. Their packing is wonderful, the plants were healthy. I had heard from others not to plant compostable pots because the plants got root bound before the pot decomposed. Not these pots - the coconut fibers allow the roots to grow out through it. Now in fall, all the plants are still doing beautifully. Also, I had never ordered plants by mail before & I love it! Cheaper plants and you eliminate most of the impulse buying which is so tempting in a nursery. I give Bluestone 5 out of 5 stars!
Posted on June 29, 2012, updated September 3, 2012
Posted on June 9, 2012, updated June 29, 2012
Posted on June 5, 2012, updated June 9, 2012
After seeing Bluestone reviewed here multiple times, I decided to place a "test order". Due to the large selection and the end of season sale, my little test order grew! After submitting my initial order of 47 plants, I realized that I had omitted 9 evergreens. I emailed Bluestone and they updated my order (thank you, Pat, you're fantastic!!!). I received my 56 plants yesterday - some traveled well, some arrived dry and wilted, and one is basically DOA. I have emailed Bluestone and I am comfortable that they will address the DOA Callicarpa. Although I did not receive a shipping notification (fortunately I was home when the boxes arrived) and despite the fact that a few of the plants are rather bedraggled (plus the issue with the Callicarpa), I am giving them a positive review as
- customer service is fantastic (again, thank you, Pat!!)
- the plants were shipped securely (great inserts)
- my order arrived in a timely manner
- they have a wonderful selection and, with the sale prices, everything is attractively priced
- every plant is good-sized, well-branched with full root systems
- I believe that they will respond to my email.
At this point, I would definitely order again.
On June 9th, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
Pat at Bluestone has been great. I did send pictures (Bluestone did not request them - I sent them as it was easier for me to show them the plants in question rather than trying to describe their condition) and replacements are on the way. As another reviewer said, problems occur - it is the response that counts and, in this area (as well as others), Bluestone has excelled. I would definitely order from them again.On June 29th, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
I did receive the replacements quickly and they looked wonderful. As of today, all of the Bluestone plants are actively growing and doing exceptionally well. I would definitely recommend Bluestone.On September 3rd, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
Last spring, I ordered a lot of plants. Unfortunately, one did not recover from shipping and I was told it would be replaced this fall. I was happily surprised when I received a ship notice last week from Bluestone letting me know that they had not forgotten and my plant was on the way. I received it Friday - well packed and good-sized. Thank you, Bluestone, for such great service!
On Aug 31, 2012, asdragon Brooklyn Heights, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:
I just received an order of several fine, healthy plants. As usual it was extremely well packaged and the plants arrived in excellent shape. Among them was a replacement for a plant that arrived in next-to-dead condition. Although the damage appeared to be the result of negligence by the shipping service, Bluestone replaced it for free.
Since I tend to order on a sporadic basis, I like that they combine orders so that the plants arrive in a single lot at the appropriate planting time.
On Aug 14, 2012, mc003 Crown Point, IN (Zone 5a) wrote:
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!
Posted on July 17, 2012, updated July 21, 2012
placed a large order,recieved damp pots with soft mushy leaves.Husband planted them,none grew even with babying them.Not wanting to admit defeat Ilet them struggle with fertilizer.and water.I lost my packing slip;by this time hubby was very upset.I sent Emailexplaing situationand saidI would be willing to buy from them again if they could check my order recordand offer a csecond chance discount. Of course no response.All I wanted was to let them know half dead plants in wet pots wrapped in plastic do not grow;at least free shipping?
On July 21st, 2012, aaflyr changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I easily change my rating to Positive! After speaking with rep.Pat,she helped understand my confusion as to how Bluestone shipsetc.She made right with the plants that didnot bloom.I will contiue to reccomend and purchase from thi top quality grower;Don't miss a chance to plant the best.Buy BluestoneOn Jul 21, 2012, Bluestone Perennials responded with:
Could you please give us a call at your earliest convenience? We reply to every email we receive, and would have offered you a reshipment or a refund without question. I am puzzled - Our plants are not wrapped in plastic (with the exception of a 3/4" removable band at the top of the coconut fiber pot) and they are shipped in a cardboard carrier (again, no plastic). Is it possible they came from another nursery? Let's get to the bottom of this. Call 800-852-5243 or email me directly email@example.com We look forward to hearing from you and resolving the situation.
I have ordered from Bluestone the past 2 years. I love their selection and quality of information on their website. I am new to gardening and don't really like the coco pots, but my experience could very well be a product of my inexperience--ended up removing the majority of them from the pots because they seemed to get dry so fast, when I did everything did much better.
I ordered a large number of perennials from this site to begin a garden at a new house. All of them arrived in beautiful condition. The selection was excellent. I'm not sure I've seen so many varieties of capanulas anywhere else. I was so grateful that all of the plants were in grow pots and that there were NO packing peanuts. The packaging all recycled beautifully.
My excellent experience with Bluestone started with ordering process. As a new DG member, I found BP in the last 2 days of their half price spring sale (without realizing deadline). Took me 2 days to fill my cart with about 40 plants. Next day, went to edit to make sure I had right spot for each plant and found prices doubled. Not having read all the wonderful reviews, thought this was an online gimmic. However, Pat was wonderful extending prices for, what became, 2 more days to accomplish edit. The plants came within a week, large, green and beautiful (except 3 hollyhocks which, after reading reviews, I'm convinced BP will replace if necessary). Propitiously, arrival preceded 2 cooler days of drizzleing rain in our SC 7b/8a climate. Accomplished easy planting in 3 days, following directions. Now, after reading reviews, I question if coir pots should have been slashed or bottoms removed as I am sure to order again before fall.
Much thanks to Pat and advanced thanks in hopes of a reply to coir pot planting methods. Claudia T.
Posted on May 9, 2011, updated June 10, 2012
ordered 5 sets of plants. One was an out-of-stock item from the previous year. They were out of it again and sent me a credit slip. The plants I got were very small and one set looked like a rabbit had eaten the tops off.
The whole point of ordering early (and having your charge card billed at the time of the order) is to reserve the plants for the customer. I suspect it is the colder zone places get shipped last and end up with poorer stock or none.
On June 10th, 2012, bryana changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
I ordered 6 plants at the end of the season sale. All arrived well packaged in moist pots. All are growing well - good value as most were half off.
Posted on September 3, 2011, updated June 9, 2012
Posted on May 26, 2011, updated September 3, 2011
Today I received my order from Bluestone's Spring Sale (saved a LOT!): thyme "Annie Hall", Phlox "David", crested iris "Powder Blue Giant", campanula "Elizabeth Oliver", oenothera "Sunset Blvd", eupatorium "Wayside", and coreopsis "Sweet Dreams": all look terrific. In late April I received another order in perfect shape; I order from BP usually at least 3 times a year. My garden has been built from the ground up from their catalog- 75%, I'd say. I know I can count on Bluestone for excellent plants and outstanding service. The recycling program helps a lot with shipping costs, and is well worth it!
On September 3rd, 2011, lisaaj added the following:
I just receiving a mailing from Bluestone that they would not be able to ship the plant (backordered from my Spring order), and a refund check. Fair enough. What blows my mind is that they ALSO enclosed a voucher for a free plant! Once again they go above and beyond. I am interested in trying their new coco-fiber potted plants, and this is my chance to do it!On June 9th, 2012, lisaaj added the following:
I received a Bluestone order in April 2012 (1 helleborus "bicolor mix", 2 pieris "Passion", 1 geranium "Orkney Cherry", 2 salvia "Plumosa", 2 mum "Matchsticks", and 1 hydrangea "Blue Bunny". They also included a free plant (I had a coupon for one), a cardinal flower, which I had actually come close to ordering, so it was perfect. All are thriving in my garden now. Received and planted 2 columbines "Songbird Cardinal" and 1 daylily "Raspberry Pixie" this week from the big sale, all great. The new larger size plants in coco pots seem much more likely to survive; with the 3packs, the cheaper price was offset by the tendency of one of them to not make it, at times. They still have terrific coupons and amazing end-of-season sales the last week of May and I think also at the end of their fall season.
On Jun 8, 2012, pollyk Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:
I have been ordering from Bluestone for years and years. I have a very small nursery, so sometimes I order wholesale for the nursery, and sometimes retail just for my garden. I've always been a happy customer.
Recently I ordered from their 50% off sale. Received the plants in a timely fashion. 14 plants total. 2 of them were not looking well, the rest were great as always.
I kind of hesitated to contact them, as I've always had such great service, what's a little fluke? But I did. I sent them pictures of the two plants in question. I think it's only fair nowadays, with digital cameras and the internet to send a company pictures of any plants that are questionable the day you receive them.
The next day I heard back from Bluestone. They felt the plants had not been watered properly before shipping, and that is what I felt to. They said replacements were on their way. Apologies were given.
Two days later, and here comes the replacement. In excellent condition, along with some coupons for further purchases.
I like getting plants in good shape the first time. But mistakes happen. It's how a company handles their mistakes that means all to me. They could have argued, or offered credit only, but no, they shipped new plants at their shipping expense.
On Jun 8, 2012, smallville Newton Highlands, MA wrote:
I placed an order before I was sure about my planting site, and in remorse, I cancelled it. No problem. They don't charge you until the plant materials are in the pipeline and they know they have it in stock.
I then went ahead and placed four more orders, and although they did not take the initiative to combine (though they might have done so if I asked), the price of shipping was modest, not like some fancy Connecticut place I can think of.
If something wasn't in stock, I didn't get charged and handed a backorder of uncertain future date.
The stock arrived looking wonderful, without the usual styrofoam peanuts, but just simple cardboard holders, and the plants themselves are in plantable coco fiber pots.
I did receive one hosta which turned out to have a different stick than the label taped to the pot. Turned out it was alphabetically just before the one I ordered (Ice Age Trail came to me, when I ordered Independence). I called and they are sending me the right one, saying that they hadn't seen Ice Age Trail in awhile, thought they didn't have it in stock, so I must have gotten the last one which I could just keep for free.
Anyway, I am happy with everything and with the way the people in the business treated me, every step of the way. I'll definitely choose them again.