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Positive JiminRingoes
(18 reviews)
On Aug 10, 2015, JiminRingoes Ringoes, NJ wrote:

On May 10, 2015 I ordered 16 Tropical Milkweed plants and received a confirmation indicating the plants weren't ready and would ship in June. Sure enough, in June I received notice that the plants would ship. I was very pleased by how large and healthy the plants were ... and packed perfectly for shipment. They took off quickly after I planted them and I've now seen Monarch butterflies in my garden for the first time. As Rose claims, these are a favorite for laying female Monarchs ... with about 20 times as many eggs as I've found on the Swamp Milkweed in my yard. Great plants, great price, great service.

Positive glen74
(2 reviews)
On Jul 22, 2014, glen74 Effingham, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I recently placed an order with this company after seeing the positive comments on Dave's Garden. My order was processed and shipped the same week of purchase. I received several emails informing me of the placed order, expected ship date, and when the plants were shipped. The plants were delivered yesterday (July 21st) and I was thoroughly pleased with the quality of the material. I thought the plant prices were very reasonable and far cheaper than I expected for the high quality of material I received. The quality of plants was so much greater than items sold by more "popular" nurseries.

I ordered two garden phlox, two pink butterfly bushes, and two blue veronica. I know it's not a big order, but Rose Franklin had what I wanted (and so much more, but some of those items were out of stock). I love her knowledge and enthusiasm for butterflies in general. Not enough people appreciate them. I truly think it speaks greatly of her character.

I will know doubt be ordering from this company in the future. I love the selections and information, and the great quality they provide.

Positive MarBorisovna
(2 reviews)
On Dec 4, 2013, MarBorisovna State College, PA wrote:

I've ordered few plants this spring quite early , so it was saying they 'd start to ship in the beginning of May, but May came and I didn't receive my order. I was worry because we were leaving in June. I wrote an email and explained the situation. Rose answered at once and next day shipped the plants.
The plants ( polemoniums Brise d' Anjou and ferns) were in excellent condition
and I would not say small, comparing with other orders I got .
They are doing well in spite of letting them alone for couple months.
I want to say thanks to Rose for her consideration and wonderful plants.
Sure, would buy from this company again.

Positive enviroplanter
(17 reviews)
On Aug 21, 2013, enviroplanter Spring House, PA wrote:

Good source for butterfly-attracting plants as well as other perennials. Plants are small but well-rooted. Prompt service and good packing.

Positive MissS
(4 reviews)
On Jun 15, 2013, MissS Pewaukee, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I ordered a hard to find plant, Lysimachia atropurpurea. The starts are beautiful and already blooming. The plants were packed very well and arrived without damage. Rose communicates very well and I truly appreciate that.
I purchased the same plant locally and the plants for Rose are much better plants.
I would be happy to recommend this company and I will purchase from here again.

Positive plantgnome1
(31 reviews)
On Sep 19, 2012, plantgnome1 nowhere land, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Ordered some Monarda and Hardy Geranium-let me say the prices are outstanding and the plants are very healthy, large and packaged very well. Nice selection and photos of selections are just right. Not overdone. Easy to navigate site. And instead of offering points or coupons-she sells her plants at an affordable price from the start. So refreshing to see a company not trying to rip you off. Shipping is also reasonable. Seriously going to change to Rose Franklin for many of my plants in the future, tired of paying top dollar and getting miniscule half dead plants at one place and paying double at another site. Highly recommend this company for perennials.

Positive Toddott
(18 reviews)
On Aug 2, 2012, Toddott Kentwood, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Posted on August 2, 2012, updated August 2, 2012
Ordered 20 Monarch larva/eggs and a jumbo sized Caterpillar Castle. Placed half of larva in Castle outside and half in my greenhouse in a terrarium with a screen top. Fed them new milkweed leaves every day and all but four eventually turned into butterflies. Amazing!

On August 2nd, 2012, Toddott added the following:

Was so happy with the butterflies, I ordered some plants. Very nice, huge, healthy plants, packaged well, shipped quickly. Low prices, low shipping costs, great communication.
Positive Mich_a_green
(1 review)
On Jun 15, 2012, Mich_a_green Lake Orion, MI wrote:

Outstanding Company.
Great communication about the order being received & then again when the ordered shipped.
Very well packaged and I was surprised at how large and healthy all the plants were.
I will gladly order from this company again.

Positive Grandmasooz
(2 reviews)
On Aug 22, 2011, Grandmasooz Florence, KY wrote:

I ordered four plants for my butterfly garden, including two swamp milkweed. They arrived very healthy and much larger than I expected. Six days after planting, I discovered a Monarch caterpillar on one of the plants. I am a very happy camper and will continue to use this company.

Positive Indie
(9 reviews)
On Jun 22, 2011, Indie Medway, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

The plants I received were beautifully packed and very healthy. I was also very impressed with how quickly I received them!

Positive lafu115
(6 reviews)
On Jun 22, 2011, lafu115 Arlington, VA wrote:

Posted on June 22, 2011, updated June 22, 2011
Posted on June 12, 2011, updated June 22, 2011
I received 30 Homestead Verbena a couple of days ago and am very pleased. All plants are healthy and strong. They were packed very carefully. This was my first order and I will be placing another for sure!

On June 22nd, 2011, lafu115 added the following:

Just received my second order. Again all plants arrived in excellent condition! A+++++++++++++++
On June 22nd, 2011, lafu115 added the following:

Just received my second order. Again all plants arrived in excellent condition! A+++++++++++++++
Positive Patt52
(9 reviews)
On Jun 8, 2011, Patt52 Rydal, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Posted on May 2, 2009, updated June 8, 2011
I just received my first order from Rose and I was very happy
with all my butterfly plants! Her prices are great and the plants are healthy and very well rooted. I can't wait to see them grow in my garden! Thanks Rose, I'm looking forward
to receiving my second order.

On May 15th, 2009, Patt52 added the following:

I just received my second order today and all I can say is
WOW! Just can't believe what you get for the price. Rose's
plants are very well rooted and the minute you get them in
your garden they seem to take off. Way to go Rose, keep
up the great work. I don't know anyone out there that can
beat you in price and value. I'm sure I will be ordering again
On June 8th, 2011, Patt52 added the following:

Just received my first order from Rose this year! Was a little worried as we are now in the 90's here in Ga. But thanks to Rose and her wonderful staff everything came beautifully packaged and not one plant was dry or damaged! I will diffently be ordering again soon!
Positive farm_kittie
(3 reviews)
On May 25, 2011, farm_kittie Saint Clair Shores, MI wrote:

This year is my sixth year ordering from Rose's perennials. I cannot rave enough about how healthy the plants are and how incredibly large they grow. I have mostly ordered different types of butterfly bushes but I also have ordered some other perennials as well. They are packed very, very well.

The strange thing is, I left a review and an update a couple of years ago and they aren't displaying in the list of reviews. I saw them there at the time.

I know they couldn't have been deleted for cause as they were very positive!

Positive Mima56
(10 reviews)
On May 19, 2011, Mima56 Thayer, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Posted on May 12, 2011, updated May 19, 2011
I ordered 4 Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet' in April from Rose. I was immediately informed that they would not be ready for shipping til early May, which wasn't a problem for me. When the plants arrived, they had been so well packed and looked healthy and happy! From the looks of them, I expect no problems. I will first give them a period on the porch to readjust to the sunlight before transplanting. I also have to say that the shipping costs were much more reasonable than recent orders with other companies! All in all, an excellent ordering experience.

On May 19th, 2011, Mima56 added the following:

After a positive experience ordering from Rose, I placed a second order which just arrived and didn't disappoint! 2 butterfly bushes, 3 liatris, and a Joe Pye weed. Healthy looking small specimins, though they usually grow quickly. I will certainly be checking Rose's site first next year when I'm ready to indulge myself! Lovely plants, reasonable prices, and the lowest shipping rates!!
Positive Skinnercreek
(2 reviews)
On Aug 23, 2010, Skinnercreek Sun Prairie, WI wrote:

Excellent quality plants shipped quickly! Friendly and informative E-mails. Awesome experience! I was a little spooked about
Mail order plants after some bad buys earlier this year, but I would order from Rose Franklin Perennials again with out hesitation!!

Positive rbane
(5 reviews)
On Aug 4, 2010, rbane Virginia
United States wrote:

Excellent quality plants - some of them nearly full-grown.
The order was shipped very quickly, and all plants were very well packaged.
Only 10 days after planting, several of the plants are flowering already.
I highly recommend them.

Positive wyldeflwr
(15 reviews)
On Jul 16, 2010, wyldeflwr Laurel, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

I can't say enough good things about Rose. Not only does she send healthy, well rooted plants but she packs them with extreme care. My most recent order was due to ship at a time when our temps were in the 100s. She notified me she didn't want to ship out plants and have them dead upon arrival and waited until it was cooler. That speaks volumes to me about how much she cares. I would recommend her to anyone, especially those of you who are trying to help the butterflies. Her selection is excellent and plants a really nice size and very healthy.

Positive juditham
(1 review)
On Jul 8, 2009, juditham Muskego, WI wrote:

Always ships healthy plants along with informative plant information including detailed planting instructions.

Company is responsive to customer needs and requests.

Positive fearadyn
(1 review)
On Jun 30, 2009, fearadyn Altoona, PA wrote:

I am so pleased to have found such a wonderful co. to order plants from. They contacted me the day I ordered and let me know when they were shipping and the plants came the next day.

I was very pleased with the price of the plants, and the shipping was reasonable.

The quality of the plants I ordered are excellent, they are huge and very healthy. The packaging perfect, actually the best I have ever seen.

I would recommend this Co. to everyone and will continue to do buisness with them.

Lynn Mantell

Positive richardw8gap
(1 review)
On Jun 27, 2009, richardw8gap Hamilton, OH wrote:

I am nearly 80 years old and have ordered plants by mail for years. The quality of the specimens was excellent. The packing was absolutely the best I have ever seen in all the orders from various supliers over the years. I could not be more pleased with the quality of the plants and the shipping speed and the more than excellent packing. I am bookmarking their site as I certainly don't want to loose it so that I can place future orders.

A great nursery and more than superior packing.

Positive evelazquez
(1 review)
On Jun 26, 2009, evelazquez Staten Island, NY wrote:

My order was shipped immediately and came in perfect condition. The price was very reasonable and I am very happy to have discovered them.

Positive AdagioNonTropp0
(1 review)
On Jun 26, 2009, AdagioNonTropp0 Ravena, NY wrote:

I just received my first order from Rose Franklin's. The packaging was sturdy and the delivery was early in the day. These are plants I had searched for at garden stores in my area and had been unable to find. I was leery of ordering plants over the net, but the plants were good-sized and healthy!

Positive TwinMom2007
(3 reviews)
On Apr 3, 2009, TwinMom2007 West Newfield, ME wrote:

I placed an order from this company for several different plants. My order was processed promptly with no issues with quantity, etc.

I received my plants and they were very carefully packed with thorough instructions on how to plant. The plants were very healthy and one even bloomed the first year!

All correspondence to the company was replied to promptly. I was very happy purchasing from this company and look forward to doing so again!

Positive bettieacks
(1 review)
On Aug 14, 2008, bettieacks Oldtown, MD wrote:

I just got my shipment from Rose Franklin's and the plants are just beautiful! I have ordered a lot of plants online and have had mostly bad experiences with dead, dried up and generally stuff that never grew. These plants are just lovely, green and fresh and some with flowers. They look like they were just dug out of the ground. Wonderfully packed and absolutely no damage. I am going to order lots more for the huge perennial garden I am creating.

Positive lindalynn
(2 reviews)
On May 8, 2008, lindalynn Pinckney, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Yet another wonderful plant order arrived today. Packaged with care, with their long trip to my house in mind, as usual; the plants looked healthy & vibrant. I always get speedy & professional responses when I correspond. I plan on ordering again soon!

Positive carolrees
(28 reviews)
On Jul 7, 2007, carolrees Arlington, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

This was my first time ordering.

I ordered 4 Balloon flowers, 1 joe pye weed, 2 caradonna sage and 2 jerusalem sage.

All plants arrived looking healthy and were a good size. I got an email when they were shipped with an expected arrival date. The packing was good and the shipping price was very reasonable.

I would definitely order from them again.

Positive margaretkorth
(1 review)
On Jun 19, 2007, margaretkorth Edgerton, WI wrote:

I recently made my first purchase from Rose Franklin's and cannot emphasize the quality and value enough. I received excellent customer service and the biggest, healthiest looking plants I've ever received through the mail. The packaging was bionic - my plants arrived looking gorgeous and I couldn't believe their size! Every plant arrived in fantastic condition.

After dealing with too many mediocre and sub-standard online/mail order nurseries, even if they all did take lessons from Rose Franklin, I'd still order from Rose.

Positive sayenj
(1 review)
On May 2, 2007, sayenj Fenton, MI wrote:

I cannot recommend Rose Franklin's strongly enough. My plants arrived healthy and in perfect condition. I couldn't have asked for nicer plants had I gone directly to the nursery and picked them out in person and the service was responsive and friendly. I'll definately be shopping with them again!

Positive walker_giroux
(1 review)
On Apr 10, 2007, walker_giroux Alexandria, MN wrote:

simply amazing! we were searching a site for info for a research project. this was a beautiful source and it will pay off. dont worry, we will give you credit!


Positive smc1116
(1 review)
On Jul 27, 2006, smc1116 Palatine, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I recently purchased some Milkweed and Ironweed. I have NEVER been more impressed! As others have stated, the prices, the plants, the packing of my shipment was second to none. Rose Franklin EXCEEDED everything! The order was shipped before the due date, it was delivered before the due date. The plants were superior in condition and size and all at a great price. I will continue to shop with them.

Positive Kleff
(1 review)
On Jun 19, 2006, Kleff Mount Kisco, NY wrote:

Very helpful. Very flexible. Very nice people.

Positive cindistraughn
(2 reviews)
On May 13, 2006, cindistraughn Siler City, NC wrote:

I don't remember quite how I found her website this year, but I am sure glad I did! I've already placed a second order this year and will definitely order her plants again. Her plants are healthy and packed to survive shipping. I am impressed with the overall quality. Better than any previous place I've ever ordered from.

Positive Chels
(3 reviews)
On May 11, 2006, Chels Highland Park, IL wrote:

Great prices. Great packing. Plants were packed with care and arrived fresh. I ordered three eryngium sea holly plants and am quite satisfied. Not twigs or scrawny plants, but fresh looking, growing plants.

Positive Staphord
(1 review)
On May 4, 2006, Staphord Oxford, MA wrote:

The plants I recieved were true to name, the order was shipped complete, no back orders. The plants themselves looked like they had been just potted the soil was still very moist. You could actually see the care that had been given in packaging and potting of my plants. I have been gardening for many years and use many mail order companies. I have never seen more healthier looking plants and shipped so meticulously.

Positive SusanK
(1 review)
On May 11, 2005, SusanK Commerce Township, MI wrote:

My brother purchased some perennials for me and they arrived in perfect condition. Their packaging was done with thought and care to the plants. I've never seen perennials arrive so healthy by mail. The roots were established, yet not rootbound in the containers. The plants were very healthy and I couldn't wait to plant them out in the garden.

Positive indygardener
(2 reviews)
On May 28, 2004, indygardener wrote:

I placed an order for dictamnus plants in May. The order came in within a week and they looked fantastic. The service and the prices are terrific.

Positive Ruthie52
(1 review)
On Oct 28, 2002, Ruthie52 wrote:

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.

Positive WCMozart
(1 review)
On Oct 28, 2002, WCMozart wrote:

Many thanks for terrific service -- ordered numerous plants last spring -- they came as promised -- on time and in excellent shape


Positive purpleice
(22 reviews)
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!

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