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I will warn you up front that this won’t be a very long post. That is only because getting free seed catalogs is so easy.

Seed companies are actually looking for people to send their catalogs too. The more people that get their catalogs, the more people buy their seeds.

But you don’t just want ONE seed catalog …. nooo …. you want lots and lots of seed catalogs, so you can lay them out nice and look through them all day long while it snows outside. You want to be able to see every single kind of tomato on the planet before you pick which ones get to grow in your garden. You want to dream up the ultimate garden, and you can only do that with every option laid out in front of you. Am I right, or am I right?

Yes, it’s true. The more seed catalogs, the better!

Well, lucky for all of us, it’s SUPER easy to get free catalogs. All you have to do is go to a seed company website and click on “request a catalog”. Then it will ask for your name and address so that they can send it to you. You don’t have to enter in any credit card information because you aren’t buying anything. Hit submit and your done! A few weeks later a beautiful new colorful catalog will arrive in the mail.

Now is the absolute perfect time to be signing up for these. You want to receive your catalogs in January so that you can order your seeds in time for early spring planting. For me (zone 6) that means the first of March.

For the sake of convenience, here is a big old list of seed companies that offer free catalogs from their website. If it didn’t say on the home page “request a catalog”, then I linked it to the free catalog page.

Johnny’s selected seeds

Gurney’s

Burpee

Rare Seeds

Park Seed

Territorial Seed

Stokes Seed

Urban Farmer Seeds

Annie’s Heirloom Seeds

Harris Seeds

Seeds of Change

R. H. Shumway’s

Sow True Seed

NE Seed

Jung Seed

Pinetree Garden Seeds

Grow Organic

Fedco Seeds

Kitazawa Seed

Adaptive Seeds

Southern Exposure

Botanical Interests

Pepper Joe’s *Home of the world’s hottest pepper seeds

E Burgess Seed and Plant Co

Victory Seeds

Sustainable Seed Company

Applewood Seed Co *mostly flowers

Bountiful Gardens

Vesey’s

The Online Greenhouse

Garden’s Alive

Prairie Nursery *mostly grasses, shrubs, vines

White Flower Farm

Rain Tree Nursery

Wayside Gardens

Grimes

Now you might be wondering why you want a catalog when you can just look on the website. A website is great for a lot of things, but personally I find it infinitely easier to flip through a catalog that is laid out in order, with pictures. You can circle the ones you like. You can flip through a hundred times. You don’t lose things like you sometimes do on a website. You can tear out pictures and design your dream garden. Your kids can look through your seed catalogs and circle the ones they like. …..

Maybe I am the only one that feels this way, and that’s okay. But I much prefer a paper copy then staring at a computer screen.

So get yourself signed up for a bunch of seed catalogs TODAY so you are ready for spring planting in a few months. Yay!

Now one last thing… If you are a serious tomato freak, you need to know this. Tomatofest.com has the largest and most impressive selection of organic and heirloom tomatoes I have ever seen. They have over 600 beautiful, unique, and rare varieties of all different colors, sizes, shapes, and flavors. In fact, this year I am trying out a blue tomato for the first time. Yes, blue! You can’t believe some of the stuff they have until you see it with your own eyes. to visit the website for this incredible organic and heirloom tomato seed supplier that is run by a couple who harvest their own seeds. If you aren’t buying your tomato seeds through these guys, you are truly missing out on some great tomatoes.

Be sure to check out my list of what things in my garden save me the most money and what save me the least before you make your final decisions on what to plant this year.

~Farmer’s Wife

One of the hardest decisions a gardener must make is where to buy their garden seeds, plants and supplies. Especially when so much is now available online. Here at The Garden Glove, we have several favorite garden seed catalogs and suppliers, and we update this list every January. This list has been updated for 2020. Here is some info on our top picks that we use ourselves, and our experience with them, along with their website information. Log onto their websites and request their catalogs today to have seeds in time for spring planting! Or order online like I do… And check out our favorite choices for buying live plants online at the end! And now on to our list of the best 2020 garden seed catalogs!

Update: Some companies, in order to save on waste and money, no longer print paper catalogs… Their catalogs are online only. While I do love curling up with a cup a tea and a stack of catalogs, consider doing the same with a tablet. I encourage companies to save all the trees they can, and besides… you get faster service with online ordering anyway!

2020 Seed Catalogs

#1
Park Seed

One of the most popular garden seed catalogs is Park Seed. They always have a great selection of both flower and vegetable seeds, and some great herbs as well. Prices are affordable, and seed packets have plenty of seeds. Seed is always fresh, and we get good to excellent germination rates from them. Shipping is fast, usually just a couple of days from order to in my mailbox! Highly recommended. They also offer some live plants as well.

#2
Burpee Seeds

Burpee has always had one of the most colorful catalogs, and a wide selection of seeds. They are especially good at their vegetable selections, so all you veggie gardeners, take note! Their new varieties are the ones to beat each year!

Annie’s Heirloom Seeds

Annie’s has over 600 varieties of Non-GMO, organic heirloom seeds. They carry both flower and vegetable seeds, and have fast shipping if you are anxious to get started! We are big believers these days in organic foods, and we love anything that carries a history with it.

#4
Johnnys Selected Seeds

As recommended by a reader, this company needs to be added to our list! Not only do they have an extensive seed catalog, they have lots of tips and resources there as well. Johnny has a longstanding reputation as a quality company in the gardening community! Oh, and it’s an employee owned company!

#5
Pinetree Garden Seeds

Pinetree Garden Seeds was one of the first garden seed catalogs I ever used. They specialize in smaller packets for the average home gardener, at smaller prices. Most of us will never need the hundreds of seeds in the average seed packet, so why pay for it? They have a good selection, fast shipping and good customer service.

#6
Renee’s Garden Seeds

Renees Garden has grown into one of the most trusted suppliers of seeds for organic and heirloom varieties… So if you crave a little history with your salad, this is the spot for you!

#7
Select Seeds

If you grow flowers and want antique varieties your grandmother grew, this is the place. I love the idea of nostalgia in the garden…so did Thomas Jefferson, one of the most eminent gardeners in our country’s history. This is one of our favorite garden seed catalogs!

#8
Seed Savers Exchange

Seed savers is a non profit company that is a wonderful source of information on heirloom and open pollinated seed, as well as one of the top sources for such seeds. Not only does the free catalog list all their seeds, their sites educates us on why it is important to save heirloom varieties. This is a time honored company and trusted company worth looking into if you wish to preserve our heritage plants!

#9
Seeds of Change

Going organic in the New Year? Seeds of Change is a one of the best seed catalogs for your veggie garden. Great selection of 100% certified organic seeds.

#10

Fedco Seeds

Fedco is a seed cooperative, meaning it is owned by gardeners and employees, not an individual. It also happens to specialize in cold hardy seeds… So all of you who live in the Northeast, (or a cold climate like it) here is your resource!

#11
Nichols Garden Nursery

This is a family owned business that has a stellar reputation for quality and customer service. They do not sell any seed that has been genetically modified, and they specialize in fine and rare seeds, herbs and goods for the gardener cook. Love their amazing selection!

Seeds for Italy

Our last selection is a specialty seed agent in the U.S. for the oldest family owned Italian seed company. They sell gourmet vegetable seed for those who want authentic Italian cuisine. They have over 500 varieties, many of which are certified organic. And best of all, they have recipes for their vegetables too! This is a great choice for any gardener looking to “spice it up” a bit this year.

Order some catalogs today, or visit their online catalogs for faster service, and start dreaming of your spring garden!

Where to Buy Plants Online

A great source for top quality gardening plants, especially bulbs, is Dutch Gardens. They’ve been around for ages!

If you want to order top quality, affordable perennials and shrubs, I highly recommend Bluestone Perennials. I have ordered from them again and again, and never been disappointed. Check their internet specials often!

White Flower Farms has top of the line plants for decent prices, and partners with the like of Family Circle and BHG.

And believe it or not, you can get some decent plants, bulbs & seeds from Amazon!

Where to Buy Gardening Supplies

If you are in need of any gardening tools or supplies, (seed starting kits, grow lights, greenhouse accessories, garden tools, even fertilizers!) we’ve put together a few lists on Amazon:

Lawn & Garden

Gardening tools

Outdoor Power Tools

Be sure and check out our post on Top Garden Tools!

We hope you enjoyed our list of our favorite and what we think are the best 2020 garden seed catalogs! We think you may also love our post on Square Foot Gardening Secrets and How to Start Seeds Indoors!

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The snow started falling here today, so to me that means it’s time for this post on Free 2019 Garden Seed Catalog Links.

I don’t want most of the catalogs we get in the mail, but the yearly free garden seed catalogs are different. I love looking through them; and spend hours studying and plotting the perfect garden (well, it is in my imagination).

Unfortunately, many companies are choosing to put their catalogs on the Internet instead of making print catalogs.

I understand that it costs less and is greener; but I still like having a catalog in my hand for studying the different varieties, descriptions, and pictures. The Internet just doesn’t offer the same experience.

The companies still making free print catalogs are starting to mail now, so below are links to a few I like that sell heirloom, open-pollinated, and non-genetically modified seed (for an explanation on the different seed types, see Garden Seeds: GE, GMO, Heirloom – What’s It All Mean).

By clicking on the links below and signing up for their catalogs, everyone can start enjoying their seed catalogs soon!

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed – bills itself as “America’ s Top Source for Pure Heirloom Seeds” and they produce a beautiful color catalog filled with open-pollinated, non-GMO seed.

High Mowing Organic Seed – certified organic, non-GMO, heirloom, open-pollinated, and hybrid seeds.

Johnny’s Selected Seed – non-GMO, open-pollinated, organic, and hybrid seeds.

Pinetree Garden Seeds – offers heirloom seeds and hybrid seeds – this will be a new catalog this year for me.

Wood Prairie Farm – certified organic seed potatoes.

Seed Savers Exchange – “Our Mission – Since 1975, Seed Savers Exchange members have passed on approximately one million samples of rare garden seeds to other gardeners. We are a non-profit organization of gardeners dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds.”

My friend Anna has even figured out how to use seed catalogs to keep her kids entertained – check out how she does it by clicking HERE. Turns out kids love garden catalogs too and turn into great little gardeners.

Hope everyone’s gardens are prolific and perfect this year!

Garden Dreaming? Use Seed Catalogs for Ideas to Plan Your Garden

10 Reasons seed catalogs are still relevant in the age of online shopping. These weeks after Christmas are one of my most favorite times of the year. I love the possibilities of the New Year and the way we are naturally encouraged to start over. Not that we can’t start over any day of the year, but at the beginning of the year we tend to reflect back and dream forward. I can’t think of a better way to dream than with a pile of seed catalogs.

By now you have probably received several of them in the mailbox. I like to browse through the catalogs, looking at the new varieties and old heirlooms, and make a list of all the things I dream of growing this year.

My list is always long… and somewhat unobtainable, but that’s ok with me. There is only so much money in the seed budget every year. As I browse I become familiar with new and heirloom varieties. Seed catalogs also lift my spirits on dark winter days.

After I’ve chosen my favorite varieties I spread out the catalogs and compare prices and seed packet quantities. I want to get the most seeds for the best price. A good seed catalog (or website) will have a ton of information about planting seeds and growing specific plants, which keeps my money saving in check.

10 Great Gardening Tips from Seed Catalogs

Growing Culture

Really good seed catalogs will have a box at the beginning of each vegetable type that gives you all the information needed to successfully grow the plant. If you are unfamiliar with growing the variety, this will be invaluable.

  • Does the seed need cool or warm soil to germinate?
  • How far apart should you space the seed?
  • How much moisture does the plant need?
  • Are there soil pH requirements?
  • Will the plant bolt if temperatures reach a certain level?
  • …and much more.

New Varieties

New varieties and reintroduced heirloom seeds are offered every year. It can be hard to sift through all the new information with an online catalog, but paper catalogs offer everything in one place.

Region Specific

Find at least one catalog that is specific to the region that you live in. This will give you new planting ideas that you didn’t even know existed.

I moved from the Pacific NW to Central Texas a few years ago. Leafing through the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange catalog is like getting a gift. Who knew that you can grow so many different varieties of peanut, cotton, sweet potatoes, and peas in the South?

Days to Harvest

Days to harvest is vital information if you are practicing succession planting and crop rotation. You want to know when the crop will mature for food storage purposes and when the area will be free to another crop.

Use a spreadsheet or yellow pad and make a list of each variety you will be growing and how many days to harvest. Group like-minded crops together in the same planting bed.

Price Comparisons

As I mentioned above, I like to use seed catalogs as a general price comparison gauge. As I’m flipping through I make notations about the varieties I’d like to grow and then I spread out the catalogs for easy comparisons.

This year I’ve decided to grow Calabrese Broccoli, an heirloom variety that arrived with Italian immigrants in the 1800’s. It produces dozens of side shoots and I will be able to save the seed for years to come.

I can purchase 130 seeds for $3.79 from Seeds of Change, or 30 seeds for $1.50 from Pinetree Garden Seeds, or 300 seeds for $2.50 from Baker Creek Heirloom seed. I’ll choose Pinetree because it offers the amount of seeds I need for a great price. If I was not planning on saving my own seed I would choose the Baker Creek Heirloom package and make sure I know how to save seed for long term storage.

Specialty Seed Providers

There are catalogs that specialize in one type of seed and they do it really well. Totally Tomatoes will sell you every kind of tomato and pepper seed that’s out there. If you like to grow tomatoes or peppers, you’ve got to have this catalog.

Another catalog that comes to mind is Richter’s Herbs. If you are looking for unusual or hard to find herb seeds, this is the place.

Master Planning Lists

Sticky notes are your friend when garden planning your way through the seed catalogs. Get out that yellow pad you used while calculating the days to harvest and start a master list of the seed you currently have and those you would like to purchase.

As you are deciding where each variety will grow it is helpful to know what seed you already have and what will be coming before planting time.

How to use unusual varieties

Perhaps you’ve decided to grow a few unusual varieties of winter squash this year. Baker Creek Heirloom seed catalog has 93 different varieties to choose from! They are fantastic for food storage during the winter, but how do you even use those most of those?

A good seed catalog will give you tips.

This year I’m growing Scheherazade Squash – a beautiful warted, orange and green striped fruit weighing 5-10 pounds. This is a great choice for fall decorations. It was developed as an “oil seed” pumpkin so the seeds can be pressed to yield a nutty oil perfect for salad dressings or as accents in squash soups. The flesh is good to eat and you can bake it like spaghetti squash because it has a similar texture.

Disease & Pests

A seed catalog should also provide detailed information about the pests that are specific to each crop. You’ll get a jump up on what to look for and how to avoid the conditions that are favorable to pests.

From Seeds of Change: Peas are susceptible to various soilborne seed and seedling rots as wells are foliar diseases. Avoid overhead irrigation, trellis and increase plant spacing to maximize airflow. Practice crop rotations and compost crop debris to manage these and other diseases.

Inspiration

I’m a big planner, which is great for “preparedness” minded people like me. Garden catalogs provide the inspiration I need. Here are some of my favorite seed catalogs and websites, all of these offer organic, non-GMO seed. I’m going to get a cup of herbal tea and spend a day dreaming my way through the seed catalogs!

Seed Catalogs no particular order:

I like to spread my seed love around and purchase from several seed companies that I think are doing a good service. I may pay more for shipping but that’s ok with me.

Territorial Seed Company – Their seed catalog is a mini book, filled with planting information and other supplies. Their website has a 30-day free trial for an easy online Plan Your Garden App that looks interesting. If you live in the Pacific NW, this is the catalog you need.

Seeds of Change, 100% Certified Organic – Everything you could want for vegetable, flower and herb seeds plus a ton of growing tips.

Park Seed Co – You can enter your zip code and they will suggest seeds suitable for your growing zone. Online or paper catalog available.

Richters Herbs – If you grow your own herbs, or make your own herbal products, or if you are in the business of herbs, make Richters your destination. Download or request a catalog.

Totally Tomatoes – All things tomatoes and peppers, you’ve got to check it out! Download or request a catalog.

Stokes Seeds 2017 Commercial Grower Guide – Stokes Seeds has a large selection of untreated vegetable, herb and flower seeds and is a GMO-free website. You can purchase seed in small or big quantities – packets to pounds – and they have helpful growing information about each variety.

Nichols Garden Nursery – Herbs, Fine Seeds & Goods for the Garden Cook, Virtual Catalog for 2013. We expect the virtual flip page version of our catalog will be easier to use than the regular PDF version. Using it one can download a higher resolution PDF catalog with the look of a paper catalog. With the page-turning and magnification, the virtual catalog can be viewed like a handheld catalog.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds – Baker Creek carries one of the largest selections of seeds from the 19th century, including many Asian and European varieties. The company has become a tool to promote and preserve our agricultural and culinary heritage.

Pinetree Garden Seeds – One of my favorite sites for gardening books, seeds, and supplies. Their prices are great and they are family owned.

The Natural Gardening Company -The Natural Gardening Company sets the highest standards in the organic seedling business. As the oldest certified organic nursery in the nation, we were instrumental in developing many of the guidelines by which other organic nurseries now operate.

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange – Their catalog costs $2 for shipping but they have a free downloadable .pdf version if you can’t wait to get your hands on it.

Seeds for Generations – Online only but I buy from them every year because I like their reason for being in business, which is teaching their kids ethics and hard work. They have a great garden planning calculator.

I encourage you to look for reputable seed companies in your region and buy seed locally. Leave a comment below and tell us about your favorite seed catalog, especially local ones that may be hard to find. We can all use some more garden dreaming time!

Goliath Tomato Series Returns To Seeds ‘n Such Catalog

It took two years of careful planning, but veteran seedsman J. Wayne Hilton, who came out of retirement to found Seeds ‘n Such, was determined to bring back one of his best-selling tomato varieties—Goliath Original Hybrid VFFNTASt—and its return is featured on the front cover of the company’s new 2016 spring catalog. Also featured on the back cover are two additional offerings from the Goliath Tomato Series—Goliath Early Hybrid VFFNTASt and Goliath Sunny Hybrid VFN.

“When I founded the company ‘Totally Tomatoes’ in 1993, I began looking for a big red beefsteak-type to compete against Burpee’s Big Boy or Park’s Whopper,” said Hilton, “and in 1995 I introduced Goliath (Indeterminate, 65 days), a European version of Big Beef, with gorgeous, blemish-free, bright red fruits, weighing 10-15 ounces and endowed with a perfect balance of acids and sugars to give it that old-timey, real-tomato flavor. The current strain ‘Pio’ further refines the original Goliath to add more productivity, better disease resistance and greater adaptability to rank it among the greatest home-garden tomatoes yet bred. Try it and you will agree!”

Joining Goliath Original Hybrid will be Goliath Early Hybrid, which Hilton says, “features the awesome size, shape, production, flavor and disease resistance of Goliath Original, but is a full week earlier to extend the season! Big, 8-ounce, deep red, tasty fruits are round to deeply oblate (Indeterminate, 58 days), with bigger yields than other early types.” Also added in 2016 is Goliath Sunny Hybrid, “Goliath’s golden-yellow version (Indeterminate, 70 days), with big, 7-8-ounce, juicy fruits, the mildest-flavored of the series. Pick when they first turn yellow or wait until they ripen to rich gold. It features continuous production until frost. Stunning contrast in salads!

Other special tomato variety introductions for 2016 include two Chef’s Choice Hybrid Series varieties, which are bred to combine contemporary colors chefs adore to the old-fashioned flavor of heirlooms. Chef’s Choice Pink Hybrid VFNTA (Indeterminate, 78 days), Hilton says, “is winner of a pair of AAS Awards in consecutive years, which attests to this new series’ adaptability and popularity with judges across the country. Huge, 6-7-inch, 12-14-ounce fruits, these bright pink beefsteaks have the perfect acid to sugar balance. Crack-resistant, flattened globes are ideal for sauces or canning. Massive yields, often more than 30 fruits per plant.”

Also new is Chef’s Choice Orange Hybrid T (Indeterminate, 75 days), which Hilton lauds as “an AAS Award winner with bright, glowing orange skin on big, beefsteak-sized, 5-6-inch, 9-12-ounce fruits with old-timey flavor. This new hybrid is bred from old heirloom Amana Orange to retain its superb color and flavor, but to add earliness, disease resistance and uniformity. Chefs will love its neon orange color, which is retained whether sliced into salads or cooked into sauces. Vigorous, prolific plants have resistance to Tobacco Mosaic Virus and anthracnose, and are crack-free.”

There are also two new additions to the Heirloom Marriage Hybrid Series with Cherokee Carbon Hybrid and Big Brandy Hybrid joining Genuwine Hybrid from last year’s introductions. Our founder Hilton says, “We all love heirlooms for their rich, unbeatable flavors and strange, unusual appearances. But we can live without their lower yields and late maturities. So our breeders crossed the best of these heirlooms to create a series of new hybrids superior to either parent—earlier, more prolific, with fewer blemishes—while keeping that great heirloom flavor. Try all three!”

Cherokee Carbon (Indeterminate, 78 days) shouts “Dark tomatoes rule!,” adds Hilton, “To capitalize on the current craze, our breeders crossed Cherokee Purple with Carbon to create a robust purple beefsteak with intensely rich flavor. Big, 10-12-ounce fruits with a pleasantly sweet taste are the essence of delicious summer eating.” Big Brandy (Indeterminate, 75 days), says Hilton, “is the largest of the Heirloom Marriage Series at 12-15 ounces, featuring gigantic, meaty, pink beefsteaks. A cross between Brandywine and New Big Dwarf, its flavor is sensational and perfect for salads and sandwiches.”

Another new tomato headliner is Beauty King, the latest addition to the Wild Boar Series, featuring 100% Organic Seed. Hilton cites these works by “Brad Gates, the owner of Wild Boar Farms, as one of the hottest new tomato breeders around who hand picks his varieties based on exceptional flavor and stunning appearance, preferring bi-colors and stripes. Several varieties were featured in a recent issue of Martha Stewart Living. His ‘Wild Boar’ Series is equally good for the home or market gardener—even where the climate is extreme. You’ll want to try all five!”

Beauty King joins last year’s Wild Boar Series list of all indeterminate varieties, including Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye (70 days), Mint Julep (75 days), Pork Chop (75 days) and Solar Flare (75 days). Beauty King (Indeterminate, 90 days), Hilton says is “ the largest of the ‘Wild Boar’ offerings and also the most dramatically colored, with the outside striped with red and orange, and the inside orange with red marbling. Beefsteak-sized fruits weigh 8 to 16 ounces, with a great, sweet flavor. This is a cross between heirlooms Big Rainbow and Green Zebra.

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    What’s better than snuggling on the couch, eating Pineapple Coconut Häagen-Dazs, and watching The Great British Baking Show? While the kids are asleep…

    Anyone? Okay, maybe nothing. (Touché.)

    Still, if you’re an avid gardener or aspiring gardener or maybe just a plant geek, you may find that winter is a sacred time for… wait for it…

    seed and plant catalogs…

    When a shiny new plant catalog finds its way to our kitchen table from the mailbox and I squeal and cackle with delight, my husband may very well find me odd, or at best amusing (think positive!) By dinner time, I have absolutely devoured it and the poor catalog has been subjected to many large circles of sharpie.

    How could I keep such treasures to myself? Below you’ll find links to what I believe are the 10 best seed and plant catalogs. Don’t worry, if you’re short on time, I’ve even provided a direct link to their subscription page. Happy reading!

    P.S. When browsing what to plant, don’t disregard seeds! They are an amazingly affordable way to start gardening. You wouldn’t believe the great variety of seeds out there!

    As of this initial March posting, seed starting season is upon us! Order some seeds and check back this week for a post about how to start them indoors!

    1: Annie’s Annuals and Perennials

    Image Courtesy of Annie’s Annuals and Perennials

    Annie’s specializes in unusual and rare perennial and annual flowers, wildflowers, and heirloom varieties. They personally select plants for their beauty, fragrance, and charisma. You’ll find winners here you won’t find at the big box stores.

    Annie’s offers a great selection of poppies; shrubs such as Mock Orange and Butterfly Bush; and interesting flowers such as Zinnia ‘Queen Red Lime’, Salvia ‘Stormy Pink’, and Iris ‘Banana Cream Pie.’ If you utilize their website, they have filters for concise plant browsing. They also have a wish list feature so you can easily earmark favorites for later.

    • Iris ‘Banana Cream Pie’ Image Courtesy of Annie’s Annuals and Perennials
    • Salvia ‘Stormy Pink’
      Image Courtesy of Annie’s Annuals and Perennials
    • Zinnia ‘Queen Red Lime’
      Image Courtesy of Annie’s Annuals and Perennials

    Their catalog is stunning and packed with full-color alluring photographs. It includes an index that helps you navigate both the spring and summer catalog. Place your order online or via phone. Get their free catalog here:

    2: Botanical Interests

    Image Courtesy of Botanical Interests

    Since 1995, Botanical Interests founders Judy and Curtis have been providing quality seed packets to what they saw as an under-served gardening community. They believed seed packets should be beautiful and contain all the vital information gardeners required, along with other facts and tips to inspire growers.

    Botanical Interests boasts a great selection of unique seeds in absolutely stunning packaging. You can find many varieties of heirloom flowers such as hollyhock, zinnia, lavender, sweet william, nasturtium, and more. Flower varieties that caught my eye include‘Black Knight’ Pincushion, ‘American Legion’ poppy, and ‘Grandmother’s Cut Flower Garden’ mix seeds.

    • Money Plant Honesty
      Image Courtesy of Botanical Interests
    • Poppy Flanders Corn American Legion
      Image Courtesy of Botanical Interests
    • Poppy Peony Double Blend
      Image Courtesy of Botanical Interests
    • Scabiosa Pincushion Flower Black Knight
      Image Courtesy of Botanical Interests
    • Grandmother’s Cut Flower Garden Mix
      Image Courtesy of Botanical Interests
    • Flower Mix Made in the Shade
      Image Courtesy of Botanical Interests

    You really won’t regret ordering this catalog. Get it here.

    3: Prairie Nursery

    Image Courtesy of Prairie Nursery

    Prairie Nursery emphasizes the power of native plants to transform a landscape and provide habitat for pollinators and wildlife such as birds and butterflies. One thing I love about Prairie Nursery is that they focus on providing habitat for Monarch Butterflies, who have lately seen their numbers dwindle over 90 percent.

    Prairie Nursery has a great selection of native plants, seed mixes, ferns, and grasses. They also specialize in selling pre-planned garden packages such as their 96-plant Songbird Garden to attract birds to your landscape. Specific plant varieties I favorite here are their Red Beebalm, Nodding Pink Onion, Showy Goldenrod, Sharp Lobed Hepatica, along with their 32-plant Butterfly Garden package packed with plants such as New England Aster and Phlox. Don’t forget: on each product page you can switch between plant and seed tabs (if available) to decide which is more desirable for you.

    • Red Beebalm Image Courtesy of Prairie Nursery
    • Nodding Pink Onion Image Courtesy of Prairie Nursery
    • New England Aster
      Image Courtesy of Prairie Nursery
    • Showy Goldenrod
      Image Courtesy of Prairie Nursery
    • 32-plant Butterfly Garden package
      Image Courtesy of Prairie Nursery

    This year their catalog features a neat chart for what plants bloom seasonally so that pollinators are supported year-round. You can order over the phone or online. Get this great catalog here:

    4. White Flower Farm

    Long a crowd favorite, you may have heard of White Flower Farm through Better Homes and Gardens. Based out of Connecticut, they are a family-run nursery that has sold and delivered plants to avid gardeners since 1950.

    Although White Flower Farm can be a bit on the pricier side, there is no denying they have an amazing selection. They have a particularly good selection of dahlias, clematis, roses, hellebore, and daylilies. Some of my personal favorites include The Last Hurrah Dahlia Collection, Alchemilla Mollis, Astrantia ‘Claret’, Monarda ‘Raspberry Wine‘, Phlox ‘Scarlet Flame‘, and Syringa ‘Beauty of Moscow.‘ Can I get an “Amen”?

    White Flower Farm’s catalog is filled with professional full-color images of their beautiful flowers and shrubs. In addition, they offer garden plans that have been designed by experts such as their Small Space Shade Garden. You can call in your order or order online. Also, you can get this catalog shipped to your house by clicking this link:

    5. Seed Savers Exchange

    Image Courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange

    Seed Savers Exchange is a seed bank that boasts over 20,000 varieties. It began with Founder Diane Ott Wheatley’s grandfather’s garden seeds brought over from Bavaria in the late 1800’s.

    Seed Savers Exchange specializes in vegetable seeds, but they do have a decent amount of heirloom flower seeds that are worth taking a look at. They sell prairie mixes and seed collections and also have a good variety of sunflowers. Particular flowers that caught my eye include Bells of Ireland, Black Hollyhock, Tetra Mix Snapdragon, Butterflyweed, Benary’s Giant Zinnia, Bee Feed Mix, and Sunflower Mix.

    • Butterflyweed
      Image Courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange
    • Tetra Mix Snapdragon
      Image Courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange
    • Bells of Ireland
      Image Courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange
    • Benary’s Giant Zinnia
      Image Courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange
    • Sunflower Mix
      Image Courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange
    • Black Hollyhock
      Image Courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange

    Get your brand-spanking-new catalog here:

    6. Johnny’s Selected Seeds

    Image Courtesy of Johnny’s Selected Seeds

    Johnny’s Seeds has humble origins. Founder Rob Johnston started his company with just $500 in a New Hampshire farmhouse attic. Since then, what has defined Johnny’s is a genuine desire to provide unique offerings of quality.

    Johnny’s, along with the other seed companies featured this article, is a part of the Safe Seed Pledge. All seeds are promised to be from natural, non-genetically modified origins. Johnny’s really prides themselves on providing high-quality seeds and cites very high QA standards. They sell certified organic, open-pollinated, and heirloom varieties.

    Johnny’s Selected Seeds has been long known for their variety of quality veggies, but don’t discount the many flower and bulb offerings to browse. For instance, they carry a good selection of aster, tulips (including the beautiful Parrot tulip), stock, pincushion flowers, and sweet pea.

    Some favorites of mine are ‘Dior’ Tulip, ‘Lady Coral Lavender’ China Aster, ‘Pink Beauty’ Saponaria, ‘Obdam’ Narcissus, and ‘Iron Apricot’ Stock. Aren’t they all just unique beauties?

    • ‘Dior’ Tulip
      Image Courtesy of Johnny’s Selected Seeds
    • ‘Lady Coral Lavender’ China Aster
      Image Courtesy of Johnny’s Selected Seeds
    • ‘Obdam’ Narcissus
      Image Courtesy of Johnny’s Selected Seeds
    • ‘Pink Beauty’ Saponaria
      Image Courtesy of Johnny’s Selected Seeds
    • ‘Iron Apricot’ Stock
      Image Courtesy of Johnny’s Selected Seeds

    You can order online or over the phone. Get your catalog here:

    7. Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

    Image Courtesy of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

    Brent and Becky’s began as a family business, one that traces its traditions back to 1900 and a grandfather that loved daffodils. I mean, seriously, how charming is that?

    Brent and Becky’s operates off a 28-acre farm, kept up without the use of chemicals. They spend a great deal of time on educational aims and hope to one day create a horticultural educational foundation. At Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, you will find unique bulbs- yes, and seeds and plants- you will likely not find elsewhere. They carry a unique selection of crocus, coneflower, agapanthus, and hibiscus among others. Their site isn’t the easiest to navigate, but don’t let that stop you from ordering some real knockouts.

    Some of my favorites from their catalog are Sedum ‘SunSparkler Dazzleberry’, Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’, Helleborus ‘Fantasy Ruffles’, Hibiscus ‘Robert Fleming’ and White Long Blooming Mix. But, it seems their products can sell out fast, so if you see something you want, snag it up quickly.

    • Helleborus ‘Fantasy Ruffles
      Photo Courtesy of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs
    • Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’
      Photo Courtesy of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs
    • Sedum ‘SunSparkler Dazzleberry’
      Photo Courtesy of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs
    • White Long Blooming Mix
      Photo Courtesy of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

    8. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

    Image Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

    Jere Gettle’s passion for gardening at a young age led to the creation of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, an operation he runs with his family. They currently boast the largest selection of heirloom varieties in the United States. Jere and his wife Emilee are philanthropists and work to provide seeds to impoverished countries overseas, as well as donating for school gardens and gardening projects here in the states. Rest assured, you can feel good contributing to such a humanitarian organization.

    While Baker Creek provides a great deal of vegetable and herb seeds, they do offer a substantial variety of flower seeds as well. My personal favorites are their ‘Black and White Minstrels’ Dianthus, ‘Peppermint Stick’ Balsam, the ‘Mother of Pearl’ and ‘Black Swan’ poppy varieties, and ‘Cherry Caramel’ Phlox.

    • ‘Black and White Minstrels’ Dianthus Image Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
    • ‘Cherry Caramel’ Phlox
      Image Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
    • ‘Black Swan’ poppy
      Image Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
    • ‘Peppermint Stick’ Balsam
      Image Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
    • ‘Mother of Pearl’ poppy
      Image Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

    Their catalog contains a description of special events Baker Creek hosts throughout the year, their amazing stock of veggies, herbs, flowers, and bulbs with amazing full-color photos and is printed on recycled paper. Go online and check out their PDF version or subscribe here (please note, they are currently SOLD OUT of the free 2019 mail catalog):

    9. Bluestone Perennials

    Images Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials

    Bluestone Perennials has an absolutely amazing selection, flaunting a bold variety of bulbs, perennials, shrubs, and groundcovers. I am quite mesmerized by what they have this year.

    They are easy to navigate on the web and their “gardening solution’ filters are very useful. Do you need a plant that is deer-resistant, fragrant, and grows in the shade? Botanical Interests can make finding such a plant very, very simple.

    But, if you need a little guidance on what to shop for, know that Bluestone carries a mindblowing selection of catmint, dianthus, chrysanthemum, and iris. Some of my favorites here are Bluestone’s ‘Rose Grenadine’ & ‘Matchsticks’ Chrysanthemum, ‘Snow Queen’ and ‘Shirley Pope’ Iris, Calamintha Nepeta, and Dianthus ‘Zing Rose’ and ‘Desmond’. BTW, the Dianthus are 10% off for a limited time.

    • Calamintha Nepeta
      Image Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials
    • Dianthus ‘Desmond’
      Image Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials
    • Dianthus ‘Zing Rose’
      Image Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials
    • ‘Shirley Pope’ Iris
      Image Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials
    • ‘Snow Queen’ Iris
      Image Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials
    • Matchsticks’ Chrysanthemum
      Image Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials
    • ‘Rose Grenadine’ Chrysanthemum
      Image Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials

    This catalog is a must-order. If you skip out of a few others, do yourself a favor and get this one.

    10: Old House Gardens

    OK, OK, so this last company Old House Gardens does not offer it’s catalog for free, but it offers one for nearly free, at 2 dollars a pop, which they then will issue to you as a credit if and when you decide to order. The reason I found it so important to include Old House Gardens is that they offer very rare varieties of bulbs (even Martha Stewart approved!)

    If you want a nice little summary of some things to look for, Old House has a great selection of dahlia, crocus, iris, and tulips and well as peonies and bulb samplers. Some of my recommendations include the ‘Black Parrot’ Tulip, ‘Dauntless’ Iris, ‘Dixie’s Winedot’ Dahlia, ‘Duchesse De Nemours’ Peony, Intro To Heirlooms Spring Sampler, ‘Koh-I-Noor’ Tulip, and White Rain Lily. Don’t worry, they divide their selections into “Spring Planted” and “Fall Planted” categories to make it easier for you to browse.

    • ‘Black Parrot’ Tulip Image Courtesy of Old House Gardens
    • ‘Dauntless’ Iris
      Image Courtesy of Old House Gardens
    • ‘Dixie’s Winedot’ Dahlia
      Image Courtesy of Old House Gardens
    • ‘Duchesse De Nemours’ Peony
      Image Courtesy of Old House Gardens
    • Intro To Heirlooms Spring Sampler
      Image Courtesy of Old House Gardens
    • ‘Koh-I-Noor’ Tulip
      Image Courtesy of Old House Gardens
    • White Rain Lily
      Image Courtesy of Old House Gardens

    Stay Tuned for More Seed and Plant Suppliers!

    Well readers, that concludes our list. Hopefully, you have found it to be immensely inspirational for your gardens this year! Feel free to comment with your favorites in the comment selection below and don’t forget to stay tuned for an upcoming article on more plant and seed suppliers (they just don’t have print catalogs.) There are a few retailers you really, really, don’t want to miss out on. In our sidebar you can subscribe to our feed and get that nice little baby in your inbox. Yes, yes, you’re welcome.

    Be good to yourself, be good to your flowers, be kind to others, and for goodness sake, get yourself some darn catalogs.

    And as always, Happy Gardening!

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