Order / Shipping
Free standard shipping on plant orders this week, subject to state shipping restrictions, no coupon code need.
To reserve from a finite and perishable inventory, we must request payment upon receipt of orders.
We ship almost year-round, subject to plant availability. We do book orders and reserve plants in advance of availability date.
We do not ship to Alaska, Hawaii, outside the U.S., PO Boxes, or to an APO/FPO address. Agricultural regulations or distance restrict the shipment of certain plants to some states.
Subject to availability, we ship ASAP, but our "official policy" is:
Unless a future ship date is requested, orders placed by 12:00 pm ET on Tuesday, maybe shipped by the following week, subject to Availability, weather and backlog. A projected availability may be noted if a plant is not currently available.
- Plants are placed into specialized boxes to ensure they are not crushed or toppled in shipping.
- Moisture level is checked to ensure plants will arrive in good condition.
- Orders are shipped UPS or FedEx Ground, tracking numbers emailed after shipment .
Plants may be shipped in individual containers, Flats (or trays), or Bare Root.
Some plants may be available in multiple options. Each option is listed on a different webpage.
Each option description is noted in detail on the plant's Overview/Product section.
Bare root ("BR") perennials are one+ year plants or divisions of older plants - sold in "lots" or individually with minimum quantities. Hemerocallis and Hosta are 1-4 eye/fan divisions depending on the variety. Intersectional peonies are sold as divisions of a two-year field clump.
Many of the products we offer are grown in containers. Quantities in flat sizes including 10, 18, 20, 30 and 36 (larger count / smaller plant sizes may be available, which are typically sold to professionals to be grown in containers). Some of our plugs are environmentally friendly Elle Plugs, while others are traditional plugs. Modes are determined according to the specific needs of the plants and to reduce the shock of transplanting.
Due to summer heat or winter temperatures, we may not be able to ship some plants when requested. Western states are more limited and may entail preparation requirements / additional costs.
Tracking information will be emailed upon shipping.
Please provide (2) weeks notice for change or cancellation requests, otherwise restocking / replanting fees may apply or shipment may not be cancelled. Nursery cannot be held responsible for delivery problems due to belated response to delivery notifications, incorrect addresses, including return or redirect carrier's address correction charges and any additional shipping fee to reship the order.
The following chart is our suggested spring first ship date guide:
|Zone||Estimated First Ship Dates|
|8||Mid to Late March|
|6||Early to Mid April|
|4||Mid to Late April|
|3||Late April - Early May|
* The type of plant you order, or the weather in our area, or yours, may affect the anticipated shipping schedule;
** Did we mention Mother Nature may effect the shipping schedule?
What is Zone Hardiness?
The zone information provided on this website is strictly a guideline. Within any region there are variable conditions such as snow cover, moisture levels, microclimates, and many other factors which can alter the zone hardiness. We use the 1990 USDA Zone map in addition to personal experience as a basis for the information included in this website and all of our publications.
Zones listed in parenthesis ( ) on this website represent marginal hardiness with protection. For example, a plant that is listed as zone (4)5-9 would be marginally hardy with protection in zone 4 but should be reliably hardy in zone 5.
Fall Planting - Some say perennials can be planted anytime until the ground freezes. We recommend planting at least 30 days before the first hard frost, to allow new feeder roots to get established before the ground freezes.
Spring-blooming perennials, especially bare root, are best planted early in the fall. Fall planting, while the soil is still warm, allows roots time to establish. Thus, plants emerge with well-established roots, providing a stronger start next spring.