Ok. I admit it. I'm a bit of a seed addict. I love the catalogs and while I buy seeds at local nurseries, I also love ordering seeds and buy seeds online. I agonize and change my mind a million times and then almost always order enough seeds for a large farm. The good news is that it is cheaper than many other vices and I've gotten to try some really cool plants.
While many local nurseries have great seed selections, buying seeds online for your container gardens, can give you an amazing variety to choose from. I have gotten seeds from almost all of the suggestions below and have always been happy with the quality and service I received.
Some seed catalogs are not only exceptionally beautiful, they are educational as well, giving tips, hints and design suggestions. Also, many of the companies below promote organics as well as biodiversity by saving heirloom and open pollinated seeds.
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds - Gorgeous catalog with amazing photos. They specialize in rare heirloom seeds.
- Botanical Interests - Their beautiful packets make great gifts.
- Burpee - Burpee has a vast selection of all kinds of seeds and seedlings.
- Fedco Seeds - Fedco is a seed packers cooperative in Maine, specializing in cold weather varieties of untreated flower, vegetable and herb seeds. They also sell trees, bulbs and organic supplies
- Hudson Valley Seed Library - Hudson Valley Seed Savers is one of my favorite places to buy seeds. Their seed packages are very generous and they have a subscription program for $25.00. Members are encouraged to save seeds and send them back for credit towards their next year's purchases.
- Johnny’s Selected Seeds - Johnny's is another Maine based company and is employee owned. They have great seeds and lots of info on growing them.
- Kitazawa Seed Co. - Specializing in Asian vegetable seeds, Kitazawa has some hard to find and interesting varieties.
- Renee's Garden - Renee's Garden has lovely seed packets with very clear and helpful information. Their website is a treasure trove of growing hints.
- Seeds of Change - According to the Seeds of Change website, "In 1989, Seeds of Change began with a simple mission: to preserve biodiversity and promote sustainable, organic agriculture." Their catalog is fantastic and has lots of great information.
- Seed Savers Exchange - Seed Savers Exchange has a gorgeous catalog, filled with great photos and information.
- Territorial Seed Company - Specializing in seeds for the Northwest and organics.
- Thompson and Morgan - Thompson and Morgan has an enormous seed catalog. They also carry flower bags and have a category on their website with suggestions for plants that do well in containers.
- Victory Seeds - Specializing in rare, open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, Victory Seeds, also has great information.