Most of the plants that I ordered came okay. Last Spring of 2002 was awfully wet in the Northeast and the Cleome that I received could not be planted right away and did not plant very well at all. It is tough to buy plants thru the mail but if you want something different --than go for it.
I don't think a regular nursery has some of the different butterrfly plants like the ageratum or the ironweed. Basically you just have to see what happens. The plants are all wrapped well and come on time. So I would recommend the plants.
On May 11, 2002, purpleice Bridgman, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:
WOW!! I ordered 16 plants from Rose Franklin and I cannot believe the order I received. Someone could have dropped the boxes they arrived in from a plane and they wouldn't have been hurt. The packaging is incredible, her prices are terrific, ( the most I spent on any plant was $4.00 ).I got 2 Cardinal plants that were HUGE, a Variegated Weigela that was simply exquiste and various milkweeds that are to die for. I couldn't have gotten better plants if I had gone down to our local nursery and brought them home. I've ordered from alot of very reputable nurseries and no one, as far as I know, exceeds her quality of plants,packaging and prices. There are alot of big name companies out there that should take some pointers from Rose. Go there, you won't be disapointed!
On October 28th, 2002, purpleice added the following:
Although she runs a tiny nursery, her plants, the way she ships them and her prices still exceed most of the other well known nurseries I've ordered from. I've emailed her a few times with questions about certain plants and she was always swift to reply and very helpful. I will continue to order from her because the plants I receive are always healthy and grow so well. Good job Rose!
I was searching the internet for a place to buy Butterfly bushes fairly close(within hour) to my home. I was pleased to find her site filled with information on how to attract butterflies. I decided to go out yonder through the valley! Boy, I thought I was way out in the country!! I obtained my butterfly bushes and some other plants, even though it was half way through summer. Rose is very pleasant to deal with and a quick responder to her emails. She may even have something that you do not have in your garden! I can't wait until spring to make another trip for more!
I have been ordering perennials for my butterfly garden from Rose Franklin for the past two years. I must say that ordering from Rose has always been a pleasant experience. The plants always arrive on time and in excellent condition. Rose is also very helpful with any questions you may have. I wish that all of my mail ordering experiences would have been as pleasant!
Rose Franklin's was one of my best garden experiences ever. Her website is great, plant prices are reasonable and ordering is easy. All plants are shipped in peak condition. The plants I bought from Rose Franklin were healthy and thrived througout the season. In addition response time was quick whenever I e-mailed any questions, service was superior all around. I cannot wait to place my order this spring.
I researched the internet looking for a business to purchase my plants from. Not only was Rose Franklins site easy to use and informative, but it had decent sized photos to view and get a realistic idea of what the plant would grow to be, unlike other sites that offer miniscule pictures. The plants arrived thriving and there was even a hand written note address to ME with special planting instructions for the Mexican Sunflower(A Must Buy). All 21 butterfly bushes have thrived and so have the 36 other plants I bought. I can't wait to see what happens this coming summer. I will definetly be adding more of Rose Franklins plants to my garden this year.
I ordered a Butterfly Garden Collection. They arrived and looked very healthy. Once they were planted, they grew very well. One of the butterfly bushes really grew and it has already attracted many different kinds of butterflies to it. I was really impressed. I would order from Rose Franklin's Butterfly Bushes again. Overall, my husband and I were very satisfied with what we ordered.
I mail ordered plants and was very pleased with the quality of plants I got. They all arrived healthy and thrived throughout the summer. The prices are very reasonable, and when I had questions about planting, Rose e-mailed me answers very quickly. I will order more from here next spring!
I was very pleased with the variety of plants offered at http://www.butterflybushes.com by Rose Franklin. With a name like that you know that they are intended not only to beautify your landscape but also to benifit the butterfly population as well.
Every plant that I have ordered from this company were healthy and transplanted without any problems.
The website is full of information about plants and their care as well as how to attract butterflies. I was impressed with the FAQ section and have learned a lot.
I am a satisfied customer through and through.
Rose Franklin's nursery has excellent plants--very healthy. She has a wide variety of native plants which attract local butterflies, bees and birds. I have been a customer since the early years of the business (about 7 years) and not one plant that I have purchased from Rose has died. To the contrary every plant is growing vigorously in our Zone 5 gardens. ( We are in a cold valley microclimate, so we sometimes say Zone 4 1/2.) Rose is very helpful about plant choice, and open about trying something new or different.