If you are a coleus enthusiast /collectionist it is the N.1 website where you want to buy your plant. Apart from that, more in general it is a very good online plant store for different reasons:
1. It offer a large selection of very rare coleus cultivare almost impossibile to find anywhere else.
2.The shipping system allow the reduction of useless plastic
3. Plants are healthy
4. The cultivar sent is the true which I ordered
My only suggestion is to better improve the email system. As a family or small business the customer service is not as the same of big company, be aware of that, but they do get back to you eventually. All my European friends (coleus enthusiasts) literally envy me for the chance that I have to get whatever cultivar I want from Rosy Dawn Garden.
I have been ordering from Rosy Dawn for over a decade - I can't remember when I didn't order from them. I've been happy with the plants and the wide variety they offer. I must have recommended them dozens of times on the various reddit plant subs whenever the subject of coleus comes up.
This year, though, the plants were miniscule and the Fancy Feathers and Copper Sea Urchin collapsed overnight. The coleus I ordered from Select Seed were far more robust.
I'm hoping this disappointing order is because of covid consequences.
Posted on May 5, 2020, updated May 9, 2020
I bought two types of coleus. The Alligator Alley are great. Beautiful. Healthy. The Mainstream Sunset Boulevard are tiny and weak in color and general health. I am hoping for the best, that they survive. I wrote to the company with no response thus far.On May 9th, 2020, robynb changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
They responded to me and they are making it right! Resending me the plants which had an apparent problem during shipping.
MissMarbles Newton Highlands, MA (1 review) May 31, 2018
Absolutely OUTSTANDING experience. First time I have ordered from Rosy Dawn. Each plant was large and vigorous and extremely well packed. The company emailed me a confirmation of the order, let me know when it was shipped, and gave me the USPS tracking number so that I was able to retrieve the package from the post office as soon as it arrived. Shipping was QUICK!!
As for the plants, there was no wilting whatsoever. I potted them up immediately and temporarily placed them under lights, and every one of them looks like it never took a long trip in a shipping box.
I was particularly thrilled to find the "Under the Sea" series, as they aren't often available locally, and truthfully, the ones I received from Rosy Dawn are MUCH bigger and healthier than any I've found in greenhouses.
My only regret is that I didn't order more plants! I will rectify that error next year.
I ordered 19 plants from Rosy Dawn. I contacted them several times, once to add on to my order, once to make a last minute switch, and once to notify them my order hadn't arrived on schedule (it arrived the next day). Each time, they responded quickly and were able to accommodate my additions, changes, etc. When the plants arrived, everything looked healthy, lots of foliage, and was well packed. I'm very happy with this order and would order from them again.
karenmuse Jackson, MI (5 reviews) September 13, 2017
Posted on September 12, 2017, updated September 13, 2017
I have ordered coleus from Rosy Dawn Gardens for several years. I have always been happy with the health of the plants and the careful packaging. Last year I had a problem with some of my plants being mislabeled. They were labeled as the variety I ordered, but clearly were not the correct variety. I emailed the company and after a few weeks was issued a refund. Fine. But this year the same problem occurred again- some of the plants were mislabeled and not at all what they were supposed to be. I have emailed the company several times over the last several weeks and have gotten no response whatsoever. I will have to give up. I understand that mistakes happen, but when they won't even respond to me, I don't come back. I won't be ordering from them again.On September 13th, 2017, karenmuse changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
After a little more prodding (thank you, Dave's Garden!) I got a phone call from Glen at Rosy Dawn Gardens. He explained that he didn't respond to my emails because during the late summer and fall the nursery is technically closed and that they are busy with other stuff. I find that an odd excuse, but whatever. He told me that some of their coleus varieties are grown from cuttings that they have to buy from an outside source because they are patented. Then for the website Rosy Dawn uses photos that the supplier provides, and occasionally they aren't accurate. He agreed to give me a credit for the full amount.
This is my third year ordering from Rosy Dawn Gardens. Many years ago, I quit buying plants on line, because I was always disappointed, and sometimes outraged. But this company is SO different. They ship on exactly the date you ask for. Every plant is packed perfectly, with great care. Nothing ever arrives broken or in poor shape, or even "sad". The plants don't even need "reviving"! They grow like crazy (follow instructions!!) and look wonderful. I have a "show" garden in the Buffalo Garden Walk, and thousands of people come thru every summer, and I'm always happy to tell them where I get my coleus!
Wow! I wish Rosy Dawn sold everything. I ordered my coleus early this spring and received them last week. I thought that two looked a lot alike and when I double-checked, I realized that one couldn't be the right variety, although the stake had the right name. I emailed hoping for a refund and received a prompt response that they will ship the correct one! All the plants look good too! Thanks for great service.
This is the go-to place for great coleus plants. They have the best selection and deliver high quality plants that are ready to grow. I just received my third order from them, and the plants are beautiful.
I just received an order from Rosy Dawn Gardens. This is my third order from this company over a 4 or 5 year period. Every order I have received from them has been great. I am so happy to be able to find all my favorite coleus varieties here when my local nurseries only carry all the newest varieties. This year my very favorite variety 'India Frills' was not listed on their website, but when I called to inquire, I was told that it was in limited supply but they thought they could provide it for me. I was so happy to see two plants included with the others I had ordered.
This is the best plant order I have ever received, and the customer service was excellent. I ordered 13 coleus, and every one of them was very healthy because of the careful packaging. The labeling on each plant was exceptional, with a printed plant marker for each one. I would give them my highest rating.
Beautiful plants, beautifully packaged! I order from a lot of different online plant companies and I'm always interested in the packaging styles. My first order from Rosy Dawn just arrived and it's the best I have ever seen. Simple, effective and almost completely recyclable. The plants are healthy and large for the price.
Service is outstanding as well. I asked that the two orders I had placed during the winter be combined and delayed due to illness, and they had no problem with that. Bravo! Recommended without reservation.
I ordered ten plants from them of varying varieties of coleus. I received an email letting me know the plants were shipping and to keep an eye out. They arrived quickly and in great shape. The plants were bigger than I thought (I was thinking baby seedling size) these were about the size you'd get in any garden center in a flat or small transplant pot. Some of them are already 6". They all look great and seem quite healthy. I also like how there's just the root ball, it will make for a much easier and cleaner transplant. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a good or unique coleus.
BrisbaneAnne Brisbane, CA (Zone 10b) (31 reviews) March 31, 2013
I have the same excellent experience from other reviewers. Wonderfully packaged plants, arrived fast and in great shape, clearly labeled, helpful communication from the vendor, very informative website. I am a coleus fan. Will definitely order from them again. Highly recommend it.
steadycam3 Houston Heights, TX (Zone 9a) (2 reviews) March 29, 2013
I ordered 10 coleus from RDG and I potted up my plants and they look teriffic. The plants were shipped in individual tubes inside a box padded with crushed paper. These folk know what they are doing. This was my first order from them and I will order again in the future.
ge1836 Pittsford, NY (Zone 6a) (24 reviews) May 14, 2012
Posted on January 19, 2011, updated May 14, 2012
Posted on May 5, 2008, updated January 19, 2011
I am totaly delighted.
The plants came in simple, secure, safe wrap ,and moist.
There was even a bonus plant or two.
I like that kind of customer care.
I will definatly order next year.On January 19th, 2011, ge1836 added the following:
Wonderful service from Rosey Dawn.
My 2011 order was changed without a problem.On May 14th, 2012, ge1836 added the following:
My 4th year with their coleus. Still the same great service and shipping.
Plants always arrive fresh.
denisemb Ocala, FL (Zone 9a) (5 reviews) April 25, 2012
Beautiful, healthy plants packaged with care. Will order from them again.
kafka00 Alexandria, LA (Zone 8b) (5 reviews) March 24, 2012
Very pleased!! Pre-sales questions answered by helpful co-owner. E-mail notification that my plants had shipped, told when to expect them, and told to notify the PO and Rosy Dawn if they did not arrive by then. Received beautiful plants on schedule, carefully wrapped. Excellent company!
nymegen Windham, ME (Zone 5a) (20 reviews) May 26, 2011
Posted on April 27, 2010, updated May 26, 2011
Just plain wonderful,all plants received in perfect condition. Coleus are great in size and quality and will definitively do more bussiness with them! Also received a great looking bonus plant. Outstanding service !On May 26th, 2011, nymegen added the following:
This is the second year I have ordered with this wonderful company and again wonderful plants,packaging and shipping.You can not go wrong with them!!!!
bigpaapap Mount Laurel, NJ (2 reviews) May 18, 2011
I lived in Michigan for most of my life, and had never heard of RDG, until the last 6 months (after doing some research on Coleus), and coming across their web site my interest really peaked after my wife bought a coleus home last year, it was absolutely beautiful, couldn't tell you the name. But none the less, I am totally enthralled with all of them. Received my shipment today, arrived in flawless condition, can't wait to get them growing. Excellent company will definitely be doing business again. Trying to decide on your choice coleus is next to impossible. Got a bonus Handy Andy, and trying to find the particulars on it, with no success. I tip my hat to RDG. They really take pride in their product.
mad4roses Georgetown, TX (Zone 8a) (25 reviews) March 21, 2011
These people really know what they're doing.
All the plants I received were very healthy and of the optimum size for planting. The careful packaging must have taken considerable time as each plant had it's rootball wrapped in such a way that none of the tiny leaves at the base were damaged, yet the rootball itself was completely secure. Each plant was also encased in a cardboard tube that prevented any damage to the larger leaves.
I also received two bonus plants that were obviously chosen to compliment my other selections. I'm very impressed with the quality of the plants and the care they take in shipping their plants. Highly recommended and will definitely order from them again.
amjdmck Great Barrington, MA (2 reviews) October 26, 2010
I placed a fairly large order last spring and was extremely pleased with the plants and packaging. I followed their instructions and every plant is now HUGE. I just brought them inside a few weeks ago and now have a beautiful display of coleus plants in my bay window for the upcoming winter. I would not hesitate to order from them again.
Everything everyone has said is true. I have ordered from Rosy Dawn for a few years now and they are outstanding. Their selection of Coleus is amazing and the only tough part is trying to narrow down your choices. You want Coleus? Look no further.
duckmother North Little Rock, AR (Zone 7b) (5 reviews) May 11, 2010
This my first time to order from Rosy Dawn. Wow! The plants are perfect and nicely sized. If they grow nearly as well as they were shipped, they will grow to the size of of Jack's Beanstalk :o)
Great, healthy plants. Packaging great. Love this company. Have bought from them before and will buy again.
Dodsky Smiths Grove, KY (Zone 6b) (8 reviews) April 2, 2010
I received my first order with RDG yesterday and was very happy with the quality of the plants and how well they had been prepared for shipping. As other people have attested, this is an excellent nursery all-around. With excellent customer service, good communication, high quality plants, a wide selection of cultivars, and fair prices I would definitely recommend purchasing your coleus plants from RDG.
onewish1 Denville, NJ (Zone 6b) (25 reviews) April 1, 2010
Posted on May 12, 2007, updated April 1, 2010
4 Trailing Plum Brocade Coleus, aka Swinging Linda
2 Trailing Salamander Coleus
2 Strawberry Drop Coleus
My order arrived a few days ago... wonderful shipping... plants arrived rolled up in corrugated cardboard... today they look like they were never packed up and shipped.. This is the first mail order plant shipment I received out of many many orders from other companies... that rebounded so quickly after shipping... wish I could post a picture to show you how great these plants look...
Great Seller!!!!On April 1st, 2010, onewish1 added the following:
fantastic plants again this year... photos are in my diary
Posted on February 10, 2010, updated March 31, 2010
Absolutely the best customer service of any company I have ever dealt with. I will happily remain a customer in the future.On March 31st, 2010, ZoarGardener added the following:
3/31/10 My plants arrived today and they are gorgeous! They are probably the best quality mail order plants I have ever received...very healthy, nice size, good root systems, obviously very well grown. Packaged very securely for shipping with hardly a single leaf out of place. I will most definitely be a repeat customer!
paulgrow Allen Park, MI (Zone 6a) (28 reviews) May 25, 2009
Excellent plants, packed very well. Shipped on day promised.
Great variety of coleus.
Melissa_Ohio Southwestern, OH (Zone 6b) (37 reviews) April 25, 2009
I've been ordering from Rosy Dawn for several years, they are fantastic people to work with, and will bend over backwards to make sure that you are satisfied.
frahnzone5 Bensenville, IL (Zone 5a) (17 reviews) April 24, 2009
My first order from this company via DG coleus coop. Got the plants on the date I requested. They were big, beautiful and superbly packaged. I will definitely order from them again and would highly recommend their plants to anyone.
lexx349 Huntington, WV (Zone 6a) (2 reviews) April 23, 2009
Just received my coleus yesterday. What a great company, the plants were healthy and packaged well. None were damaged in shipping or as I unpacked them. Great company.
hmingbrd Sebastian, FL (Zone 9b) (5 reviews) April 17, 2009
This is the first company I've encountered that lets you CHOOSE your shipping date! Wow! I chose the earliest available date, which was 6 days from the day I placed the order. My plants arrived right on time, they were in beautiful shape, and they sent an additional 3 'bonus' plants in addition to the 6 I purchased. I highly recommend this company.
My coleus arrived on 1 April 09--one day after shipment!!
I cannot rave enough at the superior quality of the plants and the way they were packaged. Every plant was meticulously wrapped, an outward sign of pride, patience, and TLC. There were no signs of insect damage, and, there were bonus/free plants too!. An A-plus rating. I would definitely order from them again.
flowerfantasy Washington, IN (Zone 6a) (10 reviews) April 2, 2009
The Coleus were absolutely gorgeous. Thank You very much for the extra one . Will buy from you again! packing was a great job done too.
LindaCA Concord, CA (Zone 9a) (5 reviews) March 30, 2009
I ordered for the first time through the co-op. The plants were bigger than I expected, healthy and they sent a bonus plant. I would order from them again!
I just started trying to grow coleus, and just got my first order from Rosy Dawn. Wow, are they great! Well established, branched plants packaged so well not a leaf was damaged. They shipped on Sat. and were in FL by Monday. RDG has gotten me off to a great start, and I hope to be adding more varieties from them each year. They even threw in a bonus plant, thoughtlfully color matched to my purchase. This felt like real personal care, especially appreciated since mine was such a small order (1 ea. of 4 types.) Thanks, RD.