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Positive mbstone
(1 review)
On Jul 11, 2013, mbstone Rockville, MD wrote:

I ordered 18 Nelly Stevens Holly bushes. So far the majority of them are growing very well. I did purchase the 1-year warranty which I encourage everyone to do because it is inexpensive! I have 4 bushes that are on the verge of dying if not dead. I called customer service and was so pleased with how nice they were and literally within 5 minutes of me hanging up the phone, I received a credit for the 4 dying bushes! I just ordered those bushes plus a couple other trees to try out!

Positive brendon1969
(1 review)
On Jul 9, 2013, brendon1969 Burr Ridge, IL wrote:

Posted on July 3, 2013, updated July 9, 2013
I have to agree with all negative comments about the Brighter Blooms nursery .I just got my oakleaf hydrangea and plants look horrible .They look sick .Some of the brunches were broken.There is nobody to answer the phone on the costumer service end . It was a big mistake to order from Brighter Blooms I would never order again.

On July 9th, 2013, brendon1969 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

After I contacted Brighter Blooms I was pleasantly surprised. Josh have cold me and he was very understanding and helpful .He explain what could have gone wrong with the plants and offer replacement for the damaged plant. he made me feel like they care for a costumer after all.I would be more comfortable to do business with Brighter blooms in the future.For now,I just give my plants extra TLC.
Positive stemmer
(1 review)
On Jun 25, 2013, stemmer Owings Mills, MD wrote:

I first ordered from Brighter Blooms in April of 2013. Realizing that the order was likely to arrive before I could get my planting helper, I called to ask that the shipment be delayed. Dale was helpful, and scheduled delivery for the last week of April.
The six Sunny Knockout Roses arrived on schedule, and although I was initially dismayed by some difficulty in dislodging all of the heavy copper staples, the plants were certainly well protected, and very well leafed out. I felt confident enough to order again–this time a Knockout Rose Tree. Again I was extremely pleased by the specimen sent; well leafed out. its trunk well supported by a stake, and with small rose buds already set. All the plants are doing well, and I am looking forward with some excitement to seeing the young rose tree in bloom. Although I had never heard of this company beforeI received its advertisement, it now has my full confidence. I am impressed with its service, well-packed shipments and the quality of its offerings, which arrive as well-developed plants, and I will certainly order from Brighter Blooms Nursery again.

Positive MBurket
(1 review)
On Jun 24, 2013, MBurket Salem, NC wrote:

We could not be more happy with this nursery. We recently purchased four Encore Angel Azalea bushes and received quickly four beautiful healthy plants with excellent packaging. Only a slight problem. When we opened the box they were Encore Autumn Embers Azalea bushes. I notified them and asks what I should do that the wrong plants were sent. Their representative I talked to was very helpful and told us to just enjoy the plants and they would be sending the Angel plants as soon as possible. One week later the plants arrived. Beautiful, healthy, large plants that had blooms and a few flowers. We had never bought plants online but that is the only way now we will buy them and Brighter Blooms is the only nursery we will be buying from. We highly recommend.

Positive janice930
(2 reviews)
On Jun 19, 2013, janice930 Columbus, MS wrote:

Posted on June 18, 2013, updated June 19, 2013
I ordered 6 Double Pink Knock Out Roses from Brighter Blooms on 5-16-13 at a cost of $122.20 counting shipping. I received 3 big boxes, roses packed great but they where single bloom. I had already dug up a single bloom rose I had for years that I did not like. I called Brighter Blooms and told the guy that answered they sent me single bloom instead of double. He said "how do you know? I said "because they are blooming". They said to take pictures which I did and sent to them. But they said they couldn't open the pictures. I sent the pictures to a friend and she had no problem opening them. On Friday 6-6 after getting no where with these people, I called and told this girl what am I going to do with these roses, they are sitting in my carport with plastic around them, do you want me to sent them back. She said yes send them back. It cost me $67.74 to send them back. I received the double pink roses the following week. They have not said a thing about refunding me the shipping money. The roses end up costing me $189.94. ----Order ID #1063091

On June 19th, 2013, janice930 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

I just got an e-mail from Brighter Blooms and they are sending me my re-fund back. The roses are beautiful and were packed great.
Positive bigcats11
(1 review)
On Jun 13, 2013, bigcats11 Los Angeles, CA wrote:

Posted on May 23, 2013, updated June 13, 2013
Posted on May 19, 2013, updated May 23, 2013
Well its a long story so I will make it short. You would be better off buying plants from an abandon nursery or taken from a dumpster than buying from this company. I ordered 4 plants-Bamboo Multiplex and only received two as two got lost. The two I did receive were just about dead. Called the company and was first told you should have reported it and taken photos. Well I did report it and had proof from an e-mail. Then was told to send photos which I had right out of the box. After about a week or so they agreed to send me a credit voucher, no shipping just a credit for the plant only. Even though I didn't pay for shipping originally the replacement should be identically sent. Then I received the two missing plants that were very much alive compared to the original two I got that looked dead. Well having to wait until the credit voucher for (one) was activated which was totally stupid on their part(took a week). Why would they issue a voucher and forget to put it in your system. I saw someone else post the same thing about this voucher problem. Also I should mention their customer service department-not placing orders they are happy to do that, is almost always closed and you can't leave a message(call back later were up to our ears on complaints).
Well stupid me I finally kept calling and got thru to a salesman who said sorry about customer service I think they are just overwhelmed right now. I placed an order for two plants, using the voucher that was now good after a week and buying one more bamboo plant. After two weeks both plants arrived and one is almost completely dead. I am embarrassed from my neighbors who wonder why I would order another one from this same company. I just can't believe that they would employ people who would box up a plant that looked liked mine do. The verbage in the ad says very healthy plant will arrive. LOL not so. I have given up as it makes my blood pressure go up just talking to them.

On May 23rd, 2013, bigcats11 added the following:

Well having planted the almost dead bamboo, it appears that it is DOA and won't be joining me for the summer R.I.P.
Bamboo Multi-plex......
On June 13th, 2013, bigcats11 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

I have completely changed my rating on this company. I was contacted by Brighter Blooms Nursery after having such a difficult time with my Bamboo plants. Josh from the customer service department went way over and above fixing the situation. He sent me new Healthy Bamboo plants and was very sympathetic to my issues. I am once again a very happy customer of Brighter Blooms and now I will order some more plants happily and will pass the name to friends and neighbors.......Thanks Josh for making a bad situation good!!!!!
Positive lzav84
(1 review)
On Jun 5, 2013, lzav84 Sayreville, NJ wrote:

I had ordered a Gardenia Tree that arrived smaller then I was expect and in a so-so condition. It started yellowing and loosing leaves in a few days. A month later my tree lost almost all leaves. I sent email with pictures to customer service, and next day I got response from Deisha. She was letting me know that she is working on my tree replacement. I got my beautiful tree in a few days. New tree is healthy, expected size, and has some buds on it. I’ve been ordering from this company for few years. I will recommend this company to all my friends.
Thank you Deisha for your speedy responce.

Positive shanas
(1 review)
On May 20, 2013, shanas Muscoy, CA wrote:

We needed a 3-4 foot evergreen, flowering, easy-care protection shrub to line our newly erected wrought iron fence bordering the front yard of our new house. Double knockout roses were our choice. Finding them at our local nurseries wasn't happening, so we decided to order online. The 19 plants we ordered from Brighter Blooms came well packaged, pruned severely but that was expected. We ordered 15 reds and 4 pinks and received exactly what we ordered. Trying to save some money we got the 1 gallon plants instead of the 3 - I figured we would just wait the extra time it took for them to grow. (Turns out the wait won't be long) Without amending the soil at all - all we did was remove the sod in the yard where they were to be planted - we got them in the ground 3 months ago, early March. These little gems have out performed themselves. We are extremely impressed with the fact that not one of the plants have had the least bit of problem, and they all were flowering profusely within weeks. They have at least doubled in size since we planted them. It's been triple digit temps here in the foothills of the San Bernardino mountains, and these roses haven't missed a beat. We are very happy with our purchase from Brighter Blooms and we just ordered a Forsythia for some more great color in front as well as 2 Royal Empress Trees, 1 for the front yard and one for the back, to give our little ones some much needed shade while they play. We did purchase their 1 year guarantee for all of the plants, but I sincerely doubt we will need it.

Negative mcig123
(1 review)
On May 17, 2013, mcig123 Woodstock, MD wrote:

I ordered two red Dogwood trees from Brighter Blooms before I read reviews here on Dave's Garden. Unfortunately, when my order arrived I discovered that I had received four Camellia bushes/trees! I called the company over the weekend and the lady who answered said she could not do anything to help me and suggested that I call back on Monday morning. So I called Brighter Blooms on Monday and spoke with Gina and told her that I wanted a full refund and also wanted to know when they would have Fed Ex pick up the Camellias. There were several back and forth phone calls but I finally received a full refund today (Friday) and Fed Ex did come on Wednesday to pickup the package.
I know this sounds positive but the whole experience feels negative. I spent a lot of personal time with phone calls and other related tasks plus the anxiety that they might try to refuse my demand for a full refund. I learned one important thing- always check reviews of on-line businesses BEFORE I place an order with them.

On May 17, 2013, Brighter Blooms Nursery responded with:

"On Jul 26, 2013 12:53 PM, Brighter Blooms Nursery responded with:

Our order initially shipped on May 9th and delivered on May 11th. Our customer contacted us over the weekend when our Customer Service Dept. is closed. Monday AM she called, and got in touch with a representative who let her know we would issue a full refund, as well work with Fed Ex to remove the packages from her home. We issued a full refund for the order back to her original form of payment on May 14th , as well as had Fed Ex remove the packages at our expense. Our Customer Service Manager reached out to her via phone to apologize for the inconvenience, and issued a store credit for 50% of her order value. Our hopes was that we would have another opportunity to prove ourselves with this customer.
She was very grateful for the follow up call, and seemed satisfied with the resolution to the issue.

Positive Zephyr22
(1 review)
On May 13, 2013, Zephyr22 Syracuse, NY wrote:

Posted on May 13, 2013, updated May 13, 2013
Last June (2012, I ordered two Royal Empress trees and two Needle Palm trees from Brighter Blooms. The Royal Empress trees failed to live up to their "fast growing" description but, as directed, I cut them back to the ground this Spring and they seem to be responding well. I ordered the Needle Palms specifically for their "cold hardy" ability, as I live in Upstate New York. Although we had a milder than normal Winter, both Needle Palms have perished. As Brighter Blooms does not guarantee their plants beyond 45 days, I wasted both money and effort on my purchase.

I have decided to only deal with local suppliers and those who provide a minimum of a one year warranty from this point forward.

I submitted a comment to the Brighter Blooms website (which, on reflection, only provides glowing comments) on the Needle Palms to warn others that they might not live up to their hardiness claims.. Although the comment was submitted more than a week ago, it has not appeared.

Caveat emptor, I guess.

On May 13th, 2013, Zephyr22 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

Within two hours of this posting, I received a call from Brighter Blooms customer service. It turns out that there was an error on their website for the hardiness of the Needle Palms. Josh, of Brighter Blooms, identified the error and has changed the page to reflect the actual hardiness.

He issued me a full store credit for the Needle Palms :-) I am pleased and surprised by the quick action to addess the issue.
Positive lstacyb
(1 review)
On May 9, 2013, lstacyb Bardstown, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Posted on May 6, 2013, updated May 9, 2013
Posted on May 6, 2013, updated May 6, 2013
I placed the order at 2:30 PM and I received notification of this order at 2:37 PM after placing the order! At 2:53 I emailed to cancel the order and then called and requested the order be canceled and was told the order was not in their system yet. I ordered Lilacs by mistake. In that short of time and the fact it was not yet in their system, what could they have possibly done with my mistaken order?

I then talked to Joe and ordered 3, 3 gallon Gardenias at
Product Total: $170.85
Sales Tax: $0.00
Shipping: $42.71
Discount: ($50.00)
Surcharge: $0.00
Grand Total: $163.56
BalanceDue: $0.00

They want to charge me a cancelation fee after my spending over $500 in the last year. I think they should thank me for being a good customer not charge me a fee.

On May 6th, 2013, lstacyb changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

Within 15 minutes of this posting, received a call and was issued a total credit. I feel much better about this company and appreciate Daves Garden for help with this matter.

I will still be a customer of Brighter Blooms!
On May 9th, 2013, lstacyb added the following:

I received full credit for the Lilacs, and today received the Gardenias! What a wonderful surprise! I received 3, 3 gallon Frost Proof Gardenias that are gorgeous! I couldn't expect more from Brighter Blooms and if you have issues, just contact them and give them a chance to make it right. Thanks Josh!
Negative moosegarden
(1 review)
On Apr 28, 2013, moosegarden (Zone 5b) wrote:

We purchased a clematis and a rose tree from Brighter Blooms last year. The clematis was advertised as "1-gallon", but arrived in a 1-quart pot, which itself was oversized for the tiny shoot that was included. The plant only survived about a 6 weeks.

The initial reply of customer service was that pot sizes do not reflect actual volumes, but rather "equivalent nursery sizes". I tried calling to follow up but could not reach someone who could resolve the dispute. Beyond that, it wasn't worth the trouble.

Also, the rose tree (by definition a graft) was supposed to be deep red. What grew out were pink-ish flowers that were not nearly as full as the advertised product. It may be the root stock, or another breed. However, the tree did take very nicely and survived the winter, and I've become fond of it anyway.

On Apr 28, 2013, Brighter Blooms Nursery responded with:

"On Jun 6, 2013 3:42 PM, Brighter Blooms Nursery responded with:

Thank you for posting your concern. We have tried to reach out to you through through D-Mail, but unfortunately we've been unsuccessful. We also have not been able to find you in our database from the information you've provided. Please call us as soon as possible so that we can take care of your order and make sure your experience with Brighter Blooms Nursery is a positive one. Our number is 800-399-9514, and when you call, please ask for Josh. It is important to us that your expectations are not just met, but exceeded. Thanks!"

Negative gailchisholm
(1 review)
On Apr 28, 2013, gailchisholm wrote:

Terrible customer service !!!
I ordered knock -out roses for my local NYC community garden.
Unfortunately I received different plants than ordered. Weeks later I am still trying to get the correct plants. Dozens of emails and phone calls to no avail.
Their 'Log in for information" does not work , in fact 'log in' does not even exist on their web site.
Buying plants should be an informative pleasant and courteous process and should not waste hours of my time and energy .
I notice other members had similar problems but changed a negative review to a neutral or positive one after the problem was solved months later.
Months later is too late!! I assume Brighter Blooms gifted the plants to smooth the way. I have no interest in waiting months to have a simple issue resolved.
I do not want to waste any more of my time with an unprofessional and inconsiderate supplier Please avoid ordering from Brighter Blooms and try support a local nursery who needs your business and can solve any problems face to face!

Negative lapuca
(1 review)
On Apr 25, 2013, lapuca Moorestown-Lenola, NJ wrote:

I asked for Frost Proof Gardenias for Christmas. My sister in law, a fellow gardener, found them on line at Brighter Blooms and ordered 2 for me GAR-FRO3. Online during ordering it said they would ship during planting season. This is common in this situation and she and I thought nothing of it.
Unfortunately, the plants arrived two days later, Dec 21, which in NJ is NOT planting season.
I called them to let them know what would happen. On their paperwork it said to contact them within a week or so if a plant arrived in questionable condition. The plants were beautiful, however I wanted them to know if I could not keep them alive indoors during winter (they were large), then I would expect them to be replaced.
Well, similar to others, I emailed customer service and called twice. The phone calls were never answered. No matter when I called it said to call back between 9-5pm M-F, which I did to no avail. The emails would bring an error message = 'user error' screen.
I gave up, put the plants in the bathtub (dragging 3 gallon plants up the stairs) and tried to keep them alive.
They survived, but this situation kept me from using my bathtub all winter.
Terrible customer service.
I told my sister in law who buys a lot of plants, and anyone else who will listen, to stay away.
This company is too much hassle to deal with, unless you have lots of time to manage their mistakes and uncaring attitude.

Neutral KLRA
(1 review)
On Apr 22, 2013, KLRA wrote:

Posted on April 5, 2013, updated April 22, 2013
I ordered from Brighter Blooms on March 1st, 2013, and my order arrived March 29th. The jasmine vines looked great, but my fragrant tea olive was chewed up by pests and had brown spots, as did my eucalyptus tree. I was offered in-store credit for the eucalyptus trees, but no compensation for my tea olive. When I went to use my in-store credit, the website wouldn't accept the code. Also, my largest plant, another eucalyptus, didn't come with the rest of the order. I was never informed that it was back-ordered until I specifically asked when it didn't arrive with the other plants.

Brighter Blooms customer service has yet to answer two of my emails (regarding treatment of my eucalyptus, my missing plant, and my bogus in-store credit code). I've been patient and flexible, but at this point I'm surprised Brighter Blooms is surviving as a business with their current practices.

On April 22nd, 2013, KLRA changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

About an hour after I posted my negative review, I received a phone call from Josh who apologized up and down for my experience and made no excuse for it. I really appreciated that. I was also issued a refund and sent 2 tea olives since the eucalyptus was no longer an option. The tea olives arrived and while they weren't as attractive as my first, they were healthy and are doing great.

My overall impression is that this company is in over its head. My advice is to hire more people to manage inventory and make sure that what's in stock is accurately reflected on the website. I'm sure these guys are stressed to the max and I feel for them--I really do. Making a few changes will make everyone's experience much more enjoyable. I'll give it one more shot next year and hope I will be able to leave a better review.
Negative walky
(1 review)
On Apr 18, 2013, walky Lake Goodwin, WA wrote:

I purchased two Nules Clementine trees. I planted them the day they arrived. After a month nothing happened. I emailed them. They said to give it another month. Still nothing. I called them. They said to give it more time. I emailed them again at the end of the summer. One had 1 leaf on it and the other looked dead. They said to scrape the side. I did. They asked me to send a picture of them. I did. They were still alive but not growing. Over the winter they died. Now they won't answer any of my emails.

On Apr 18, 2013, Brighter Blooms Nursery responded with:

"On Jun 6, 2013 3:48 PM, Brighter Blooms Nursery responded with:

Thank you for posting your concern. We have tried to reach out to you through through D-Mail, but unfortunately we've been unsuccessful. We also have not been able to find you in our database from the information you've provided. Please call us as soon as possible so that we can take care of your order and make sure your experience with Brighter Blooms Nursery is a positive one. Our number is 800-399-9514, and when you call, please ask for Josh. It is important to us that your expectations are not just met, but exceeded. Thanks!"

Positive standianne
(2 reviews)
On Mar 31, 2013, standianne Port Charlotte, FL wrote:

Originally, we bought some pink muhly grass and were less than satisfied, but the company has the best customer service I have ever encountered. They called me on the phone and sent new product immediately. I sincerely think they want to be a successful company and one of the keys to that end is customer satisfaction. Well, I give them a 110% AAA+++ in satisfying this customer! Thanks Chris, Crystal and Josh!!!

Stan and Dianne

Positive thw333333
(1 review)
On Mar 6, 2013, thw333333 Columbus, GA wrote:

Posted on February 22, 2013, updated March 6, 2013
I ordered knock-out roses and paid a PREMIUM!!! relative to other outlets. Some of the roses died. Customer service argued with me that they weren't really dead. Been gardening 30 years, but whatever... Nothing about their product or service is worth the price. Just go elsewhere.

On March 6th, 2013, thw333333 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

Was contacted by customer service and the gentleman was very nice. He made it right and completely changed my views on Brighter Blooms. It showed me that they do have interest in customer service. I will consider them again for my gardening purchases and I regret leaving such a negative comment.
Positive Emund
(1 review)
On Feb 25, 2013, Emund Northville, MI wrote:

Late last year I placed a small order--my first experience ever buying shrubs or trees over the Internet--and the juniper arrived very well packaged and in superb condition. Better than I was expecting. Given my positive experience, I ordered a tree about one month later, but changed my landscaping plans soon thereafter. The customer service was terrific and I had no issues with a change order. I will surely buy from them again. Thanks Brighter Blooms.

Positive Ladybug88
(1 review)
On Feb 18, 2013, Ladybug88 OTTO, NC wrote:

I had ordered a Meyer lemon that arrived in a huge box and in wonderful condition. It started adding blossoms and new growth immediately. I then ordered three more items, one of which was a dwarf banana. The banana arrived in a short box and all the fronds were broken. I notified BB and they thought the fronds might be wilted, but that they would replace it if the tree did not recover. Three weeks later I sent another picture of the broken fronds and they immediately sent a beautiful replacement in a tall box without one damaged frond. My other plants are also doing well.

I really like this company. I read that someone said you could get the same plants at Walmart for cheaper, but Walmart doesn't carry what I ordered. Also, before I ordered, I shopped around the internet, and BB had the very best prices. They get an A+ from me.

Positive gizmosharky
(1 review)
On Feb 7, 2013, gizmosharky Albuquerque, NM wrote:

It was a pleasure working with Josh. The customer service he provided was excellent.

Positive peteykgirl
(1 review)
On Dec 17, 2012, peteykgirl Holliday, TX wrote:

my dream came true because of these people! i've bought hundreds of gardenias only to end up with 4 sprigs of twigs that i kept til shame set in. then i found the 'no frost gardenia'. little thing came with 2 little blooms and maybe 4' tall. i stuck it in the ground with only miracle grow soil. it LIVED! and BLOOMED and didn't get yellow spotted leaves. i went to SOME of the 'depressed gardenia growers'(killers) sites and raved. some day i'll have a wall or complete yard fenced by gardenias. and brighter blooms will be my salvation.

Positive oxhu
(1 review)
On Dec 10, 2012, oxhu Naperville, IL wrote:

I ordered three sweet olive trees from Brighter Blooms the other day. They wouldn't be shipped until May because of inclement outdoor weather, but I wanted them to grow indoors. These trees mean a lot to my mother, who was used to seeing them in her childhood in China.

I asked Devin if it were possible to have them shipped sooner, and to my delight, she overrode the hold and said that we should expect them by the end of the week. In addition, she immediately sent a confirmation email detailing the change and giving me instructions for tracking the trees. Devin is extremely professional and accommodating, and makes me feel confident to order from Brighter Blooms again.

I'm so excited for my mother to receive them; the trees' fragrance are going to be such a comfort and joy to her.

Positive gunner00
(2 reviews)
On Dec 4, 2012, gunner00 MacAlester, OK wrote:

I just wanted to comment on the Customer Serivce Reps. and on my order. First let me explain that I'm hard of hearing. I had made a purchase of some rose trees and rose scrubs. I had made a mistake on my order and needed to let them know about it. I had emailed them and let them know about the situation and that I wasn't able to speak on the phone, that we had to do everything through emails. I reached a wonderful Customer Service Rep. that helped me from beginning to end. She was very helpful, very understanding and most important was her patience. She and I worked everything out through numerous emails. My orders are being processed and I can't wait to recieve them. I wish that more companies had Customer Service Reps. like the one I had (Devin). She was professional, very knowledgable and very friendly and we even shared a few smiles. You were great Devin. K. Mueller McAlester OK

Positive juliebraum
(1 review)
On Oct 29, 2012, juliebraum Lexington, OH wrote:

Thank you, Brighter Blooms! I am an extremely pleased buyer. I received my Knockout Roses from Brighter Blooms in the mail this last week and was amazed at how well preserved and how safely they were packed in the boxes. Fabulous shipping! They were simply gorgeous when I opened the boxes and pulled them out. I couldn't ask for anything better. I will be buying more from Brighter Blooms.

Positive ematalka
(1 review)
On Oct 17, 2012, ematalka Birmingham, AL wrote:

Posted on May 17, 2012, updated October 17, 2012
Posted on May 17, 2012, updated May 17, 2012
I have bought several fruit trees from brighter blooms for almost a thousand dollars , three of those trees died and i tried to get a repacement since they were still under warranty . They refused and said that they will only give me a credit to use for future purchases and the credit was for only 40% of what i paid . I lost 60% of what i paid . I called several times then i submitted a complaint against them to the better business bureau . This is the worst company to deal with , they do not honor their warranty and their prices are three times higher than the prices anywhere else . You can buy the same plant for a lot less from walmart or home depot or lowes and with one year warranty . Stay away from this company very high prices and no warranty and very bad plants and very bad customer service

On May 17th, 2012, ematalka added the following:

My order number is 1032267 from brighter blooms . i am still waiting for a response from them and The better business bureau is still waiting for a response from them but nothing yet . They should send me a replacement for the trees or a full refund. My advice stay away from them and take your business somewhere else and you will save yourself a lot of headaches
On October 17th, 2012, ematalka changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

Last month in September I received a call from the company asking me what they can do to change my negative experience to a positive one .
I told them what I wanted changed and what kind of compensation would be good. They did everything they could and should be done to make everything right and correct . I must say that this company is turning things around to the better for their customers and yes I would buy from them again after this .
Positive hillarys
(1 review)
On Oct 17, 2012, hillarys Scottsdale, AZ wrote:

Posted on June 19, 2012, updated October 17, 2012
This is the first time I have used Brighter Blooms online service and I wish I had read this blog first.

I ordered two 3 gallen rose bushes. Both were supposed to be Coral color and both were pink. I can't stand pink. Anyway, the roses that were left were dried and dead. The stems were also brown and dead. No live roots. The tree I bought was also dead. A few green leaves, but no live roots. No green inside the bark. My gardener dried to save the tree, but no luck.

The best advice I can give this company is to close.

On October 17th, 2012, hillarys changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

Brighter Booms went out of their way to fix the problems. They sent me new roses, and a new tree. Also sent some rose food. I was very impressed with the service. Many thanks for your excellent follow-up. All the plants are doing great!!
Positive ATenisSchereck1
(1 review)
On Oct 12, 2012, ATenisSchereck1 Lawton, OK wrote:

Dave ...
I could spend all day praising BRIGHTER BLOOMS and the type of service I received. However, it would be more realistic to include a copy of an email I got today in response to my experience as a first time customer. Now, THIS is a business who will get mine and I will be more than certain to pass their good work on to my friends and family! Perhaps the best part of all is the wonderful young 'cajun' I delt with and the start of a delightful business relationship!
His name is JOSH, and these are his words.

Andi Tenis-Schereck
Lawton, OK

It was so nice speaking with you today. You had so much energy and life it was just beautiful!

Here is what we discussed:

I have ordered a replacement Black Magic Elephant Ear to ship the week of May 1st 2013.

Attached is your coupon code for taking care of this initial baby. Call the sales line at 1-888-504-2001 the ask for Gena, and she will take care of you, so you wont need to do anything over the internet.(this can get confusing). Just give her this coupon code and she will deduct it of your purchase.


We appreciate your kind words and are thankful we were able to help you with your order. As a company, we work to achieve positive responses from any customer service and sales interactions. We do not post all of our positive reviews to our website, because there is a popular website used within the gardening community where we encourage our satisfied customers to share their kind words. It is a non-biased website, and reflects a myriad of customer responses; be it positive or negative. Our company has taken a new direction with customer service, and we are confident that the positives will quickly outshine the negatives. Thank you for taking your time to share with us, and we hope you will be willing to share your comments with others.

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Brighter Blooms Customer Service

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Brighter Blooms Nursery

Positive MattJohnson21
(1 review)
On Oct 9, 2012, MattJohnson21 ALMO, KY wrote:

In April I ordered 5 evergreen trees from this company. They arrived fast and I planted them the same day. By July all 5 had died. Granted, it was a hot summer with severe conditions. I filled out an online replacement request and heard nothing for months. However, in October I called and received the best service. I was informed they were aware of and correcting their customer service issues. Without hassle they offered to replace all five trees. The shipment went out the next day. I'm waiting on them to arrive but grateful for the helpful assistance so far!

Positive dkb7133
(1 review)
On Sep 24, 2012, dkb7133 Deschutes River Woods, OR wrote:

I went against the grain and ordered some plants from this company. They were shipped four days after I ordered them and arrived promptly.

To my delight, I opened the box immediately and found large, healthy, well-packaged plants! The soil around them was moist, and there was a breatheable, adjustable plastic cover. Only the weigela was a bit worn, although that probably is simply an artifact of the seaon. It was much larger than I expected and clearly alive.

It remains to be seen how these plants perform in the future, but I am encouraged by the condition in which they arrived.

Negative MeMaz
(1 review)
On Sep 18, 2012, MeMaz North Plainfield, NJ wrote:

In addition to the numerous issues I had prior to receiving my order, I received diseased plants.

I received diseased plants including the crape myrtle sent with the very damaging fungus cercospora lythracearum, the hydrangeas sent with the disease anthracnose, the lilacs with the plant disease powder mildew, and the roses sent with large amounts of insect damage. I requested my refund and took many pictures of the plants & send them documentation for my refunded.

Due to the plentiful issues had with Brighter Blooms and the literal lack of response from their customer service reps (their customer service is terrible, I may post more details on that later too) I contacted their company via email, multiple times. I received no response yet again.

I will definately be recommending against this company to those who are looking for healthy plants & no aggravation or refund issues. I have spent 2 hours on the phone it total with them & sent multiple emails. I even emailed them back & told them I'd like to work it out with them but if they continue to not address the issue I will have take the resolution efforts elsewhere. To date they still have not addressed my refund for which I have extensive documentation of the diseased plants sent.

Also, in my experience calling brighter blooms I have found that if you hit #1 "For a problem with an existing order" no one answers and you get put through to a machine & if you hit #2 "to place an existing order" a customer service rep will answer the phone but will not provide assistance regarding this problem! When I have gotten through I have asked for a manager & I have been told no one was available.

Negative Omen
(1 review)
On Jul 25, 2012, Omen Springfield, VA wrote:

This company (Brighter Blooms) is a terrible fraud. We can only imagine that people's good reviews are because they received a healthy plant. We have twice received damaged and diseased plants. If you have a problem, you will wait weeks for response, spend months trying to resolve, and from day one their inept customer service staff will demand they provide no refunds even if it is their fault, and not allow you to be escalated to management. The website may look nice, but shopping here is playing Russian Roulette. If you ever have a problem, you are screwed, and they will refuse you a refund! Just look at the reviews on here, and even their BBB rating and list of complaints!

Negative npollard
(1 review)
On Jun 20, 2012, npollard Norristown, PA wrote:

I purchased three 3 gallon double knock-out roses from BrigherBlooms and they arrived with dull yellow-green leaves with black spots and white fungus. There were blooms on the plants. I planted them and they have had no new growth and have not bloomed since planted. The leaves have more black spots and white fungus. About a month after planting I purchased two more 3 gallon double knock-out roses from Home Depot. Those plants are now double the size of the ones from BB and they have bloomed twice. I started emailing BB on May 6th about the issue. They take over a week to respond to each email and each time they did not answer my questions or call me back. I called customer service and they put me on hold for 1/2 hour and then I was automatically directed to voice mail. When I called back I got a message that they were closed. I finally received an email with a replacement code. I wanted my money back not a replacement however I went online and the amount credited was not enough to purchase replacement plants and the code did not work. They said wait one day for the code to be valid and I waited 8 days and it still doesn't work. My replacement number is 960654. I have never experienced such poor customer service. I didn't want to post a negative response until I gave them time to do the right thing but at this point it doesn't appear that it will happen.

Negative Susalinda
(1 review)
On May 15, 2012, Susalinda Ashland, MA wrote:

I have ordered 11 knock-out one-gallon rose bushes from this company. The order arrived promptly, but I was surprised that only one box arrived. After I opened the box, I found the 11 bushes squeezed together, with most of the soil spread in the box. Furthermore, the roses do not look healthy, with yellowish leaves and spots on them.

I called customer service and asked for a refund. After several email and phone conversations, I was asked to return the plants (but I have to pay for shipping) and I may receive a refund if the plants arrive in good health - AND after they deduct 25% restocking fees. How can these plants arrive in good health when I received them already in poor condition?
I will never buy from this company again and will adise my friends and colleagues to watch out as well. What a waste of my money and time!

Negative ippslee
(3 reviews)
On Apr 19, 2012, ippslee Grass Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Posted on February 4, 2012, updated April 19, 2012
I ordered three Drift roses which arrived in very poor shape. There was a lot of dead growth on each spindly plant. I have contacted them several times. The first time they said I could receive a credit, but never explained the process. Since then I have received no responses to my inquiries.

On April 19th, 2012, ippslee added the following:

After 7 months I finally received an email asking for me to fill out a form and send pictures, which I did.
I purchased three roses and was credited for only one. Their customer service is very poor as far as acknowledgement and worse in resolving the problem.
On Apr 19, 2012, Brighter Blooms Nursery responded with:

"On Mar 1, 2012 12:56 PM, Brighter Blooms Nursery responded with:

Unfortunately I was unable to locate this customers order with the information above to offer personal assistance.
However, all of our items are covered under a One Year Warranty, and our replacement application is very short and easy.
We are very sorry that this customer feels he did not receive the service we pride ourselves in and are uncertain how he had tried to contact us.
We have phone representatives available Monday through Friday. In addition, emails are typically answered within 48 business hours.
We'd like to request that this customer call us at
800-399-9514 so we can be of assistance.
Thank you."

Negative szetshe
(1 review)
On Apr 12, 2012, szetshe wrote:

4/6 ordered 2 dwarf trees. Immediately emailed back cancelling order. Dwarfs wouldnt work for my situation. That evening email again cancelling order. Two calls the following week didnt get through. 4/20 Sunday get an email from fedx telling me BB was shipping Monday. Emailed again Sunday night cancelling order. After all this they shipped in the pm anyway. Refused shipment. Called them and they want to charge me 60 bucks. I believe they did this on purpose. This is not fair business dealings. I wish I would have seen this site before my order. With a preponderance of negative reviews...gotta wonder about these folks scruples.

Positive sheeshintx
(1 review)
On Apr 12, 2012, sheeshintx North Richland Hills, TX wrote:

I was a little worried because I came across this site AFTER I placed a $350 order. I ordered 4 Wisteria, 4 Hydrangea and 2 Snowball bushes. I placed our order the end of Feb. since we live in Texas and our planting season starts earlier. We received the items within a week to two weeks. The plants were packaged wonderful and there was no damage. The plants arrived in a dormant state so I was a little surprised by the twigs I received, but understandable based on the time I ordered them. I put them in the ground that weekend and oh my! They have taken off! Within 3-4 days I had leaves popping out. The Wisteria is taking off and the Hydrangea's are about to bloom. The Snowball bushes are growing by leaps and bounds and I just had two beautiful flowering snowballs. I wouldn't hesitate to order from them again. I beleive people need to keep in mind the growing seasons. I had zero problems and will be recommending this company to my family and friends.

Neutral botanyhobby
(1 review)
On Apr 3, 2012, botanyhobby Hilton Head Island, SC wrote:

Posted on April 2, 2012, updated April 3, 2012
Posted on April 1, 2012, updated April 2, 2012
Posted on March 31, 2012, updated April 1, 2012
I have a B.S. in Botany and am a master gardener. I ordered nearly $1000 dollars of block buster roses. Four double pink died immediately. Their response was that I had planted them to deep (not true) and the fact is you cannot plant them to deep as their is no graft. In spite of their web page guarantee of one year they refuse to replace them, are very rude and time consuming. AVOID DEALING WITH BRIGHTER BLOOMS.

On April 1st, 2012, botanyhobby added the following:

Don't let Brighter Blooms say they can't locate the customer. I am the guy who is out $200 bucks for 4 3 gallon double pink knockouts and anyone who wants a verbal assurance can contact me at 843 842-4249. Richard Bolt, MD Certified by the American Board of Surgery, Alpha Omega Alpha........How about it Brighter the courage to step up to the plate?
On April 2nd, 2012, botanyhobby added the following:

On April 3rd, 2012, botanyhobby changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

I finally received the 3 replacement pink knock outs and they are in great shape. Thank you Brighter Blooms. I give them a neutral as yesterday I was in the local Wal-Mart and they had equally nice roses for half the price and are much easier to deal with. I will use BB only for specimens I cannot find and realize they may not be easy or efficient but their plants are good and they honor their warranty but only if you grab them and don't let go!
Positive lindseyrockers
(1 review)
On Mar 15, 2012, lindseyrockers Little Rock, AR wrote:

I was very nervous about ordering from this company because of all the negative reviews I had seen. However, they had the hydrangeas that I wanted on sale for the best price that I had seen and the "sale" was ending that night. I decided that I would go ahead and order them with a credit card instead of a debit card.... that way, If had any problems with my order, I would have recourse through my credit card company, since I had seen a lot of people saying that getting ahold of customer service and getting refunds was almost impossible. That night I hastily ordered 12 endless summer hydrangeas in 1 gallon buckets. The next day I went back to the site and realized that the "sale" that was ending "at midnight that night" had refreshed and that it was actually something they offered every day. This little gimmick is the only complaint I have about the company and it's hardly even a complaint. As I perused their site looking at hydrangeas, I realized that I had ordered too hastily. There we other hydrangeas that I liked better than the endless summers for a multitude of reasons. I wanted to call and change my order but was a little nervous, thinking.... 'Oh geez, here's where the problems start". But I went for it anyway. When I called, I got a very friendly customer service rep right away. I told him that I would like to change my order. He looked up my account and told me that my order had already been printed and was being pulled for shipping, so he would send a note over the the greenhouse to try and get them to stop. He said he would call me back later to let me know if he had reached them on time and if I was going to be able to change my order. Totally thought he would never call me back or would say that I couldn't. He called me back 2 hours later and told me that they had stopped my order and that I could change it. I ordered 10 (2 less than my last order) incrediball hydrangeas in 1 gallon buckets at about $6 less per plant than my original order... so I was due a refund of around $80. I thought to myself... "Ok, THIS is where the problems are going to start... I'll never get my refund". Two days later I received an email from Brighter Blooms saying my refund had been issued so I checked my account and there it was. Then I thought to myself... "Ok, they have been REALLY great so far... maybe it will be forever until I get my plants or they will arrive in terrible condition and THAT'S where my problems will start?". I called to ask when my order would arrive and they said that I could expect them in about 10 days. I waited, and on the Wednesday of the following week, about 1 week after I placed my order, my plants arrived. I was like "Ok, so they were EARLY, but here's the last chance for the problems to start... my plants are gonna look like crap". WRONG. They looked great! The plants are young so there are no blooms and it's still early in the season the the new growth is just starting... but they look seriously awesome. Each plant had moist soil and was well packed. Each one has tons of new leaves starting out and look super healthy. I have NOT ONE COMPLAINT about this company. Everything about the entire process was easy and my order arrived quickly and in great shape. Even though my experience was great, I typically wouldn't bother to write a review. But since I had read so many negative ones and they almost kept me from ordering... I figured I would go ahead and write to help Brighter Blooms out a little bit and also to encourage other people to order from them so they don miss out on a good deal or a hard to find plant. Bravo, Brighter Blooms !

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