I have ordered from Arrowhead several times. Perennials as well as woodies.
Their plants are not small, IMO. Here's what he says in the catalog:
"We try very hard to ship the best plants we have available., usually this
translates to the oldest and largest we have on hand, though occasionally we
deem a younger plant is healthier and select that insrtead. Obviously the
same plant ordered in fall will be larger than it was in spring."
The perennials I've received were usually 4 in pots or quarts. Shrubs have
been shipped in 1/2 gallon. Perusing his catalog I see he lists his
conifers in sizes -2.5 in to 3 gallon. Many of his shrubs appear to be
They are in Zone 5, but they grow many plants that do not survive in Zone 5.
Remember the Zone 7 Viburnum I offered last year? That came from Arrowhead.
This is a huge catalogue for the discerning buyer. They may or may not have
certain ordinairy plants, but if you're looking for say, a Saixifraga, he
has two and a half pages of them, about 120 varieties. And something that
just caught my eye, (oh, man, I've just GOT to have this one!) Campanula
punctata hyb 'Stevie Ray' (I am a huge Stevie Ray Vaughan fan!) Described
as : By far, the best of the blues... And, as huge as the catalog is, he
has more. You just need to ask if he has what you are looking for.
The owner is gruff to say the least, but well worth doing business with,
even if you do have to look up your own hardiness zones and pictures -
that's what google is for. (he does have many pics at website)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Marge Talt" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2004 1:03 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] PDN catalog
> > From: Cersgarden@aol.com
> > Check Busse Gardens, Cokato, Mn www.bussegardens.com
> > Ambergate Gardens Chaska, Mn www.ambergategardens.com
> There's also Arrowhead Alpines in Fowlerville, Michigan
> They have an incredible list of plants. I've not ordered from them,
> but I regularly mark unreasonable amounts of plants in their paper
> catalog...one of these days I will place an order.
> Warning...they send fairly small plants from what I've heard; tho'
> supposedly healthy and all, but not huge. The other thing is they
> refuse to put zone designations for the plants as they don't think
> zone designations are worth squat and expect people to do some
> research to find out if the plant will grow in their specific
> climate. However, if they can grow it, I imagine anybody in z5
> probably can.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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