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35+ CANADIAN SEED COMPANIES & NURSERIES TO ORDER THE GARDEN OR LANDSCAPE OF YOUR DREAMS

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Are you a beginner gardener with no idea where to buy your seeds? I’ve taken the time to compile a curated list of the places I’ve personally shopped, explored, and been recommended by trusted readers. Whether you’re looking for flowers or vegetables, heirloom seeds, organic seeds, wildflower seeds for your xeriscape, or hardy fruit trees, you’re guaranteed to find something in this list.

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, check out 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 and/or 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!

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.)

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.

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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 #2: The price difference between your greenhouse and the big box store is often less than 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.

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. Baker Creek is a really popular company, so they tend to sell out of the most desirable stuff fast.

Heritage Harvest Seeds  

I love this catalogue. There may not be any pictures, but it reads like a storybook/history book and is very interesting. If you’re looking for beans for drying, they have one of the best selections I’ve seen.

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. Get the Hungarian Heart tomatoes, you won’t be sorry.

Prairie Garden Seeds

They 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 wildflowers. There are many tomato varieties there that I haven’t seen elsewhere. In 2022, they made the decision not to sell vegetable seeds, so check back in 2023 to see if they will be offered again.

Rainbow Seeds

A solid selection of vegetables at very reasonable prices. The website is a bit old-looking but very easy to use and much less frustrating than others. However, they only sell vegetables and, at the time I visited their site, do not have herbs or flowers.

Select Seeds (American)

West Coast Seeds

When I initially started this list in 2017, I found them to be more expensive. Fast forward to 2022, and they’re now one of the cheaper companies to order seeds from. I like that they have resealable envelopes for their seeds, and I’ve found the seed germination to be solid even after multiple years. They’re also a more under-the-radar option for flower farmers and one of the few places to get eucalyptus from.

Wildrose Heritage Seed Company

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. They have one of the best and largest selections in Canada, and I have done a large portion of my cut flower shopping there.

Looking specifically for tomato seeds? The ones I’d pick are in the video below…

A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING

These companies have almost everything the home gardener could want. They sell vegetable, herb, and flower seeds, as well as grasses, crop covers, perennials, and even fruit trees. Many of them sell bulbs, corms, and tubers as well. It’s almost one-stop shopping.

Early’s Farm and Garden Centre

This 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 the gardening items I could possibly need at reasonable prices.

Hazzard’s Seeds (American)

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 have ordered a lot from T & T over the years. This is where I tend to order things like strawberries, garlic, and seed potatoes.

Veseys

A large selection of well, everything!

W. H. Perron

They have a great selection of plants, especially for the urban gardener.

West Coast Seeds

They have an extensive selection of vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, fruits, and bulbs.

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

Les Urbainculteurs 

Les Jardins de l’écoumène 

Semences du Portage

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SPECIALIZING IN BULBS

Breck’s

Flower Bulbs R Us

SPECIALIZING IN HERBS

Richters Herbs

NATIVE WILDFLOWER & GRASS SEEDS

Blazing Star Wildflower Seed Company

OSC

Prairie Garden Seeds

Prairie Originals

Wildflower Farm

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 are 28 fruit trees & shrubs to grow, as well as 6 fruits to start from seed.

Here’s a list of a couple of 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 or area. It’s a one-day sale that usually happens in early June.

FOR THE CUT FLOWER GARDEN

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

Floret Flowers (American)

In recent years the prices have gone up, but it’s still worth it to shop there as there are a few flowers that are very difficult to find anywhere else. I’m hoping to score the zinnia varieties she bred and the dahlia seeds when they come in stock again. (Likely not until 2023.)

GeoSeed (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. They constantly restock their seeds at all times of the year, so check back often if something is out of stock.

Stems Flower Farm

Veseys

A solid selection of the standard cut flowers.

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.

Whistling Prairie Flowers

I don’t say this often, but you might want to buy seeds from @farmgirlsk just for the packaging. It’s so gorgeous! I’ve been too slow so far to snag any seeds from them, but I was on the ball with their daffodil sale and I’m very excited to see them bloom.

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.

For organic, heirloom, and non-GMO seeds, Westcoast Seeds and Rainbow Seeds are good low-cost options.

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.

Finally, if you’re willing to shop in the off-season, you can find some sales during the months of July-September. However, not all companies offer them, so get on the email lists of your favourite companies so you can hear when and if they are announced.

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 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, 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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