There are a lot of great places to get seed these days. I have a huge collection of catalogs, but I tend to really like the speciality catalogs. These are a few of my favorites:
Territorial Seed Company: This catalog is huge. They have a great variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. They also sell gardening supplies and a limited selection of books. A good selection of their seed is certified organic. Their prices are reasonable, with most of the sample packs (which is enough for the home garden) running under $3. A few hard-to-find varieties are bit pricier. They are based in the Pacific Northwest in Cottage Grove, Oregon.
Vesey’s Seeds: A good selection of vegetables and flowers. The catalog is a glossy full-color. Prices are reasonable, at most packets under $3. They also sell a small selection of books and select gardening supplies. My favorite set of items that Vesey’s sells are the “Sow & Grow” seed starters. They are a bright lime green and come in a variety of sizes. They can be purchased individually or as sets, and the prices are right. They are based in the Northeast, in Calais, Maine.
Seed Savers Exchange: this is the number one purveyor of heirloom seed. The selection is incredible. They sell fruits, vegetables, flowers, seed-saving supplies and books. Prices are amazing for what you get– packets are $2.50 each, and much of the seed is certified organic. The catalog is a beautiful glossy full color. Seed Savers is based in the Midwest, in Decorah, Iowa.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds: another great heirloom seed company. Their catalog is also a glossy four color, and they have an excellent selection of vegetables, fruits, flowers and books. Prices range from $1.25 to $4.00, depending on variety. Based in the Midwest, in Mansfield, Missouri.
D. Landreth Seed Company: I can’t rave about this seed house enough– this is the oldest seed company in the United States. They sold seed to the likes of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and was founded in 1784. The catalog is more book than catalog, as a wealth of information is provided for each variety. The majority of what they sell are heirlooms, and the selection is incredible, including vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. There is a glossy, four color insert with photos of some of the vegetables and fruits in the catalog. The catalog also includes two inserts, one entitled “The Children’s Garden Collection” highlighting varieties that are easy and fun for kids to grow. The other is entitled “The Patio Gardener” which showcases varieties that are excellent in containers. The prices are good for what you’re getting, ranging from $1.50 to $4.00, depending on variety. They are based in the Northeast, out of Baltimore, Maryland. This catalog is a must-have for the gardener’s reference library.