7 Best Places to Buy Vegetable Seeds Online
Because there’s never been a better time to start a vegetable garden.
It’s official: the homegrown vegetable garden is making a major comeback this spring. With many of us spending more time at home and grocery shopping requiring extra precautions, many Americans are starting their own vegetable gardens, some for the very first time. According to Jack Whettam, sales and marketing manager at Hudson Valley Seed Co, orders have increased “by orders of magnitude” this year, and other seed companies report similar spikes in sales.
While many seed companies experienced shipping delays or had to take a short break to catch up on shipments earlier this April, most are currently back to accepting new orders. Translation: now is a great time to order and start planting all of those tomato, zucchini, and eggplant seeds. Buy vegetable seeds online at the sources below, then consult our month-by-month guide to learn what to plant when.
There's never been a better time to start a vegetable garden. Here's where to buy vegetable seeds online so you can grow your own at-home garden.
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Top Garden Seed Catalogs – 2021
One of the hardest decisions a gardener must make is where to buy their garden seeds, plants and supplies. Especially when so much is now available online. Here at The Garden Glove, we have several favorite garden seed catalogs and suppliers, and we update this list every January. This list has been updated for 2021. Here is some info on our top picks that we use ourselves, and our experience with them, along with their website information. Log onto their websites and request their catalogs today to have seeds in time for spring planting! Or order online like I do… And check out our favorite choices for buying live plants online at the end! And now on to our list of the best 2021 garden seed catalogs!
Update: Some companies, in order to save on waste and money, no longer print paper catalogs… Their catalogs are online only. While I do love curling up with a cup a tea and a stack of catalogs, consider doing the same with a tablet. I encourage companies to save all the trees they can, and besides… you get faster service with online ordering anyway!
2021 Seed Catalogs & Seed Suppliers
One of the most popular garden seed catalogs is Park Seed. They always have a great selection of both flower and vegetable seeds, and some great herbs as well. Prices are affordable, and seed packets have plenty of seeds. Seed is always fresh, and we get good to excellent germination rates from them. Shipping is fast, usually just a couple of days from order to in my mailbox! Highly recommended. They also offer some live plants as well.
Burpee has always had one of the most colorful catalogs, and a wide selection of seeds. They are especially good at their vegetable selections, so all you veggie gardeners, take note! Their new varieties are the ones to beat each year! Besides Burpee’s seeds, they also offer plants and garden supplies. Burpee is an all around great company!
Annie’s has over 600 varieties of Non-GMO, organic heirloom seeds. They carry both flower and vegetable seeds, and have fast shipping if you are anxious to get started! We are big believers these days in organic foods, and we love anything that carries a history with it.
As recommended by a reader, this company needs to be added to our list! Not only do they have an extensive seed catalog, they have lots of tips and resources there as well. Johnny has a longstanding reputation as a quality company in the gardening community! Oh, and it’s an employee owned company!
Pinetree Garden Seeds was one of the first garden seed catalogs I ever used. They specialize in smaller packets for the average home gardener, at smaller prices. Most of us will never need the hundreds of seeds in the average seed packet, so why pay for it? They have a good selection, fast shipping and good customer service.
Renees Garden has grown into one of the most trusted suppliers of seeds for organic and heirloom varieties… So if you crave a little history with your salad, this is the spot for you!
If you grow flowers and want antique varieties your grandmother grew, this is the place. I love the idea of nostalgia in the garden…so did Thomas Jefferson, one of the most eminent gardeners in our country’s history. This is one of our favorite garden seed catalogs!
Seed savers is a non profit company that is a wonderful source of information on heirloom and open pollinated seed, as well as one of the top suppliers for such seeds. Not only does the free catalog list all their seeds, their sites educates us on why it is important to save heirloom varieties. This is a time honored company and trusted company worth looking into if you wish to preserve our heritage plants!
Going organic in the New Year? Seeds of Change is a one of the best seed catalogs for your veggie garden. Great selection of 100% certified organic seeds.
Fedco is a seed cooperative, meaning it is owned by gardeners and employees, not an individual. It also happens to specialize in cold hardy seeds… So all of you who live in the Northeast, (or a cold climate like it) here is your resource!
This is a family owned business that has a stellar reputation for quality and customer service. They do not sell any seed that has been genetically modified, and they specialize in fine and rare seeds, herbs and goods for the gardener cook. Love their amazing selection!
Our last selection is a specialty seed agent in the U.S. for the oldest family owned Italian seed company. They sell gourmet vegetable seed for those who want authentic Italian cuisine. They have over 500 varieties, many of which are certified organic. And best of all, they have recipes for their vegetables too! This is a great choice for any gardener looking to “spice it up” a bit this year.
Order some catalogs today, or visit their online catalogs for faster service, and start dreaming of your spring garden!
Where to Buy Plants Online
A great source for top quality gardening plants, especially bulbs, is Dutch Gardens. They’ve been around for ages!
Burpee also has a large selection of plants, from vegetable & herbs to perennials & flowers.
If you want to order top quality, affordable perennials and shrubs, I highly recommend Bluestone Perennials. I have ordered from them again and again, and never been disappointed. Check their internet specials often!
White Flower Farms has top of the line plants for decent prices, and partners with the like of Family Circle and BHG.
And believe it or not, you can get some decent plants, bulbs & seeds from Amazon!
Looking for indoor plants? Three of our favorite sources are The Sill, Urban Stems and Bloomscape.
Where to Buy Gardening Supplies
If you are in need of any gardening tools or supplies, (seed starting kits, grow lights, greenhouse accessories, garden tools, even fertilizers!) we’ve put together a few lists on Amazon:
And again, Burpee has a huge selection of gardening supplies.
Be sure and check out our post on Top Garden Tools!
We hope you enjoyed our list of our favorite and what we think are the best 2021 garden seed catalogs! We think you may also love our post on 18 Awesome DIY Greenhouse Plans or Small Storage Shed Ideas & Projects on our sister site, OhMeOhMy!
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Good list I like smaller too- in Co heirloommountain.com gives the fastest shipping with good rates. You can’t beat ‘em in quality
I’m looking forward to getting the seed catalogs.
Kathy and Steve, thank you for taking the time to do the research. Did you come across seed companies that have acclimated several of their seeds to high temperatures and humidity??
I farm in Deep South Texas on the coast. I would order several seeds from Johnnys but when they claim heat tolerant, I don’t think they mean Texas heat tolerant.
I would appreciate your in put.
Park Seed shipped my plants in a sea of styrofoam peanuts, I’ll never order again from them, additionally, they seem to have somewhat reasonable prices, but some of the quantities are unreasonably small along with germination issues . Pinetree shipped plants to me with paper padding – they will see my business again! ‘Pinetree and SeedSavers have great selections!
Where the bleep is Baker Creek?! Admittedly expensive seeds, but lovely exotic selection.
Hi Kathy, You’ve got a great list. All garden stores here
I like the Burper catalogue so I buy something from them every year. Somethings, Tangerine Dream sweet peppers we’re good. Plants performed as advertised.
Somethings not so good like a supposed mini perennial hibiscus that wasn’t. Reading product reviews helps.
Many reputable seed companies offer high-quality seeds. Generally, each has a specialty and operates with slightly different principles and objectives. Amkha Seed is a family owned seed company in Colorado offering over 1300 open-pollinated heirloom and unusual seed varieties. Our primary focus is on providing non-patented and unrestricted seeds suitable for breeding, adapting, and seed-saving. We also support the Open Source Seed Initiative which encourages the free use of plant genetics and are dedicated to helping to preserve genetic diversity that’s been threatened by industrialized agriculture. We currently offer more than twenty OSSI pledged varieties, with new varieties added often. In addition, all new varieties in development through our traditional breeding efforts have been pledged to be released under the OSSI license as they are made available. This is to help ensure that the genetics remain in the public domain for future generations of breeders. https://www.amkhaseed.com
I live in Las Vegas, NV. Last year I burned up more plants than I want to remember. We bought a home with no landscaping. We do have a large lemon tree and 6 desert plants with flowers once a year. I have two rose plants. The wind blows so hard all my plants were blown off the porch and deck. Help!!
One of the things people don’t realize when they move to an extreme area is that even if technically some plants can take the heat, other conditions like wind, etc can zap them. The best thing to do is find a local expert or nursery, because they know what works and what doesn’t. And believe them when they tell you “you can’t grow that here”. There are a couple of really good books on Amazon, just search “desert gardening”. Good luck!
Nonsense on that “saving trees” claim. The paper industry, at least in the USA, uses highly sustainable growing techniques. They actually plant MORE pulp trees than are consumed each year. Nothing will ever replace the tactile joy and convenience of a PAPER seed catalog, especially in winter, when one can read it in bed (using no electricity) or in the bathroom. I favor those companies that keep up this tradition, and I buy from them to vote with my wallet.
Great list and sad to read about Thomson and Morgan.
Although a significant update is sheduled, http://www.saltspringnursery.com is an easily navigated, new website. This west coast nursery has been growing organically for over 7 years. Annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, grasses and starting fruits and vegetable seeds. Plant material is shipped locally at this time. A downloadable online catalogue is in the works. Have enjoyed reading your website!
Hi! I mentioned this post in my article on ‘January in the garden,’ published in the Willapa Harbor Herald (south west WA State) on 1.4.2017. I will also be posting the article to my blog, Real Food & Scandalous Gardening Secrets next week, Wednesday or later, and then sharing it around facebook. If you would like a PDF of the article as published, let me know by e-mail and I will send it along. Thanks for the great post!
Thx so much for the mention!
In your blog titled “Top 12 Garden Seed Catalogs – 2016” you have listed #10 as “Cook’s Garden”. I have been attempting to find some seeds that I love from “The Cook’s Garden” and in that search indications are “The Cook’s Garden” was sold and is no longer in business. If in fact I have been misled, please let me know as the seeds I bought produced spectacularly and specifically the ‘Mila’ variety pickling cucumber!! Many thanks.
Hi Gary! We did a little research, and it appears that Cooks Garden was bought by Burpee over 10 years ago, but they just now integrated it into their website instead of maintaining separate ones. You can find many of the old Cooks Garden Seeds at http://www.burpee.com/cooks-garden/?#fromcooksgarden
Hope that helps!
can anyone advise how to get an online seed catalog for those best seed companies you mentioned?
am outside USA and Canada, So its hard to get a hard copy of it.
All of those sites have their catalogs online at their websites!
I think you need to add http://www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com/ to your list. They have a very broad range of annuals. I have made an informal comparison of seed prices 2016 on my website. And there a loads of more seed companies out there.
Good luck all with your seeds!
Are there any that you specifically don’t recommend?
I have bought Park Seeds for many years, but this year received mislabeled seeds that totally wrecked my 6-month plan to grow all the flowers for my daughter’s wedding. Both of the seed packets were labeled as white Lisianthus, yet they turned out to be dark pink when blooms began opening one week before the wedding. A refund of the price of seeds seemed inadequate when purchasing cut flowers to replace them cost 12 times as much as the seeds had. Will use this list to find other companies to purchase from next time-thanks.
Thx for sharing your experience Lulu!
I don’t know if anyone else has mentioned this already, but I was saddened to read earlier today that Thompson & Morgan sold their U.S. seed business. It has shrunk to a shadow of its former self, changed hands again, and shipped un-dated packets with very poor germination, according to some people in other forums. I think they probably aren’t reliable anymore unless you are in the U.K. (Alas.)
That IS heartbreaking news!
For the Midwest: Jungs Seed Company, Randolph, WI – an old standard, very reliable, and also the replacement for the Olds Seed Company – wonderful catalogue and super fingerling potatoes – I had a wonderful bumper crop last year.
Stokes Seeds: Extremely professional – I have visited their gardens outside of Niagra Falls.
I too love the Jungs company catalogs/online for ordering my starter plants. The only issue I have ever had with them is since I live in Washington state, they will not or can not ship any seed potatoes here. Which is very bothersome for many of us whom love this company for reliable, reputable seed potatoes.
Do you know of a company who will ship seed (starter) potatoes to Washington state?
Or should I say “Can ship or is allowed to ship” seed potatoes to Washington state? I am not sure if there is a rule or law which forbids the shipping of seed potatoes to my state or not and not sure where I would even look to find out that information to be honest.
Thank you for all the great advice and information you provide, I look forward to reading your articles.
Hi Christy! We are in eastern Wa. ourselves, and had not heard of problems having seed potatoes shipped! You could try using NW seed companies, such s the ones here in this list… http://www.grownorthwest.com/2011/01/the-list-northwest-seed-companies/
Hope that helps!
Stokes Seed often has larkspur and other varieties of seed that I broadcast, in single-color packets. I prefer this to color mixes. They didn’t have a good selection this year, but Annie’s did.In fact, Annie’s may have stolen my heart with their amazing selection of flower, herb, and vegetable selection.
Twilley seed in hodges sc still has the paper catalogs. They have flowers and vegtables
I am really surprised I am not seeing Johnny’s Select seeds on here, they are so good:
I agree Claudine, thx for suggesting them!
On the list this year!
We love Bakers Creek catalog. It is a company dedicated to preserving heirloom non GMO seeds from all over the world. Their catalog is very informative and interesting, as well as beautiful.
Seed Savers located in Ottumwa, Iowa is a non profit source for sharing and saving heirloom seeds. http://www.seedsavers.org
Also Seeds from Italy is just a great source. http://www.growitalian.com/
I’d like to see some seed suppliers that sell heirloom, non GMO or organic seeds.
How about this company?
We do know of seeds for change, and they are a great company for organic seeds!
We love Osborne Seeds (www.osborneseed.com) which just happens to be located locally. Great choices for Northwest gardeners as their field trials are in our farmland. Used by lots of local farmers, organic and non-organic. Their web site is definitely worth a look.
Thanks for the recommendation Sue! We’ll check it out.
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One of the hardest decisions a new gardener must make is where to buy their garden seeds and supplies. Here at The Garden Glove, we have several favorite garden seed catalogs and suppliers, and we update this list every January, so check it out!