Posted: 03/06/2015 at 18:00
Personal recommendation: Bluebell. They let me know when the plants would be ready, they sent good-quality plants in really good packaging, I got a 'phone call with extra info about how to look after the particular roses I bought and so far I've had a 100% success rate with their plants.
Van Meuwen: no experience but this site has a search function ... and they've got their own thread, with many tales of late deliveries and emails being ignored. "The plants were ordered in plenty time for a special occassion and despite emails and expensive phone calls, 20 mins plus, the order was deferred for 6 months if that was acceptable. No way. ... Vanmeuwen are without doubt the worst gardening company we have ever dealt with. Never use them again and would be happy to substantiate this fiasco of a service."
Also this: "I have just discovered that Thompson & Morgan, The Vernon Geranium Nursery, Van Meuwen and Rainbow Flowers and Gifts are all owned and operated by the same company, Branded Garden Products Limited." Considering T&M's reputation on this site, that's not an endorsement.
Then this: "There seems to be some stand out companies that don't get mixed reviews, Jersey and VM seem to be the highest rated though."
Also their website's pretty good on telling you what compost to use and the like. Of course, you could leech the info from tehir site and buy the plants elsewhere ...