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What is your favorite source for seeds? Which seed company offers the best selection of perenial seeds at a good price? What does everyone think of the seed packets from Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart and local garden & hardware stores? Good, bad or indifferent?
I've ordered from Thompson/Morgan, Select Seeds, Veseys, Swallowtail, Value Seed and Parks. I know there is another in there, but I can't think of it off the top of my head. I have no complaints with any of the companies.
My favorites are Gardens North, Swallowtail, Specialty Perennials and J.L. Hudson seeds. They seem to carry the best variety of seeds for shade. Gardens North is a little pricey but they moisture pack seeds that need it and the germination is very good.
Valueseeds, T&M, Parks, Swallowtail, Sunrise. That's all so far this year.
Seeds from Home Depot and Lowes are OK. Walmart, too, and Walgreens, but none of them tend to have the wide selection of things like online catalogues. Target usually has a pretty good selection I think.
I never had a problem with store-bought seeds, and I haven't 'sent away' for seeds in a long time, but my favorite source by far has been Dave's Garden. . . the swaps, the seed trading forum, s.a.s.e.'s, and even just people asking, "Do you want some of these?" It amazes me now. . . but wait 'til spring!