The Best Seed & Flower Companies

Shopping for seeds and flowers is fun, but it is also a challenge. What qualifications should you look for when choosing a company that sells flowers and seeds? The best companies provide fresh, viable seeds and healthy, well-rooted flowers. They offer an assortment of familiar seeds and flowers, as well as unusual or rare seeds and flowers. They have up-to-date websites with complete contact information, including phone number and mailing address. The local county extension office or gardening club may have a list of reliable local nurseries or garden centers. Some gardening chat groups and blogs maintain a list of local and online garden supply centers.

Chocolate Flower Farm

Chocolate Flower Farm specializes in dark-colored plants, chocolate-scented plants and rare perennials. The company offers individual packets of seeds in addition to seed kits for dark-colored annuals, perennials and vegetables. The Chocolate Daisy (Berlandiera lyrata) is one of the scented flowers available. It has chocolate-scented flowers that bloom at night. Dahlia "Karma Chocolate" and Geranium "Espresso" have dark-colored flowers, while several species of Carex grasses have dark foliage. Chocolate Salvia (Salvia Africana-lutea) is a rare perennial with silver-green foliage and yellow, long-nosed flowers that fade to rusty orange. Another rare perennial, Silver Laced Primrose (Primula polyanthus "Penumbra"), has a golden eye surrounded by dark petals edged with silvery-white. Chocolate Flower Farm also sells scented candles, body products, chocolate candies, beverages and other gift items. Chocolate Flower Farm 5040 Saratoga Rd. Langley, WA 98260 (360) 221-2464 chocolateflowerfarm.com/

The Fragrant Path

The Fragrant Path sells seeds for heirloom and rare plants. The company offers seeds for annuals, perennials, herbs, grasses, vines, shrubs and trees. Plant a fragrance garden with annuals and perennials, such as Anise Hyssop, Evening Stock, Flowering Tobacco, lavender, salvia and Sweet William. Sow prairie flowers and grasses in a wildlife garden. Vines, shrubs and trees are some other plants that you can grow from seeds from The Fragrant Path. The Fragrant Path P.O. Box 328 Fort Calhoun, NE 68023 fragrantpathseeds.com/

Santa Rosa Gardens

Santa Rosa Gardens specializes in ornamental grasses and grass-like plants, but also sells numerous perennial flowers. The company's popular grasses include Calamagrostis, Carex, Miscanthus and Pennisetum as well as lesser-known types such as Deschampsia, Lazula and Melinis. You can view plants online by categories, including ferns, hostas or tropicals, and can also search for plants based on their height, bloom color and season. In addition to plants, Santa Rosa Gardens has copper garden labels and Osmocote Plant Food for sale. Santa Rosa Gardens P.O. Box 1187 Gulf Breeze, FL 32562 (850) 202-4899 santarosagardens.com/

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About this Author

Melody Lee worked as a newspaper reporter, copywriter and editor for 5 years. In addition, she has edited magazine articles and books. Lee holds a degree in landscape design and is a Florida master gardener. She has more than 25 years of gardening experience, which includes working at nurseries and greenhouses.