Recommended by Trish - Jul 20, 2012 2:43 PM
If you've never been to the Simply Succulents website, you are in for a treat! The photo and video gallery is bursting with inspiration, ideas, and drool-worthy succulents to whet your appetite before you shop. As you enter the online store section, you'll note that they sell a variety of garden art items, including those enticing topiary forms to plant your succulents in. Personally, I'm in love with the mushroom and the turtle!
Where was I? Oh, yes...I did warn you that you'd be in for a visual treat! Simply Succulents has an impressive selection of hardy and tender succulents, sempervivums, and sedums.They are also one of the few places online that offer plants specifically for "miniature gardens". Another one of my current passions is terrariums, and it is hard to find small plants! This section is also handy if you are looking for fairy garden plantings.
Clicking on any of the main categories will give you page after page of options. Simply Succulents lists their best sellers, and jumbo semps separately in case you have no idea what you want. Also, for those just getting started, there are the plant collections and sempervivum kits to help you along your way. My only complaint is the lack of a search function. I couldn't easily see if they had a specific species that I may be looking for, nor could I browse by any feature such as size or color (with the exception of "jumbo" as I mentioned above). With such a vast selection, a search would be a very handy feature, especially for the collector.
My order had a variety of plants to give a good sampling of each type of plant that they offer. My box was shipped quickly and when it arrived I noted the efficient way it was packed. There wasn't any spare space in the box at all. Every succulent company that I ordered from this year did things a little bit differently in their shipping. Simply Succulents ships their plants in 3" pots, even the semps. Each planted pot was then wrapped in newspaper. On top, and around each plant, was shredded newspaper to ensure that nothing moved during shipment. Because they are packed in the pot, the grit and gravel did spill out, but that's not a problem.
The plants all came with their own tag which is always handy! You can see that the semps, sedums, and tender succulents were well rooted. The Jovibarbas had little roots, as is typical of that plant, little cuties that they are. I was impressed with the health and vigor of each plant. You can also see the mother plants sending off the pups. Some of the pups were larger, some smaller.
With the phenomenal selection, and good quality plants, my opinion is that Simply Succulents is a very good value for the slightly higher cost. I give two green thumbs up, and will certainly purchase from them again!
Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review, but the company did provide me with the products I am reviewing. All opinions are my own honest impressions.
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