The Garden Watchdog Top 5 is an annual award and at the beginning of each new year we honor the winners by placing the Top 5 badge on their listings. Most of these vendors are often small, specialty operations owned by individuals who are passionate about their favorite plant, seed, or garden accessory. They may not enjoy the large volume of sales that is required to make it into the Top 30, but their great customer service and love for their product creates many loyal customers. The rankings are based on customer reviews for the past year, so these awards are for feedback posted in 2013.

Please take a few minutes and study this list, these are the best in their speciality and they work hard to give good customer service. Many of them are smaller than the vendors that make up our Top 30, but are no less deserving. Each vendor's name is a link that will take you to their Garden Watchdog page where you can read the reviews that your gardening peers have posted. If you do not see your favorite company on this list, take a few minutes and post a review on their page. There were several categories that did not have five vendors with 2013 reviews, so we could not include that category in this Top 5 list. We have a number of countries and territories represented this year, Canada, Belgium, Spain and Puerto Rico all have favorite vendors in this list, so it is definitely an international group. This is one instance where every vote counts and we hope you'll remember that when your packages start arriving.

Bulbs: Amaryllids (Hippeastrums, Clivias and Crinums

Jenks Farmer (Lushlife Nurseries)
Amaryllis Bulb Company
Mary's Garden Patch
Bulbs N More
Marcelle's Crinums

Bulbs: Onions and Garlic

Dixondale Farms
Filaree Farm
Moose Tubers
Fedco Bulbs
Sandhill Farms

Bulbs: Spring-blooming and dormant potted bulbs

Old House Gardens - Heirloom Bulbs
Easy to Grow Bulbs
Brent & Becky's Bulbs
Colorblends (Schipper & Co. USA)
Willow Creek Gardens

Bulbs: Summer-blooming

Brent & Becky's Bulbs
Willow Creek Gardens
Touch of Nature, Inc.
Jenks Farmer (Lushlife Nurseries)
Pecan Lake Farm


Conservatories, Sheds, Greenhouse Kits and Materials

Irrigation Direct
Charley's Greenhouse & Garden Supply
Sturdi-built Greenhouse Mfg.
The Greenhouse Catalog
Surf City Palms


Fertilizers and Soil Amendments

Backyard Berry Plants
Spray-N-Grow
Maui Plumeria Gardens
MegaGro
Blue Planet Nutrients


Plant Tags, Ties and Markers


Paw Paw Everlast Label Company
AAA Quality Engravers
MetalGardenMarkers.com (division of Birddog Distributing, Inc.)
PermaStake Garden Marker (Wyndvale Heights Farm)
IDeal Garden Marker


Plants & Seeds: Attractive to bird, bee, and/or butterfly

Rose Franklin's Perennials & Herbs (Butterfly Bushes.com)
Pedricks Corner
Sweet Nectar Nursery
Pietro's Pawpaws
Sedum Garden


Plants & Seeds: Bonsai


Eastfork Nursery
Wee Tree Farm
Wigert's Bonsai
Peninsula Flowers Nursery
Bonsai Outlet


Plants: African Violets and Gesneriads

Violet Barn (Rob's Min-O-Lets)
Bluebird Greenhouses
Lyndon Lyon Greenhouses, Inc.
Bloomin' Jungle
Fancy Bloomers


Plants: Annual Flowers


Garden Crossings LLC
Romence Gardens & Greenhouses
Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Avant Gardens
Mischel's Greenhouse, Ltd

Plants: Bamboo

Bamboo Plantation
Bamboo Garden Nursery
Tejas Tropicals LLC
Tradewinds Bamboo
Peninsula Flowers Nursery

Plants: Bromeliad

Tropiflora
Air Plant City
Plant Oddities
Michael's Bromeliads
The Air Plant shop

Plants: Bog, Pond & Wetlands

In The Country Garden & Gifts
Texas Water Lilies
Prairie Moon Nursery
Pond Megastore
Iris City Gardens


Plants: Cacti and Succulents


JadePoint Succulents
Miles' To Go
Tee Dee Cacti
Trio Nursery
Tropiflora


Plants: Carnivorous

Leilani Nepenthes
California Carnivores
FlyTrapStore.com
Sarracenia Northwest
Cook's Carnivorous Plants



Plants: Clematis


Brushwood Nursery
Hummingbird Farm
Silver Star Vinery
Garden Grower (gardengrower.com)
Clematis Cottage Nursery

Plants: Dahlias

Jan's Country Garden
Alpen Gardens
Corralitos Gardens
Parks Dahlias
Arrowhead Dahlias


Plants: Daylilies

Oakes Daylilies
Shaw's Sunshine Gardens
Maryott's Gardens
Smokey's Gardens
Blue Ridge Daylilies


Plants: Drought-tolerant

Digging Dog Nursery
Cistus Nursery
Trio Nursery
Cactus Store (Cactusstore.com)
Yucca Do


Plants: Evergreens


Specialty Ornamentals
Carter's Cool Plants
Evergreen Nursery
Conifer Kingdom
Mapleston


Plants: Flowering Vines and Groundcovers


Brushwood Nursery
Classy Groundcovers
Country Boy Gardens
Wilkerson Mill Gardens (Hydrangea.com)
Peekskill Nurseries

Plants: Fruit and Berries

Nourse Farms Inc.
Backyard Berry Plants
Whitman Farms
Clifton's Flower & Garden Center
Rolling River Nursery


Plants: Grape Vines & Berries


Double A Vineyards, Inc.
Road's End Farm, LLC
Schlabach's Nursery
BerriesPlus (Botanical Growers Network)
Northeastern Vine Supply

Plants: Hardy Fruit Trees

Stark Brothers Nurseries & Orchards Company
Plant-o-gram Inc.
Johnson Nursery
Cummins Nursery
Grandpa's Orchard, LLC


Plants: Herbs


Companion Plants
Colonial Creek Farm
LoneWillow Farm (aka Roane Grown Nursery)
Nichols Garden Nursery
Goodwin Creek Gardens


Plants: Hostas

Made in the Shade Gardens
New Hampshire Hostas
Hallson Gardens
In The Country Garden & Gifts
Green Mountain Hosta Nursery

Plants: Hoyas

Gardino Nursery
SRQHoyas
Plant Attraction (theplantattraction.com)
Steve's Leaves
J & J Cactus and Succulents


Plants: Iris (Historical & Species)

Exline Iris Garden & Crafts
Superstition Iris Gardens
Stoney Creek
Willow Bend Farm
Matthews Iris Gardens


Plants: Iris (Modern)


Exline Iris Garden & Crafts
Schreiner's Iris Gardens
Earlybird Daylilies and Iris
Snowpeak Iris and Daylilies
Ogden Station Daylilies


Plants: Japanese Maples


Forestfarm
Whitman Farms
Mendocino Maples Nursery
Eastfork Nursery
Conifer Kingdom


Plants: Lilies


Faraway Flowers from Faraway Places
The Lily Garden
Lily Nook
Ambergate Gardens
Bulbs N More


Plants: Nut Trees


Stark Brothers Nurseries & Orchards Company
Plant Me Green
Nolin River Nut Tree Nursery
Twining Vine Garden
Grimo Nut Nursery


Plants: Orchids


Tropical Plants & More
Aitken's Salmon Creek Garden
Marble Branch Farms
Andy's Orchids
Big Leaf Orchids


Plants: Ornamental Trees and Shrubs


Easy to Grow Bulbs
Forestfarm
Sooner Plant Farm (Shop Smarter Shop Sooner)
Gardensoyvey.com
Rarefind Nursery (Rare Find Nursery)


Plants: Peonies


Adelman Peony Gardens
Solaris Farms
Hollingsworth Peonies
Cricket Hill Garden Peony Heaven
Contrary Mary's Plants and Designs


Plants: Perennial Flowers

Santa Rosa Gardens
Lazy S'S Farm & Nursery
Sooner Plant Farm (Shop Smarter Shop Sooner)
Garden Crossings LLC
Romence Gardens & Greenhouses


Plants: Plumeria cuttings

Brad's Buds and Blooms
A Piece of Paradise Plumerias & Candle Co.
Maui Plumeria Gardens
Just Plumerias
Jungle Jack's Plumerias


Plants: Roses (Antiques & Species)


Antique Rose Emporium
High Country Roses
Roses Unlimited
Northland Rosarium
Rogue Valley Roses

Plants: Roses Modern


High Country Roses
Roses Unlimited
Northland Roses
Burlington Rose Nursery
S&W Greenhouse


Plants: Palms and Cyads


Tejas Tropicals
Exotic Palms
Jurassic Plants Nursery
Collector Palms
Surf City Palms


Plants: Tropical Fruit Trees

Wellspring Gardens
Bay Flora
Montoso Gardens
Clifton's Flower & Garden Center
Plant-o-gram Inc.
Plants: Vegetables

Tomato Girl (Tomato Baby Company)
Nourse Farms Inc.
Johnny's Selected Seeds
Cross Country Nurseries (chileplants.com)
The Tasteful Garden

Plants: Wildflowers/Natives


A Nearly Native Nursery
Gardensoyvey.com
Niche Gardens
Sunlight Gardens
Shooting Star Nursery


Seeds: Annual flowers

Diane's Flower Seeds
Summer Hill Seeds
PoppySeed Dreams (poppyseeddreams.com)
Harris Seeds
DollarSeed (Dollar Seed)


Seeds: Asian Vegetables

Botanical Interests, Inc.
Kitazawa Seed Company
AgroHaitai Ltd.
WaterSunTogether.com
Tainong Seeds, Inc.

Seeds: Heirloom


Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.
St. Clare Heirloom Seeds
Select Seeds Antique Flowers
Victory Seed Company
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange


Seeds: Herbs

Companion Plants
The Thyme Garden Herb Company
Osborne Seed Company, LLC
John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds
Pantry Garden Herbs


Seeds: Peppers

Pepper Joe's Inc.
Chile Pepper Institute (New Mexico State University)
Semillas La Palma
The Pepper Gal
Rainbow Chili Seeds


Seeds: Perennial flowers

The Sample Seed Shop
Diane's Flower Seeds
Summer Hill Seeds
Botanical Interests, Inc.
T's Flowers & Things


Seeds: Tomatoes

The Sample Seed Shop
Penny's Tomatoes
TomatoFest.com
Ohio Heirloom Seeds
Marianna's Heirloom Seeds


Seeds: Tropicals

Trade Winds Fruit
Where The Wild Things Grow
Lakeside Callas
Tropic Nature of Hawaii
Fleur des Tropiques


Seeds: Vegetables

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.
St. Clare Heirloom Seeds
Victory Seed Company
Johnny's Selected Seeds
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange


Seeds: Wildflowers/Natives

Everwilde Farms, Inc.
Jonna Sudenius
Gardens North
Silverhill Seeds
Vermont Wildflower Farm


Supplies for Poultry Farming (Equipment & Hatcheries)

eFowl.com
Ideal Poultry Breeding Farms, Inc.
Mt. Healthy Hatcheries, Inc.
Metzer Farms Duck and Goose Hatchery
Country Hatchery


Supplies for Bonsai (Tools and Containers)

Wee Tree Farm
Wigert's Bonsai
Meehan's Miniatures
Elemental Nursery
Bonsai Outlet


Supplies for Orchids (Tools and Containers)

Carter and Holmes Orchids
Odom's Orchids, Inc.
RePotme.com
Tindara Orchids
Kelley's Korner Orchid Supplies


Supplies for Water Gardening

Texas Water Lilies
Pond Armor
Hughes Water Gardens
Springtime Nursery
The Water Garden


Worms & Vermicomposting

The Worm Dude
Worms Etc
Red Worms Express
VermiTechnology Unlimited
Earthworms 4 Sale


Seed Exchange or Seed Bank

J.L. Hudson, Seedsman
Victory Seed Company
Tatiana's TOMATObase
Hudson Valley Seed Library
New World Seeds and Tubers, LLC


Signed Safe Seed Pledge

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.
St. Clare Heirloom Seeds
Select Seeds Antique Flowers
Victory Seed Company
Johnny's Selected Seeds