Photo by Melody
Time to vote! Choose your favorite images in our annual Photo Contest HERE

Comments regarding Specialty Perennials

Click here to return to Specialty Perennials's listing.

You are viewing only positive comments

  Feedback History and Summary  
45 positives
8 neutrals
26 negatives


Page 1 | 2 Next »

Positive organic_tomato
(10 reviews)
On Dec 14, 2018, organic_tomato Tyrone, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I found this website after looking for a seed source for Calamintha ‘white cloud’. I order 3 packets of seeds and received the order in a couple weeks. I had a great germination rate.

Positive Seattleppatcher
(1 review)
On Dec 10, 2015, Seattleppatcher Seattle, WA wrote:

Big Project
No Budget

Earlier this year I ordered 2 varieties of seed from this company in quantities a hobbyist gardener doing a big project could use.The prices and shipping rates were very low. I was a bit apprehensive since the prices were so low. However, I the product and service were excellent.

Positive carrielamont
(20 reviews)
On Sep 5, 2013, carrielamont Milton, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I've ordered from aka many times. They have great prices on hard-to-find seeds. OK, they don't spend much time answering email, but the plus is that I forget I've ordered seeds, and 3-10 weeks later I get a magic little envelope full of what I ordered and more. Their web-site is realistic and detailed.

Once they sent me seeds that had expired, and I simply called and they sent out new, fresher ones right away.It's sad that not everyone has as flexible a schedule as I do.

(4 reviews)
On Feb 19, 2012, LCROCKERC Florence, MT wrote:

Received my seed order in a timely manner and reasonable shipping cost. They have a huge variety of seeds to order from. Have used them in the past and have not had any probelms, also received a free pack of seeds with my order. I will order from them again.

Positive ChuckP
(11 reviews)
On Feb 19, 2011, ChuckP Adrian, MI wrote:

I ordered on January 28 and received my order on February 19. There are about twice as many seeds as the packet says.

Positive Blancheann
(3 reviews)
On May 19, 2010, Blancheann Ellsworth, ME wrote:

I thought I'd posted this before but didn't see it in the listings. I had a very positive experience twice in a short time with this company( I ordered, everything worked out very quickly then ordered again as I was so pleased. They sent extra seeds with very specific directions. I must be lucky as I am very well pleased by them. They have a wonderful selection.

Positive tubaman
(1 review)
On Mar 12, 2010, tubaman Clare, MI wrote:

Ordered from Specialty Perennials February 7, 2010. Received a large order almost one month later and am thrilled with the quality and service. I guess if you expect delivery in a week you should confirm that possibility with the company. An fine company and much larger reported, after a two phone calls, that my order would come sometime in March. So, I have to feel great about Speciality Perennials for the reasonable and inexpensive delivery. I did not select express shipping! The most wonderful thing is their seed selection! Very few companies come close to the number of varieties offered. Great Job!

Positive Karldan
(5 reviews)
On Mar 6, 2010, Karldan Norfolk, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Seeds came in about 3 weeks, which is what the website said (1-3 weeks shipping). Unusual offerings of seeds. Order filled complete with some packs having 2-3 times the amount of seed listed. Example, seed pack says 50 seeds but over 150 in pack. Seeds were not only inexpensive, but in my opinion, downright CHEAP. Combined with the resonable postage cost of 2.00, I am VERY PLEASED with this company, and speaking from my own experience I highly recommend them.

Positive DavenPORT2026
(1 review)
On Mar 3, 2010, DavenPORT2026 Phillips, WI wrote:

My experience was impeccable. I placed my order on 2/27, and received an acknowment 3/1. I received the complete order today, 3/3!!! Very happy this company.

Positive greenthumb99
(5 reviews)
On Feb 21, 2010, greenthumb99 Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I ordered in late January 2010 and received my seeds February 20th. A little slower than I expected but the seeds were well packaged with detailed germination instructions on each pack. One item was sold out and they returned $1.00 for an $0.85 purchase as well as sending extra packs of seeds. I definitly will do business with them aqain as they have an exceptional selection and decent prices.

Positive Soulsower
(1 review)
On Feb 5, 2010, Soulsower Hayward, CA wrote:

I've got nothing but positive feedback for Paul at Specialty Perennials. I placed an order on Sunday,January 31, 2010, received a shipping notification email on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, and received my seeds today Thursday, February 4, 2010 safe and sound and in perfect condition. There was also a packet of gift seed included, along with a typed up sheet of propagating information relative to the seeds I ordered.

I ordered quite a lot of seed from different vendors/gardeners this year, and was honestly attracted to the unique offerings at Specialty Perennials, so I placed an order with them. I read other reviews here after I had placed my order that were negative, and rightly so given their interactions, but mine was VERY positive and I felt it necessary to reflect that in all fairness.

I know business is business, but we never know all the circumstances in someone elses personal/family life that may cause problems in being able to stay on top of things temporarily. Obviously Paul has gotten his act together because that 4 day turnaround on my order, complete with delivery from Minnesota to California, was markedly better than some vendors I dealt with that are right here IN California with me.

Positive commanderkibble
(4 reviews)
On Nov 1, 2009, commanderkibble Fort Pierce, FL wrote:

My seeds came quickly and when I started them I got nearly 100% germination I would buy from them again.
commander kibble

Positive desertsage
(3 reviews)
On Oct 27, 2009, desertsage Rodeo, NM wrote:

Placed an order 8 Sept, must say my order included some seeds of the same genus that I am just now harvesting myself. Arrived 26 October complete, and with 2 extra packets of seeds. I have no dog in this fight, but it seemed like a reasonably nice transaction.

Positive Rop
(1 review)
On Jan 12, 2009, Rop (Zone 7a) wrote:

Ordering my seeds from this company only already for some years. Great selection, good prices, always some free seeds extra and good germination.
9 out of 10 complains about this company are the delivery time and they are right. It takes ages (up to 2 months), but all my orders arrived on the end.
If you've a lot of patience it's not a bad thing to order here.

Positive dmcdevitt
(11 reviews)
On Jan 12, 2009, dmcdevitt Schroon Lake, NY (Zone 4a) wrote:

I placed my order online, received a receipt for payment, and the seeds arrived fine. I guess since I placed the order in late summer and wasn't planning on planting until now, I didn't really keep track of exactly how long it took, but it didn't seem unreasonable.

I'm glad I didn't read the feedback before ordering.

I thought the prices were very reasonable and the selection good. I'll update with germination info, as the seeds are planted now.

Positive hummer_girl
(12 reviews)
On Dec 23, 2008, hummer_girl Saint Louis, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I placed my first order with Specialty Perennials in January 2008. It took nearly a month for the seeds to arrive. I had a few anguish moments after I discovered this website and read the reviews, but in the end the company delivered what I paid for, and the seeds germinated. I placed a second order in November 2008 and the seeds arrived in about 10 days. They add free seed packets to the orders; they offer hard to find seeds; the seeds I've tested/grown are quality, so I will order from them again with the understanding I need to be patient waiting for delivery and not to order anything I need right away.

Positive john_zone7
(1 review)
On Dec 1, 2008, john_zone7 Wilburton, OK wrote:

I have ordered from Specialty Perennials three times this fall. I received an e-mail confirming each order after I placed it and an e-mail notifying me when each order was shipped. I received all three orders within a couple of weeks of ordering. I am very happy with the company so far. I am glad everything worked out well, because they have a pretty stunning list of perennial seeds.

Positive CO_Gardener
(9 reviews)
On Nov 4, 2008, CO_Gardener Broomfield, CO wrote:

I ordered from Specialty Perennials on 10/19/08, before seeing this site's feedback. I didn't find the feedback (stupid mistake I know) until I tried to contact Specialty Perennials about my order, on 10/21/08. I wanted to add to my order. I tried to call but the number was disconnected. I then emailed, stating that I wanted to add to my order, if it had not yet shipped. That email was never replied to. On 10/23/08, I contacted my credit card company, assuming that I would never receive my seeds. That same day, 10/23/08, I received an email from Paul stating my order had shipped. After reading these posts, I was suspicious and figured the shipping notification was bogus. On 10/29/08, I received my seeds. I ordered nine packs and received ten. The free seeds are a fantastic variety, matching the others in the order. On 10/21/08, I ordered seeds from a variety of other sites to quickly obtain the varieties I had ordered from Specialty Perennials. Most of the orders, in this now expensive mess I'd created for myself, arrived around 10/29/08. In all but one seed pack, Specialty Perennials sent substantially much more seed for far less cost. Although customer service is nil, I would order from them again and factor in enough time to receive the seeds well before I needed them, perhaps only ordering during the fall and winter. Many sites were out of the seed I wanted. The quantity received was more then expected, prices are very reasonable and selection is awesome. For me, this all made up for the lack of communication. I guess I am also happy that my seeds actually shipped. I probably would not have purchased from Specialty Perennials after reading the posts here, but I am happy with my order and will order from them again; if they have a seed that no one else has without expecting any communication.

Positive suse
(4 reviews)
On May 12, 2008, suse Bretten,
Germany wrote:

I have ordered twice. The first time at Dec. 31,2007 and obtained all I have ordered about 6 weeks later with many additional seeds.
The second time I have ordered at March 27,2008. The seeds were sent to me at April 21. all of it's best.
Many thanks to Paul, once more.

Positive gracepete
(1 review)
On Mar 8, 2008, gracepete Albany, OR wrote:

I say positive because my seeds are finally in front of me. It was a definite negative during my very long (and painful) wait. I began to think I'd been duped. I placed my order on Jan. 28, 2008. By mid February I started sending e-mails that got zero response. One day when the weather nixed my garden puttering, I did some browsing on line and came upon this website. (I'm a newbie here.) I was so relieved to hear similar testimonials. I called Harvy, left a message. He promptly called me back and gave the familiar platitudes, but he was so nice I couldn't be mad. Gardeners don't get mad, do they? The next day I got THE long awaited e-mail. "Your order has shipped." Four days later voila, seeds! I also received bonus seed but it wasn't for petunias or some other banal leftovers (sorry), it was more packets of the things I ordered. After pondering, I'm not sorry for trusting SP. My advice: Be prepared to wait and nag. Harvy doesn't seem to mind. Now, I've got to get busy.

Positive Debsroots
(25 reviews)
On Mar 3, 2008, Debsroots Northwest, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Took a little longer than expected to receive my seeds, but am very impressed with the seeds I received and the customer service.

I will definately order from them again.

Positive mashley18
(1 review)
On Feb 19, 2008, mashley18 Asheville, NC wrote:

positive, but nervous.
I placed an order 4 weeks ago, recieved an order confimation email and my account was charged. Haven't heard anything yet but I really loved the selection of seeds on their site (especially dianthus!), so I hope everything goes well with my order. Will update upon receiving order...

Positive flowerhead410
(1 review)
On Feb 2, 2008, flowerhead410 Nelson, NH (Zone 5a) wrote:

I did find that it took about 5 weeks for the order to come, but I LOVE their selection and find the wait worthwhile!

Positive ntl059
(1 review)
On Jan 18, 2008, ntl059 Roca, NE wrote:

Placed seed order 01-08-08 and received them today 01-18-08, nicely packaged. Additionally, I received an e-mail from them several days ago indicating the order had been shipped.

This was one of a few vendors who offered seed of one of the varieties I ordered.

Would order again from them assuming germination rate is good.

Positive timeinabottle
(7 reviews)
On Dec 18, 2007, timeinabottle Louisville, KY wrote:

I have just recieved my second shipment of seeds from Specialty perennials, and on both occassions I have been
very pleased.

They had some problems with their computers recently and had to search for my order , but then they sent them right along. They are a source for seeds that can be found no where else.

Positive desertluver99
(2 reviews)
On Dec 12, 2007, desertluver99 Mobile, AL (Zone 9a) wrote:

ordered several types of seed...small yellow envelope arrived in about 14 days...all seeds within...thanks

Positive gloriag
(8 reviews)
On Sep 22, 2007, gloriag Floyd, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Specialty Plants has a tremendous variety of seeds. I have dealt with them for several years, and I love the varieties.
Today I received my order for primrose and campanulas; it was delivered promptly and they even included about three extra. I will make a second order shortly so that I will be ready for winter sowing. The prices are low compared to some catalog companies. I really appreciate that too.

On May 30th, 2009, gloriag added the following:

I ordered only a few days ago. Specialty Perennials immediately acknowledged my order and shipped it within a couple of days.
They even included extra seeds which were right along the same line of seeds that I had ordered. I cannot say enough for their amazing range of seeds offered. I have only good things to say about them.
Positive Chewster
(3 reviews)
On Aug 20, 2007, Chewster Three Rivers, MI wrote:

I placed an order on the 4th Of this month and received an email confirming that my seeds were shipped on the 13th and received my seeds today (20th)

The packageing and labeling was awesome and I loved the seed selection that was offered. I placed an order with this company last year and had a fantastic germination rate.

I give Specialty Perennials a very positive feedback. I am very pleased with my order and I will order again.


Positive Ruth_MI
(6 reviews)
On Apr 22, 2007, Ruth_MI Northville, MI wrote:

Found some seeds I couldn't find elsewhere -- reasonable prices, arrived in a reasonable amount of time. I'd order from them again.

Positive karenhane
(15 reviews)
On Apr 20, 2007, karenhane Manchester, CT (Zone 5a) wrote:

very positive! i ordered seeds on 3/31. a couple weeks later i got an email stating the company was very sorry for the delay in sending the seeds. they also stated they would send extra seeds and additional seeds along with my order. everything was packaged nice and tidy with planting instructions on each little package. i cannot vouch for the germination as i have yet to plant them, but the service is great and this company has seeds i have not seen else where.

Positive Erynne
(10 reviews)
On Mar 21, 2007, Erynne Orangeville, ON (Zone 4b) wrote:

I have placed 2 orders with this company in the past year and have had no problems with their seeds with regards to germination. The shipping took 2-3 weeks each time but I expected this as I am in Canada. I love the selection of seeds that they carry and the prices are very reasonable. They included bonus packs with each of my orders which I thought was very nice. I will definitely place more orders with them in the future.

Positive podster
(5 reviews)
On Mar 15, 2007, podster Deep East Texas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Order placed 2/28 and rec'd 3/15... I was a little impatient to receive as our growing season begins earlier but realized this company was under blizzard conditions during a portion of this time.
I was well pleased to find my order as shipped, nicely packed and info included. They have an easy to navigate website and a varied selection of plants. I would shop again... pod

Positive JodyC
(7 reviews)
On Jan 10, 2007, JodyC Palmyra, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I sent out for 3 packs of seed about 10 days ago...I received today..I also received a bonus and growing instructions..I'm Very satisfied with the order...I will be back...:-)

Positive declfi
(30 reviews)
On Sep 24, 2006, declfi Fenton, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

3 orders worth of seeds with out a hitch

Positive tiffanya
(5 reviews)
On Jul 4, 2006, tiffanya Sumner, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Order arrived within 3 weeks of order placement. Three violas were not in stock, but a cash refund was included with the remainder of the seeds (value $7.65 / refund $8.00). The seeds are well-packaged and came with detailed planting/germination instructions. Easy online shopping experience.

Positive tabasco
(13 reviews)
On Feb 17, 2006, tabasco Cincinnati (Anderson Twp), OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Six days ago I placed an $40 order for a variety of seeds which were difficult to locate on other websites. The next day I realized I had mis-ordered 3 selections and sent an e-mail to correct my error. Today all the seed packets arrived just as I had hoped, along with three gift packets of seeds and a planting instruction sheet for my hard to germinate seeds.

Although the seed amounts per packet do not appear to be over abundant, there are more than enough for my needs and the prices were easy on the pocketbook.

I wanted to try 'Specialty Perennials' despite their less than stellar GW rating, because of their wide range of offerings, fair prices, and easy to navigate website. Providing I have respectable germination from these seeds, I will definitely order again.

On March 10th, 2008, tabasco added the following:

Well, I ordered from Specialty Perennials again 2/14/08, nine packets of campanulas and digitalis to wintersow. After two emails and one phone call (to Harvey) I received a response (from son Paul) and my envelope of $22 worth of seeds and four complimentary packets today.

I like Specialty Perennials because it is a small operation that strives to offer seeds that the big boys don't want to carry, but it is so frustrating to have such slow service from Harvey and Paul. I wish they would hire an organized helper to get the seeds packaged and in the mail in a timely fashion. I know more gardeners would order from them if they could complete the orders in a reasonable time frame.

So, my saga is not complete, yet. Being ever optimistic, I placed an order February 26 for $40. worth of seeds and they have yet to arrive, despite my email pleas for them, too.

I am holding at a 'positive' rating for sentimental reasons, but I could easily be swayed in the wrong direction with a bad experience with this last order! Let's see what happens.
Positive jday4444
(3 reviews)
On Dec 12, 2005, jday4444 Southwest, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I ordered last year and had great germination. They have an excellent selection of perennial seed. I ordered and had the seeds within a couple of weeks. Good, quick service. I'll order again.

Positive lisamr
(8 reviews)
On Oct 5, 2005, lisamr Rotterdam, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

This company had seeds that I was unable to find anywhere else. Very happy about my purchase :-)

Positive bandolierbabe
(1 review)
On Feb 21, 2005, bandolierbabe Branson, MO wrote:

I ordered online and received an email about my order very fast. I received my order in less than two weeks. The seeds are packaged nicely, look fine, and instructions are very good. I've just planted my first seedlings so I can't say how well they germinate at this time. They have a great selection of seeds and the only company I could find that had most of what I was looking for. Also, an easy site to navigate.

Page 1 | 2 Next »

Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Tour | Contact Us ]

Back to the top


Hope for America