Why do we list location? This is so you can know, in most cases, where the evergreen shrubs you buy are coming from.
Disclosure: I have a previous relationship working for the parent company that owned BrighterBlooms.com and Fast-Growing-Trees.com.
Breakdown of scores from each of the 11 factors we evaluate. You can read details on what each category means and how we score it here.
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Brighter Blooms Review
Brighter Blooms online nursery rating went down 1/2 point. Their grade stayed the same as last month. Brighter Blooms made a few updates to their layout & design, especially on product pages and we like the look. There's been a few other tweaks recently, it appears Brighter Blooms is constantly testing & trying to improve the user experience. There's also a lot of content on each product page for planting, care, pruning, etc.
Brighter Blooms (www.brighterblooms.com) and Fast Growing Trees (www.fast-growing-trees.com) are owned by the same company. They are a classic online nursery in that they have their own fields where they bring in & maintain their plants until sold. They're not open to the public, all sales are online (or over the phone). Brighter Blooms is relatively young. They ranked 19th out of 25 sited reviewed for years active.
Brighter Blooms selection of evergreen trees & shrubs is starting to shrink. It's kind of typical this time of year for items to start going out of stock going into summer.
Brighter Blooms has a decent selection of sizes. Most are 1 or 3 gallons although we noticed a few that listed a height but not container size. Free shipping seems to be offered most of the time but with varying minimum order amounts to qualify. You can view all website promotions & coupons here.
Brighter Blooms boast next day shipping on most plants if you want your plants shipped right away.. They do have a page titled; "Shipping Charges" but it doesn't list any shipping charges. Just trying to explain how well they pack & ship plants.
Brighter Blooms copy for the 30 day guarantee has changed, duplicating what is on their sister site, fast-growing-trees.com. It states; "If you have plant issues within the first 30 days give us a call. We will review your concerns and provide you with a one-time replacement if necessary. Replacement plant shipping cost is at the customer’s expense."
Brighter Blooms reviews on Google have an overall 3.3 stars, out of 5. That's not great but it is only 33 reviews and most of the complaints seemed centered on customer service, not the actual plants.
Brighter Blooms 'Terms of Service' is long and says this; "Certain plants may be root pruned or have excess dirt removed in order to save customers money." I think they should say in order to save them money. I can't comprehend how pruning roots helps you out. The 'Terms of Service' may be long but it is easy enough to read. Non of the dreaded, hard to read all caps legalese I despise.
Brighter Blooms nursery is based in Fort Mill, SC. That puts them in grow zone is 8. They have evergreen trees and shrubs for sale online that were rated between hardiness grow zones 3 to 11.
What were the red flags?
- Listing heights of evergreen shrubs with no container size.
- They charge up to 50% of the plant cost for shipping if you don't qualify for free shipping.
- Buried in their Terms of Service it says they might prune roots, remove a container and even possibly remove dirt.
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