I ordered 18 Nellie Stevens Holly shrubs from Brighter Blooms. I have placed a few orders from them in the past and was very happy with their plants so that was never a concern. I did get a big surprise with just how amazing their customer service is though. I have been buying plants online for the last 4 years so i know how difficult customer service can be at many of these company's. With brighter blooms it was so easy and refreshing to deal with such wonderful people. Here is what happened, when my order was delivered to me and i went through all 18 shrubs i noticed one had a crack in a branch and it had tried to heal itself but i was worried it may not handle the ice and snow of this winter and not snap. Another shrub was a very dark color and the leaves were very dry. I was worried this one was about dead. I talk to my wife and we both agreed that we would not call because we was just gonna get a run around about how if the plant is not dead they wont replace it. After sitting on it a few days and already planted the shrubs i decided to go ahead and call anyway. I didn't have any expectations. I talked to a lovely woman from Brighter blooms and explained to her what i seen with the shrubs and my worries with them. With out any hesitation she said, No problem Sir. I will have Another 2 sent out to you today. WHAT?? I was shocked to be honest. It was so easy effortless to deal with this issue. I thanked her probably 10 times. haha. I feel it is one thing to sell items over the internet and make as much money as possible and it is another thing to sell items over the internet and make customers feel like they can have confidence in buying from you. I will never buy from any other online retailer again when i am looking for plants, tree or shrubs. My holly shrubs have been in the ground for around 3 months. They all have put on new growth and are extremely healthy. I highly recommend Bright Blooms the next time your looking for plants, trees and shrubs. They may be slightly higher in price but they are worth every penny. Remember you get what you pay for. Thanks for your time.
On Jul 27, 2015, gdlpsanznnn Saint Louis, MO wrote:
Posted on July 20, 2015, updated July 27, 2015
On Oct 27, 2014 received and planted over $165 worth of plants.
I requested replacement of four white rhododendrons that died--actually never grew any leaves at all. Because it was late Fall, I assumed they were dormant. Now the company refused to replace them citing their 30 day warranty.
Also, they want a photo of the dead plants (but there is nothing to show).
For your reference this is Case #: 125809
On July 27th, 2015, gdlpsanznnn changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
Thank you Brighter Blooms for replacing the rhododendrons even though it was outside the warranty period. Brighter Blooms went the extra mile and gave me a merchandize credit because I had already bought azaleas replacements. On Jul 27, 2015, Brighter Blooms Nursery responded with:
We are so very sorry that your rhododendrons did not make it through the winter. Our customer service manager has reached out in hopes to resolve this concern to the satisfaction of the customer and the company.
I have ordered many plants from this company over the last 7 years and have always been pleased. I have never had a problem with a damaged plant until this week. I ordered two azaleas that were damaged during shipping. I contacted Brighter Blooms about the damage by email. I had a reply within an hour that they were sending me two new plants and they were shipped within 24 hours.
All of the plants I have received from them have been healthy and disease free. Most are still thriving years later. The ones that did not survive were either my fault or severely damaged during a very harsh, New England winter.
I will continue to use this company and will continue to recommend it to my friends.
On Jul 17, 2015, Szappen67 Melrose Park, IL wrote:
I purchased a musa basjoo for zone 5 Chicago. Upon arrival I was amazed at the perfect , strong , healthy condition and very well packed plant. I transplanted the following day to a big enough pot to adjust to my conditions. It did go into shock but only for 6 hours. By days end it was perky as it was when received and ready began to grow so far 2 inches. And I just received it 2 weeks ago. Definitly getting a Queen Palm .
On Jun 20, 2015, marine0311 pownal, VT (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on May 29, 2015, updated June 20, 2015
Posted on May 29, 2015, updated May 29, 2015
I ordered 5 rose of sharon In April. Plants were in dormant stage. Dry roots looked good. I used excellent soil and mulch per directions. Here it is the end of May and only one has leaves. I wrote brighter blooms twice, and sent pictures. Almost one week later no response, no refund per their guarantee. Very poor customer service at this present time, in my judgement.
I will add to this if I get results.
On May 29th, 2015, marine0311 added the following:
May 29 2015 I spoke with Elvis , their customer service rep and he was extremely helpful and will ship out four more plants. Exceptional person to speak too. he apologized for my emails getting lost in the cracks. I may change my feedback to positive after plants arrive in excellent condition, because of Elvis help.On June 20th, 2015, marine0311 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
Received four more plants that look to be in fine condition. Thank you Elvis
If any have a problem, forget the email. call them. I got great helpOn Jun 20, 2015, Brighter Blooms Nursery responded with:
Brighter Blooms is an incredible source for topnotch plants of all kinds. They are promptly shipped, perfectly packed, the customer service is impeccable.
Every plant received is of the highest quality. The option to purchase a warranty is a wonderful option. We have had very little loss after having purchased as great amount of plant material. When we have, the plants under warranty have been quickly replaced.
The prices are reasonable. The selection is fantastic. The products are superlative.
Our experience has been so incredibly positive that we have recommended Brighter Blooms to our friends and family, and will continue to do so.
Writing from Atlanta GA. Ordered three Plants of the varieties that were suggested on walterreeves.com. All were very healthy and a good size for the price when received.
My husband surprised me and planted them without checking the order. I received two of the same color roses (pink), which I was supposed to have one yellow, one pink. I contacted the company and they shipped the correct out within three days of the original order received. They were prompt to respond and they were considerate on the email chain. I will be ordering from this company again-great customer service on online ordering is a plus and worth the cost of product.
Superior. I bought three Italian Cypresses from this company. Then scratched my head and decided to add insurance. Boy, I was right! Winter came, and along with winter came deer who ate two of the three cypresses.
I claimed my warranty, which was immediately accepted and given a replacement coupon.
Five stars. Oh, by the way - the cypresses are superior too. Healthy, plump trees. And the customer service. When you ask them about something (better if accompanied by the photo of the problem), the Q/A turn-around is one day. This company is clearly striving to be well above average nursery in all aspects of the business.
I have ordered from them 4 times in the past 6 months, including fruit trees and ornamental shrubs. Trees and shrubs were all very healthy and had strong root systems, unlike some other nurseries I have purchased from that ship bare root trees. Additionally, they correctly measure their trees and indicate what root stock it's on, which is important to understand maximum size, growth rate and disease resistance. Very importantly, their customer service team is fast, friendly and helpful. On two different occasions, they have resolved issues in a very ethical manner, most recently when I received a 3-in-1 Apple tree that was actually supposed to be 4-in-1. They are sending me a free replacement due to their error. Highly recommend this nursery and will continue to do business with them!
Posted on July 14, 2014, updated July 17, 2014
Posted on July 14, 2014, updated July 14, 2014
Posted on July 13, 2014, updated July 14, 2014
I just found this website or I would have posted much sooner. In February, 2012, I purchased 2 Windmill Palms which were listed as hardy in Zone 6. They were delivered in April. I immediately sent an email stating that several of the fronds were dead or dying and others were broken; I received a return email asking that I send photos - which I did, along with BB's requested form for replacement plants or an adjustment. The responding email rejected my request and suggested I "give the plants more time" and consult the planting instructions; the planting instructions had been followed to the letter, however. Well, not only did the plants not thrive, they did not survive even until the winter of that year ('12-'13). Given the complete refusal to make an adjustment or replacement, I didn't contact the nursery further. I left the plants in the ground in the hope that perhaps a root system would develop and they would revive the following year. Because of other priorities, I didn't get around to removing the dead stumps until last month; there NEVER developed ANY roots from the truncated roots that were on the plants when they arrived.
And I'm not sure just WHO or What to blame for the fact that the wisteria "tree" which I purchased a year or so before that has only produced ONE bloom - and that during the summer of 2012.
On July 14th, 2014, graham072442 added the following:
In response to Brighter Blooms' response. if you will search your records further, you will find that on April 23, 2012, I responded to Heather's email with a completed form requesting replacements or credit AND attaching 10 photographs. Sorry, but the ball WAS placed back in your court.On July 14th, 2014, graham072442 added the following:
Also, the plants were DELIVERED in a damaged condition; they did not deteriorate over a period of time after delivery. I contacted you folks as soon as they arrived. YOU delayed their delivery and the deterioration occurred prior to my receipt.On July 17th, 2014, graham072442 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I was contacted by Brighter Blooms early this week and given a credit for my full purchase price, as well as some suggestions on how to remedy my wisteria problem. I was provided with assistance in ordering self-polinating cherry trees - no more palms for me - and provided with a store credit for the remaining difference between their cost and my original purchase. The customer service rep said she'd personally select trees for me and throw in a couple bags of root stimulater/organic potting soil and that they should arrive by Friday; in fact they arrived today, Thursday. Both trees appear to be quite healthy and are nicely shaped. My handyman and I plan to plant them this afternoon. I am very pleased and surprisingly shocked that BB has reached out to restore my loss after this length of time. I'll definitely be buying more plants from BB when my next need arises.On Jul 17, 2014, Brighter Blooms Nursery responded with:
I apologize for your frustration. Cold hardy palms rarely have problems. They do, however, produce their fans in the summer. By the time you go through the winter and get all the way to late spring, they sometimes look a little worn. This is natural.
I found an email that our Rep had sent you on April 23,2012. She suggested giving the palms a little time to produce new foliage and asked that if they do not turn around by May 15,2012, to contact us so that we can replace them.
I regret that you feel that we were unresponsive. We should have communicated better. I would like to see if our horticulturalist can help with your wisteria and I would like to learn more about your palms. Please give me a call. Ask for Jackie at 704-644-4490
On Jul 15, 2014 1:49 PM, Brighter Blooms Nursery added:
Our customer service manager reached out to the customer today to assist her with questions in regards to her Wisteria tree. She was able to provide suggestions in regards her Wisteria not blooming. We also feel like we came to an amicable solution with the customer in regards to her previous order not being satisfactory and feel like the customer is satisfied with the outcome. "
On Jul 15, 2014, jennwv11 FALLING WATERS, WV wrote:
I purchased a bare rooted standard tree lilac from BB back in May. I was a little hesitant because my neighbor had a bad experience with Fast Growing Trees and had let me know BB is part of FGT. I wanted a tree lilac for while but my local nursery always seemed to have a hard time keeping them in stock so I ordered my tree and when it arrived I immediately soaked it in a clean bucket over night. I planted it, mulched, and gave it a good soaking. I watered twice a day until leaves came out which took about 3 weeks. I fertilized once a month since planting it and it is doing great. I also trimmed it to make it look tidy after it finished blooming. I didn't get many blooms but I think it will get more blooms next year. I am satisfied overall with the service I received and the quality of my tree lilac. I would buy from them again!
I placed my order and then read some of the negative comments on this site. It was too late to cancel, so I prepared for the worst. I ordered hydrangeas and azaleas and I received healthy plants, packed securely. I received exactly what I ordered, the plants were as big, maybe even bigger than advertised. Everything shipped within 1 business day of my order. I would order again.
I purchased a large Rose of Sharon tree 5' and a "Lo and Behold Blue chip Butterfly Bush". I noticed the bush was very dry and brittle when I put in the ground. I watered it good but I never got a single green leaf or stem. I emailed.
Kim and Jackie at nursery and told her I was disappointed, with the bush, but realized I waited, too long. They told me to email them a picture and I did. Next thing I know I get an email with their regrets and a notice that a replacement plant would soon arrive. An it did and it's beautiful like their rose of Sharon. I thanked them and they asked me to post this site. WONDERFUL, SELECTION, STAFF AND OVERBOARD SERVICE.
I cannot express how pleased I am with BrighterBlooms. Yes, there were some issues with my orders but it was rectified so well and so promptly that I continued to order. I started by ordering 2x 2 gal pots of Peach Sorbet Blueberries. There was an issue with that order and FedEx sent it back for some reason. When I called CS, I spoke with Sara. Sara had exceptional customer service!! She promptly stated that they sent out a double order and recalled one of them but both went back. I followed the tracking to make sure everything being said was true and it was. Sara then sent out 2 new ones. the PS Blueberries came in beautiful condition. They came so beautiful that I ordered 2 more. The additional order came in beautiful as well! I then ordered a Meyer Lemon and a Clementine. Well, that order was destroyed by FEDEX. They folded the box in half breaking my clementine. Again I called and this time spoke with Jerry and he was fantastic as well as Sara. He requested that I take my photos (I took photos of the delivery and then the damage tree) and forward them over to them which I did. I then called a few hours later and spoke with Haley...she reviewed the photos and was just fantastic with her customer service!! She arranged to send me a new clementine and made sure I knew that if I had an issue with the Meyer lemon, they would take care of that as well. Yesterday I received the Clementine and it is just GORGEOUS! I would do business with them anytime. In fact, I ordered another Meyer lemon because of this. To date I have 2 Raspberry Shortcakes, 4 Peach Sorbet Blueberries, 2 Meyer Lemon (1 on the way), and a Clementine. All seem to be thriving so far Meyer Lemon is still bent over from the shipping but I am hoping she will get straighter with love.
I will say this...I don't trust FEDEX AT ALL. Could it be just the FEDEX in my area? Sure! But, they don't seem to care that it is clearly written all over the box live plants fragile handle with care. I was home each and every time FEDEX delivered and he(they) mishandled each and every box. From now on, I will only order 1 tree at a time because of this. It has a better chance of not being damaged than 2 in a box.
When ordering online (especially LIVE and delicate items) it is a risk. There are challenges and there are mistakes that can definitely be made. Once the plants are out of the company's hand and into the shippers hands, it is even more challenging. My question is how is the company going to handle it? Are they sensitive to my needs...Respecting me and my hard earned money. Kudos to BrighterBlooms.com for taking care of me and making me feel important.
A big thank you to Sara(h?), Jerry, and Haley!! Great Customer service and fast results!! Major assets to BrighterBlooms.com They increased sales because without their wonderful CS, I would have stopped ordering. A big thank you to BrighterBlooms for providing such beautiful specimens!
On May 1, 2014, LiteraryLady Locust Grove, VA wrote:
We ordered a lemon tree online. I read reviews about Brighter Blooms Nursery and felt confident in the order. I was particularly pleased with the communications from the Nursery. A lovely woman named Jennifer alerted us when they shipped.
When I sent a generic question about the planting of the tree she was responsive in searching out the answer from the head of the Nursery and giving us the information.
I am truly happy thus far with the personal service we are receiving. The tree arrived yesterday and looks very healthy and in great shape. We are anxious to plant and start harvesting lemons.
Thank you Brighter Blooms and Jennifer for your excellent service.
I will definitely reorder from Brighter Blooms - though the tree looks wonderful, the customer service is absolutely terrific.
This was not my fist time dealing with Brighter Blooms (BB). I like and appreciate the quality of their plants , which come in the best packaging I've ever seen! The responsiveness and attention to provide the best customer service exceeded my expectations this time around. Personal "thank you" to Jennifer who went far and beyond to make sure my order finds me(not BB's fault). Thank you again for being a great business.
Brighterblooms help me alot on a purchase from this past summer of 2013. With the help of their staff I was able to order again on a certain item that did not make the winter and given great advise on their warranty and the plant. I have ordered many of their azealeas and never lost a one. The quality of the plants and the careful way of packaging was top notch. I will continue to buy from their company in the future. Thanks to Jennifer for all of her responses to my email questions and the timely manner they were returned. Keep up the good work.
On Nov 12, 2013, lynnen12 San Francisco, CA wrote:
Posted on November 11, 2013, updated November 12, 2013
I am anxiously waiting for my plants to arrive, and I am already having a bad experience with this company. Customer service rep Jamula was not at all helpful in my questions about my order, and I did not appreciate her negative attitude. I had to contact Fedex directly to have my questions answered. I wish I had read these reviews before I placed an order with this company, and I would have chosen more wisely.
On November 12th, 2013, lynnen12 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I just got a follow up phone call from Josh, head of customer service. He was extremely courteous and apologetic, and wanted to work things out. I feel bad that he has to take responsibility for someone else's behavior. He offered to refund me and reship my order so it would arrive when I am home. He heard me out, and was very understanding. Clearly understood that customer support has to support the customer:)
Eucalyptus and Dwarf Cavandish Banana arrived VERY quick. The Eucalyptus looks great, but concerned the zone was incorrect on the site. Claims 7 is in the region it grows, but 8 on other sites. It can freeze here in my area which this species does not like very well and why the zone 8+. I hope it will do fine considering it is not a small growing plant and doesn't like potting. I will not be able to shelter it when it grows or if it snows. The Banana is a bit brown on its area from the top of the soil up to the green leaves. It looks a little soggy and rotten, but I have never had a banana. I can't wait to pot it and get this one growing too. The eucalyptus had a cute sheet enclosed giving hints on planting and growing. The Banana I will have to find one. They gave me two sites, but the first one doe not have the Banana listed. I will find information on it and get this little one growing and keep it safe from cold. I am happy with billing, discount shipping and speed of shipping and packing. Plants look better than I have seen from other places, but were 59.00 each with a 50.00 discount for buying both. The only other concern I have was a fee I did not pay for a 1 year guarantee. I am not too happy about thinking they will tell me that these things will not be replaced if they die prematurely.
On Aug 3, 2013, WheresJS Bronx, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:
This was my first of hopefully many more orders from Brighter Blooms. I ordered 1 3 gal "Heavenly Bamboo Nandina" 2 2 gal "Firepower Nandina". &"Everything about this experience was great. Starting off with a smooth, easy to navigate website. I also emailed them to ask to have a 1 yr warranty put on my order, they promptly replied and I called to have it added with my credit card #.
They also emailed me with the FedEx tracking #'s, once from customer service and once from when the labels were printed, this was fantastic.
Customer service was great, they were friendly and quick to the point.
My packages arrived, and they were boxed AWESOME. The way the put it together was great, they bag the pot, zip tie the base, once inside the box is another cardboard barrier so nothing moves around.. no dirt in the boxes..
I am a happy customer and will DEFINITELY be deailing with Brighter Blooms again!
I ordered 18 Nelly Stevens Holly bushes. So far the majority of them are growing very well. I did purchase the 1-year warranty which I encourage everyone to do because it is inexpensive! I have 4 bushes that are on the verge of dying if not dead. I called customer service and was so pleased with how nice they were and literally within 5 minutes of me hanging up the phone, I received a credit for the 4 dying bushes! I just ordered those bushes plus a couple other trees to try out!
Posted on July 3, 2013, updated July 9, 2013
I have to agree with all negative comments about the Brighter Blooms nursery .I just got my oakleaf hydrangea and plants look horrible .They look sick .Some of the brunches were broken.There is nobody to answer the phone on the costumer service end . It was a big mistake to order from Brighter Blooms I would never order again.
On July 9th, 2013, brendon1969 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
After I contacted Brighter Blooms I was pleasantly surprised. Josh have cold me and he was very understanding and helpful .He explain what could have gone wrong with the plants and offer replacement for the damaged plant. he made me feel like they care for a costumer after all.I would be more comfortable to do business with Brighter blooms in the future.For now,I just give my plants extra TLC.
I first ordered from Brighter Blooms in April of 2013. Realizing that the order was likely to arrive before I could get my planting helper, I called to ask that the shipment be delayed. Dale was helpful, and scheduled delivery for the last week of April.
The six Sunny Knockout Roses arrived on schedule, and although I was initially dismayed by some difficulty in dislodging all of the heavy copper staples, the plants were certainly well protected, and very well leafed out. I felt confident enough to order again–this time a Knockout Rose Tree. Again I was extremely pleased by the specimen sent; well leafed out. its trunk well supported by a stake, and with small rose buds already set. All the plants are doing well, and I am looking forward with some excitement to seeing the young rose tree in bloom. Although I had never heard of this company beforeI received its advertisement, it now has my full confidence. I am impressed with its service, well-packed shipments and the quality of its offerings, which arrive as well-developed plants, and I will certainly order from Brighter Blooms Nursery again.
We could not be more happy with this nursery. We recently purchased four Encore Angel Azalea bushes and received quickly four beautiful healthy plants with excellent packaging. Only a slight problem. When we opened the box they were Encore Autumn Embers Azalea bushes. I notified them and asks what I should do that the wrong plants were sent. Their representative I talked to was very helpful and told us to just enjoy the plants and they would be sending the Angel plants as soon as possible. One week later the plants arrived. Beautiful, healthy, large plants that had blooms and a few flowers. We had never bought plants online but that is the only way now we will buy them and Brighter Blooms is the only nursery we will be buying from. We highly recommend.
Posted on June 18, 2013, updated June 19, 2013
I ordered 6 Double Pink Knock Out Roses from Brighter Blooms on 5-16-13 at a cost of $122.20 counting shipping. I received 3 big boxes, roses packed great but they where single bloom. I had already dug up a single bloom rose I had for years that I did not like. I called Brighter Blooms and told the guy that answered they sent me single bloom instead of double. He said "how do you know? I said "because they are blooming". They said to take pictures which I did and sent to them. But they said they couldn't open the pictures. I sent the pictures to a friend and she had no problem opening them. On Friday 6-6 after getting no where with these people, I called and told this girl what am I going to do with these roses, they are sitting in my carport with plastic around them, do you want me to sent them back. She said yes send them back. It cost me $67.74 to send them back. I received the double pink roses the following week. They have not said a thing about refunding me the shipping money. The roses end up costing me $189.94. ----Order ID #1063091
On June 19th, 2013, janice930 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I just got an e-mail from Brighter Blooms and they are sending me my re-fund back. The roses are beautiful and were packed great.
Posted on May 23, 2013, updated June 13, 2013
Posted on May 19, 2013, updated May 23, 2013
Well its a long story so I will make it short. You would be better off buying plants from an abandon nursery or taken from a dumpster than buying from this company. I ordered 4 plants-Bamboo Multiplex and only received two as two got lost. The two I did receive were just about dead. Called the company and was first told you should have reported it and taken photos. Well I did report it and had proof from an e-mail. Then was told to send photos which I had right out of the box. After about a week or so they agreed to send me a credit voucher, no shipping just a credit for the plant only. Even though I didn't pay for shipping originally the replacement should be identically sent. Then I received the two missing plants that were very much alive compared to the original two I got that looked dead. Well having to wait until the credit voucher for (one) was activated which was totally stupid on their part(took a week). Why would they issue a voucher and forget to put it in your system. I saw someone else post the same thing about this voucher problem. Also I should mention their customer service department-not placing orders they are happy to do that, is almost always closed and you can't leave a message(call back later were up to our ears on complaints).
Well stupid me I finally kept calling and got thru to a salesman who said sorry about customer service I think they are just overwhelmed right now. I placed an order for two plants, using the voucher that was now good after a week and buying one more bamboo plant. After two weeks both plants arrived and one is almost completely dead. I am embarrassed from my neighbors who wonder why I would order another one from this same company. I just can't believe that they would employ people who would box up a plant that looked liked mine do. The verbage in the ad says very healthy plant will arrive. LOL not so. I have given up as it makes my blood pressure go up just talking to them.
On May 23rd, 2013, bigcats11 added the following:
Well having planted the almost dead bamboo, it appears that it is DOA and won't be joining me for the summer R.I.P.
Bamboo Multi-plex......On June 13th, 2013, bigcats11 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I have completely changed my rating on this company. I was contacted by Brighter Blooms Nursery after having such a difficult time with my Bamboo plants. Josh from the customer service department went way over and above fixing the situation. He sent me new Healthy Bamboo plants and was very sympathetic to my issues. I am once again a very happy customer of Brighter Blooms and now I will order some more plants happily and will pass the name to friends and neighbors.......Thanks Josh for making a bad situation good!!!!!
I had ordered a Gardenia Tree that arrived smaller then I was expect and in a so-so condition. It started yellowing and loosing leaves in a few days. A month later my tree lost almost all leaves. I sent email with pictures to customer service, and next day I got response from Deisha. She was letting me know that she is working on my tree replacement. I got my beautiful tree in a few days. New tree is healthy, expected size, and has some buds on it. I’ve been ordering from this company for few years. I will recommend this company to all my friends.
Thank you Deisha for your speedy responce.
We needed a 3-4 foot evergreen, flowering, easy-care protection shrub to line our newly erected wrought iron fence bordering the front yard of our new house. Double knockout roses were our choice. Finding them at our local nurseries wasn't happening, so we decided to order online. The 19 plants we ordered from Brighter Blooms came well packaged, pruned severely but that was expected. We ordered 15 reds and 4 pinks and received exactly what we ordered. Trying to save some money we got the 1 gallon plants instead of the 3 - I figured we would just wait the extra time it took for them to grow. (Turns out the wait won't be long) Without amending the soil at all - all we did was remove the sod in the yard where they were to be planted - we got them in the ground 3 months ago, early March. These little gems have out performed themselves. We are extremely impressed with the fact that not one of the plants have had the least bit of problem, and they all were flowering profusely within weeks. They have at least doubled in size since we planted them. It's been triple digit temps here in the foothills of the San Bernardino mountains, and these roses haven't missed a beat. We are very happy with our purchase from Brighter Blooms and we just ordered a Forsythia for some more great color in front as well as 2 Royal Empress Trees, 1 for the front yard and one for the back, to give our little ones some much needed shade while they play. We did purchase their 1 year guarantee for all of the plants, but I sincerely doubt we will need it.
Posted on May 13, 2013, updated May 13, 2013
Last June (2012, I ordered two Royal Empress trees and two Needle Palm trees from Brighter Blooms. The Royal Empress trees failed to live up to their "fast growing" description but, as directed, I cut them back to the ground this Spring and they seem to be responding well. I ordered the Needle Palms specifically for their "cold hardy" ability, as I live in Upstate New York. Although we had a milder than normal Winter, both Needle Palms have perished. As Brighter Blooms does not guarantee their plants beyond 45 days, I wasted both money and effort on my purchase.
I have decided to only deal with local suppliers and those who provide a minimum of a one year warranty from this point forward.
I submitted a comment to the Brighter Blooms website (which, on reflection, only provides glowing comments) on the Needle Palms to warn others that they might not live up to their hardiness claims.. Although the comment was submitted more than a week ago, it has not appeared.
Caveat emptor, I guess.
On May 13th, 2013, Zephyr22 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
Within two hours of this posting, I received a call from Brighter Blooms customer service. It turns out that there was an error on their website for the hardiness of the Needle Palms. Josh, of Brighter Blooms, identified the error and has changed the page to reflect the actual hardiness.
He issued me a full store credit for the Needle Palms :-) I am pleased and surprised by the quick action to addess the issue.
On May 9, 2013, lstacyb Bardstown, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:
Posted on May 6, 2013, updated May 9, 2013
Posted on May 6, 2013, updated May 6, 2013
I placed the order at 2:30 PM and I received notification of this order at 2:37 PM after placing the order! At 2:53 I emailed to cancel the order and then called and requested the order be canceled and was told the order was not in their system yet. I ordered Lilacs by mistake. In that short of time and the fact it was not yet in their system, what could they have possibly done with my mistaken order?
I then talked to Joe and ordered 3, 3 gallon Gardenias at
Product Total: $170.85
Sales Tax: $0.00
Grand Total: $163.56
They want to charge me a cancelation fee after my spending over $500 in the last year. I think they should thank me for being a good customer not charge me a fee.
On May 6th, 2013, lstacyb changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
Within 15 minutes of this posting, received a call and was issued a total credit. I feel much better about this company and appreciate Daves Garden for help with this matter.
I will still be a customer of Brighter Blooms!On May 9th, 2013, lstacyb added the following:
I received full credit for the Lilacs, and today received the Gardenias! What a wonderful surprise! I received 3, 3 gallon Frost Proof Gardenias that are gorgeous! I couldn't expect more from Brighter Blooms and if you have issues, just contact them and give them a chance to make it right. Thanks Josh!
On Mar 31, 2013, standianne Port Charlotte, FL wrote:
Originally, we bought some pink muhly grass and were less than satisfied, but the company has the best customer service I have ever encountered. They called me on the phone and sent new product immediately. I sincerely think they want to be a successful company and one of the keys to that end is customer satisfaction. Well, I give them a 110% AAA+++ in satisfying this customer! Thanks Chris, Crystal and Josh!!!
Posted on February 22, 2013, updated March 6, 2013
I ordered knock-out roses and paid a PREMIUM!!! relative to other outlets. Some of the roses died. Customer service argued with me that they weren't really dead. Been gardening 30 years, but whatever... Nothing about their product or service is worth the price. Just go elsewhere.
On March 6th, 2013, thw333333 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
Was contacted by customer service and the gentleman was very nice. He made it right and completely changed my views on Brighter Blooms. It showed me that they do have interest in customer service. I will consider them again for my gardening purchases and I regret leaving such a negative comment.
Late last year I placed a small order--my first experience ever buying shrubs or trees over the Internet--and the juniper arrived very well packaged and in superb condition. Better than I was expecting. Given my positive experience, I ordered a tree about one month later, but changed my landscaping plans soon thereafter. The customer service was terrific and I had no issues with a change order. I will surely buy from them again. Thanks Brighter Blooms.
I had ordered a Meyer lemon that arrived in a huge box and in wonderful condition. It started adding blossoms and new growth immediately. I then ordered three more items, one of which was a dwarf banana. The banana arrived in a short box and all the fronds were broken. I notified BB and they thought the fronds might be wilted, but that they would replace it if the tree did not recover. Three weeks later I sent another picture of the broken fronds and they immediately sent a beautiful replacement in a tall box without one damaged frond. My other plants are also doing well.
I really like this company. I read that someone said you could get the same plants at Walmart for cheaper, but Walmart doesn't carry what I ordered. Also, before I ordered, I shopped around the internet, and BB had the very best prices. They get an A+ from me.
my dream came true because of these people! i've bought hundreds of gardenias only to end up with 4 sprigs of twigs that i kept til shame set in. then i found the 'no frost gardenia'. little thing came with 2 little blooms and maybe 4' tall. i stuck it in the ground with only miracle grow soil. it LIVED! and BLOOMED and didn't get yellow spotted leaves. i went to SOME of the 'depressed gardenia growers'(killers) sites and raved. some day i'll have a wall or complete yard fenced by gardenias. and brighter blooms will be my salvation.
I ordered three sweet olive trees from Brighter Blooms the other day. They wouldn't be shipped until May because of inclement outdoor weather, but I wanted them to grow indoors. These trees mean a lot to my mother, who was used to seeing them in her childhood in China.
I asked Devin if it were possible to have them shipped sooner, and to my delight, she overrode the hold and said that we should expect them by the end of the week. In addition, she immediately sent a confirmation email detailing the change and giving me instructions for tracking the trees. Devin is extremely professional and accommodating, and makes me feel confident to order from Brighter Blooms again.
I'm so excited for my mother to receive them; the trees' fragrance are going to be such a comfort and joy to her.