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Positive epdaniels
(1 review)
On Jan 23, 2016, epdaniels Richfield, OH wrote:

I have been purchasing monarch caterpillars and milkweed from Rose for five years. She has ALWAYS done a fantastic job. She and her husband do nearly all the work in their lovely garden & supply business. I didn't realize this until I had the wonderful opportunity to visit her last summer and attend a butterfly garden seminar. Because she apparently works 16 hours a day in the summer, sometimes it's difficult for her to answer phone calls. She requested that people please email her instead. She is very prompt in responding! Absolutely one of the best places to order butterfly larva and plants from in the northeast!

Positive DonnaMDaisy
(1 review)
On Jan 18, 2016, DonnaMDaisy Carlisle, PA wrote:

I've been dealing with Rose Franklin's Perennials & Herbs for the past two years. I order a great deal of milkweed, and numerous other plants and bushes. Included in these are some of the most beautiful butterfly bushes you eveR did see! As a matter of fact, everything that I've ordered from Rose has been carefully packed and arrived looking just phenomenal. I've received prompt, excellent, customer service through emails or phone calls. Rose knows her stuff and I will certainly be ordering again and again!
Thank you Rose for going above and beyond!
Donna Malenich

Positive Geeo
(1 review)
On Jan 17, 2016, Geeo Lewes, DE wrote:

I have been a Rose Franklin customer for 4 years, and all experiences have been 100% positive.

Four years ago I was an absolute beginner butterfly gardener. Now I am proficient at home and at the Sussex County, Delaware Master Gardener's demo garden (where I now tend the "Caterpillar Cafe'" and assist in the "Butterfly Garden").

I have received incredibly healthy plants, monarch eggs and caterpillars. The Rose Franklin website provides highly useful information and fact-sheets. And Rose, or members of the staff, have sent follow-up e-mails to confirm products ordered, desired delivery dates, 'how-to' instructions, advice, goodwill, and encouragement.

I feel lucky to have found Rose Franklin's and recommend this supplier to others - - whether experienced gardener or novice.

Positive barbarajanetara
(1 review)
On Jan 13, 2016, barbarajanetara New York,
United States wrote:

Great quality plants, healthy larva delivered when expected. Knowledeable answers to questions via email; but, in emergencies (will aphids hurt monarch butterfly larva?) she will return a phone call. Looking forward to our 4th? 5th? year ordering from Rose.

Positive rljr2011
(1 review)
On Jan 9, 2016, rljr2011 Fairborn, OH wrote:

I've been ordering plants and caterpillars from Rose Franklin for about 3 years now and always received excellent specimens, but this past year she really outdid herself. I had previously e-mailed her asking about raising Gas plant and why is it so terribly difficult to find. Well her plant website stated that she didn't have any gas plants for sale but with 1 of my orders she dug up 2 from her own garden and included them into my shipment! If that's not going above and beyond what is?

Positive jenijoyner
(1 review)
On Jan 8, 2016, jenijoyner Charlotte, NC wrote:

Have purchased several varieties of milkweed over several seasons for our school butterfly garden. Their plants are reliably strong, clean and fresh (I've received weak plants and even some with aphids from other purveyors). They pack with care, and once, when I had plants remain in the box for more than a day in hot weather (my fault, not theirs) the plants survived, and are thriving now in our garden. Rose Franklin's is my go-to nursery.

Positive arust
(1 review)
On Jan 8, 2016, arust Elizabeth, IN wrote:

Rose Franklin has become a trusted friend of our garden, and our effort to raise Monarch (and other) butterflies.The quality of the plants is very high, the caterpillars are exceptional, and delivers as quoted. They (she) have raised our butterfly IQ significantly.

Positive BikerMike
(1 review)
On Jan 7, 2016, BikerMike Reston, VA wrote:

I had a great experience this year with Rose Franklin Perennials in my first year of butterfly gardening. I had three different shipments of swamp milkweed, tropical milkweed, and hairy ball milkweed. Rose shipped these in 3 separate orders as they were available and timed them to arrive when when I would be at home (i travel a lot on business). The plants arrived well packed, very healthy, and took off immediately after transplanting. The prices were very reasonable and it was clear that Rose's staff had gone to great pains to provide only the best plants, each well packed. Later in the year, Rose sent 30 healthy monarch butterfly caterpillars in great condition. I had 100% success rate with this batch, all thirty pupated, hatched and were successfully released. My neighborhood was thrilled to witness this process. My granddaughters insisted we order a second batch and we had near perfect success again. Rose and her staff could not have been more helpful, providing prompt service, and friendly advice on numerous occasions when I would call her with questions. She is very busy, but always took the time to help me out. You will not go wrong with Rose. She will go the extra mile for her customers. You will get top quality plants/butterflies at good prices and Rose will work with you to make sure deliveries meet your schedules. I am looking forward to our second butterfly season in 2016 with Rose and highly recommend her company.

Positive Lew1984
(1 review)
On Jan 7, 2016, Lew1984 HOWELL,
United States wrote:

I placed an order online for Monarch caterpillars on July 24, 2015, with Rose Franklin's Perennials. On August 4th I received an email from Rose that my order had been shipped. Two days later the package was delivered by USPS, the contents in perfect condition. Of the 72 caterpillars that I received I released 61 healthy adult Monarch butterflies, many of them tagged in support of the Monarch Watch Program at the University of Kansas.

I have been a customer of Rose Franklin for about eight years, and during that time have placed over a dozen orders. Each and every time the nursery stock and other products that I have purchased from her has arrived in a timely manner, was extremely well packaged and in excellent condition. My butterfly garden which is certified as a Monarch Waystation by the Monarch Watch Program is comprised almost exclusively of her plants. Some of my friends are certified Master Gardeners, and they often comment positively on the quality of the plants in my garden and ask where I purchased them.

I have been gardening for over 65 years, and whenever I have gardening needs, I now turn to Rose Franklin first for top quality products at very reasonable prices.

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
soon!
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 http://www.butterflybushes.com 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!

walker

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.

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