On Jun 16, 2015, streborem New Richmond, WI wrote:
I ordered for the first time this year. When my plants came I got 3 of the 4 that I ordered. He never once emailed me to tell me one was not available. Then he sends me one of the cone flowers that is only 4" at the tallest. Yep $12.33 for something that is barely alive. I wrote him and never a response. Pete does not care about his customers only his pocket book!
On May 30, 2015, vano915 Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:
I ordered $160 worth of plants from this company. They looked iffy when they arrived, but I waited to see if they'd recover. They didn't. I'm an experienced gardener, and I did not kill the plants. I emailed the company twice, but got no response for over a week. I was then told that the plants were only guaranteed at the time of delivery. So if they were damaged during the delivery process, but were not yet dead when they arrived, they weren't guaranteed!
Customer satisfaction? Not so much....
On May 30, 2015, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
"On May 30, 2015 5:45 PM, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
Plants delivered were of very good quality and according to your email arrived in good condition.
Sorry about your loss but we have no control over the plants once delivered. It was obvious from the picture that the plants were not cared for properly. (They were left unattended and not watered for to long of a period).
I have to give this company a negative. I read that they try to please their customers and give a 100% guarantee. And yet, they totally ignored my email. I purchased a few plants from them last year, and 2 plants rated to my zone died in the winter. Yet another company that does not rate planting zones properly. How rude for them to just ignore my question.....100% no guarantee. Buy at your own risk.
Posted on May 7, 2014, updated May 13, 2015
I\'ve ordered alot of plants from Pete\'s company. I appreciate all the thorough plant info on the website. I also think it\'s great that I can add to my order at anytime with out having to pay the whole shipping charge over. I think this family owned company works hard to be satisfactory and I trust that to be true because I\'ve experienced it. The plants I\'ve received we\'re very healthy and packaged very well. I\'ve ordered from many different companies so that I can compare them and so far I\'ve not been as pleased with any of them as I am with this one. This is my honest opinion and perspective. Will be continuing my business with them and recommending them to others.
On May 13th, 2015, livingJazzy changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
I have been meaning to update my rating for a long time now. I wouldn't want people to be mislead by my comments.
There are alot of things I really do like about this company like selection prices and website. However, I will not be purchasing plants from here ever again.
As I stated, I have shopped at Alot of places for plants, including places that ship plants in bags with tiny seedlings for plants. I have had a much much better out come with All of these companies at the end of the day.
For whatever reason the plants at this company didn't make it. Most of them died. They were lovely and big when they arrived but most died. It is a mystery what the problem was with these perrenials.
All of the shrubs I bought did not die. So getting shrubs here is Not a bad idea.
This company does not offer a guarantee for this circumstance thats why I will not longer shop here or recommend it.
I was so so thrilled with this company but at the end of the day I'm out alot of money and effort.
I ordered "18" Echinacea plants @ $13.00 each. When the carton arrived it had NO packing to hold the plants, and some plants were laying on top of others. Only THREE were about 12 to 15 inches high. The rest of them were tiny little just started growing plants 2-3" high.
VERY small for the price. Also, half of the plants died.
I paid $308.87 for essentially a carton of mostly dirt with very tiny plants. I called and called and left messages, but no one ever called me back. I sent an email to Pete telling him how disappointed I am.
Also that I am a disabled veteran and do gardening for some therapy.
Pete's email back only said that I waited too long for ANY replacement plants. His 100% guarantee is meaningless. Too bad he is too busy building his house that he will not fulfill his 100% guarantee to a disabled veteran. NEVER BUY FROM PETE AGAIN.
On May 5, 2015, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
"On May 8, 2015 9:33 AM, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
I did send you an email stating we would not offer you a refund or replacements because it has been 2 years since we delivered your plants. Your plants were delivered 4/29/2013. It is now May 8, 2015."
On Jun 18, 2014, jennwv11 FALLING WATERS, WV wrote:
I ordered 6 Red Supertunias, 6 Royal Velvet Supertunias, and some perennials for my garden. At the time of order, they asked me when I wanted them shipped so I highlighted the next week(meaning immediately/sometime within the next week). It took over two weeks, close to 3 weeks for me to receive them. I really think that it would probably have taken longer but I emailed Pete and asked when I could expect my order. I got my order at the end of that week. The problem that I have is with 6 Red Supertunias and Coreopsis Star Cluster. 4 out of the 6 Red Supertunias were wavy or another kind of petunias. I have planted Red and Royal Velvets since I moved into my house so after 10 years, I think I could tell the difference!!! I ordered from Pete because my local nurseries didn't have them for some reason or they already sold them out. I took pictures and sent them to Pete and he told me they were Supertunias and he would not refund or replace them. About a week ago, my Coreopsis flowered...and it was not Star Cluster but a yellow Coreopsis which I don't know the name of. Because of my experience with first order from them, I don't think I will order from newgardenplants.com again. I will continue to order from Romence Gardens who offer better service all around.
On Apr 29, 2014, Sequoiadendron4 Lititz, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I placed an order for 4 plants. They sent me 4 plants plus a bonus plant. One of the plants I ordered has promptly died and another wasn't something I even ordered but 'subbed' since what I ordered was now unavailable. I don't appreciate being 'subbed' a plant without prior knowledge. They never contacted me saying it was unavailable and I still haven't heard from them after emailing them my displeasure about this. Another of the plants I ordered has a NOID plant growing in the middle of it. I'm not sure if it's a weed or not but I'm letting it grow to find out. Packaging was terrible as all the plants were in the bottom of the box but there was no padding or protection if the box had been turned upside down in shipping. I'm certain I would never buy from this company again.
On Sep 8, 2013, prismperfect Silver Lake, OH wrote:
I ordered two hibiscus plants from them on Jul 14th ($32 shipped). They arrived on 7/23. They were packed well and smaller than I expected, I was hoping for them to be a little more mature, but we planted them the same day. Within a few days we noticed something was definitely wrong. The leaves started dropping off both, and the plants started to shrivel and droop. We made sure we were watering them correctly, they got the sun they required, we're in the right hardiness zone.
Emailed them 8/18 with photos, they were definitely dying. Pete said to give it more time and they'd probably pull through. I gave it more time, we babied the plants and monitored them daily. One of them did seem to perk up, but the other went downhill fast. It's now just a brown dead twig, it's a sad waste of money.
I emailed Pete on 8/30 with no reply, and tried again to their sales email on 9/4 with updated photos, asking for a replacement. Their site says they 100% no hassle guarantee their plants, so I was just hoping he could send another. It just doesn't make sense that it's 5 feet away from the other one in the same exact soil and it starts dying pretty much after we plant it.
He seems to be ignoring my emails and does not reply. I agree with the other reviewers, he's very responsive until there's a problem that needs dealt with. I guess I didn't spend enough money with them to be worth assisting. I do not recommend ordering from them!
On Sep 8, 2013, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
"On Jan 19, 2014 11:27 PM, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
Sorry, I had to put the business on the back burner last summer and fall. After 18 months I have finally completed building a new home for my family in which I decided to do some of the work myself, including the general contractor. It was quite overwhelming and a lot more work than I had imagined.
So my apologies I just could not keep up with everything. Please contact me if I do not get ahold of you first and I will more than take care of the issue.
Pete (owner of NewGardenPlants.com)
On Jul 27, 2013, iykim Hillsborough, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
Posted on July 27, 2013, updated July 27, 2013
I ordered several plants totaling about $100. They were one of the few online nurseries that carried Proven Winner's Sunsatia Cranberry Nemesias. This was the only reason I chose NewGardenPlants.com. I added several more plants so that I take full advantage of their $10 flat shipping rate. Although most of the plants arrived healthy and in much bigger pots than most of the other nurseries I ordered from in the past, unfortunately, the Nemesias were DOA. They were all brown, shriveled up, and the cambium had no green color to it whatsoever. They never sent out any new leaves. So I sent them an email to get replacements. No reply. So I telephoned them. No one picks up the phone. I sent another email to Pete there, but still no reply. I don't think I will ever do business with them again.
On July 27th, 2013, iykim added the following:
I read more reviews for New Garden Plants, and I have to agree with other reviewers who gave Pete a negative review in that there is absolutely ZERO communication if there is anything wrong with your order. Most positive reviews were from those who had received all live and healthy plants. My first order experience with them was fine because all plants from that order came alive. That's why I decided to order from them again. With the dead nemsias and no customer service, I will not order from them again. If you are OK receiving some dead plants and not getting any customer service for that issue, they are an OK nursery to order from. But if you expect customer service, no way no how.On Jul 27, 2013, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
"On Jan 19, 2014 11:31 PM, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
Sorry, I had to put the business on the back burner last summer and fall. After 18 Months I have finally completed building a new home for my family in which I decided to do some of the work myself, including the general contractor. It was quite overwhelming and a lot more work than I had imagined.
So my apologies I just could not keep up with everything. Please contact me if I do not get ahold of you first and I will more than take care of the issue.
Pete (owner of NewGardenPlants.com)"
Upon receiving my plants, I noticed right away that one of them looked sickly (yellow and limp). I flagged it up to them via email and was told I ought to fertilize - which I did. The third plant is dead now and the company didn't respond to my email or a phone call. Only after I said I would dispute the charge through my credit card company did I get a response. There are too many good nurseries out there to put up with this poor customer service.
On May 17, 2013, Thumperbuni Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
I am not the sort to give anyone a negative review but my dealings with New Garden Plants had to be told to warn others of making the same mistake I made. I had ordered or received quite a few items from NGP none of which were in impeccable shape upon receipt. The ones that really concerned me were the three (3) Silene Druett's Variegated Campion that were subpar to say the least but one was a little worse than the others. I figured with a little tlc they would all pull through and went ahead and planted them in the same garden bed. It has only been about a week and the worse plant received has completely rotted away while the others are doing fine. I contacted Pete via phone message and via e-mail twice regarding this matter, I would have left him another phone message but his mailbox was actually full! Needless to say I have not received any contact back from him at all. This is completely unacceptable if you are running your own business. His website states "100% guarantee, a 100% NO HASSLE GUARANTEE", which means 100% absolutely nothing to me since it has been a complete hassle and I am extremely dissatisfied. I will NEVER buy from him again and I pursuade others on This site to think twice before doing so! And if anyone of my gardening friends asks me to recommend an on-line mail order nursery, the first thing I would tell them is to go to Romence Gardens because they are absolutely wonderful in every way. And the second thing I would tell them is to avoid New Garden Plants like powdery mildew!!
Everything customer CarlaSue said is ditto from me. Pete only answered one of my emails, but subsequently didn't honor what that email promised, a replacement of an indistinguishable moldy plant. The packing is a little haphazard, and I've been able to live with that for the most part, but one thing I canNOT live with, aside from broken promises and failure to respond to emails, is to be served a substitution plant after clearly specifying I didn't want any substitutions. Too much lack of communication going on with Pete, and when in his only reply to me he said his family had taken an impromptu vacation and that's why he hadn't gotten back to me earlier, how could I help but wonder if that was true? Even if it was true, shouldn't he have contacted customers about it?
On Jan 9, 2013, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
"On Jan 19, 2013 8:47 PM, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
Owliphant, my apologies i am tring to locate who you are. I was unaware you did not get the replacements. I did not take care of your issues and that is my mistake. I would like to make this right with you, please contact me. Pete VanDer Kolk (NewGardenPlants.com)"
I placed my order early in March to make sure I would get the plants in case they would run out. I emailed them back to move my order up 15 days to the 15 of May. I replyed severals times to them to see if they got my email, and they never returned with a answer,I finally called them and they were not even sure about my order even though they had already run payment on my credit card. When they found my order I was told I would receive extra flower for the mistake, And I did and it was probably the best looking flower in the bunch. When I opened the box I was very disappointed in the flowers. Alot of them were broken, some were very small plants nothing like the picture they show with the tape measure, Dried out plants just not good looking plants at all. I will not order from them again.
I placed several orders,from newgardenplants.com,based on reviews,from this site.I placed the orders several months before spring shipping was to begin.
I was so excited to receive my flowers.Sadly that didnt last upon opening my packages!
In total I spent $400.00 ,and purchased around 50lbs of flowers.
First my shipping requested dates were not honered.
Also most of the plants that had any height to them ,were placed in boxes FAR too small for them,and then the tops of plants were draped over tops of rest of plants,and then sealed shut in the box.
After spending two days being shipped,the plants that were packed that way,were HORRIBLY wilted mangled and damaged from being packed in that manner. Several of the plants clearly should have flower heads on them,but instead they just had broken stems,with missing flower heads.
Also MANY of the pots barely had any dirt in them.There was no dirt spilled in the boxes,as well as no broken off flower heads in box,so none of the above described complaints had anything to do with the shipping company.
Also many many many bugs arrived with my flowers.
I have dealt with many other online nurseries and never run into these issues.
I called and spoke with Pete,the owner,and mentioned my complaints to him.
His first response was to be angry and tell me to return them to him,and he would refund my money.
I told him I would be glad to return them to him BUT he needed to send me the return label.He told me to buy the return label,and he would reimburse me.I refused.He finally agreed to send me the label.
About ten minutes later Pete called me and asked that I give them time,and see if they come back and if they dont,he would refund my money,or did I want a discount.
I responded I wasnt interested in any discount.I payed good money for good flowers and that is all I wanted.
I then got into more detail about the condition of the flowers how they were packed and how they arrived,and Petes response was to laugh like an IDIOT,and say he had someone new working there and he would speak to them about it.
At this point,I felt I should throw all flowers in a box and simply return them.I decided against that though,and figured it wouldnt hurt to give it a few days,and see if they survive.
Some survived and some did not.
I gave another try to this company and took replacement plants for those that died.
Would you believe it if I told you,the rest arrived EXACTLY the same as the first set.
Withered,bent,mangled,missing flower heads,with bugs,and barely any dirt in pots.I guess Pete~~ I mean the "new worker" didnt get the message!
I emailed Pete this time with my complaints,that was a week ago,I never heard back,and that is fine.
My goal now is to simply inform future potential buyers to new garden plants.com what they are in for,if deciding to place an order with Pete.
As I stated at begining of this review,I placed an order with this company,based on trusting to some degree the reviews on this site.
I now honestly believe that Pete the owner of newgardenplants.com placed the posative reviews of his plants, and packaging on this site.
Otherwise wouldnt he have been sure to make sure someone who spent so much money,at his store,was satisfied,atleast the second time around?
Either way next year I will shop directly at the proven winners online site.They are wonderful and I have nothing but great things to say about them and how they handle their merchandise and their customers.
They are proven winners,and newgardenplants....proven losers!
I hope this review saves someone the trouble aggravation and disappointment I went through. Buying flowers is suppose to be fun and enjoyable and Pete finds a way to take all that away....and add a headache,and some bugs....EWW!
On Jun 5, 2011, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
I am disappointed that carlasue had a bad experience with NewGardenPlants. We do our best to please all of our customers. I'm not sure why she would go out of her way to personally attack me. As she stated, I did offer to totally refund her. "