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Positive Isvlives2
(3 reviews)
On Mar 21, 2013, Isvlives2 Huntersville, NC wrote:

Ordering was easy. Staff stayed touch on order progress and answered questions promptly. Plants arrived packaged well, no damage and healthy.

Positive wmpeebles
(4 reviews)
On Feb 19, 2013, wmpeebles Spring, TX wrote:

As I was going through different plant companies and searching for the plants I wanted, I came across Niche Gardens by perusing the PlantScout on Dave's Garden for Aristolochia tomentosa, which is something I've desired (perhaps too unhealthily) for a while for the vine's ability to be a host to the pipevine swallowtail (a beautiful caterpillar I might add, and an even more beautiful butterfly). They had good reviews and so I looked at their website to see what else they had. I was also searching for native passion vine (Passiflora incarnata) which they also had, as well as another variety of milkweed. They didn't have much in terms of milkweed selection, but I went with Pink Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) and also threw in a Salvia plant (Salvia farinaceae x longispicata), a good plant whose flowers attract bumblebees. Also continuing on my binge plant shopping at 1 o'clock in the morning, I found Monarda fistulosa, which rounded out my order. So, 5 plants totaling $49 with $16 in shipping. I was happy to finally place my order with my tired red eyes peering at my credit card one last time. Hey that's a great deal I said to myself! Not only did I find the plants I wanted, but I was going to save in shipping by ordering plants from only one nursery. And this factor turned out to be a great deal.

I had lined up all the plants I wanted to order from a different online nursery, but I had to stop myself from ordering plants after finding out that the shipping was going to cost a ton. Niche Gardens was very affordable compared to other options out there.

So after placing my order, less than a week later my plants came in the mail in a re-used box (hey, that's eco friendly!) with a notice of live plants inside. I opened the box up with excitement and found all five of my plants in tiny quart pots with newspaper covering the soil and held in place by tape. Bamboo sticks were also placed in each pot to stabilize them in the box. To me this seemed like a very novel way of packaging plants and it worked fine. The milkweed was dormant, but the four other plants were in fine condition. Part of the stem on the passion vine seemed to die back days after arrival, but a new bud seems to be shooting out at this time. The salvia plant is also growing. So, I'm very optimistic that these plants are going to survive and do well for me.

Thank you Niche Gardens for satisfying my plant addiction! I WILL see you again in the future, and will recommend you to all of my friends!

Positive Mitchella
(5 reviews)
On Jan 22, 2013, Mitchella Pownal, ME (Zone 5b) wrote:

I've been ordering from Niche for many years, and I can't think of one negative thing to say about them - they are fantastic and my favorite (of many) mail order nurseries. The many native plant offerings, quality of the plants, shipping, and customer service are all outstanding. I'm amazed they're not in the Top 30. Highly recommended.

Positive betsyr42
(2 reviews)
On Oct 25, 2012, betsyr42 Townsend, DE wrote:

I found Niche Gardens through Dave's Garden and I couldn't be happier. The plants were shipped the day I placed the order and two days later they were in the ground. Can't wait for spring to see how they survive the winter. Will definitely use them in the future.

Positive Rollandh
(13 reviews)
On Sep 17, 2012, Rollandh Wilmington, NC wrote:

Very satisfied with my plants from Niche. Ordered 3 Ilex glabra 'Nigra' and 1 Ilex glabra 'Red Tip'. They were packed securely yet with a minimum of packing material easy to unpack. The pots were quart size yet their overall plant size was big enough to be well-established, very healthy, considerable foliage. Very reasonable prices, fast shipping. I will definitely use them again.

Positive Ispahan
(55 reviews)
On Aug 25, 2012, Ispahan Chicago, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:

Gorgeous healthy, robust plants at a very reasonable cost. Even shipping is reasonably priced. This is now one of my "go to" nurseries for natives, grasses and other wonderful perennials. Great value!

Positive Mrlynn
(3 reviews)
On May 16, 2012, Mrlynn Ringgold, GA wrote:

Gardenia jasminoides x Michael arrived 2 days after shipping. It was packed very nicely and was received in great condition. It was larger than I was expecting

Positive matthewsrj
(2 reviews)
On May 10, 2012, matthewsrj Silver City, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

I was impressed with the customer service and especially how my plant was packed and its condition when it arrived. It's up to me now to get my Red Buckeye in the ground and to nurture it.

I'm looking forward to perusing the catalog that was included in the shipment.

Positive Meredith17
(1 review)
On Apr 23, 2012, Meredith17 Bethesda, MD wrote:

Beautifully fresh ornamental raspberry plants -- each leaf was perfect, and the shipment was immaculately packaged! The packing method involves bamboo stakes which suspend and protect the plants perfectly. The vines arrived well-hydrated, they planted beautifully, and immediately showed signs that they are happy in our garden.

Positive Ever_Blooming
(4 reviews)
On Apr 21, 2012, Ever_Blooming Camden, ME wrote:

Beautiful plants, FLAWLESSLY PACKAGED! They have a brilliant packaging method involving pencil stakes which suspends and protects the plants perfectly. I ordered a dozen rather unusual plants for trials I'm doing (I have a garden design/build business and I write gardening books). One plant (an iris) is a little feeble looking but it could be fine once it gets some light. Great job by Niche Gardens, and I would definitely buy from them again.

Positive rmorgenier
(1 review)
On Apr 6, 2012, rmorgenier Port Jefferson Station, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I found Niche Gardens by searching the internet for a particular plant. They had just what I needed. Their site was easy to navigate and I was soon placing an order online. I received a confirmation email right away and then later a personal email from 'Meg Sorrell' asking me some questions about my zone and when I wanted to plant. She offered to hold the plants until I was ready. The personal service was wonderful. When my plants arrived they were well packed and protected. The plants were in probably the best shape of any nursery plants I ever received. They are thriving.

I will certainly be ordering again from 'Niche Gardens' in the near future and would recommend them to anyone.

Thanks again to Meg for the great service!


Neutral Get_growing
(8 reviews)
On Mar 27, 2012, Get_growing Dallas, TX wrote:

Mixed review on order of 19 plants, about $200 (b/f S&H). NG offers some great, hard-to-find plants. Especially natives. Organic practices, much appreciated. Efficient packing. But... inconsistent product. Variable plant size and quality not appreciated. Some pots were filled only to 1/3 capacity, others are "as advertised" pot size. Of three hemerocallis ordered, two are 3-4 fans, but one is a SINGLE fan (most expensive of the 3 hemerocallis). The single fan is a non-award winning, 1988 introduction, so no excuse!! One dianthus struggling a month later (all 3 were sent with brown, ratty foliage with varying evidence of new growth). Finally, two plants were crawling with ants!!

Bottom line: would probably order again, but with caution and pre-purchase questions about true size & condition of plants.

Positive drcrow
(1 review)
On Mar 1, 2012, drcrow De Kalb, MS wrote:

My first purchase with this company has been a delightful experience. I very much enjoyed being informed of my shipment by email, which including tracking info, so I was home to receive the live plants. I'm sure I will be a returning customer. Thanks to the staff at Niche Gardens, for my plants arrived in very good condition and healthy...I can't wait to get them planted today.

Positive shasta12
(1 review)
On May 18, 2011, shasta12 Winston Salem, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Posted on April 30, 2011, updated May 18, 2011
Most of the plants I ordered are doing well a month after planting. However, 3 caryopteris had weak root systems that held little or no soil when unpotted and planted. All had brown tips on the leaves when they arrived. 2 are surviving so far but are tiny. 1 has died.
I'm also puzzled by the designation "Qt" (which I assume means "quart") on the invoice. The caryopteris looked like the standard 4" square pot to me. It's hard to see how they would hold a quart of soil. Maybe Niche has a different definition of quart-size pots than I do, but I wonder if the problems with the caryopteris are due to their not being ready to plant.
I've visited Niche Gardens and was impressed with the staff, the plants, and the information they provide about them. Their prices are sometimes a bit high, but I support their efforts to grow and sell native plants, and I recognize the time and know-how that takes. Therefore, I'm posting this as "neutral" to acknowledge the really good with the not horribly bad.

On May 18th, 2011, shasta12 changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

I'm changing my rating to positive for these reasons:
After my comments were posted, Meg from Niche contacted me. I sent photos of the caryopteris that were surviving. She replied immediately that these were not supposed to be shipped -- not mature enough. Their plants are supposed be 10" or so tall, but these are precious little 2" babies. :-) Meg offered a credit or a refund, so I have ordered some grasses that I needed. Meg says Niche doesn't use any pots smaller than quart-size, so I think the tiny size of these plants probably affected my memory of the pots.
I'm very happy with the resolution of the problem and will definitely order from them again.
Positive VA_GARDEN
(25 reviews)
On May 7, 2011, VA_GARDEN Hood, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have ordered from this company for many years, and have always received healthy plants that are beautifully packed, so I was very disappointed to receive one dead digitalis and one not so healhy rhododendron in my spring order. I contacted them immediately via E-mail, and received a response the next business day. Not only did I receive a replacement for the digitalis, but they very generously sent me a second rhododendron. I received the replacement plants in less than a week and they were lush and beautiful. As far as customer service goes, you can't get any better than this! I'll continue to be a loyal customer.

Positive Marymame
(4 reviews)
On Apr 23, 2011, Marymame Butler, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Plants ordered were in good shape and I felt the prices were good. Have ordered from Niche in the past and would do so again.

Positive CptnRn
(1 review)
On Apr 3, 2011, CptnRn Austin, TX wrote:

I ordered three quart size plants from this company. The order was promptly shipped and received in mostly good condition. One stem was broken. I do think the prices they charged for packing and shipping was excessive, considering all they did was tape some wadded up newspaper over the soil pot and stick a few pieces of bamboo in the pots to keep them from rolling around in the box. The total cost for shipping was $13.80.

On Apr 3, 2011, Niche Gardens responded with:

"On Apr 5, 2011 12:53 PM, Niche Gardens responded with:

Thank you for your positive comment and for giving us the opportunity to "weigh in" on the issue of our shipping charges. You were charged a total of $13.80 for shipping and handling on your order. Of that amount, we paid UPS $11.34, which leaves us $2.46 to process, pull and pack your order. Hardly excessive, and in fact quite a bargain."

Positive rossntheham
(1 review)
On Mar 4, 2011, rossntheham Birmingham, AL wrote:

Placed an order for 13 plants -- all native to Alabama -- on February 26th. Received my order on March 3. Plants were meticulously packed! The care used in packaging and shipping automatically leads me to assume that Niche Gardens takes great pride in the products they sell.

Positive mfey
(1 review)
On Aug 28, 2010, mfey Brandywine, MD wrote:

Great selection of plants (lots of natives) and fantastic searchable catalog. Always well packed, so they look great when they arrive.

Positive ceb4003
(2 reviews)
On Aug 27, 2010, ceb4003 Nashville, TN wrote:

I was introduced through a fall bulb catalogue I received in the mail to a new iris, foetidissima, known more for its year-round foliage and fall color (red seeds) than its spring bloom, which is interesting enough based on the photos I found on the internet. After a little more research I was convinced I could use this plant in my garden. Rhizomes (“bulbs”), which often take 2 or 3 years to reach bloom maturity, ranged in prince from $5 to $9 on various web sites. This site, however, directed me to Niche Gardens which had the mature plant in gallon pots for $12. Less than a week after I placed my order I had 4 very robust 2ft tall plants, each with a container full of roots. I’ve installed them, and they look as if they’ve been growing in place all summer. After looking over the Niche catalogue enclosed with my order, I’m sure I’ll be a return customer.

Positive bungalow1056
(7 reviews)
On Apr 16, 2010, bungalow1056 Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

The folks at Niche Gardens are fantastic- very friendly and helpful. They are very knowledgeable and have a large variety of unusual and hard to find plants. Their prices are very reasonable. They only ship/sell mature, nice sized specimens.

Positive faerie24
(2 reviews)
On Aug 24, 2009, faerie24 Pleasantville, NY wrote:

What a delight to find this company! They carry lots of difficult to find plants-I had been looking for a beauty bush and was thrilled to receive a fabulous plant, along with a few others I couldn't resist. The plants were beautiful upon receipt, with no nasty packing, always a relief.

Positive NativeSusan
(7 reviews)
On Feb 20, 2009, NativeSusan Decatur, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Excellent customer service. Very polite. They offer a wide variety of plants, many of them native. The order came at the exact time I requested it. The plant specimens were beautiful. One plant was dormant and wasn't producing foliage yet, but I am very confident that it will grow beautifully. They packaged the plants carefully in recycled materials, which I find to be very socially and environmentally responsible. I will definitely be ordering from them again. I highly recommend them!

Positive dparsons01
(6 reviews)
On Nov 24, 2008, dparsons01 Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7b) wrote:

I ordered a number of plants late in the Fall to overwinter in my greenhouse. Niche gardens called me to verify that I really did want the plants as some of them would be questionable if planted outdoors in November in zone 7. I told them they would be in my greenhouse and they sent the order immediately. Nice of them to check. The plants arrive quickly and in excellent condition.

Positive BlissfulGarden
(51 reviews)
On Oct 17, 2008, BlissfulGarden Baton Rouge, LA wrote:

Niche Gardens was the only place I could find a specific cultivar of Vitex that I was seeking. I wanted to start with all three varieties of the larger-spiked blue bloomers... so I was quite happy to find Montrose Purple there. The vitex was well packaged and was very healthy when I received it. Their prices are a bit high in comparison to the plant size, but when a vendor is willing to grow a hard-to-find cultivar, then I believe they deserve our support and our extra $ for their trouble. Overall, this was a very pleasant buying experience. A++++ Ev =)

Positive slichtyler
(6 reviews)
On Oct 7, 2008, slichtyler Hillsborough, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I live only a few miles away from Niche Gardens, and it seems that the previous owner of my house bought half of the garden from them - so I made an excursion to check the place out.

They have an impressive selection of plants that do well in this part of North Carolina - grasses, daylilies, drought-resistant and deer-resistant perennials. If you're going for a natural look in your garden, this is definitely worth checking out.

On the downside, prices were a bit steep.

Positive jerrytate
(11 reviews)
On Jul 24, 2008, jerrytate Lake Charles, LA wrote:

quick service.proper packing.beautiful plants.(callicarpa dichotoma).an asset to the plantings here at the john galt arboretum!

Positive clareb
(9 reviews)
On Jun 14, 2008, clareb Missoula, MT (Zone 5a) wrote:

I ordered from Niche Gardens for the first time this spring. Frankly put, I was blown away by the size (qt. pots) and vigor of the plants I received.

The quality of plant that Niche delivers bests every other live plant that I've ordered and received from more than ten (well-rated) mail-order nurseries.

The extensive and somewhat unique collection of plants at Niche is what first drew my attention. The ability of Niche Gardens to deliver truly outstanding plants will keep me ordering from this company in the future.

Positive artemiss
(12 reviews)
On Jun 3, 2008, artemiss Toledo, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I placed an order with them this spring and was very pleased with the quality of the plants I received. All arrived healthy and their growth has outpaced several others of similar size I received at the same time.

Positive tybrut
(8 reviews)
On May 23, 2008, tybrut Plaistow, NH wrote:

How refreshing to actually work with a company that cares....I ordered 16 of one plant and I got a phone call apologizing that they didnt feel the plant was ready for the date that I picked to be delivered wanted to wait abit to allow the plant to become larger. When I did get them, they looked fantastic. Healthy, great size.....I really couldnt of asked for any better.
Will definately do business again in the future...thank you.

Positive doxiedr
(8 reviews)
On Apr 8, 2008, doxiedr Burlington, NC wrote:

I live close enough to drive to Niche, and it's a true gardener's paradise, especially if you're into natives. The prices initially seemed a bit high to me, especially comparatively, but I soon found out why: the quality of Niche's plants is extremely high. Every single plant has more than lived in my garden--it has flourished. The roots are very, very healthy, and the soil is gorgeous. In fact, I left my potted plants out in the rain a couple of days before planting, and when the skies cleared enough for me to get them in the ground, several earthworms had taken up residence in the soil--it was that good!

I will also say that the staff was very friendly and exceedingly helpful--Lauri showed me around for almost an hour through the greenhouses and lovely garden. If you live within a hour drive or so, stop by--it's definitely worth the trip.

You'll be very pleased with this company!

On March 6th, 2009, doxiedr added the following:

Another spring coming, another 5 great plants from Niche in the ground. What a fantastic company to do business with! The plants and people are simply outstanding.
Positive jonesblanche
(1 review)
On Apr 7, 2008, jonesblanche (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have been ordering plants from Niche for several years now and have never had a bad experience. They have some harder to find plants and their prices are reasonable. All the plants have come well rooted, well packed and ontime.

Positive annason
(3 reviews)
On Mar 5, 2008, annason Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This was my first order from Niche Gardens, although I have been using their website information for research for some time. My Shrubs came in Quart pots, but they were as big as they could be and had healthy roots. I will order again in the future.

Positive ncdirtdigger
(8 reviews)
On Feb 21, 2008, ncdirtdigger Waxhaw, NC wrote:

I purchased several plants for my shade garden, they arrived promptly, well packaged, and in good health. I order from Niche almost every year and always get the same great results.

Positive pixielove
(4 reviews)
On Oct 5, 2007, pixielove Pasadena, MD wrote:

I took advantage of their free shipping offer to try them out. I ordered some butterfly bushes from them. They all came in one gallon containers and were well rooted. They had been trimmed for transport but they were still green and health. They were comparable to any I could have bought at the local store but of a hard to find variety. The packaging was superb. The bushes did not show any transport stress. The plants were sent in a reused box and the plants were well packed in newspaper. After I pulled out the plants, all of the materials went into the recycling bin. I liked that they are so green about their packaging and less waste in the landfill.

Positive sadie_mae
(42 reviews)
On Sep 27, 2007, sadie_mae Central, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This was my first purchase with Niche Gardens and I must say, it was the best perennial order that I've ever received via mail! Plants were large, healthy and packing was superb. I happened to place an order 1 day and went back the next day to browse some more. On that day, they had just started a Free Shipping promotion so I placed another order. They shipped both orders together, with free shipping, I was quite surprised and appreciative when I saw my invoice! Thanks Meg and all, I'm sure you'll see my name again next year :-) Vicki

Positive agricolarum
(2 reviews)
On Sep 6, 2007, agricolarum San Francisco, CA wrote:

After a very disappointing experience with another vendor, I decided to try Niche Gardens for some Joe Pye Weed and New York Ironweed plants. They far, far exceeded all of my expectations! First, the plants themselves were green, vigorous, healthy stock with absolutely unbelievably large, plump root systems--easily three times the height of each plant. Each plant was carefully packed, marked with a plant stake for the garden and came with detailed plant care advice. The plants' progress across country was easily tracked by a UPS code to insure prompt handoff to me for immediate planting on arrival. Even more impressive, however, was the personal service from the professional staff. If you should be so lucky to deal with Meg you will soon know what I am talking about. She was thorough in responding to questions about the plants, prompt with providing useful information and just generally wonderfully informative. If you want to make impersonal internet transactions personal, try Meg at Niche Gardens. Truly exceptional service. The plants are already in the ground and look like they have been there all along. You would never believe they had travelled 3,000 miles in two days!

Positive merryma
(2 reviews)
On Jul 4, 2007, merryma Auburn, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:

I ordered a beauty bush and a couple of other perennials. they arrived packaged beautifully in biodegradeable packing material, nicely moist. They were shipped during the week, so they didn't sit in a freight warehouse over the weekend (something that I think some nurseries don't take into account). The plants were a little root-bound, but that's to be expected since I ordered so late. I'll definitely order from them again.

Positive gladpuppy1
(4 reviews)
On Jun 28, 2007, gladpuppy1 Stow, OH wrote:

This was my first experience ordering from this company and I was extremely pleased with every aspect of the order. I purchased four pineapple lilies and shortly after placing the order, I received an email reminding me that these are not hardy in my area and asking me to confirm if I still wanted them. I called and thanked them for being so considerate and confirmed the order, as I dig my pineapple lilies and store them over winter.

I had ordered on a Friday. The order was shipped out the following Monday by three day UPS and I was able to watch it's progress with a tracking number. It actually arrived a day ahead of schedule which was good since the weather was so hot. The center leaves of the plant were slightly crumpled by the ride (pineapple lily leaves are quite soft) but the plants are extremely healthy, and of a very nice size for planting. I was also impressed that they came potted in soil that was actually still moist.

I would not hesitate to order from this company again, based on this experience, or to recommend it to others.

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