Your garden is only is good as the seeds, soil and elbow grease you put in it, so here's a list of seed suppliers (most of whom offer free seed catalogs). Seed catalogs are a great way to find new cultivars and heirloom strains that can really maximize your garden's production. Plus, they're just really interesting to read! Here are some seed catalogs I love looking through—check 'em out!
And, if you're looking for free seeds, check out this article on how to get free seeds.
Seed Suppliers with Free Seed Catalogs
With what must be the prettiest seed catalog around, Botanical Interests focuses as much on educating gardeners as supplying them with high-quality seed strains. Each seed packet comes with gorgeous one-of-a-kind art and fantastic planting and care tips tucked inside. A must-see catalog.
Territorial Seed Company
This seed catalog may not be as pretty as some others, but it definitely has a greater selection of highly-specialized seed strains. From the cool and exotic (like purple carrots) to the tried-and-true must-haves (like 11 pages of different types of tomatoes), Territorial Seed Company's seed catalog gives you plenty to choose from.
If you're okay shopping with the "big guys," Burpee offers just about anything your garden could need. Not nearly as many choices as Territorial but still worth a look.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
A little hard to read but well worth the effort, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds has a seed catalog with absolutely gorgeous photography and some truly funky seed strains. Also has a magazine, blog and general forum.
Are you all about alliums? Dixondale Farms specializes in onions. Breaking their selection out into three regional groups (short-day, intermediate-day and long-day), this onion seed and bulb supplier also offers specialty onion and leek growing supplies too. If you've been having trouble growing onions, this is definitely the place for you.
Gurney's Seed and Nursery
The nice thing about this seed catalog is that buyers can rate seeds on a five-star rating system and leave reviews. If you've ever been burnt on some specialty seed (or are just a good, careful buyer!), Gurney's Seed and Nursery can take some of the uncertainty out of your seed shopping.
Johnny's Selected Seeds
An employee-owned seed supplier in Maine, Johnny's Selected Seeds offers a solid selection of fruit and vegetable growing supplies. Plus, they offer a truly impressive list of herbs that breaks out from the must-haves and walks right into what-the-heck-is-that territory. Ever hear of papalo? Yeah, well, I hadn't either!
Seeds of Change
Certified organic and dedicated to "goodness from the ground up," Seeds of Change is dedicated to just about all forms of sustainable farming (including urban farming, four-season farming, community farming and more). Founded in 1989, Seeds of Change is mission driven and strives to keep organic and heirloom seed strains alive and safe from the "advances" of modern agriculture.
West Coast Seeds
A Canadian seed supplier located in British Columbia, West Coast Seeds has been specializing in heirloom, heritage and organic seeds since 1983. In addition to a lovely catalog, they offer a blog, free newsletter, gardening classes and a handy zone finder. (Well, it's handy if you're Canadian anyway.)