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Positive njflower
(1 review)
On May 7, 2010, njflower Bernardsville, NJ wrote:

Mail order has been exceptional,plants arrive in great condition. If you are able, by all means visit the nursery,they have a great selection of unusal varieties seldom seen. It is a very special nursery.

Positive MITEYMO
(2 reviews)
On Apr 29, 2010, MITEYMO San Pedro, CA wrote:

I love everything about Annie's: their catalogue, their plants - everything! I've picked up wonderful gardening tips too as I live in SoCal. I've ordered numerous times and ALWAYS the plants arrive in good shape, healthy and QUICKLY. I don't think I've ever had a plant from Annie's croak on me!

If I have a complaint it is the cost of shipping, but that has nothing to do w/Annie's, it's the cost of living in California!
:-0

Thanks to everyone at Annie's

MaryO
San Pedro, CA

Positive Sfmo
(3 reviews)
On Apr 20, 2010, Sfmo San Francisco, CA wrote:

I feel lucky that I'm living in Bay area, because Annie's locate just 15 miles away from me. Normally, I'll do the research on their website first and then drive over there to get plants. Annie's is huge, there are hundreds of plants in the farm. The plants are healthy, I got over 30 plants from there last year, and they are all growing fairly well. You can find some really rare plants in Annie's, I got one unique African bulb plant there. After I had replanted it for just one month, it bloomed gorgeously. Because it is rare, you can hardly find the information about this bulb on internet, not even in Dave's Garden website date base. In addition, the workers are nice and friendly.

Positive bluepeach
(2 reviews)
On Apr 17, 2010, bluepeach Wichita, KS wrote:

This is the second year I have ordered from Annie's and I have been pleased both times. I only wish all of their plants were in production. I will not doubt order from them again.

Positive nymegen
(20 reviews)
On Apr 14, 2010, nymegen Windham, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Wonderful ,unusual plants ,all arrived in a much larger size than I had expected,great shipping all across the country,no damage and the plants look wonderful.I would definitively recommend !

Positive chrishead1
(1 review)
On Feb 13, 2010, chrishead1 Los Angeles, CA wrote:

Annie's is my favorite nursery in all of California! I live in Los Angeles and get most of my plants from Annie's through their wonderful website and catalog. They ship their plants beautifully; have an amazing selection of rare and native plants and the staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. The catalogs are beautiful and the few times i've been in the Bay Area to visit I was blown away by the nursery - it's mecca for flower lovers!! Annie's is fantastic all around!!

Positive CherokeeGreg
(18 reviews)
On Feb 10, 2010, CherokeeGreg Fresno, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Posted on August 18, 2009, updated February 10, 2010
Great Great Great !!!!!!! Thanks Annies you made me love mail order . I said no more mail order plants for me. Well my mind is changed. I received my order today. I love my plants. They are so healthy. They were packed well.You have a new customer. I will visit your nursery someday since im a few hours away.
Thanks
Greg Fresno,CA zone 9


On February 10th, 2010, CherokeeGreg added the following:

Well I had to go back for more !!!! I put in my second order. I ordered the Gladiolus Alatus. I never heard of that plant but had to try it. And I ordered the Canna Warscewiczil, which they were out of a few months ago I added it to my whish list and they emailed me when it came in. Great service !The plants were big,healthy and packed the best ever ! I also ordered some great gloves at a very good price.
I am going to make it a point to visit Annies for sure,I whish it was closer because I would be there all the time it seems like a place like family !
Thanks again
Greg
Fresno,CA Zone 9
Positive AA5239
(1 review)
On Jan 23, 2010, AA5239 San Jose, CA wrote:

I LOVE Annies Annuals!!!! I have been there and ordered on line and both experiences where excellent!!! The staff is so very knowledgeable and kind. There is never a question they cannot answer or find the answer to. The first time I went up with friends, (we live 50 miles away) in the spring we were so impressed that we went back four more times. I couldn't drive back up and needed more (of course who doesn't need more flowers!) so I went on line and ordered. I was a little apprehensive but knowing how great Annies is I went for it. What a wonderful experience the plants arrived in PERFECT condition! They wrap the root ball in wet paper towel then put the plant in a plastic bag then place in it's pot. The shipping box is so secure that the plants cannot move, holes are punched in the sides so that the plants can breath. When I opened the box the plants were just as healthy and lush as they were when they left Annies! This past Christmas a friend was looking for a gift for me, she decided on a gift certificate from Annies!! What a joy!! So back on line I went and oh my did they ever deliver!! I asked for my order to be shipped on Monday and it was here on Tuesday morning!! And once again the plants were in perfect condition (of course!!) So I encourage every plant and flower lover to go to Annies Annuals you will love it!! you may even see Annie there and of course all of the dogs, kitty, birds and bunnies are always fun to see! If you cannot get there go on line there is something for every plant and flower lover you will not be disappointed!! Thank you Annie and your AWESOME staff!

Positive AnotherAnnie
(1 review)
On Dec 5, 2009, AnotherAnnie Healdsburg, CA wrote:

Although I haven't been to Annie's Annuals and Perennials, I have found their plants in all my local nurseries, and I have ordered my favorite plants (the ones that other people tell me do not exist) from Annie's Annuals and Perennials.

I have had the best shopping experience with them, with quick delivery of healthy plants.

They also provide the friendliest and kindest customer service.

A field trip to Annie's is definitely in my spring plans.

Positive vossner
(114 reviews)
On Nov 12, 2009, vossner Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Despite being fully aware that this co. was a top 30 in GWD, shipping costs kept me at bay. But the seduction was complete when I learned they had a salvia I had wanted for a long time. I got smart and ordered 8 plants, which maximized shipping. The plants arrived in 2 days as promised and they were in excellent condition. Their high rating is most certainly deserved. After doing a cost/benefit on the shipping, if you get the max. # of plants for the particular shipping rate, this mail order purchase will be almost the same as if you had found the plants locally. Shipping aside, the cost of the plants themselves is reasonable and competitive.

I have a bunch of plants on the "wish list" so I know I will purchase from Annie's Annuals again.

Positive kalikat35
(1 review)
On Nov 9, 2009, kalikat35 San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:

I asked to have my plants shipped on Monday and I was pleasantly surprised to find them at my door on Tuesday morning. Obvious care was taken in their packaging. The plants had been taken out of their pots, wrapped in a damp towel and plastic bag and placed back in their pots. The cardboard restraint kept them from jostling around in shipping. There were air holes poked into the box. The plants arrived in beautiful condition and were up to size. The root ball was in great condition, healthy and not root-bound. In the week's time that I have had the plants the Eccremocarpus scaber has already visibly grown. I am very happy with the plants, shipping and selection and will certainly order again.

Positive suegray3
(2 reviews)
On Nov 5, 2009, suegray3 San Diego, CA wrote:

I just received my first order from Annie's Annuals, and I was stunned by the quality of the plants and the packing. I have ordered plants from many different sources and my order from Annie's has been by far the best. I do live in California, so I have to allow for time and distance when ordering from other locations, but Annie's packing methods surely allow for plants to arrive in the most healthy condition, no matter how far they travel. I must also comment on the variety of plants available at Annie's--even this late in the season there were many plants available that intrigued me but I just couldn't buy at this time. And you can "search by bloom color" on their web site, a really handy little trick. I love this company!

Positive po_pazza
(2 reviews)
On Oct 13, 2009, po_pazza Arroyo Grande, CA wrote:

When I contacted the company that my new Popcorn cassia plants didn't smell like popcorn, I thought they'd think I was nuts, but Kelly went out in their nursery and sniffed every single plant, discovering that some had the scent and some didn't. She then e-mailed me that they were sending me 2 replacement plants that have the scent. Since these plants are larger than average, special boxes needed to be made. How is that for incredible, over-the-top, above-and-beyond customer service? They now have a loyal customer for life.

Positive Oakslesly1
(1 review)
On Oct 13, 2009, Oakslesly1 Thousand Oaks, CA wrote:

Annie's is the BEST mail order nursery I have dealt with, ever. I have used many of the nurseries on your list and none have come close to the plants, help, attitude, and service that Annie's provides. Never a problem replacing a plant, excellent choices, speedy delivery, and great plants. It's a winner.

Positive NLaw
(6 reviews)
On Oct 8, 2009, NLaw Fort Worth , TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

The plants I ordered are healthy and pretty, and they were packed extremely well. I couldn't believe how quickly my order arrived. I will definitely order from Annie's again.

Positive sweetpea_path
(1 review)
On Sep 26, 2009, sweetpea_path Lopez Island, WA wrote:

Just received my very first mail order and I am VERY impressed with the quality of the plants. KUDOS to the Annie's folks for a *growing* job well done AND a *shipping* job well done (an A++ job on the packing). Opening the boxes was like having Christmas in September and I can't thank them enough for growing all those coooool planties!

Positive CHRlSTlNE
(1 review)
On Sep 24, 2009, CHRlSTlNE Zephyrhills, FL wrote:

Best by far mail order nursery I've ever dealt with. Plants were recieved within a week of ordering. Plants were large, healthy and packed nicely. I have a few things on my withlist there so look forward to ordering from them again.

Positive griffinpd
(6 reviews)
On Sep 11, 2009, griffinpd Sherman, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

It seems that I like to order plants from the two coasts. Annie's on the west coast is the equal of Logee's on the east coast. Love both of them.

Positive rhpfman
(4 reviews)
On Jul 12, 2009, rhpfman Lompoc, CA wrote:

After a lovely walk with my wife this morning I came home to find my Annie's Annuals plant order sitting on my stoop. When I opened the box I could hardly believe my eyes. I saw a garden of Eden in a box! Each plant was carefully wrapped and loaded in the shipping box and each one was in pristine condition as if it had just been brought out of the greenhouse or garden. The plants are lush and healthy and I know because of the great start they got at Annie's that they will thrive in my garden. I highly recommend Annie's Annuals to any avid gardener from beginner or old pro!
Thanks for the great plants!

Positive gwendylena
(26 reviews)
On Jul 8, 2009, gwendylena La Salle, MI wrote:

I've been thinking about trying them out for a couple years. I got an email last week saying they had a 20% off sale, so I figured it was time. I got exactly what I wanted, exactly when I wanted it and for a decent price. The plants were excellently packed, larger than I expected, look super healthy and have particularly great looking roots. The website is easy to use. It was an absolutely stress free and satisfying mail order experience. I will not hesitate to order from Annie's Annuals again.

Positive klsklar
(1 review)
On Jun 10, 2009, klsklar Newhall, CA wrote:

I couldn't have been more satisfied (unless the plants had been free.) I had been trying to find a flower for years (hibiscus trionum) and had it on Annie's wishlist. They notified me it was available and I finally had a reason to dig into their website. What a tempting garden of delights, not to be too trite. The selection was exactly the kind of thing that appealed to me; a little or a lot unusual, well described and moderately priced. Since the shipping costs made buying 8 plants the best deal for me, I picked 2 hibiscus and 6 other untried perennials. When the package arrived, I was amazed with the care that went into the packaging and the quality and great condition of the plants that arrived. Best of all for me was the size of the plants. About 6 inch pots of healthy thriving plant material is a perfect size for me to plant in my mature garden. I don't really want to dig big holes any more. Don't overlook this gem of a plant resource.

Positive nangardens
(6 reviews)
On Jun 10, 2009, nangardens Jamaica, VA wrote:

I received my plants from Annies quickly, and they were well packed and arrived in good-to-excellent condition--moist soil, robust foliage and intact within their pots. After planting in my garden these look like very happy plants. The selection of plants is also good, and the website is very easy to navigate. After ordering, I received timely notice on expected shipping date too. I will certainly order from Annie's again.

Positive boocat13
(1 review)
On Jun 6, 2009, boocat13 Coquille, OR wrote:

I ordered almost two dozen plants from Annie's after seeing the positive reviews on this site.

When the shipment arrived, I was surprised by the robust size of each plant, as well as the extreme care given to packing them all up. (Unfortunately, I am used to receiving my ordered items from other nurseries in smashed cartons containing dried out plants, most of which have simply been rolled up in sheets of newspaper.) This is not the way your business is handled at Annie's Annuals.

I was pleased with the attention shown each plant. The packing design was so thoroughly thought out that I feel confident no level of shipping abuse could destroy any of the specimens.

We are extremely favorably impressed by the quality of each individual plant. I have had no problems with any of them. In the future, we will be ordering from Annie's regularly.

Positive loveblossoms
(14 reviews)
On May 15, 2009, loveblossoms CA,
United States (Zone 8b) wrote:

SPECTACULAR. one of the most enchanting places to buy GORGEOUS annual and perennial plants. annie's has a delightful group of knowledgeable, friendly and honest sales people. their plants are beautiful and healthy. their site is highly informational and a lot of fun to browse. they have a fantastic selection and i LOVE the wishlist feature. check-out is a breeze and packing and delivery is expertly done. i am in garden heaven. thanks, annie and company! i highly recommend annie's to everyone.

Positive carolrees
(28 reviews)
On May 13, 2009, carolrees Arlington, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I purchased in May 2009 9 plants from Annie's Annuals. They arrived quickly and were well packaged. I didn't like the peanuts but the plants were securely wrapped and the soil was still wet. The way they are wrapped, none of the soil spilled and the plants are held in place. The shipping cost is high though (although they do an excellent job packing them) so that unless you're ordering a large amount of plants I don't think that it's cost effective.

The plants were larger than I expected. They have a huge number of different varieties available, both perennials and annuals and it seems that the availability changes week to week. They also have a wish list, so I'm guessing that if enough people put in requests for a particular plant that they may grow it. I did notice that 1 of the plants I purchased which was available the week I placed my order, had been moved to the wish list the following week. I assume means that they had sold out of their available stock of that plant, so I'm guessing that most of the items on the wish list are available but not necessarily during a particular week.

All of the plants I purchased weren't available locally and were hard to find plant varieties. The prices of the plants were good, especially for the size. It's just the shipping that is high.

I would recommend them as a company, particularly if you can go to their local store rather than ordering online, which would eliminate the shipping cost.

Positive catlady427
(1 review)
On May 11, 2009, catlady427 Tulelake, CA (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have found Annie's online service to be great. The plants arrive in excellent condition. I have very difficult soil and climate conditions, so I attribute plant failures to my situation. I have the same problems with locally purchased plant material. It would help me out if plant descriptions included soil ph requirements for the plants, but I know from experience that the information is hard to come by. I think you will be pleased with plants that you order from Annie's.

Positive crazymary
(3 reviews)
On Apr 22, 2009, crazymary Lodi, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I haven't mail ordered from them, but love going in to the nursery and spending time looking around. You can't leave there without buying something! It's a delightful place to go. Every plant I've ever bought there has thrived.

Positive JuliaGwinn
(2 reviews)
On Apr 3, 2009, JuliaGwinn Reidsville, NC wrote:

I received the catalog and was thrilled with the variety of perennials--my passion. We ordered several plants . . . and then decided that we had to add more. Their customer service could not be more accommodating--adding to my existing order to save on shipping charges.
The plants arrived in the best condition (better than some on the Top 30) due to excellent packaging.
The web site as well as the catalog are excellent tools.
I will become a regular customer!
Worthy of Top 30 with Dave's Garden.
Leona in Stillwater, OK

Positive BlueDesert
(7 reviews)
On Feb 18, 2009, BlueDesert Palm Springs, CA wrote:

I just discovered Annies and placed my first order. My plants arrived in 5 days !!! Amazingly fast shipping. I got big,healthy plants and could not be happier with them. Packing is superb. The plants were high quality,big and healthy. The shipping charges were very reasonable (be sure to buy 8 plants to make the most of the shipping charges).I am a certified plant NUT and was so happy to see so many rare and NEW (to me) varieties listed. I have spent hours going over the online catalog and buiding a "wish list". The site tells you if plants are avaialbe NOW.If not you can add your plants to "the wish list" to be notified when they become available. They also tell you if the plant is NOT in production at the time so you don't have to waste time lusting after something they won't have.
I am very impressed with the friendly customer service,the quality of the plants and the lightning fast shipping.
I'm sure I will need to find a twelve-step program to help me survive Annies plants. Well done in every respect.


On July 12th, 2009, BlueDesert added the following:

Since I first discovered Annies back in the spring (Thanks to Dave's Garden reviews) I have ordered more plants EVERY week .
I'm hopelessly hooked on their amazing selection,their large healthy plants and their freindly customer service. Every week new plants are available from my wish list. I Have been buying plants from mailorder nurseries for 30 years and have to honestly say...ANNIES ANNUALS is the best place to buy rare,unusal and heirloom FLOWERING plants.
Amazing and Astounding. Keep up the good work folks.
Positive rotflmike
(2 reviews)
On Jan 17, 2009, rotflmike Littlerock, CA wrote:

Annie's web site isn't the easiest to navigate, but it does have a decent front-end and can be navigated without much pain. Though they don't list plants by USDA area, they do include that information in the plant descriptions.

Using their descriptions I've managed to find and plant plants I would not have expected to do well here, and many of those plants are doing very well.

Annie's has a great way of shipping LIVE PLANTS. These are not bare-roots, but potted with soil. Following their instructions, the plants thrive when planted. Their shipping method is unique as far as I've seen and I will leave it at that, to not spill their beans.

I did have one plant delivered "upset", Annies replaced it with very little prompting from me - and they also offered me some professional advice. I just emailed "in the last shipment, the xxx plant was dumped and damaged" and it was replaced in less than a week!!

Annies even gives you the chance to suggest when you'd like the plants to be shipped.

I'm very impressed with Annies, and have recommended Annies to friends of mine who are avid horticulturalists.

Positive tkmkam
(7 reviews)
On Oct 18, 2008, tkmkam Jacksonville, FL wrote:

In researching to find a particular plant, my husband and I stumbled across Annie's Annuals on Dave's website. In viewing her fabulous photos of her plants and tour photos of her gardens, we decided to place an order. The good reviews made our decision pretty easy. What a wonderful first time experience with Annie's. Our 6 plant shipment arrived in 4 days. The plants were some of the largest and healthiest we have ever received from mail order and we purchase very frequently as we convert our large property into our own garden tour. Don't let the 4inch pot size hinder your purchase. Our healthy lush plants were very large and tumbling over the sides. Thanks Annie, we will be returning very soon for add'l plants to get them in the ground now for a jump start on spring growth. This was an excellent experience and we wanted to share.

Positive petropam
(1 review)
On Sep 4, 2008, petropam Santa Maria, CA wrote:

I have shopped Annie's Annuals for a very long time and find myself returning over and over again for unusual and rare plants to add to my garden. I have always received fresh, well rooted, healthy plants. The plants come packed in strong, well designed boxes that are really excellent at protecting the plants from damage. I have even been surprised by a free plant in my box to fill a hole!

Her office staff is the best! They are knowledgeable, efficient and friendly.

I love the "Wish List" feature she has. I use it all the time to save plants I want for later purchases or that are just not available at this time so I will be notified when they are. A wonderful feature. Each week I hear from Annie's letting me know which plants are now available.

Her web site is very user-friendly and informal. You can look up plants several different ways, buy them then or add them to your "Wish List". The naration about the plants is very informative about soil conditions, sun, shade, water requirements, how the plant performs, what looks good with it, etc. Checking out is easy too.

Annie's Annuals is my favorite web site and I highly recommend it.

Positive Gardening_Jim
(8 reviews)
On Aug 30, 2008, Gardening_Jim Vancouver, WA wrote:

I have placed 2 orders with Annie's Annuals and all the plants sent to me were of a good size and healthy. I will order from them again.

Positive slatwood
(4 reviews)
On Aug 22, 2008, slatwood Sun City, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Have twice ordered multiple plants from Annie's. Both times, the packaging, while it looked like industry standard, produced healthy, vibrant plants that looked like she'd just misted them for me last night. Great Product!

Positive cmossx
(1 review)
On Aug 11, 2008, cmossx El Cajon, CA wrote:

I'm up to at least 40 plants from Annie's and have stopped using any other mail order source for live plants. Most of the plants have thrived here in the inland valley of San Diego county. The packaging is superb and not hard to figure out how to remove the plants. You get what you pay for when ordering from Annie's.

Positive darsey
(2 reviews)
On Aug 9, 2008, darsey Richmond, TX wrote:

>
> I just want to say THANK YOU. I have never received healthier, more
> beautiful plants from a mail order.
>
> I usually do not mail order plants for that reason but could not
> resist trying your exciting stock.
>
> The packaging was phenomenal, arrived in perfect shape and nothing was
> the least bit dry or shifted.
>
> And what a surprise, FREEBIES!!!! It just does not get any better. I
> have never had a more pleasant
>
> experience with mail order, from anyone. I look forward to watching
> my plants grow and bloom, as
>
> well as ordering from you folks in the future.
>
> Again, thank you so very much. Keep up the great work, it is much
> appreciated.
>
>
>

>

Positive markrs
(10 reviews)
On Jul 25, 2008, markrs San Carlos, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is based entirely on a visit to Annie's in Richmond, CA. I have not ordered from them by mail.

I had seen a tiny selection of Annie's plants in the local nursery, and also gathered from internet sources that they had a variety of annuals as well as perennials. Recently returned to the area, I had been meaning to take a trip at some point but hadn't. Then I developed an interest in finding a certain plant--Solanum quitoense or Naranjilla, a plant from the Andes known for its tasty fruit. Only a couple places in the country seem to sell it. So I made a trip.

I would emphasize to begin with that I am less interested in annuals than perennials, and more interested in plants that are unusual rather than just beautiful. So you might think that Annie's is not the place for me. Not so.

Well, I was overwhelmed at first--the place is HUGE. A salesperson quickly helped me locate my plant, listed online at $8.95. I soon noticed another interesting plant and asked the salesperson the price--he directed me to the sign that showed the code for plant tag color and price. This other plant AND the Solanum quitoense were $4.25 each. Moreover, they were on sale, 20% off, so $3.40 instead of the $8.95 I had expected to pay. Needless to say, I found more plants to spend my money on. I ended up spending 2 1/2 hours there and probably even missed a few sections. My total take, 7 plants for (only) $26:

Actinidia arguta ‘Issai’, Coccinea quinqueloba, Echium hybrid "Mr. Happy", Eryngium tripartitum, Orostachys iwarenge, Solanum pyracanthum and Solanum quitoense.

All of these are perennials in 4 inch pots, in need of planting or repotting. I was very pleased.

While Annie's is a general nursery, you can't go there expecting to find everything--for example orchids. However, there are some surprises--for example either Annie or one of her staff is a big, big fan of species Impatiens. I did ask one employee how many plants were on sale at the moment--he did a quick calculation and came up with an estimate of close to a thousand.

I can't compare them to specialty nurseries, but as general nurseries go, they are THE best I've been to. I almost felt like I was in a great botanical garden with everything on sale--for cheap.

Definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the SF Bay Area. Plan to spend a lot of time.

Note to the people from Annie's: I noticed your Echium 'Mr. Happy' was for sale at our local nursery, but without the photo and description. I suspect some suburbanites will be in for a surprise...

Positive BCGe
(6 reviews)
On Jul 18, 2008, BCGe Frederick, MD wrote:

Nice well packed plants promptly shipped. Many unusual items,

Positive asafla
(7 reviews)
On Jul 14, 2008, asafla Palm Harbor, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I've ordered from Annie's a few times. The plants come so well packed that I have to take at least a half hour to get them out! The plants are very robust and do well!
I had one plant that was broken and when I emailed about the care they replied promptly and sent me a gift certificate!
I will continue shopping with them!

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