You’ve been stalking your favourite flower growers on Instagram and you’ve decided that it’s finally time to take the plunge–you’re going to grow your own backyard cut flower garden.
But where do you get annual cut flower seeds? The ones in the big box stores and garden centres are nice, but they’re usually not the Floret-style-Instagram-friendly ones that stole your heart and made you want to grow flowers.
Don’t worry. I’ve compiled a list of seed companies that sell annual cut flowers to the backyard gardener–for Canada, the US, and Europe. Being from Canada myself, the Canadian list is the most extensive, but there is enough in the other lists to get you started on your cut flower gardening journey.
How to Choose Which Flower Seed Company to Buy From
After you read my list of companies to purchase flower seeds from, you’re going to likely get overwhelmed. While it’s nice to order a little bit from everyone, it’s also the fastest way to completely blow your budget. Here’s a few of the questions I ask myself when I’m trying to choose which 2 or 3 companies I will order from that year.
- Is the company in my geographical region? (Not a requirement, but it is a big consideration if you are buying perennials.)
- Could I also purchase my vegetable seeds there? Sometimes it’s nice to order both your flowers and vegetables from the same place.
- Which company has 75% or so of the items on my must-have list? I will often go with the company that has the bulk of the flowers that are on my wish list, then buy smaller orders from one or two other companies. And usually a small fall purchase of something or other makes it’s way into my online cart too.
- If you’re ordering from a different country–Does the price of exchange make it worth buying? Sometimes that specialty flower is just not worth the 30% markup that the exchange brings.
- Also if you’re ordering from a different country–Will the seed be allowed over the border? The laws between the Canadian and American border are tightening, and sometimes the flower company can not honour your order because it gets stopped at the border. Perennials are a no-go in general.
- Do I really want specialty colours and varieties, or am I happy with basic cut flowers? If you’re happy with basic cut flowers, you can likely find a decent-enough selection with the company you order vegetables from. If you need the special colours and varieties, then it is 100% worth it to order the bulk of your order from a specialty grower.
There is no right or wrong answer in deciding where to purchase annual cut flower seeds for the year. I hope these questions will help you clarify your answer.
When is the Best Time to Purchase Annual Flower Seeds?
If you are reading this in April or May, it is likely too late to get the best selection. The most popular varieties of cut flowers go out of stock within days of the seed company opening the website for business. If you love a company, you must get on their email list and stalk them on Instagram. It’s the only way to ensure you will know when their shop is open for business.
If you’re looking for perennials, dahlias, or ranunculus, flowers like these will often go on sale in the fall around September/October and will be shipped out in the spring. You can still usually purchase them in the spring, but the most popular varieties are usually not available.
Now, on to the list!!
Please know that I have not personally purchased from all of these companies, although I have from most of the Canadian companies and a few of the American ones. In the case of companies where I have not personally purchased, I have researched their site with the thought in mind, “If I could purchase from this company, does it have enough selection and specialty varieties for me to want to do so?” If the answer is yes, it made the list.
Finally, if there’s a company you think should be on this list, please let us know in the comments!
The selection may not be as large as some other companies, but what is there is very on-trend, and all seeds that the Incredible Seed Company sells are heirloom varieties, so you know you can save the seeds. The Tower Chamois Asters and Charbaud Picotee Dianthus mix are on my must have list.
Also, they stock cracker jack marigolds, which are not the most common cut flower, but one of my favourites for its versatility in both the cut flower garden and the vegetable garden. My baby also enjoyed ripping up the blooms I gave her to play with last summer. 🙂
I might be making a pretty big claim here, but I would consider Edgebrook Farm the Floret Farm of Canada. They are completely revamping their cut flower selection and I am marking my calendar for December 2nd, 2019. If you are wanting to get into flower farming for profit, the seed selection at Edgebrook can’t be beat.
I really appreciate that you can filter their cut flowers by colour or form, and that they have an extensive selection of dahlias. New to cut flowers? I highly recommend the Garden collection of dahlias. Its a small but beautiful collection that will get you hooked on the wonderful world of dahlias. No ugly big-box-store-varieties here!
I personally love Veseys because it is truly one-stop-online-shopping for everything plants. The selection of vegetable seeds, cut flower seeds, and perennials is all really good. New to flower gardening? The perennial kits are a no-brainer way to start a flower bed.
Veseys is also one of the few places that has bulk quantities of seed and perennials that you can order as a gardener and not a farmer.
Last year I ordered calendula, zinderella peach zinnias, and my queen lime series of zinnias with great results.
(Slightly unrelated–if you do order flowers from there, you must hop over to the vegetable section and order yourself a packet of Sunset Orange Paste tomato seeds. Amazing fresh taste, great for making tomato sauce less acidic, each plant has TONS of tomatoes, and if you ripen them indoors they do not go bad quickly.)
Whistling Prairie is a flower farm in Southern Saskatchewan and Dawn has one of the most beautiful & honest accounts on Instagram. When she opens the cart for seed, bulb, or dahlia sales, the flowers fly off the shelves. This year I was able to score two varieties of ranunculus, and I hope to purchase more if I can just get it together and get on the site immediately when it opens! It’s worth the trouble, as the tulip and dahlia varieties she carries are so gorgeous.
Related: The 36 Best Cut Flowers You Can Grow
I wish I new Antonio in real life, because when I read his captions on Instagram, I want to cheer for team flowers every time. And I’d love to sit down, drink coffee, and chat flowers. Oh who are we kidding, I’d want to see the farm! Anyway. . .
Antonio Valente Flowers carries a Floret-style assortment of dahlias, tulips, ranunculus, anemones, and narcissus. His offerings usually sell out fast, so get online ASAP when the shop opens for best selection. My favourites are the Cornel Bronze dahlias and Renown Unique tulips.
Dahlia May Flower Farm is a family farm offering bulbs, corms, subscriptions, and bulk flower purchasing for DIY wedding flowers in the summer. The tulip bulbs always go quickly, but I was surprised to see when I was researching this post that almost all the ranunculus varieties were still available. If you haven’t grabbed any yet this season, head on over and order yours.
Looking for perennials as part of your cut flower garden? Brecks is the place. You can filter the perennials be zone, exposure, colour, height, bloom time, and usage. Make sure to check the Cut Flowers box under usage to make sure the perennials you buy will have long enough stems. The Super Saks are a great deal if you have a large space to fill.
As for my favourites, the Pink Hawaiian Coral peony, October Sky dahlia, and Creme de la Creme phlox are on my must-have list.
Brecks is a Canadian company, but they also ship to the US and internationally.
Unicorn Blooms is another flower grower with a swoon-worthy Instagram account. They have large quantities for flower farmers, and smaller quantities for home gardeners. If you’re a Canadian Flower Farmer, this is one of the go-to places for Floret-style flowers in large quantities in Canada.
The offerings were quite small at the time I wrote this post, however, I know that they are continually updated depending on when its time to plant a certain flower. Get on their mailing list or check back often for availability.
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As a Canadian, I am always very excited when American companies ship to Canada. I have included a note about the ones that ship here. If you are a Canadian purchasing from an American company, please note that you will not be able to purchase any perennials, some annuals, and occasionally your order will not be allowed to cross the border.
If you are an American reading this list, I would love to know what companies you would add.
Due to the popularity of their small-scale flower farming book, Floret Flower Farm is the go-to seed company for beautiful, on-trend flowers. If you are planning to purchase anything from Floret, I highly recommend signing up for their newsletter so you can mark your calendar when flowers and seeds are available for purchase.
The most popular varieties sell out FAST. So fast that if you don’t purchase on the opening day, you might not get what you want. They also ship to Canada, but some varieties are not allowed to cross the border–bread poppies & peony poppies, I’m looking at you!!!
Didn’t get your order in fast enough at Floret? Go to Johnny’s Seeds where you’ll find just as beautiful and on-trend colours and varieties. Excellent selection and good prices. Get your vegetable seeds there too, as the selection is very impressive. Johnny’s Seeds offers different quantities of seeds for flower farmers or home gardeners and they also ship to Canada!
Harris Seeds has every type of cut flower seed you could possibly want in large quantities for flower farmers. Its sister company, Garden Trends, offers a similar selection in quantities more suitable for the home gardener.
I like the Double Click Rose Bon Bon Cosmos, Larkspur Cannes Mix, and their beautiful collection of Ornamental Kale.
4. Select Seeds
Select Seeds also has an impressive variety of unusual and on-trend cut flowers. The Apricot Lemonade Cosmos are a must-have that I haven’t seen on any other seed companies page. There are over 50 varieties of zinnias and I really need the Eldarado one in my life (a double flowering salmon colour). The rare finds section is also worth a look. They also ship to Canada for a flat rate of $15
No annual seeds here, but a very impressive selection of beautiful perennials. If you want to focus on perennial cut flowers, White Flower Farm is an excellent mail-order option. I’ve found over the years when I’ve researched them, that the website is always up to date, and whatever is seasonal and on offer looks so good, making me wish I could order there!
My American readers assure me that the quality of the perennials you order is second to none. I also appreciate how you can filter perennials by price, zone, growing conditions, colour, and more.
Swallowtail Garden Seeds is based in the US, but will ship to both Canada and Internationally for a reasonable flat fee. The selection is impressive and there are quite a few varieties that I didn’t see anywhere else in my research.
Must-haves for me include cupcakes pink zinnias, Queen lime with blotch zinnias, Gypsy charmer sunflower, and anything in the twinny snapdragon series.
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I’m sure there are many other growers whose websites are in different languages, but these are the English-language ones I could find. If you know of any good growers whose website is in another language in Europe, please let us know in the comments.
They have over 1000 cut flower varieties for sale. Enough said.
I love that Seedaholic has separate sections for cut flowers, dried flowers, edibles, and flowers that are good for natural dyes. Also a good selection of wildflowers and bee-friendly options.
3. Sarah Raven
A beautiful selection of unique cut flowers in trendy colours. I especially love the cut flower garden kit, which is a selection of easy to grow cut flowers perfect for the beginner gardener. There’s just enough of each variety to keep a backyard flower gardener in bouquets all season long.
The Cut Flower Wall Chart and Growing Guide is very helpful for trying to plan your backyard garden. Even if you don’t live in the UK and the timings don’t quite apply to your situation, its still helpful for planning out enough filler, thriller, and spiller flowers for your garden.
Got all your flowers and looking for vegetable seeds? Here’s 20 more companies me and my readers recommend.
There you have it, 18 different cut flower places to order cut flowers online! I’d love to hear if there’s a hidden gem I’ve missed.
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.