Has anyone had experience with these online nurseries?

CraighBCraighB Posts: 372

Hi guys,

I was wondering if anyone had order from either www.plantsforshade.co.uk - www.crocus.co.uk and https://www.claireaustin-hardyplants.co.uk

If so did the plants arrive in a good condition etc?




  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,092

    There is a long running thread on this forum "the good guys" that gives info on many different suppliers.

    If you use the Search facility, you should be able to pick it up easilyimage

  • chrissieBchrissieB Posts: 772

    Always pleased with Crocus although they are expensive. Have heard good reports of Clair

    Austin but not used her yet myself. Haven't tried the others but I think they are quite established?

  • Andy LeedsAndy Leeds Posts: 487

    Crocus aren't the cheapest but quality always been good - I've used them a lot.  Quite often they have discounted weekends so the price is then pretty good.  Also their delivery charges are low, and also offer a next day service for a little more.  They also have a massive range.

    plantsforshade I've used once - the order was missing items, this was rectified.  Quality wasn't great either tbh, havent used them since.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,093

    I had plants from Plants for shade. Well packed, arrived quickly, established well.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 372

    Ah well it seems that all companies have very good reviews so I think my decision will be down to lowest price :)

    Reason I ask is because I ordered Geranium Rozanne plug plants from jparkers.co.uk last November and they have just started to flower and it turns out they aren't Rozanne at all! These flowers are pink and not the lovely light blue colour that they should be! I have to say Jparkers have been great though and have refunded me.

    So I'm now after the real thing :)

    Last edited: 23 June 2017 19:47:56

  • Beware of Parkers!

    Actually avoid it, as I learnt to my cost when I first started buying online .

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 2,020

    Had good results from Crocus, apart from the fact that the plant discription is over top of the pictures of the plants and therefore very difficult to read, but I have had no problems with Thompson and Morgan yet I know most folk on here hate them, The Austins are long established I am sure they would be OK

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 412

    My Rozanne came from Sarah Raven earlier this year - very healthy and flowering away.  The plants from her have all been of very high quality.

  • RubyLeafRubyLeaf Posts: 95

    Parkers aren't that bad. I've used them a few times. They're great for ordering masses of bulbs. That I can recommend :)

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,107

    Claire Austin and Crocus both get thumbs up from me - great plants, well packedimage

    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 2,020

    Sarah raven yes, made an order a couple of days ago.

  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Posts: 3,008

    Crocus, Sarah Raven, Thorncroft, Burncoose etc

    never had a problem, good luck

    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 362

    I find hayloft good for unusual plants  crocus is pricey but good and plants for shade were excellent 

  • debs64debs64 Posts: 362

    Parkers are a bit mixed but have had good plans and their sale offers are very cheap, I just avoid Thompson and Van Meuwen like the plague! 

  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 372

    Thanks for the suggestions guys. In the end I went with crocus. They were a couple of quid more expensive per plant than the rest, however they were 2 litre pots whereas the others were all 9cm so I'm pleased image

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 2,020

    Big difference, I often get "had" being a woman of a certain age, and not understanding metric, I looked at plants for sale and they would arrive, me thinking they were a bargain, and the 9cm pot is a mere 3 inches, but how diverse, you get small pots by cm large pots by weight ie litres.

  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 3,744

    Thumbs up for Crocus and Plantsforshade used both a lot and always had a good experience.

    Not so with Claire Austin unfortunately, they were very reluctant to replace a plant that had arrived in bad condition.  I was told that it wasn't policy to replace single plants due to the postage costs.  Got a refund in the end.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • JamesOJamesO Posts: 197

    Buy from Joe ann cheap and great plants she even delays delivery depending on warm weather so they are not held up in sorting offices.

    Ebay shop: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/jo-anna-cottage-plants-shop


    Also recommend Crocus, claire austin,  Plantsforshade, peter Nyssen  brought from all these excellent quailty plants and bulbs from Peter Nyssen are great price and lots of variety if you want something different Dutch Garden World are excellent as well but you can pay with paypal and amounts in euros are converted when purchased to pounds http://www.dutchgardenworld.com 

    Last edited: 26 June 2017 11:43:43

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