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Hi all

I was just wondering if any of you could share your experiences of ordering plants online. I am quiet new to gardening and some of the offers I have seen online seem pretty good value compared to what I have found in some of the garden centres

Many thanks in advance



  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Look up the thread 'the good guys'. Many of us have highlighted suppliers of high quality plants, with value for money and good service. As a gardening community, many of us stick to tried and trusted suppliers;

    My recommendations include the following;

    There are many others, and others on here will have their recommendations as well.

    One supplier I would avoid is Parkers Dutch bulbs, although some have had good experiences of them.

    Don't ignore your local GC, they can be very helpful and you can inspect the plants before you buy. If they are good they will always be helpful and offer free advice.

    Choices are an individual thing, you have to be happy with who you buy from, and you do get what you pay for.

    Don't ignore the discount stores and supermarkets, Wilko, poundland, aldi and lidl. It's amazing what you can pick up for very little. Ebay have some very good suppliers as do amazon, so it pays to shop around, and a few hours looking around on a wet day/night on the net can produce some real bargains, and as a bonus it's fun too.

    Make use of all the free advice people give, It's literally thousands of years of gardening experience in one place. No question is too stupid either. I have learned more on here than a 100 books could teach me, and I havent been here for that long!


  • I've ordered plants off eBay and never had a problem. I always look for a good feedback rating before I consider buying
  • You have given me loads to look at Dave, many thanks image

    I had no idea how much I had got to learn when I started to get the gardening bug and Im loving it

  • I had a quick look on ebay earlier but I will take another look now because of comments Duncan, thank you

  • Be careful where U order from

    I have ordered off Thompson and Morgan and parkers and have problems with the size of the plants.

    Do not use the above unless you want to repot them on for a month or two.

    A new nursery has just opened down the road from where I live and it has some great mature plants which I am well happy with.

    No more on line ordering for me.               

  • when I start to look, I go from ohhhhh I like that, I want that then I fill my basket up and then the sensible lisa comes into play and I cancel my order and think about it, which is why I have ended up here tonight and thought I would ask you guys with some exeperience. I would like some climbing roses and to fill my garden with colour. I was lucky enough to get a greenhouse just before Christmas so I am on the countdown to when I can start some seeds off but would like to get a few basics to get me going

  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    I bought some perennials from Parkers last year - the 'long summer border' collection and another - I forget the name.  They were okay when they arrived, but quite small.  I planted out the healthy stuff (most of it) immediately, and covered the plants with mini cloches made from plastic water bottles cut in half, to give them protection from any last minute frosts (although as perennials this might have been considered cosseting!) and the snails which infest our raised beds - just while they bedded in.  The less healthy looking plants, I potted up in compost and left on an outdoor table for a few weeks, so as I could pay them special attention and monitor progress.  Most of them recovered and went out a few weeks later to their final positions.  A handful didn't make it.  I was given some hostas and freesias as a freebie - they were okay too.  I also bought two of one sort of the daphne, and one of another sort.  The two, did nothing all year in terms of growth, just stayed the same, despite attentive watering.  The one is still alive, but hasn't grown a lot, but daphne is like that I guess.  The two just disappeared.  A hardy gardenia did well last summer, but I popped it in the garage this winter to be on the safe side.   So all in all, about 7/10.  They were a lot cheaper than buying all those plants from a garden centre would have been, but then again, they were much smaller than a garden centre would have supplied them.  So no instant impact, and a lot of the plants won't provide much of a show until this summer when they are established.  I have yet to do a roll call, but some of them will be dormant underground, so in a way, it won't be until this summer is over that I can make a full judgement.  My father used to rate Thompson and Morgan's plants as being of a better quality, but they cost a bit more.

    I agree with Dave that some of the discount stores can be a great source of plants.  Every year I wait until about May when they are getting rid of the last of their bare root stock roses for 50p.  I then set up a rose sanctuary in pots.  Provided the roses are sending out those sickly white long shoots with yellow leaves, desperately hoping that someone does something before they give up, you have a chance.  Within a couple of weeks the shoots will have 'greened' up, and once they look happy, they can go straight in the ground.  At the back end of the summer you might get a flower or two, but by the next year they are in full health.  They are never the same rose that was printed on the packaging - even if they are full price!!  So don't base a colour scheme on the pictures, but for 50p and a bit of tlc, they owe you nothing and there is something about lost causes that appeals to us gardeners I think.  One of my plants comes up with the largest flower heads I have ever seen on a rose - one day I will have to try and identify what variety it really is.  I used not to like roses much, but have done a 180 on them!

  • I have been sowing seeds now for the last two weeks.

    All of which are annuals.




    Begonia corns



    Alot more can be sown in a green house.







  • I thought I would have to wait till the end of march before I started to do that?

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