Now that spring is in the air and here according to the calendar. Did you plant your spring flowers from bulbs? Have they started to sprout up where you live? In some area, you should be seeing some of the early spring flower bulbs peaking through the ground and in some places started to bloom.
I am going to review several places on where to purchase spring flowers bulbs. In this review I have 4 garden centers from the United States and 2 garden centers from the United Kingdom. They are listed in alphabetical order, not in order of review.
Most of the garden centers are having a spring bulbs sale and sales with other plants going on right now.
Location: Medford, OR
TrustScore: No Reviews
FaceBook: has 5 out of 5 – Based on 21 people
BloomingBulb, Product Overview
The BloomingBulb is out of Medford, OR and has 365 different bulbs to choose from and currently having a 64% off sale. They also carry indoor gardens with bulbs planted in them to enjoy in the home. BloomingBulb started with a small group of friends and family that brought 35 years if experience working with the world’s top bulb and plant growers. Their plan was to market top quality flower bulbs at economical prices for the customer.
Most of the spring shipping starts in early-March with a few exceptions, depending on your hardiness zone and product availability.
Hardiness Zone Begin Shipping date
8 – 13 Early to Mid March
7 Mid to Late March
5 – 6 Early to Mid April
4 Mid to Late April
1 – 3 Early to Mid May
Fall 2021 shipping schedule is around late September to early October and stop shipping around November/December.
- All plants and items sold at BloomingBulb are 100% Guaranteed to grow and thrive
- Nice selection of bulbs
- Some happy customers, 5 out of 21 recommend, and 8 with no opinion
- It appears a lot of the spring flower bulbs are sold out
- Some dissatisfied customers, 8 out of 21 people don’t recommend
The Bloomingbulb doesn’t have much for reviews. Using this vender would be a personal choice. I have not personally used this gardener before.
Location: Warminster, PA
TrustScore: 4.4 – 20,747 Reviews
Facebook: 4.4 – 20,860 Reviews
Burpee, Product Overview
Burpee seeds and plants are available for all growing zones and for all seasons and Burpee guarantees each and every product. In order to keep pace with the changing times, Burpee’s highly recognized catalog can now be viewed online. Burpee.com can be used as a one-stop-shop for gardening techniques, recipes, FAQs, etc. Burpee has 227 bulbs available.
- Wide Variety of Gardening Supplies
- One Stop Shop
- Yearly Catalog of new and current seeds, plants and bulbs
- Over 140 Years Experience
- Not as many bulbs as other online stores
- No Free Shipping of any kind
Burpee is a very well-known online garden center and has been around for over 140 years. Burpee has lots more then just seeds. They have
live plants, live roots and gardening supplies of almost every kind. Burpee is more of a one-stop shop for gardening seeds, plants and
Name: Home Depot
TrustScore: No Rating
Facebook: No Rating
ChickAdvisor: 4.1 – 11 Reviews
Home Depot Garden Center, Product Overview
The Home depot Garden center has many different plants available, online or at the garden center brick and mortar store. I had to do a search to find bulbs, they have an assortment of bulbs and bare roots. They don’t have the selection of some garden centers. It was difficult to find the grow zone on some of the bulbs, bare roots and plants.
- Wide Variety of Gardening Supplies
- One Stop Shop
- Use PayPal for payment
- Free Standard Shipping to Residences for purchases over $45
- Unable to shop by zone
- Hard time finding which zone the plants belong in
- Limited for ship to home
Ordering online for spring flower bulbs is an option for Home Depot Garden Center, there weren’t many options for home delivery and finding which zone the plants needed was also a challenge.
Name: Nature Hills Nursery
Location: Omaha, NE
TrustScore: 4.7 – 10,488 Reviews
Nature Hills Nursery, Product Overview
Nature Hills Nursery has a superior selection of designer-quality flower bulbs. They have unique selections of favorites like Tulips, Daffodils and Hyacinth. They also have carefully chosen beautiful combinations of mixed bulbs that work together like a dream in any flower garden.
With Nature Hills Nursery, create your very own backyard design, anchored with evergreen bushes, then punctuated with magnificent, easy-care flowering Forsythia, Lilac, Hydrangea and Rose of Sharon shrubs. These can be perfectly coordinated to provide a cascade of blooms for you through the entire growing season to enjoy.
- Free Shipping on new orders over $149
- Promo Code SPRING149
- Many options to choose from
- Shop by Zone
- Pay for shipping for orders under $149
- Some negative reviews
I like Nature Hills Nursery, they have a nice variety of different bulbs, bare roots and plants to get you ready for your flower garden this spring and summer. I have ordered a bunch of perennials and bulbs for spring planting. I will be ordering bulbs in the fall for the spring bloom.
The Following are online options for the UK
Name: Cherry Lane Garden Center U.K.
Location: Over 10 locations throughout the UK
TrustScore: 1.7 – 70 Reviews
Facebook: No Review but has over 26,000 followers
Cherry Lane Garden Centres U.K., Product Overview
Cherry Lane Garden Centres are the UK’s only Value Garden Centre, with garden centre throughout East Anglia, Yorkshire and the Midlands. Cherry Lane represents a new wave of specialist horticultural and leisure retailing. As part of the QD Group, the Garden Centres are committed to offering the best value as a matter of course.
They have expert staff and buyers ensure that quality and stock throughout the year is consistently high, and the team is constantly striving to source new products to meet your every need. Established in 2001, Cherry Lane Garden Centre is now able to offer their great product ranges online so that you can benefit from our great prices anywhere in the UK.
- More then just a plant store
- Nice variety of plants
- Offers gardening equipment, chemicals, lighting, watering and landscape items
- Nice option for people living in the U.K.
- PayPal available as payment option
- Not many bulbs available
- It’s not just a gardening store, it has furniture, pet supplies, home ware and toys
- The delivery charge is dependent upon the delivery service selected, the number of parcels that are required to ship your order, the weight of the products in your order and the delivery location
I found Cherry Lane Garden Centres to be interesting. They are a garden center plus a home center. The prices seem reasonable and there is a local pick up option if you live close, order online and pick up yourself. They strive for excellent customer service and service everyone in the U.K.
Name: Gardening Direct, U.K.
Location: Jersey U.K.
Feefo: 4.3 – 122,354 Reviews
Facebook: None but has over 10,000 people following
Gardening Direct U.K., Product Overview
Gardening Direct UK, has become the UK’s leading online garden supplier and mail order of young live plants since 1996.
From their nurseries in Jersey they grow over 100 million top quality plants every year. Their model is simple, they grow plants to the very highest quality and send then directly to you at exactly the right time for growing on or planting out, they cut out the middle man and allow you to save time and money.
More and more people find that dealing with Gardening Direct is the easiest way to enable them to plan their garden, whatever the time of year. You can browse through their catalog and order from the comfort of your own home, knowing that all the plants are covered by our 100% satisfaction
All the plants are grown under greenhouse conditions to the highest standard. They are then boxed in custom designed protective packaging and dispatched by first class post at the appropriate time for planting, accompanied by easy to follow growing instructions.
- Over 60 years of growing experiences
- Wide Variety of Bulbs, Tubers, and Corms
- Delivery is free for all orders over £50. For orders under £50 a small fee of £4.95 will be charged.
- Has indoor plants and supplies
- PayPal Available as a payment option
- First Come, First Serve basis for product availability
- A lot sold out already, order early
- Don’t see hardiness zones for plants
Gardening Direct, UK has a lot of options for ordering online plants, bulbs, tubers and Corms. They have been in business over 60 years and have good shipping rates and free for orders over £50. Like most places there are some bad reviews but the majority of these reviews give 4 to 5 star ratings with over 100,000 reviews. I see this place as a great option for my UK friends to purchase items for your garden, whether it’s flowers, vegetables or indoor plants.
My Personal Review – Happy Planting!
There are several options to purchase bulbs, bare-roots, tubers, corms, and plants. Out of the 4 for the USA, the top choice would be Burpee, then Nature Hills Nursery, BloomingBulb and then Home Depot Garden Center. Burpee and Nature Hills have the best ratings for purchasing spring bulbs, tuber and corms.
For the United Kingdom, the best place would be Gardening Direct, UK. Cherry Lane Garden Center has terrible reviews, 86% of the reviews do not recommend Cherry Lane Gardening Center. Personally I think Cherry Lane would do much better if they concentrated on gardening instead of a home and furniture store. Too many irons in the fire and the gardening part is not doing well.
Do you know when to plant your tulip bulbs? Click here to read my post – When to Plant Tulips.
Has anyone used any of these online garden centers for bulbs or any type of plant?
What was your experience?
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