Growing from seed allows you to try a wider variety than you'll typically find as seedlings at the garden center. These are some of our favorite places to order seeds—you'll even want to keep the packets!

By Megan Hughes
Updated February 07, 2019

In the depths of winter, looking through a seed catalog is the gardener’s equivalent of planning a summer vacation—a chance to fantasize about warmer days ahead. What's even more fun is getting the seeds in the mail with the surprise of a unique and pretty packet holding them. Not only are these some of our favorite seed companies, but they are also known for their gorgeous packaging.

The abundance of specialty seed companies means gardeners have a world of plants to try growing, including heirloom Asian greens and French melons. Smaller seed companies need to stand out among competitors, meaning they often offer rare varieties in packets that will catch your eye. You’ll want to order seeds now to get your first choices for spring, which will be here sooner than it may feel.

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Botanical Interests

Botanical Interests' seed packets provide extensive growing information on each packet of vegetables, herbs, and flowers sets gardeners up for success. Each packet has a white background, easy-to-read black text, and a classic-style botanical illustration of what lies inside the packet.

Floret Flowers

We love the simplicity of this seed packet. Floret Flowers selects its 200 cutting flowers for their scent and long blooming time. The brown paper seed envelopes have a black line drawing of the plant that will sprout from the seeds.

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Fruition Seeds

Each packet of Fruition seeds has an illustrated border around the bottom that has to do with the type of plant inside. Many packets have a full-color photo of the grown plant on the top half of the envelope, so you know exactly what to expect after sowing. Their focus is on flower, vegetable, and herb seeds that thrive in the cool, short seasons of the Northeast.

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Kitazawa Seed Co.

Expand your palate with unusual Asian vegetables from this century-old seed company. You always know you're looking at a Kitazawa packet by the color scheme: a butter yellow background with pine green botanicals and text.

Renee's Garden

Founder Renee Shepherd, who has spent decades testing out seeds, includes new and time-proven veggies and flowers in her collection. Renee's seed envelopes give off a magical vibe with a drawn garden gate and watercolor illustrations of the plant.

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Row 7

The chefs and plant breeders running Row 7 seek to cultivate the most flavorful vegetables possible. Each packet is white with black text and has minimalist watercolor shapes in the color of the plant inside.

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Thomas Jefferson Center For Historic Plants

This Founding Father was also a voracious gardener (and seed sharer). You can buy seeds of plants he tended in his garden at Monticello in Virginia. If you're looking at heirloom seeds, you better expect vintage-inspired packets. The black line drawings on the packets show either a vase full of flowers or a farm landscape fitting of the time period of Thomas Jefferson.


Comments (1)

chelsea3623413
February 19, 2019
Just wanted to let you know that the Fruition Seeds link is incorrect and not working! The correct link is - www.fruitionseeds.com If you would please update that asap, we would greatly appreciate that. Otherwise, great article and great pictures!! Thank you so much :)