I have ordered from this company for over 5 years now. The seed is very fresh and the germination is very good. I use their (free) catalogue as a reference for seed germination and as a planting guide. Very detailed in their descriptions. Their shipping and service is excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.
I am a master gardener, last home on 5 garden tours. I love to garden and have ordered a lot, Stokes has great quantity, price and information and good quality and germination. I start 100 or so flats of flowers every year and [I'm] always happy.
Since Stokes doesn't illustrate all its varieties, customers might think it offers fewer varieties than it actually does. The catalog is a valuable seed-starting manual, well-worn by me at the end of every seed-starting season. I am delighted by the detail of the seed-starting instructions and by John Gale's no-nonsense prose.
I've ordered from Stokes for years. They've always filled every order perfectly. The seed is good. The selection of varieties in their catalog is usually more comprehensive than almost any other company's. Their prices are almost always the lowest.
Another winner - I planted tithonia, love lies bleeding and both white and red nicotania seeds purchased from Stokes indoors this last winter and mothered them along until spring. Into the ground they went - and what a delight they were - in spite of drought conditions this summer. The love lies bleeding had to be staked up -they reached almost 7 ft long at their peak - and the birds are enjoying the seed trails now. The tithonia were also whacking big - over 8 ft high - another favorite so far this fall with the chickadees and finches. The nicotania bloomed strong and well all summer and fall - a hard frost finally killed them.
Stokes sells a great selection of seeds, plants, shrubs and some gardening tools. I have ordered from them in the last year and have found the service and quality very good. They are also very quick in filling any back orders that may occur.