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Positive joimack6953
(5 reviews)
On May 10, 2013, joimack6953 Wheat Ridge, CO wrote:

I've looked at this website for a few years and was a bit hesitant ordering plants for Colorado from a California grower. This year I gave in and I'm so glad I did! My plants arrived impeccably packed and in perfect shape. Since they are perennials I'll see how they winter. And... I just placed my second order with Annie's!

Positive tpaulat
(1 review)
On Apr 21, 2013, tpaulat Portland, OR wrote:

I recently placed my first ever order with Annie's and it arrived as scheduled, but several of the 8 plants I ordered were very damaged, a shipping issue I am sure as they were well-packed to begin their journey, it seemed. On arrival some were pushed through to the underside of the container and had broken leaves - they must have endured quite a ride because the packaging was great.

I wrote and sent photos to Annie's asking what could be done, I really wanted the plants not necessarily a refund. They promptly wrote back offering to replace all the damage plants, even though I suggested only a few. They arrived the second time in fantastic condition, no charge, healthy happy plats - I am a happy happy customer and will definitely order from them again. Kudos to Annie's for their great follow up and customer service.

Positive lyle_bonent
(1 review)
On Apr 20, 2013, lyle_bonent Umatilla, OR wrote:

Excellent on-line vendor. Prices somewhat higher, but the plants come in excellent condition and are well worth the price. This is the first time purchasing from this site. I will be a repeat customer

Positive pterostyrax
(5 reviews)
On Apr 17, 2013, pterostyrax Seattle, WA wrote:

When Annie's catalogue arrived I nearly tossed it because it is to my taste annoyingly cutesy. Too many fluffy words, not enough basic information. BUT when I took another look, I saw a really interesting collection of plants. And when the plants that I ordered arrived, they were healthy and well packed. Also, the "wish list" feature on the website works very well--so well that it will probably make you order more plants than you originally intended...

Positive art56
(2 reviews)
On Apr 17, 2013, art56 Buffalo, NY wrote:

My mother ordered 5 plants for me for my birthday. The plants arrived healthy and well packed. Soon after, one of the five plants began to wilt and looked near death. I emailed Annie's to see if they had any ideas of how I could try to save it. To my shock and delight they immediately offered to send me a brand new plant free of charge with free shipping. They also told me that the box could fit 3 more plants if I wanted to purchase a few more and it would still ship free. Of course I have a wish list about a mile long. So I called and put in my order. So happy with this superior customer service. Amazing job!! I will definitely order from them again.

Positive JoeyInOregon
(9 reviews)
On Apr 17, 2013, JoeyInOregon Eugene, OR wrote:

Posted on April 8, 2013, updated April 17, 2013
Until recently, Annie's Annuals had very predictable service, which was excellent in every way. Packing was superior, and I had never received anything less than healthy plants in exceptional condition. My last two orders, which were placed recently, were very disappointing. One order consisted of four plants, but I received only one plant, which was a sweet pea. The packing list showed nothing for the three strawberry plants -- no back-order status or anything else. I thought perhaps they would be shipped separately, but the strawberry plants never arrived, so today I phoned to ask what happened to them. I was told that they weren't available when I placed the order, although there was nothing to indicate at the time of the order that they were not available. I asked the customer service rep I spoke to why they had not notified me of this and she was at a loss as to why I had not received an email letting me know to expect a delay. Another recent order arrived in deplorable shape. There were several plants, all of which were ragged and beat-up because the the packing carton did not contain the usual packing peanuts that I've come to expect. Most of the soil had fallen out of the individual containers and was lying at the bottom of the carton. I phoned to complain and was told that Annie's no longer uses the peanuts because customers have been complaining about them. Well, then, USE something else, for heaven's sake. One of the containers was completely overturned inside the carton, again due to a lack of protection. The customer service rep I was speaking too kept trying to put the blame on the shipper. I kept reminding her that the reason the plants were in such poor condition was not the fault of the shipper, but was the result of a very careless packing job. I've bought from Annie's for many years, but at this point, I'm going to rethink whether I'll use this nursery ever again.

On April 17th, 2013, JoeyInOregon changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

I received a phone call from someone at Annie's, who offered me an apology, replacement of one of the plants that was so damaged from the poor packing job that it appears to be dying, and free shipping on a pending order. I'm once again very pleased with Annie's Annuals and will continue to purchase from this nursery.
Positive zelda64
(1 review)
On Apr 9, 2013, zelda64 Spring Hill, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I recently bought a couple plants from Annies. I bought a Psoralea pinnata "Kool-Aid Bush" and a Lessertia montana "Mountain Cancer Bush". They both came to me beautifully. They were shipped to me very quickly also. Michelle over there has been great. She answered my emails promptly and was just a pleasure to deal with. They have a wonderful selection of unusual plants and I look froward to ordering some more.

Positive cerealkiller
(5 reviews)
On Apr 4, 2013, cerealkiller Ramtown, NJ wrote:

Posted on April 4, 2013, updated April 4, 2013
Posted on April 4, 2013, updated April 4, 2013
Great service. The company called me before shipping to make sure it was ok to ship since the weather in my area has been pretty bad. Can't ask for better personal service than that. The only negative I have is with the shipper who doesn't understand what "this side up" means and appears to have used the box as a kickball (maybe just frustrated as not being able to do that as a child). There was some very small breakage and some dirt over the inside of the box, but the company's good packaging kept the plants safe and they appear very healthy. I would use this company again without reservation.

On April 4th, 2013, cerealkiller added the following:

Actually, I am in Howell, NJ. Not sure why Ramtown is showing up.
On April 4th, 2013, cerealkiller added the following:

Just as an aside, I have read more than one comment about shipping charges which is more than annoying. We shop at these nurseries with the idea that we're looking for unique products that fit what would be our ideal gardens. You want to save money (or so you think) at big box entities that sell gallon cans of mundane plants that have been traumatized on their own during their transportation and you think that just because they are in big buckets that they are somehow "safer" from disease, will grow better, and better yet, somehow, you're not paying for their transportation costs? This is like laying the worst possible low grade shingles on a house that will last only 10 years without fraying because you want to compensate for labor costs, even though the amount as a percentage is minor. If I am going to try to find the best cultivars for what I want to represent as my house and represent as part of myself I will pay the transportation costs. Otherwise plant weeds you can pull from the roadside (although some of those might work based upon your needs being fair about it). Everyone make mistakes, especially the ones that b*tch way too much. There is way too much pettiness in this society.
Positive funnthsun
(1 review)
On Mar 29, 2013, funnthsun (Carisa) Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Just received my order. Awesome! Healthy nice sized plants, very well packaged. I paid the " high" shipping costs. The reason it is higher is because they ship 2-day air, so that your plants get to you as quickly as possible. Annuals don't do as well as perennials, boxed up. It is always helpful to know the full story before adding a negative review just based on shipping costs.

Also, 1 plant was backordered, then ended up not being available from the grower, so they sent me what I wanted as a substitute at their cost for shipping. Also, threw in another plant as a replacement for one that was looking piddly, no questions asked. They let me add a couple more plants, also for just the cost of the plants, so that the box would be filled, still no shipping cost to me. No company would ever do better than that! Extraordinarily satisfied! Worth every penny of my original shipping costs. Top notch company.

Positive b07ias
(14 reviews)
On Feb 23, 2013, b07ias Eureka, CA wrote:

Another perfect shipment of plants. The plants were all robust and ready to grow. The Agrostemma is already starting to take off.

Positive hocklea
(7 reviews)
On Feb 22, 2013, hocklea Seattle, WA wrote:

I love everything about Annie's. I have only done mail order and might I say a lot of it through them. Plants always arrive in great shape, well packed and healthy. I am planning a trip from Washington State to Annie's. I am looking forward to it. In the meantime, I shall just read the wonderful catalog and look at the slide shows. You do a great job guys.

Positive grandholly
(1 review)
On Jan 31, 2013, grandholly Fayetteville, AR wrote:

Lovely plants, well packed, unusual for gardens here in NW Arkansas.

The first time I ordered must have been when the company was new to the national market. I ordered several interesting-looking annuals and tender perennials. They arrived within days. It was then February in my gardens, Zone 6B/7A, not even close to what California apparently is like in February. I planted some out on arrival and tried to keep others alive in their shipping pots until a normal date for outside planting. Neither was very successful.

It had not occurred to me that I had to *tell* them not to ship until the right season for planting here. I decided that had to be an aberration and tried them again a couple of years later. The plants were fine.

I have not yet tried ordering plants when it's the wrong time to plant here, so I don't know whether that situation has been fixed. But the quality is good enough, and the plants unusual enough, that I am willing to try to remember to order after I've gotten all the plants from other companies for spring planting.

Positive Frank1965
(23 reviews)
On Nov 14, 2012, Frank1965 Shreveport, LA wrote:

Posted on January 28, 2012, updated November 14, 2012
Great plants and service. Some things that they have you won't find anywhere else. Shipping is high but It tends to be from west coast to the east. Sounds like a fun place to work too!

On November 14th, 2012, Frank1965 added the following:

Ordered arrived blindingly fast and in excellent shape. And there was a bonus included! Annie's has things that you cannot get anywhere else and I've never had a problem with anything.
Positive BrisbaneAnne
(31 reviews)
On Oct 31, 2012, BrisbaneAnne Brisbane, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

Annie's Annuals is in the SF Bay Area where I live. I have heard good things about them and enjoy their lovely catalog. I finally made it to their Fall party this year. I was SO impressed with the plant quality and selection. Bought a whole bunch of plants at a great price. So far they are all growing beautifully. I look forward to visit there again come Spring.

Positive Laurie777
(7 reviews)
On Oct 4, 2012, Laurie777 Renton, WA wrote:

I cannot say enough good about Annie's Annuals. I've been buying plants online for several years now, and the plants I get in the mail are always big and very healthy and beautiful. They have great pictures of them on their website, so you know exactly what you're getting. There have only been a few plants that didn't make it, and when I called they quickly sent me replacements for free. I love the unique variety they have, also. I highly recommend them! Thanks!

Positive Nola_Nigella
(1 review)
On Sep 29, 2012, Nola_Nigella Boston, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Annie's are so wonderful: the plants and the people. My first web order arrived banged up, and they sent out replacements right off. Their wishlist feature (they'll email you when the items come in) is a bit dangerous to the wallet, but completely enjoyable. Flower Floozies FTW!

Positive chumort
(7 reviews)
On Aug 22, 2012, chumort Chicago, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Just about every time I look up plants I find interesting on this website it seems that Annie's Annuals carries them. My favorite part of their site is that you can look through great photos and information and if the plants you want aren't in stock you have the option of starting a wish list and they'll e-mail you when they become available.
As some people have stated, the shipping can be quite expensive. I felt it was worth it to get plants I haven't found elsewhere. My plants arrived quickly and well packed.

Positive FiremanDave
(3 reviews)
On Aug 10, 2012, FiremanDave Red Bluff, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Overall excellent experience.
Ordered Erythrina, Euphorbia, Puya. First time online order but have purchased plants directly at the garden show in SF.
Plants were much larger than I would have expected, the Erythrina was over a foot tall and very stocky. Puya was small but well rooted, Euphorbia was about 8 inches tall with three branches and arrived in very good shape, even though it is naturally brittle.
Plants looked well hardened off and ready to pot up or plant out. Was surprised that Annie's "Filled the box" giving me a free Asclepias to fill the 4th spot on the 4 space box.

Positive Gourd
(22 reviews)
On Aug 3, 2012, Gourd Mesilla Park, NM wrote:

Posted on April 21, 2012, updated August 3, 2012
Posted on April 21, 2012, updated April 21, 2012
As much as I love to browse and buy from Annie's, I have to say that every single plant of Matilja Poppy that I have purchased has died. I've gotten three plants, THREE separate purchases in the past 6 years and all have died within the first couple of months.

These last three plants which had been on my wish list YET again, had barely any root systems to them, so they were not likely to survive. The thing that really bothered me was that I did not know that these plants had no guarantee at all and the only time I found out was after I had received them along with a note that was included in my order stating that they were not guaranteed due to poor expectations of propagation or something to that effect.

I am very saddened about this as I really want this plant for my garden. I did not try to contact this company because after reading the note they included, it seemed to me that the point is mute.

Antoinette Hague

On April 21st, 2012, Gourd added the following:

After reading the other negative comments, it appears that the customer service at Annie's is no longer there. I will not be purchasing anything from them in the future.
On August 3rd, 2012, Gourd changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

I have been in contact with Annie's Annuals and they have been great to me, very nice, and after several calls, they sent me some really well rooted plants and I couldn't be happier. It feels good to know that some companies make good on their promises.

The plants were a whole lot larger than the first ones and I am very pleased.

THANK you Annie,

On Aug 3, 2012, Annie's Annuals and Perennials responded with:

"On Apr 24, 2012 5:59 PM, Annie's Annuals and Perennials responded with:

Hi Antoinette:

We take customer service seriously and welcome any and all calls regarding our plants and the condition in which they are received. If you ever have a question or a concern, please don't hesitate to call.

As noted on our sign, Romenya coulteri is notoriously difficult to get started in a garden and extremely sensitive to root disturbance. We recommend transplanting our 4" starts very carefully into gallon containers and letting them fill out before attempting to plant them in the garden. Not overwatering is KEY. Unfortunately, due to how sensitive this plant is, we do not guarantee it past it's receipt. It's a grow-at-your-own-risk kind of situation and we try to be emphatic about that on the sign before purchase:

That said, we want you to be happy and successful. Give us a call and let us figure out an agreeable solution for you. 1.888.266.4370

Elayne Takemoto
Annie's Annuals & Perennials"

Positive Alegna1263
(1 review)
On Jul 4, 2012, Alegna1263 Masontown, WV wrote:

Received my first order about a month ago. Shipping is expensive but plants arrived faster than expected and packaged wonderfully. Plants are doing great in my garden! I will definitely be ordering again! Thanks Team Annie's!

Positive samnpeb
(1 review)
On Jun 15, 2012, samnpeb Cottonwood, CA wrote:

I had never mail ordered for plants before but found what I was looking for online a Annie's. The plants were shipped when requested, arrived the next day and I was so impressed with the size and health of the plants and the packaging kept them safe and sound. I would definitely order from Annie's again.

Positive lisaaj
(15 reviews)
On Jun 9, 2012, lisaaj Columbus, OH wrote:

I ordered from Annie's a few times in 2011 and was happy with the plants; they are super healthy and packed extremely well. This spring I received 2 lupines "Thomas Church", 2 columbines "Krystal", 1 lewisia "Sunset Strain", 1 brugsmania "Charles Grimaldi", 1 clarkia "aurora", and 1 CA poppy, "Apricot Chiffon". The CA poppy had lost most of its soil in the shipping and didn't look like it would make it, but I planted it anyway and it has started blooming the last few days. The clarkia and the 2 lupines also have been blooming, and the brugsmania is getting huge; I'm sure it will flower beautifully. I am a bit disappointed that the columbines didn't flower and have now died back for the season, but in my garden sometimes columbines only bloom the second year; we'll see. Overall very happy with this nursery, just wish the shipping wasn't so high!

Positive chadinlg
(5 reviews)
On Jun 1, 2012, chadinlg Los Gatos, CA wrote:

I have ordered from Annie's several times over the years and am always impressed with their packaging and plants. The only thing better is to visit the nursery in person.

Positive islander1938
(4 reviews)
On May 26, 2012, islander1938 WASHINGTON ISLAND, WI wrote:

Normally I wouldn't pay to have plants shipped by air. But since I live in the mid-west that's the way they ship long distances.Their plants are interesting which is what caught my attention. The plants received seemed healthy and I'll probably have to work extra hard to kill them. Don't worry about buying from this company.

Positive grik
(11 reviews)
On May 23, 2012, grik Saint Paul, MN wrote:

I ordered 3 Petunia exserta and 3 Nicotiana mutabilis. The order was confirmed 5/16 and arrived in Minnesota on 5/23. The plants were packed like they were going on a moon trip. Really I don't think anything short of a bomb could have harmed them- they looked great! It took me awhile to figure out how to remove them from the packaging but I planted them tonight. I am really excited to see these beautiful healthy plants do their stuff!

Positive psychloman
(50 reviews)
On May 21, 2012, psychloman Brooklyn, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I ordered 11 plants from Annie's this year. Anthemis sancti johannis,calceolaria kentish hero,calceolaria mexicana,collinsia,delphinium,mimulus puniceus,pentstemon thorn,petunia axillaris,platystemon,schizanthus,stylomecon and zaluzianskaya.I couldn't be happier with the performance of these plants.The calceolaria mexicana,mimulus,petunia,platystemon and zaluzianskaya are blooming heavily and will need larger pots soon.The calceolaria mexicana,petunia and zaluzianskaya are incredible and are well worth growing.Ive never seen a petunia or calceolaria like this.I only wish annie would franchise on the east coast,the shipping is so high and it is a miracle these plants arrive in such good shape.I must add that the stylomecon did not make it,the neck of the plant had started to rot during shipping and came off when I removed it from the box.But all in all I am more than happy with the plants.

Positive artk123
(1 review)
On May 14, 2012, artk123 San Antonio, TX wrote:

Annie's Annuals & Perenials, what a blast! The catalog made me feel like a little kid looking at a Christmas catalog. I wanted something from each page. Not only are the plants outstanding, but the shipping and handling of the plants are outrageous! Not in 30 years of ordering plants through the mail have I ever received plants packaged so wonderfully. Thanks Annie & crew, you are truely amazing!
Art, San Antonio Tx

Positive smartchick
(2 reviews)
On May 4, 2012, smartchick Ridgecrest, CA wrote:

This was my first order from Annie's. Looking through their beautiful catalog was such a treat, I had to give them a try. I ordered 4 Nepeta and 4 Achillea. They arrived promptly. The condition they arrived in was a revelation! Lush and perfect. Packing was excellent. I am going to place a larger order immediately. I am in California, so these plants were overnighted to me- they were so well packed, however, that I believe they would have done equally well shipping to a greater distance.

Positive henryn
(2 reviews)
On Apr 7, 2012, henryn Augusta, GA wrote:

I've placed several orders with Annie's Annuals, and each time I have been very happy with the huge size of the plants. They do not send tiny little twigs out like some mail order nurseries do. I've even gotten one or two that have been merrily blooming away under all those packing peanuts! Many people have commented on the high cost of shipping. The cost of shipping 1 plant is the same as the cost of shipping 8, and I have never had a plant arrive with any damage. The plants are healthy, very well watered and EXTREMELY well packaged. I am willing to spend a little more on shipping (but I buy 8 at a time to minimize the per plant cost) since they always send me big, healthy unusual plants in perfect condition.

Positive vommarlowe
(11 reviews)
On Mar 30, 2012, vommarlowe Overland Park, KS wrote:

I decided to order some perennials here because they're a Top Watchdog company. I am SO GLAD that I did.

I bought a foreclosed home and needed many plants to fill the sad, deserted landscape. Annie's website is very easy to use and they have useful, helpful comments about the plants--including ideal locations for plants in both coastal locales and further inland, which I found super-helpful (some plants need a bit of shade in hotter climes, for instance) and they're honest about what will not thrive. Invaluable.

So I made an order and went to the shopping cart and about died when I saw the shipping charges. But after comparing to other companies, it worked out only a little more, so I went ahead and ordered.

My first order of sixteen plants arrived this week. I can now see why the shipping is so high. Unlike several other online companies I have purchased from, Annie's sends their 4" pots in truly solid packaging, including putting the root balls of *each* plant in a wet newsprint, then a small sandwich bag, then back into the 4" pot, so that they would travel without drying. There were a few that they did not wrap that way (the ones that wouldn't handle it) and those were carefully wrapped with a cunning cut sandwich bag that covered the dirt but not the plant and rubber banded in place. All of this is then put in cardboard frames, carefully sheltered with peanuts, and then mailed. My goodness, I'm surprised their shipping charges are so *low*, honestly.

The result was that my plants arrived in great shape and have already recovered (on my sheltered semi-sun porch) and are ready to planted. In previous orders from other companies, I have had to baby shipped plants with seaweed extract, trimming, and other pampering.

I have not found any other company that has such a selection of perennials and annuals. If you want wildlfowers or beneficial attractors, I would especially recommend them. I have found many hard-to-find selections. I was so pleased with my first order, I immediately placed a second one!

Positive sugarbean
(1 review)
On Mar 24, 2012, sugarbean Raleigh, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

I was amazed at the size and condition of the plants when they arrived. They were beautiful! When I've received 4" pots from a lot of mail-order places the plants are a little on the puny side with yellowing leaves that needed trimming. These were 6 inches tall, full, with healthy leaves. There were no yellow or dead leaves I had to remove. They arrived quickly and undamaged.
A place I will continue to purchase from.

Positive jenturk71
(4 reviews)
On Mar 8, 2012, jenturk71 Dallas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Gorgeous plants, great service. Years ago some of my plants were in a bad state when I received them. Annie's immediately replaced them. My one complaint is that shipping is a little crazy high. I can't buy from them as often as I'd like due to the price, but lovely stuff and great company.

Positive awb_1
(9 reviews)
On Sep 29, 2011, awb_1 Pahrump, NV wrote:

The plants I received are as healthy as can be. There is nothing that Annie's Annuals and Perennials could have done better.

Positive jfw3
(2 reviews)
On Sep 23, 2011, jfw3 Jacksonville, FL wrote:

I've ordered twice from this nursery over the past couple of months. The staff is very helpful with advice and prompt with responses. The plants have arrived in great shape.

The only problem is me taking their advice. They warn me that something isn't going to grow here in humid Florida. So far, they've been correct unfortunately. So many interesting things on their site that will not thrive here in Florida. I'll keep trying though.

Positive analyticalblond
(2 reviews)
On Sep 22, 2011, analyticalblond San Diego, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Posted on September 9, 2011, updated September 22, 2011
O.k. - I have read the postings and have seen that Annie's is rated with as a Watchdog 30 being the highest rated among the community.

I have placed my order and it ships this Monday and I am very excited.

Some say the shipping is kindof high but I feel if the plants are properly packaged, which takes a real person doing this, and they arrive healthy, then there shouldn't be an issue.

Here's my order:

3 Ageratum corymbosum @ $10.95 = $32.85
6 Agrostemma githago 'Milas' @ $4.95 = $29.70
6 Anchusa azurea "Alkanet" @ $6.95 = $41.70
3 Orphium frutescens @ $8.95 = $26.85
Subtotal $131.10
Sales Tax (7.25%) $9.50 (CA residents)
Shipping [ONTRAC] $29.95
Total $170.55

The more that is ordered, the less you pay in shipping. Also, Annie's does mention they only ship Monday through Wednesdays.

I'm hoping to have my order by Tuesday because they do mention that in CA, shipments usually are sent overnight.

One last thing, Annies only ships 4" potted plants. Their philosophy is that if you get a plant that is already flowering then the plant will have a stunted growth - not to mean it will always be that way but if it has spent so much time in a pot that it matures in that space, it will take a lot longer to flourish in an open situation. Additionally, with smaller plants, the growth it will experience outside of a pot will allow stronger root systems and give a healthier, more vibrant plant. That makes sense to me.

I have purchased many, many plants on-line - some companies have left me feeling ripped-off; others have been a thrill. I'm hoping Annie's will knock my socks off!

Living in Southern California presents me with so many challenges gardening wise - this is the first nursery I have come across on-line that actually offers a huge selection for my zone - 10 that's not just tropical/succulants. see those everywhere - I wanted more and knew there had to be more.

I am so excited - after I recieve my order, I'll be back posting my whole experience.


On September 22nd, 2011, analyticalblond added the following:

Hi All!

So I received my order!

Everything was beautifully package and arrived unscathed. Part of my order was not fullied in that the 6 Anchusa azurea "Alkanet" was now on back-order but that's o.k. because with Annie's website, you can make a wishlist for items that you like and when they become available, you are given priority notification via email - Sweet!

Now, over the span of 36 hours, I had two casualties. I emailed/called Annie's and received wonderful customer service. I talked with both Judy and Debbie, on two seperate calls, and both were so nice and helpful, I can't tell you how much I appreciate being treated so well.

Anyway, I was sent replacements which I received yesterday.

My experience with Annie's has been exceptional and I can vouch for their products as well as their commitment to customer satisfaction. Their products are not mainstream which means you are going to get a true selection of unique and beautiful plants (a very difficult combination for my Zone - 10).

I am very satisfied - YEAH!

Positive stanlesmith
(14 reviews)
On Jul 21, 2011, stanlesmith Plover, WI wrote:

Although I couldn't justify the $$ to order annuals from CA. I did order one of the "Flower Floozie" t-shirts. It arrived promptly, is good quality, priced reasonably. The only problem is that many of the shirt sizes are out of stock, I would love to get some of these shirts as gifts for friends. Annie's, please re-stock ASAP!!

Positive Highmtn
(3 reviews)
On Jul 14, 2011, Highmtn Cliff Dweller, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have purchased from Annie's Annuals and Perennials before. The plants could have been a little bigger (and maybe a little cheaper) but they were VERY WELL PACKAGED for shipping, and in very good shape when they arrived. The plants always seem to take right off and thrive. My experiences with this company have been A+!
: )

Positive fritzley
(1 review)
On Jul 7, 2011, fritzley Beaver, PA wrote:

This was the first year I ordered from Annies Annuals and WOW am I glad I did! I place orders for plants every year, especially for the variety and Annies not only has the variety it has the quality. All of the plants I received from Annies were good sized and in large pots, not plug plants. All the plants I ordered survived and I placed a large order of 20+ plants - all different. I didn't hesitate when it came to the shipping charges since I do mail order quite frequently and didn't feel the charges were out of the norm. And, Annies kept me posted with emails as to when expect my shipment which arrived on time - all plants in perfect condition. I only wish I could post pictures of my beautiful plants ordered from the west coast, and grown on the east coast for everyone to see! I plan to continue to order from Annies in the future and I check out their web page weekly. Thanks Annie!!!

Positive greatorganics
(4 reviews)
On Jun 14, 2011, greatorganics Doerun, GA wrote:

I ordered 10 plants from Annie's, all plants arrived in excellent condition and well packaged (although I don't believe the peanuts were necessary). The plants were healthy and of a good size and compared to other online plant sites I have used, they were superior in all categories.

Yes, I was hesitant about the shipping charges, they are what appears to be high, which is why I decided to order 10 plants instead of just 2. But, based on the packaging, shipping from the west coast to the east coast, the size of the package, the size and health of the plants, and excellent service, it was worth it and inline with what I believe to be average shipping charges I would expect to pay for anything with the same criteria. Also, from personal experience, generally if a company offers 'free shipping' the cost of shipping is factored in somewhere else, because they can't actually give 'free shipping' and still profit from the sale. I don't believe anything is really shipped for 'free', it is just a good marketing tool.

I placed this order several months ago, got the plants in the ground right away, and every one of them survived, grew quickly (some are already 2 feet tall) and all have flowered, and under poor environmental conditions. I am in SW Georgia and it has been unseasonable hot, ie 99 and above, and zip, zero rain for 8+ weeks now. The farmers are planning for a loss this year, sad to say. The plants had to be healthy to make it. They are lovely.

I do plan to purchase plants from Annie's again, and will purchase a quantity that will justify the cost of shipping, although based on my positive experience I would make a of a smaller quantity, in spite of the charges for shipping. In other words, you get what you pay for and in this case I believe I came out ahead.

Final notes:

I am an organic grower and rarely order anything that does not meet the requirements necessary to be labeled 'organic', so this was an unusual purchase for me, but I would do it again.

Annie's offers an incredible variety of unusual plants, so I do get questions such as, "Oh, where did you get that plant, what it is? Wow!"

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