Seed Catalogs

Reblogged from: Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson


20161219aThe first garden catalogs of the coming year usually start to show up in our mailboxes just a few weeks before Christmas. It used to be that they were always printed catalogs, and they do still exist, but more and more businesses now have either both printed and online catalogs or only online catalogs.

Usually seed catalogs are  the first to arrive, because gardeners need their products very early in the new year, as there are some seeds you have to sow as early as January (although March and April are the two main months for starting seeds indoors). And since seeds are indifferent to freezing conditions (see Ordering Seeds by Mail in Deepest Winter), they can be shipped in any season.

Garden tools and products too can be mailed to you at any time of the year, so companies specializing in garden tools also often produce the coming year’s catalog early, hoping to catch a bit of the Christmas present market, or may even have a special Christmas edition.


Live plants are shipped once there is no danger of frost.

The catalogs offering plants (perennials, shrubs, fruit trees, etc.) are often posted later, closer to midwinter, because their delivery season doesn’t start until spring, as live plants shouldn’t be exposed to freezing temperatures while they travel. Beginning gardeners often seem surprised you can order live plants by mail, mais this is in fact nothing new: plant catalogs have been around since the 17th century and plants travel just as easily by mail as seeds.

Fall bulb catalogs are usually the latest of all to appear, usually in late spring or early summer so we can order our fall bulbs before their autumn planting season.

A Personal Passion


I’ve been a fan of garden catalogues since my childhood. I used to rifle endlessly through my father’s plant and seed catalogs and I’ve been placing my own orders for seeds and bulbs since I was 10. I almost always have great success with the seeds and plants that I buy from afar. And mail order gardening opens the door to a whole host of fascinating plants that are never offered in local garden centers.

Try it and you’ll see: it’s like a smorgasbord of incredible plants!

So Much Choice!

Below are some of my favorite plant and seed catalogues, but there are plenty of others. Do a bit of searching on Google and you’ll be able to find just about any plant you may be looking for!

  1. 20161219b-color-codesjpeg2Annie’s Annuals – annual plants
  2. Baker Lake Heirloom Seed Co. – heirloom seeds
  3. The Banana Tree Inc. – tropical plant sseds
  4. Bluestem Nursery – ornamental grasses
  5. Botanus – bulbs
  6. Brent and Becky’s Bulbs – bulbs
  7. Atlee Burpee & Co. – seeds
  8. Canning Perennials – perennials
  9. Charley’s Greenhouse & Garden – greenhouses and greenhouse products
  10. Chiltern Seeds – seeds
  11. Cistus Nursery – perennials and shrubs
  12. Digging Dog Nursery – perennials and shrubs
  13. Flora Exotica – exotic plants.
  14. Forestfarm – shrubs and trees, rhododendrons
  15. Fraser’s Thimble Farms – rare bulbs and perennials
  16. Gardens North – perennial seeds
  17. J.L. Hudson – seeds
  18. Klehm’s Song Sparrow Farm & Nursery – peonies, hostas, daylillies
  19. Les Jardins de Balmoral –  perennials
  20. Johnny’s Selected Seeds – vegetable seed
  21. Lee Valley Tools – garden tools
  22. Logee’s Greenhouses – houseplants
  23. Majella Larochelle Horticulteur – perennial seeds
  24. Park Seed Co. – seeds
  25. Phoenix Perennials – perennials
  26. Renee’s Garden – vegetable and herb seeds
  27. Richters Herbs – herbs
  28. – seeds
  29. Solana Seeds – tomato and pepper seeds
  30. Stokes – seeds
  31. Territorial Seed Company – vegetable and herb seeds
  32. Vesey’s Seeds – seeds, bulbs, plants
  33. W.H. Perron – seeds
  34. Wayside Gardens – perennials and shrubs
  35. White Flower Farm – perennials
  36. Wrightman Alpines – alpines


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