Dear Casual Gardener,
I like your suggestions about ordering online over the winter. I’m planning my Spring garden in the off season and want to find new resources for my plants. What are the best plant and seed catalogs and how do I access them?
Can’t Wait For the Spring
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Dear Can’t Wait,
A great difficulty of all gardeners is finding unique plants which are inexpensive and grown well. The large garden centers of the world provide inexpensive plants at bulk rates, but offer very little variety. Catalogs and online stores definitely offer more variety and often offer items one cannot always find in local nurseries.
There are several catalogs and websites I’d recommend. I prefer online catalogs, however, I do receive catalogs in the mail from these companies too as I find it’s incredibly helpful to have a full-color picture of a healthy plant in front of you to help plan your garden. Although you can order year round, the best time to order from these resources is before February. Most provide discounts for early orders!
My favorite catalog of all time is Bluestone Perennials. This family owned and run nursery offers a comprehensive selection of perennials listed alphabetically. I like this catalog the best as it guides you by giving full descriptions of how long bloom is for each plant and what growing conditions are best. They have always shipped healthy and well grown plants to me and offer a guarantee on each and every one. http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/
White Flower Farm has an absolutely beautiful, full-color picture catalog worth ordering. They have limited online pictures, so go to http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/ and have them mail you one of their beautiful catalogs. Additional perennial plant online and mail-order catalog favorites include: http://www.plantdelights.com/, http://www.waysidegardens.com/, http://www.springhillnursery.com/, http://www.dutchgardens.com/ and http://www.michiganbulb.com/ .
For seed catalogs, I’d recommend the old classic Park Seed: http://www.parkseed.com/ . Their full color catalog is beautiful and easy to understand. Same with Burpee – http://www.burpee.com/ and Thompson and Morgan – http://www.tmseeds.com/ .
For a great directory with a rating area for gardening catalogs go to http://davesgarden.com/gwd/ . Dave’s comprehensive list is awesome and will send you in even more directions to find resources for your garden plants and seeds.
And as always, Happy Garden Planning!
Shawna Coronado says Get Healthy! Get Green! Get Community!