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On this forum we have all heard tales of poor plants and bad service from some online plant nurseries, etc. today, I received some Echinaceas from crocus packed superbly, in full flower in a box some 4 feet high. Everything intact and they are now in the garden. I have a number of excellent plant suppliers now who are all adept at supplying plants in perfect condition. This in contrast to posts complaining about bad suppliers, e.g. Parkers

I've never had any trouble with plants from Parkers. Conversely, I had a broken peony and badly potted on gaura from Crocus, so I guess it's a bit of a lottery.

I use small nurseries from eBay quite a lot, they are generally excellent. Of the more commercial ones I always use Viv Marsh for alstroemerias, Haylofts for penstemons and Wootens of Wenhaston for auriculas.

I have used both Parkers and T and M for plug plants and they have been fine 

Wootens are excellent. Compare plants supplied by parkers with those supplied by crocus, woottens, paddock plants, etc. and you will notice a HUGE difference in quality and size. For bulbs parkers are fine but for plants no. I am sure no one on this forum will have received anything other than small bare rooted plants Intended for next year floweriing or tiny potted plugs. Woottens supply garden size quality plants for this seasons impact. The best nursery for cheap plants at small sizes is perhill nurseries. Get them during the winter or early spring, pot them on and you get full size, full of flower plants in the summer.
plant pot mad

parkers plants have been very good this year.and so have T & M. and gardening direct. They have all got better packing this year.had good results. 

Have parkers ever supplied plants in 3 litre pots? It's prob just me but I increasingly want plants for NOW.....don't want to waste time by buying plants to mature next year or even year after. The nurseries I buy from supply big plants, choice plants and varieties not obtained elsewhere and will give me good show now and in the future.


Muvs Dashwood

I bought online for the first time this year from T & M and they were great. I bought 12 penstemons and ended up with over 20 once I had split them and planted them. Bonus plants yay. I didn't get extra's with the other plants but they are all doing fine.

How big we're they? In flower? How much? Mind you penstemons are great value. You can take cuttings, even now, and have flowering plants next year. Clearly I'm in the minority here so I will concede to the wise. Maybe T & M have improved over last year or so. I had 3 hardy geraniums and an echinacea from them and all were pathetically small and cost just as much as fully potted, more mature plants I bought elsewhere. One geranium did not grow or the echinacea. Got money back on echinacea though.

As have had so many problems with Parkers over the years I would not ever use them again.  Maybe they have improved but .........  There are some very good plant supppliers on line, often a good way to access the expertise of specialists in e.g. hostas  and so on.  All good duppliers are insurance covered and are quite happy to replace anything that has gone wrong, I use van Meuwin and several others, Bloms for bulbs - there are good suppliers out there.

plant pot mad

get my bulbs from spalding not had any bad ones at a good price.


Bumping this one up too to help an enquirer .....(apparently I get bonusses for my threads in the top 10 )

Good idea Verdun, this is the time of year to do it! I usually use T&M, last year they weren't so clever but I guess they get good years and bad years. They are also governed by the weather. Luck of the draw I guess. Enjoy your Doughnuts. LoL

Has anyone ever used Garden Supply Direct? I bought bulbs from them way back in August and I'm still waiting for half of my order. I knew it was a bit of a gamble trying them as I had never heard of them before and they have no reviews, probably goes to show you should stick with what you know.

In fact, just realised they sell on Ebay too and some of the reviews on there are awful!


The best plants Iv order have been from crocus and David Austin
Mark 499

Had some good quality bearded iris from Clare Austin this year

Had excelent quality plants and service from mail order trees.  Two hydrangeas in 3 litre pots cheaper and better than at a gc.....well, my gc would not have stocked varieties I wanted.

I always find the best plants are at shows. Iv just about given up buying plants from garden centres.

Just received some box plants from Stakehill Nurseries (via Amazon). Plants were in excellent condition and came within 3 days. Good price as well.

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