The merchants listed here are either located in a cold climate or sell primarily plants suitable for a cold climate.
Cold Climate Gardening - Merchants
- Amandas Garden, Native Perennial Nursery, Woodland Wildflowers
Amanda's Garden Native Perennial Nursery has been providing high-quality nursery propagated native perennials to museums, botanical gardens, community, city and state parks, landscapers, professional gardeners and private homeowners for over 19 years.
- Ambergate Gardens
"The perennials offered by Ambergate Gardens are produced in Minnesota, a state well-recognized for its cold climate, and they are well-suited for the landscapes of northern gardeners. Making available a greater variety of distinctive perennial flowers to the gardener who lives in cold climates has been a primary goal of Ambergate Gardens since its inception."
- Beautiful Blooms Seed Company
Located in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, Beautiful Blooms is dedicated to supplying only top quality floral garden seeds. We hand pick all of our seeds to ensure the finest quality seed from our flower gardens to yours.
- Bluebird Nursery
"Although Bluebird is a wholesaler, they are very useful as an on-line reference. Their collection is vast and includes many unusual and uncommon plants. They are also committed to introducing plants from the most northern range of native populations, seeking the most cold hardy. They have a great relationship with the Denver Botanic Garden who have been instrumental in introducing plants collected from high mountains of South Africa."--Craig Levy
- Bluestone Perennials
Not all their plants are cold climate hardy, but certainly the majority of them are. With their reasonable prices, this is a good place for a beginner to shop. I certainly did a lot of my shopping here in the early years of my garden.
- Busse Gardens
Based in Minnesota, this nursery has an extensive selection of perennials.
- Catskill Native Nursery
"Catskill Native Nursery specializes in nursery-propagated North American perennials, fruits, shrubs and trees. Come and browse - you might be surprised at the unique beauty and garden worthiness of our native flora. If you would simply like to learn more about gardening with native plants, feel free just to visit the display gardens around the 150 year old farm house where we are located in semi-rural upstate New York. Most are a mix of native and non-native plants. We also have a native-only dry shade garden, the beginnings of a prairie between the zig-zag fence and Samsonville Road, a native-only butterfly garden, and a native fruit orchard featuring Pawpaws, a Meader Persimmon, Blueberries, Dwarf Lingonberry, Serviceberries, and an Illinois Everbearing Mulberry. In Spring of â€˜05 we hope to begin work on a garden modeled after a Catskill rocky summit plant community with scrub oak, lowbush blueberry, sweet fern, common juniper, bearberry, three-toothed cinquefoil, Pennsylvania sedge and others."
- Cold Climate Tomato Seeds - Short Season Tomatoes
Simply put, a cold climate tomato is a variety which is ideally suited for climates with a short growing season, which are always colder climates than the majority. Though many cold climate varieties can withstand cooler weather than others, their real value is in the fact that they mature much earlier than other varieties of tomatoes and are therefore suited for areas with shorter growing seasons and less than ideal climates.
- Cummins Nursery
"Cummins Nursery is a small, family-run fruit tree nursery located in the beautiful Finger Lakes district of western New York. From Ashmead's Kernel to Zabergau; From the newest of the new to the oldest of the old; Dwarf to full sized; We either have it or we will do our best to graft it for you."
- DeGrandchamp's Farm
They sell all sorts of blueberries and cranberries for both the home and the commercial grower. They also sell ornamental ericaceous plants, but only to commercial growers. (Rats!)
- Denali Seed
"Denali Seed Company sells seed for use in short season gardens. We offer heirloom, open pollinated, organic and hybrid seed for flowers, wildflowers, vegetables and herbs used in far north gardens plus Denali Exclusive varieties bred in Alaska for Alaska. All our garden seed has been performance tested in Alaska to assure success in arctic gardens, sub-arctic gardens, high altitude gardens, northern gardens and northern greenhouse gardening. We do not use chemicals on our seed, all our seed is untreated and we DO NOT sell seed for genetically engineered varieties often referred to GMO's."
- Der Rosenmeister
"We are a specialty nursery dedicated to providing the best cold-hardy, disease-resistant roses for zones 4 and 5 and all the information needed to grow them. We approach life, gardening, and roses with passion, and enjoy sharing this passion with fellow gardeners. Our love of all aspects of growing roses is what started us in business and keeps our business expanding each year."
- Evermay Nursery
Evermay Nursery is a micro nursery located near Bangor, Maine. We specialize in alpine plants and Primula species and hybrids which are hardy in New England. At present our production is small and many items are in limited supply. Most of our plants come in 3.5" to 5" pots. Compared with other mail order nurseries, these are huge pots. We take this approach because of two important considerations. First we overwinter our plants out of doors subject to New England cold. The larger, more established plants fare better. Second, we know that many busy gardeners aren't always able to plant out new arrivals immediately. Our plants will be quite happy for several weeks in their old familiar pots.
- Fedco Co-op
Seeds, Gardening Supplies, Trees, Potatoes, Bulbs, and Seedlings. The prices are great, but watch out! They have March deadlines, after which no orders are taken--and you can't order online. They have unusual fruit trees and a good selection of ornamental shrubs. If they have what you want, they probably offer it for a better price than anywhere else. Read more . . .
- Fiddlehead Creek
We have 100% NY native plants. We carry herbaceous perennials, grasses, ferns, groundcovers, and shrubs. We specialize in plants native to New York State and the Adirondack Park that can be used for stream and lakeshore buffers as well as rain gardens. And of course our plants can also be used for regular landscaping purposes as well!
- Fiddlehead Creek
- Fieldstone Gardens
Hardy perennials raised in Maine. Contributor Innes Kasanof often purchases plants from here.
- Five Cedars greenhouse, gifts and garden center in Theresa NY.
Five Cedars Garden Center and Studio is located in the Thousand Islands Region of New York State. Specializing in regional perennials, hosta and geraniums, we take the time to help gardeners learn about the plants they are buying. In addition to the plants and organic vegetables there are hand crafted bird feeders and houses as well as other original design garden art.
- Fox Hill
A 28 acre nursery that specializes in "own root" lilacs.
- Fragrant Garden Nursery Sweet Pea Seed
- Gardens North
Sells hardy native and exotic seeds, producing yearly retail and wholesale catalogues containing a wide selection of unusual herbaceous and woody plants. They also have a display garden.
- Hardy Own-Root Roses - Cedar Hollow Rose Farm
- High Altitude Gardens
"We live in the mountains for high quality life. We breath clean crisp air. We drink mountain spring water. We wander freely without fear. And now, of course, we want fresh-picked, mouth-watering tomatoes. We want it all.
Because industrial agriculture is so hard on genetic diversity, 21 years ago I started wandering this tiny, blue-green planet with the goal of saving the seeds needed for successful mountain gardens and landscapes.
Although much work remains, we have grown into a family-owned, 21 year-old, bio-regional seed company dedicated to self-reliance and genetic conservation. We now sell hundreds of cold-tolerant, short-season varieties. Bill and his father represent more than 80 years experience growing gardens and seeds at high elevation."
- High Mowing Seeds
High Mowing Organic Seeds is an independently-owned, farm-based seed company dedicated to supporting sustainable agriculture and providing farmers and gardeners with the highest quality certified organic seed.
- Home - plantlilies.com
"We grow a wide variety of lilies from seed and bulbs, in our zone 3 garden on the Canadian Prairies, including asiatic, trumpet and oriental lilies such as Stargazer lily, and the best in interdivisional lily crosses, like the orienpet, asiapet and easterpet! On this site you will find useful lily growing tips , links to other sites dedicated to the love of lilies, plus our catalog of lily bulbs, which we ship all over CANADA, USA, the UK and every country in the European Union!"
- Hortico Nurseries
Ontario-based nursery offering roses (over 700), perennials, and flowering shrubs. Contributor Rosemarie Hanson has gotten many plants here.
- Jelitto Perennial Seeds
"We are specialists for seeds of perennials, wildflowers, ornamental grasses, herbs and other plants. Over 3000 varieties in excellent quality and famous GOLD NUGGET SEEDÂ® are shipped worldwide - tested for hardiness and with information to the hardiness zones of each plant in our shop!
On the company grounds are 1400 different trials of both older and new varieties. Evaluation criteria include winter hardiness as well growth habit and flowering characteristics.
We attach great importance to the preservation of the natural variability of botanical varieties by hand harvesting of early, as well as late, maturing seeds. We also produce seed from endangered species under horticultural conditions in order to protect the natural location.
In 1977 Klaus R. Jelitto developed a new procedure for eliminating the seed dormancy for cold germinators like Primrose, Pasque Flower or Gentian. Instead of germinating after 3 to 6 months, the seeds germinate uniformly within 2 to 4 weeks after sowing.
We concentrate very carefully on the seed technology sector, with special attention to seed cleaning, suitable seed storage, quality control of the seed, as well as innovative germination techniques. All seeds are carefully dried in Schwarmstedt. They are then gently cleaned to a purity level of over 98%. Equipment and seed cleaning machines developed especially for us are a prerequisite for processing into pure seed.
We encourage our home gardeners to order off our website. Our minimum order is Euros 25 ($32.37 as of 02-06-07) and though Euros is the operating currency, visa and MasterCard work seamlessly. Phytos and customs clearance are a breeze. We've got all that down."
- Johnny's Selected Seeds
Maine-based source of seeds guaranteed to do well in cold climates. Emphasis is on vegetables but herbs and flowers also available. Every gardener I know blesses Johnny's for their detailed sowing instructions.
- Klehm's Song Sparrow Perennial Farms--Peonies, Daylilies, Clematis, Tree Peonies, Hostas, Trees, Shrubs, Perennials
- Lee Valley Tools
This is my favorite place to buy tools. Not only do they honor their warranties
scrupulously, but they also design tools as well. Honest, inquisitive,
and dependable--you can trust that their tools will work or your money
back, plus the return shipping.
- Lilacs and Itoh peonies from Select Plus International
Since the creation of Select Plus we now currently have close to 1000 cultivars of lilac in production which is one of the world's most important collections. Planting a lilac in North America is the equivalent to planting an olive tree in Greece. It becomes part of a legacy and heritage for our loved ones and children. Lilacs have grown to 350 years old in North America.
- Lilies from Ontario Canada - Asiatics, Orientals, L.A. Hybrids, Tiger Lilies, Trumpets and Daylilies
"Lilies In The Valley offers 214 varieties of lily including Asiatics, Orientals, L.A. Hybrids, Tiger Lilies, Trumpets, Orienpet and L.O.Hybrid, and Daylilies, and a variety of Perennials to complement your Lily Gardens."
- Lost Horizons Nursery
"Lost Horizons started out as a garden design and construction company several years ago, but we soon ran into trouble finding the perennials we wanted to use in our landscapes. One thing led to another, and we began sowing seeds and dividing plants. We are continually searching for and trying new plants; indeed, it sometimes seems an obsession (is there a need for Seedaholics Anonymous?).
The plants offered by Lost Horizons range from old cottage garden favourites to delicate alpines. A few horticultural thugs are listed -- unmasked -- but even they serve as useful groundcovers in restricted situations. The range of difficulty runs from easy to difficult (but not impossible). Gardeners tend to move from easier plants to ever-increasing challenges. Gardening can certainly be an intellectual as well as a physical challenge. There may be temporary setbacks, but they double our resolve to try again -- in a different spot, in different soil.
All of this brings to mind the saying "Been there, killed that"! Joseph Haldas takes the view that it wasn't the plant, which caused difficulty, but rather the ability of the gardener. Plants come and go; some overstep their boundaries, some completely surprise us. Of all features of a garden, foliage is one of the most significant; the interplay of sizes, forms, textures, and colours creates much of the magic while flowers bloom and fade, providing fleeting highlights to this background. Perhaps the best thing about gardening is that it is an ever-changing, never-ending process.
Lost Horizons has extensive gardens, which are open for visiting. We welcome you to take this opportunity for viewing established examples of new and unusual varieties. You are also free to wander through the trial beds in order to see the most recent, developing plants."
- Louisiana Iris Growing Tips for the North
Culture information provided below is the result of trial and error and best guess practices derived from assimilating the mass of instructions geared toward Southern growing, and applying years of practical Northern gardening experience.
- Maine Cottage Garden
"A three acre perennial garden open to the public through the growing season. (For the 2005 season - Memorial Day to September 30th.) It features old fashioned 'zone 3-4' perennials, fruit trees, and shrubs that survive (and thrive) in Maine's Western Mountains with our -30 degree winter temperatures. We call it a 'Garden of Survivors.' Consisting of islands, borders, and courtyard, the flower beds are naturalistically landscaped around the house and throughout the old Baldwin apple orchard, extending to the forest's edge."
- New Hampshire Hostas
Your online source for Unique Hostas in New England."New Hampshire Hostas carries a great selection of classic and new to the market varieties. We ship plants in containers allowing us to ship throughout the growing season without any stress to the plants."
- North Country Daylilies
Located in Saratoga Springs, NY, which is east of the Hudson River in the foothills of the Green Mountains, in a solid zone 4 location--a good test for daylily hardiness.
- Olallie Daylily Gardens
A three generation family farm organically growing hardy daylilies located in the foothills of the Green Mountains in Vermont.
- Palatine Roses | Home
Palatine Fruit & Roses is located in the heart of the Niagara region, Ontario, Canada. We continue to be a proud rose nursery specializing in growing roses of distinction. Palatine has been the key introducer of Kordes disease resistant varieties in North America.
- Paradise Gardens Rare Plant Nursery
Cold Climate Journal contributor Judy Miller offers scented flowers & foliage, night-blooming iris, and Gentians, with a special yen for the unusual, the far-flung and the hard-to-find. Plus, of course, anything blue.
- Perennial Pleasures Nursery
"Since 1980 we have dedicated ourselves to rediscovering and growing antique plants from the 17th, 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Nearly all of our plants and seeds are grown on the premises, located in the northeast corner of Vermont, and are hardy to Zone 3."
- Pinetree Garden Seeds
Located in Maine, they sell vegetable, flower, and herb seeds in packets that contain the right amount for most home gardens, at reasonable prices. This makes experimentation much more affordable.
- Plantsmen Nursery
"Youâ€™ll love our 11 scenic acres with nursery grounds, display gardens, woods, ponds, wetlands, and our unique koi urn--just a few minutes from Ithaca in the picturesque Finger Lakes Region. We also encourage you to think about where you buy your plants, and how and where they are grown. The Plantsmen is a nursery in the old-fashioned sense. We raise plants here. Plants you buy from us have been in the nursery, under our care, for months and in some cases over a year. We're growing more shrubs, small trees, ferns, perennials, grasses and the greatest selection of native plants in Central NY. You'll continue to find plants you wonâ€™t see elsewhere, including annuals and tropicals (bananas), but with a greater overall emphasis on hardiness to USDA Zone 5 and colder." Featured in Horticulture's "On the Road" column in the October 2006 issue (Northeast edition).
- Prairie Garden Seeds
- Reath's Nursery Hybrid Peonies -Tree Peonies- Herbaceous Peonies
"The peony and iris varieties we sell are propagated and raised here in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on our centennial farm, where the cold climate (USDA zone 4) helps us select for plant hardiness. As a family owned and operated nursery we have direct control over all parts of our nursery production which allows us to sell the finest quality plants."
- Reilly's Country Gardens Nursery, Ottawa, Ontario
"This site is mostly information about gardening in the Ottawa area. We offer our gardening insights and experience, gained from over 25 years of active gardening and 23 years of operating our specialty nursery, to assist our customers in becoming more successful gardeners, Some promotion of our business creeps into the contents of the site, but we have tried to keep this to a minimum. We are strictly a retail nursery - sorry, we do not ship plants."
- Richters Herbs - Medicinal, Culinary, Aromatic - Plants & Seeds
Ontario-based firm with a huge selection.
- Roslyn Nursery
They are not located in a cold climate but have an unusually good selection of hardy rhododendrons and other woody plants, as well as some fairly unusual perennials.
- Sam Kedem Roses
Based in Minnesota, "the focus of the catalog is on hardy roses, the nursery, which is open daily April to October, offers many shrubs, perennials, ornamental, fruit & shade trees, vines & evergreens."
- Seneca Hill Perennials
Located in Oswego, NY, this mail-order nursery has unusual perennials and a few shrubs and trees, most of which are hardy in Zone 4. Please call before visiting.
"ShrubSource is a leading online supplier of flowering and ornamental landscape shrubs. We distribute premium quality name brand shrubs throughout the country during our spring through fall shipping season. We offer branded shrubs because they are the best selection of new and improved varieties available to our valued customers. ShrubSource currently offers over 90 Proven Winners® ColorChoice® flowering shrub varieties. We have a number of cold hardy shrubs. In fact we have many shrubs that will grow well in New York State and New Yorkers are one of our biggest customers."
- St. Lawrence Nurseries
"Propagating new and old varieties of cold- hardy edible plants and making them available to growers in northern climates." Mentioned here.
- Stargazer Perennials
"Hardy northern grown perennials and other garden plants for discerning gardeners. We are a working farm/nursery in the Grande Ronde Valley of Oregon, between the Blue and Wallowa mountain ranges (Zone 4)."
- Stone Silo Prairie Gardens Native Wildflowers and Grasses
"At Stone Silo Prairie Gardens, we carry a wide selection of native grasses and flowers. All our plants are started at our greenhouse in Ledgeview, Wisconsin using Upper Midwest seed sources. Our business is committed to the preservation of native species and their use in a homeownerâ€™s landscape design. These native grasses and flowers can be easily used in any perennial garden. Once established they require little or no watering, and no fertilizer or pesticides."
- Sweet Pea Gardens
"Our nursery and gardens are located at our home on Route 172 in Surry, Maine. You will find a peaceful setting with a nursery, three small greenhouses, large market gardens, sitting and display gardens. We offer a selection of annual and perennial plants, herbs, select shrubs and climbers with, of course, seedlings for every color of sweet pea available as well as perennial sweet pea seedlings. A popular spring item is our trellised patio pot of Sweet peas for people without garden space that must have their Sweet peas! You can also find a wide selection of plants for container gardening and unusual and exciting hanging garden baskets. You can purchase sweet pea seeds and other select products via this website throught the year."
- Walker Farm - Unique Plants for Gardening Connoisseurs
"From rare conifers to tissue-cultured perennials to collectible specialty annuals to heirloom vegetables, Walker Farm has put together a rare and choice collection of plants that you will not find elsewhere." This place grows seeds for Wayne Winterrowd and Joe Eck of North Hill Garden fame (see books). No mail order, unfortunately.
- White Oak Nursery, Native Trees & Shrubs
White Oak Nursery has been propagating and growing over 80 species of native shade trees and native flowering shrubs since 1995. W.O.N. grows the majority of woody species that are native to the northeastern United States plus the best ornamental trees from around the world. This choice of species allows you to design complete landscapes entirely with native plants but also to establish complete plant communities that benefit native wildlife.
Visits to the nursery are by appointment, generally on weekends or evenings. Please try to give at least 2 days' notice when you would like to visit the nursery.