something comforting about the feel and look of a
gardening catalog while you sit near a warm fire on a
dreary winter day, counting the hours until spring
arrives March 20. Most are still available free in
printed form, and can also be viewed online.
Rose Emporium. Known for roses grown on their own root
stock, these heirloom garden varieties originate from
old neighborhoods or cemeteries where they have grown
naturally. Roses with few thorns, colorful hips,
mannerly or vigorous climbers and other specific
characteristics are searchable online. Each plant comes
in a two-gallon container shipped mid-May through
mid-September. Info: www.weareroses.com or 800-441-0002.
Creek Heirloom Seeds. Bateekh Samarra melon is an oblong
fruit that’s brownish-green and netted outside, lime
green inside with a sweet-tart, citrus-type taste. The
name simply means "old melon from Samarra,"
which is a city in northern Iraq; its original seed
comes from an Iraqi seed collector. Also, Golden
purslane greens with bright yellow-green leaves for
fresh-picked salads. Info: rareseeds.com or
Perennials. Happy Hellebores, winter’s primetime
perennial, graces the front of the catalog, which
showcases clematis, coneflowers, bee balm, geraniums,
ground covers, ferns and more — all in plantable coco
pots that biodegrade. New this year: Raspberry Splash
pulmonaria with raspberry and deep purple blossoms on
upright heavily spotted lance-like leaves for sun to
shade gardens, and Samurai Tricyrtis, or orchid-like
toad lily, with purple spotted with yellow-throated
flowers. Info: bluestoneperennials.com or 800-852-5243.
Interests. Specializing in flower and herb seeds that
are organic, non-GMO. Collections include children’s
garden kit, baby vegetable assortment, bee-attracting
collection, cat lover’s greens, butterfly series and
beneficial insect "welcome kit." Info:
botanicalinterests.com or 800-486-2647.
The new Steakhouse, pictured on the catalog cover, is
the largest beefsteak tomato ever bred, tipping the
scales at up to three pounds, according to Burpee. Bam
Basil is another newbie — flowerless basil that doesn’t
bolt and produces all season long, even in the hottest
summer. Burpee also introduces Ms. Mars Sunflower, a new
annual with dark-red-to-purple flowers and leaves and
Zahara Sunburst, a compact zinnia for borders, beds and
containers in full sun. Info: burpee.com or
Forest. Chapel Hill nursery offers fall-, winter- and
spring-flowering camellias, including Camellia sinensis
and a recipe for using it to make homegrown green tea.
Info: camforest.com or 919-968-0504.
Garden. Diablito, or Little Devil, is a Thai pepper
discovered in Portugal; it adds warmth and zest to
Mexican and Asian dishes, kicks up a stir-fry meal.
Cute-cumber cucumber makes an eye-catching plant in a
container while you wait for the fruits. Masterpiece pea
produces an edible green in a month with pods to follow;
grows nicely in a window box. More organic and heirloom
vegetables you can grow from certified organic seed and
plants, including lots of tomatoes for those tasty
summer BLTs. Info: cooksgarden.com or 800-457-9703.
Austin. The 15th edition of the U.S. catalog offers more
than 200 rose varieties, including 132 English roses now
available to American gardeners. New ones include:
Boscobel, salmon to deep pink with myrrh scent;
Heathcliff, crimson with tea rose scent; and
Tranquility, white with light apple scent. Info:
davidaustinroses.com or 800-328-8893.
Supply Co. More than 150 new products include composters
in all sizes, micro-greens growing system that lets you
plant and harvest in 14 days, self-watering standing
garden containers and grow bags for crops like peppers
and tomatoes, even potatoes. Wildlife helpers include
bamboo shelter for non-aggressive mason bees and
squirrel-deterrent caged feeders for birds. Info:
www.gardeners.com or 800-427-3363.
Country Gardens. New plants and gardens, which focus on
native species and low-water varieties, range from the
Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden to a new
English lavender variety called Munstead Violet that
boasts dark violet flowers. Info: highcountrygardens.com
or 800-925-9387. 800-925-9387
Selected Seeds. More than 250 new products include
Artisan tomatoes, small in size and striped in
colorations. Some are elongated cherry tomato shapes and
sizes, known as Tigers; others are the traditional round
cherry tomato, called Bumble Bees – all as good to eat
as pretty to look at, according to the company. Info:
johnnyseeds.com or 877-564-6697.
Known for unusual tropical fruiting and ornamental
plants, for indoor and outdoor gardens, Logee’s
welcomes small red bananas, Miranda the carnivorous
plant with 10-inch-long pitchers and Yellow Delight
crown of thorns for windowsill-grown creamy-yellow
flowers marked with orange and green highlights. Info:
logees.com or 888-330-8038.
Seed. Heirloom Green Hybrid tomato, spotlighted as the
"world’s greatest on the catalog cover, is touted
as the "world’s greatest fried green
tomatoes," is a beefsteak fruit that begins lime
green, and turns deep yellow to golden at maturity.
Rated as a good one for gardeners who have never tried
growing tomatoes from seed before. Info: parkseed.com or
Garden. Her online-only catalog offers organic seeds for
vegetables, flowers and herbs — and dozens of
specialty gardens, such as collections for gourmet
salads, old-fashioned fragrance, basil lovers, patio
pots and unusual annuals. Info: reneesgarden.com or
of Change. Foodies will want to check out new tomatoes
including Pink Berkley Tie Dye with pink fruit and green
stripes and Pork Chop with a low-acid flavor and yellow
skin. Flower lovers will like the organic dahlia, lily
and glad bulbs that will attract bees and hummingbirds.
Info: seedsofchange.com or 888-762-7333.
Seeds. Specializes in heirloom flower and vegetable
seeds, including pollinator beneficials like
passionflower and purple hyacinth bean vines, as well as
small annual and perennial plants. New this year: Pop
Art zinnias petticoat-type petals and exceptional
disease resistance. Info: selectseeds.com or
Farm & Gardens. Owner Barry Glick hasn’t had a
printed catalog in two decades, but his email
newsletters alert you to seasonal plants and special
offers from his Renick, W. Va., farm. His wintertime
favorite is Pediomelum subacaule, nicknamed Nashville
breadroot, because Native Americans used it like
potatoes and made it into flour. The purple-flowering
groundcover tolerates snow and extreme cold. Info:
sunfarm.com or 304-497-2208.
Growers Supply Co. Every size, shape and color of tomato
seed, including the new Indigo Rose and Apple with dark
skins and deep red flesh, as well as heirlooms cherry
hybrids and beefsteak and bi-colors. Info:
tomatogrowers.com or 888-478-7333.
Flower Farm. The catalog showcases more new takes on old
favorites including Secret Affair coneflower, Jazzberry
Jam hibiscus and Orange Vanilla Popsicle red hot poker
for perennial gardens that attract beneficial
pollinators. Info: whiteflowerfarm.com or 800-503-9624.
offers two gardening catalogs to brighten your
cold-weather time. Another top-rated one comes from a
nursery just across the state line in North Carolina.
Newport News, Va., The Gardener’s Workshop debuts the
Forever Calendar, $9.95 that keeps you up-to-date on
life’s celebrations without having to transfer the
dates at year end.
simply flip the calendar over and start at January
again," says owner Lisa Ziegler, who was given one
as a gift and could not find once since so published her
with the Dutch tradition and hang the Forever Calendar
in the bathroom where you have a moment to pause and
review upcoming celebrations."
also suggests the workshop’s harvest knife with 4-inch
serrated teeth, $9.95, for harvesting lettuces and
greens, organic vegetable seeds for $2.75 each and a
foldable cargo organizer for plants and shopping bags,
$22.95. Learn more about the online gardening shop,
which also specializes in cut-flower seeds, at the
gardenersworkshop.com or 888-977-7159 or 877-7159.
Gloucester, Va., Brent and Becky’s Bulbs’
summer-flowering catalog means you can have alliums,
Asiatic and calla lilies, caladiums, cyclamens, calla
lilies, glads and dahlias to follow your
spring-flowering daffodils and tulips.
help you put together combinations for your garden and
containers, the catalog showcases bulbs, perennials and
biannuals in small collections – white liatris and red
glads or pink lilies surrounded by various shades of
larkspur, $13-$36.50 with more combinations available
catalog is also filled with helpful planting tips and
may rot if planted too early in cold soil – 60-degree
soil or warmer is best, pre-plant them indoors with
bottom heat to get them started earlier, if you need to.
keep the spent blossoms cut or picked off dahlias and
they keep going and going.
are happier if they are watered only when necessary with
drip irrigation and not by an automatic system that
sprinkles everything at 3 a.m., whether it’s needed or
more about Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, which includes a
walk-in retail Bulb Shoppe, display gardens and guided
garden tours and farmers markets — all on the farm —
at brentandbeckysbulbs.com or 804-693-3966.
Raleigh, N.C., Plant Delights owner Tony Avent
recommends perennials: Blue Towers wild indigo with
tower-like spikes of blue-purple flowers that reach
almost 5 inches, Songbirds Epimedium with spikes that
hold large yellow spidery flowers, Anna’s Red
Helleborus reddish-purple blooms, Mini Skirt hosta with
grey-green leaves and heavily ruffled creamy-white
borders and Glenn Dale Carmina Lycoris, or surprise
lily, with dark-pink flowers and electric blue petal
wild gingers, deer-resistant ferns, two personally
hybridized Baptistas, more elephant ears and
"out-of-control iris offerings" are part of
the expanded lineup, according to Tony. The 110-page
catalog – billed as a "plant owner’s manual —
also lists the nursery’s seasonal open houses for its
10-acre botanical garden — May for spring, July for
summer and September for fall.
more about Plant Delights at plantdelights.com or