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20+ Canadian Seed Companies & Nurseries to Order the Garden or Landscape of Your Dreams

Are you a beginner gardener with no idea where to buy your seeds?  Whether you’re looking for flowers or vegetables, heirloom seeds, organic seeds, wildflower seeds for your xeriscape, or hardy fruit trees, you’ll find something in this list.

Are you a beginner gardener with no idea where to start?  Whether you're looking for flowers or vegetables, heirloom seeds, organic seeds, wildflower seeds for your xeriscape, or hardy fruit trees, you'll find something in this list. Order early so you can try seed starting before it's gardening season! #gardening #seedstarting #seeds #startingseeds #flowers #vegetables #landscaping #seedcompanies

This list is tailored for the Canadian Prairies and the advice given is from the perspective of a gardener in USDA Hardiness Zone 2/3.  The tips on selecting a seed company should work for all zones.  I’ve also included links to a list of all the seed companies in Canada and the United States so you can find something local to you.

P.S. Originally when I wrote this post, I only included Canadian companies.  Since then, I’ve added a few American companies to the list that ship seed to Canada.  I have put that they are American in brackets immediately after.

And finally, if you prefer to just watch and see the ones I use all the time, watch this video:

What Should I Plant?

Ultimately, it’s up to you! If this is your very first garden, I recommend picking 3-8 vegetables or flowers that you love to eat/look at.  It’s important to avoid overwhelm!!  Make your list before you look at a seed catalogue and stick to it.

Remember that if your seeds die, you can always go to a local greenhouse and buy starter plants.

In fact, if you don’t have a grow light or a large south facing window, I recommend buying plants like tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and peppers as starters.

Click here to learn about starting seeds from your window!

Seed starting from your window

Support Your Local Greenhouse

While it is cheaper to go to a big box store, the staff won’t be able to answer detailed questions, the plant quality isn’t as good, and it isn’t guaranteed that the varieties sold will actually be successful in your growing zone.  (This is especially true in the Canadian Prairies, where you’ll often see zone 4 perennials that won’t last the winter.)

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Yes, you might pay a bit more for the plants, but the advice you get and the quality of the plants will save you money and frustration in the end.

Curious about which plants I love and which plants I regret?  Click the links and find out!

Side Note: I deeply regret buying a hydrangea from Walmart.  It only bloomed one year, then promptly died the next.  A replacement one faired no better.  If I had just spent the extra money on a decent hydrangea variety meant for my climate, I would be enjoying the flowers now instead of feeling bitter and envious of my neighbours beautiful hydrangeas.  Lesson: buy shrubs from an actual greenhouse.

Side Note Two: The price difference between your greenhouse and the big box store is often less that you would expect.

Which Seed Company Should I Choose?

In short, pick the seed company that is the closest to where you live, or in the same growing region as you.

You can still have success ordering from a company farther away, but you’ll have to be careful not to order a plant that isn’t in your growing zone.

If Heirloom and Organic seeds are your thing, pick a company that specializes in them. You’ll find lots of options in the categories below.

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Finally, if you are planning on a cut flower garden, order your seeds early–by January 2nd if possible!  You’ll need lots of time to start annual flowers and boutique flower seed companies sell out of popular varieties FAST.  Sometimes on the first day their shop opens for the year. I’ve compiled this list specifically for cut flower garden shopping.

Heirloom and Organic Vegetable Seeds

Baker Creek (American)  Probably the best selection in North America of rare seeds.  They will ship to Canada, but you have to pay if you want a catalogue.

Heritage Harvest Seeds  I love this catalogue.  There may not be any pictures, but it reads like a story book/history book and is very interesting.

Incredible Seed Company in 2020 I ordered almost all of my tomato seeds from them, as they have a really diverse selection of paste tomatoes. I was really impressed with the tomatoes I grew, especially since it was a challenging growing year.

Prairie Garden Seeds recently updated their website in 2021 and it is so easy to use. You can easily find exactly what you need–vegetables, annual & perennial flowers, grasses, cereal crops, and wild flowers. There are many tomato varieties there that I haven’t seen elsewhere.

West Coast Seeds A bit pricier than others, but the seeds are great. I like that they have resealable envelopes for their seeds.

William Dam Seeds Available in the US and Canada! I ordered from them for the first time in 2020 and was very pleased with my flowers and vegetables.

Looking specifically for tomato seeds? Here’s the ones I’d pick in this video below…

A Little Bit of Everything

Early’s Farm and Garden Centre is my local garden centre (like, blocks away local) and I do the bulk of my in-person shopping there. I also like that they have all gardening items I could possibly need at reasonable prices.

The Incredible Seed Company

Lindenburg Seeds

OSC (Ontario Seed Company) My only experience with this company so far is a purchase of black radishes and luffa sponges. So far, so good!

Stokes Bonus!  They sell to both the US and Canada.

T & T Seeds I also have ordered a lot from T & T over the years, and it’s also where I tend to order things like strawberries, garlic, and seed potatoes.

Veseys

W. H. Perron They have a selection of plants especially for the urban gardener.

Are you a beginner gardener with no idea where to start?  Whether you're looking for flowers or vegetables, heirloom seeds, organic seeds, wildflower seeds for your xeriscape, or hardy fruit trees, you'll find something in this list. Order early so you can try seed starting before it's gardening season! #gardening #seedstarting #seeds #startingseeds #flowers #vegetables #landscaping #seedcompanies

French Language

My French is passible at best, but these three Quebec-based seed companies were recommended to me by one of my French-speaking readers.

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Specializing in Bulbs

Breck’s

Native Wildflower & Grass Seeds

Prairie Originals

OSC

Wildflower Farm

Blazing Star Wildflower Seed Company

Prairie Garden Seeds

Click these links for more detailed information about the benefits of Native Flowers and the best Native Flowers to grow in the Prairies.

Fruit Trees Hardy to Zone 3

Many of the companies listed above have a selection of hardy fruit trees.  Larger local greenhouses will also have more established plants for you to buy.

Don’t expect a fully potted tree if you order online!!  You will likely get what looks like a stick in a box.  It is very important that you follow the instructions that come with your tree (stick) so it grows.

Want to grow fruit in zone 2 or zone 3? Here’s 28 fruit trees & shrubs to grow, as well as 6 fruits to start from seed.

Here’s a list of a couple companies that specialize in fruit trees.

Green Barn Farm

Hardy Fruit Tree Nursery

The Saskatoon Farm

Silver Creek Nursery Fruit Trees

Whiffletree Farm and Nursery

You don’t want to miss the University of Saskatchewan Plant Sale if you’re local to Saskatoon.  It’s a one day sale that usually happens in early June.

For the Cut Flower Garden

In this section I’ve listed 3 American companies.  All of them will ship seed (but not bare root stock) to Canada.  Whistling Prairie and Floret sell out of their stock extremely fast, so check their sites often for best selection. For even more options, check out this list.

Whistling Prairie Flowers

Floret Flowers (American)

Johnny’s Seeds (American)  Johnny’s seeds has one of the most informative seed catalogues I’ve ever seen.  Lots of good tips and beautiful pictures.

Veseys

White Flower Farm (American)

More and more specialty and local cut flower growers are popping up all the time. The easiest place to find them is on Instagram, and wait until they announce their sales.

Looking for the all the best places to get cut flower seeds? Check out this comprehensive list! or watch the video below:

Budget Conscious Seeds

Low on funds?  MI Gardener sells many of their seeds for 99 cents American and will ship to Canada.  T & T seeds have the lowest prices I’ve seen out of the Canadian mail-order catalogues, and Early’s Farm and Garden centre in Saskatoon is my local place for getting seeds at reasonable prices.

I am always a bit leery of buying seeds from your local dollar store.  However, I know people that have done it and have been successful.  If you’re okay with a limited selection, give it a try.

Go Plan the Garden and Landscape of Your Dreams

I hope this list of companies has been helpful to you in your garden and landscape planning journey.  If you like this post, please consider giving it a share on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

I’m sure I’ve missed many other good companies and I’d love to hear about your favourites in the comments.

For a complete guide of all the seed companies in Canada, please visit the Canadian Seed Catalogue.

American friends, don’t think I’ve forgotten about you!  Here’s a list of all the Seed Companies in the USA.

Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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