The first gardening catalogs have already started arriving. Before you sit back and start envisioning next year's garden, make sure you're on the mailing list for your favorite catalogs. The companies listed here are popular for both the products and plants they offer and the information their catalogs contain. They can all be found online and most will send you a free print catalog, which you can order from their web sites.
Annie's Annuals & Perennials
Annie's began by specializing in seed grown annuals and expanded to include perennials. Unusual plants and old-fashioned cottage garden flowers are featured, as well as many fragrant and native wildflowers. Great service.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Lots of seed varieties you won't find elsewhere. They do some of their own seed collecting and in 2004, boasted over 100 melon varieties alone. A good catalog for information too.
A large selection of reasonably priced perennials. Their online catalog allows you to search by: zone, color, soil, height, bloom time, exposure and plant type.
Brent and Becky's Bulbs
Brent and Becky used to run The Daffodil Mart, which they sold to White Flower Farm. They're brought their expertise to this new company, which offers the same excellent selection and quality that made The Daffodil Mart so popular.
The Cook's Garden
They have always specialized in carrying seeds of great tasting produce with advice on how to prepare it.
Greenmantle is run by two avid gardening enthusiasts whose impressive collections led to the creation of their nursery business. Fruit trees, antique and otherwise, and roses are their specialty, but keep checking as they add more and more variety.
High Country Gardens
They bill themselves as being plants for western gardens, but they have such a great collection of drought tolerant xeriscape plants and so much information that I would recommend them for any area, except maybe the extreme south.
High Mowing Organic Seeds
High Mowing Organic Seeds is a Vermont based, family owned business that sells only 100% Certified Organic seed. They carry a diverse line of vegetables, flowers, herbs and sprouts, as well as a good cross section of cover crops and planting supplies.
Jackson & Perkins
Jackson & Perkins might be best known for their roses, but they also sell a wide variety of perennials and garden accessories.
Johnny's Selected Seeds
Johnny's caters to short season gardeners, but there's no reason others can't benefit from their collection of sure fire performers and new introductions.
Le Jardin du Gourmet
They sell their seeds in small quantities, for home gardeners, for about .35/pack.
Lilipons Water Garden
Everything you could need to establish a water garden in your yard, including advice.
The stop for great houseplants, tropicals and tender perennials. The catalog costs $4.95, but it is redeemable with your first order.
For more great plant catalog listings, keep reading.
Then make the garden your own with supplies and garden ornaments from some other great catalogs.