You know what one of the best things about winter is? When it finally comes to an end. Ok, not really. The best part of winter is free seed catalogs! They start showing up in the mailbox around Christmas, like toy catalogs for kids, but so much more exciting!
When February rolls around, bringing blowing snow and single-digit temps, and you’re convinced it’s the longest – not shortest – month of the year, the catalogs offer up some hope for the warm weather bound to come. Just cozy up under a blanket and get lost in page after page of plant photos, dreaming about the coming spring and planning your garden.
Free seed catalogs – a great gardening resource
Most seed catalogs aren’t just for ordering seeds; they usually offer a ton of inspiration for gardens suited to different climates. Some even sell live plants and trees, rare edibles, and gardening equipment.
The best seed catalogs give in-depth information about each seed/plant they sell, along with beautiful photos, tips for growing, and even a backstory on where the seed came from. If you have some seed catalogs already, you know what I’m talking about. If not, or if you need a few more (you can never have too many!), I’ve compiled this list of free seed catalogs you can order or view online.
Many of the catalogs in this list are from heirloom seed companies, and some also offer organic and hybrid seeds. If you need a little refresher on what exactly all that means, see this article about the differences between heirloom, organic, and hybrid seeds.
My favorite seed companies top this list. They have earned these top spots for their beautiful and informative catalogs, their seed varieties, and the quality of plants and seeds that I (and my family members) have received from them. This list will be continuously updated, so be sure to bookmark it! Here they are – over 40 seed catalogs you can request by mail or view online!
Our list of seed catalogs for 2023
1. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
I have ordered a lot of seeds from Baker Creek. I think they singlehandedly made me a seed hoarder. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, right?
I love Baker Creek’s beautiful catalogs and the detailed information they provide about their plant seeds. Many of the seeds have their own story so you know exactly how each plant variety came to be.
Every year there are two different versions of Baker Creek’s heirloom seed catalog – the free catalog and the Whole Seed Catalog. You can order the Whole Seed Catalog for $14.95 or find it on newsstands.
Both catalogs are beautiful and packed full of information. The only difference is the Whole Seed Catalog is over 500 pages of additional photographs, recipes, plant information, and gardening advice. This is coffee table-worthy material that you’ll never want to throw out.
Baker Creek has heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. Request the free catalog.
2. Seed Savers Exchange
Seed Savers Exchange is another great seed company I love to purchase from. They are a nonprofit with a great mission: to collect, preserve, and share rare and open-pollinated seed varieties for generations to come. And Seed Savers currently holds the nation’s largest nongovernmental seed bank with thousands of rare, heirloom varieties.
Their catalog is full of planting and growing tips, recipes, and beautiful photos. By purchasing from Seed Savers, you help them continue their mission of preserving these precious varieties to feed the world.
3. Select Seeds
If you love flowers of all varieties and splashes of color in your garden, you’ll want to add Select Seeds to your catalog list. This is the one I find myself going back through over and over. They are a great source for finding unique pollinator-friendly flowers to add to your landscape.
Select Seeds have a beautiful collection of flower seeds and plants, specializing in heirloom flowers, bee-friendly plants, and rare annuals and perennials. Request a print catalog and view the digital catalog while you wait for it to come in the mail.
4. Annie’s Heirloom Seeds
Annie’s sells high-quality heirloom vegetable, flower, and herb seeds. They extensively test the seeds they sell and insist on high germination rates and those that the founders have had success growing in their own home garden. Their seeds are sourced from around the world, with many from the U.S.
One of the fun features of Annie’s is the pre-packaged garden packs you can choose from if you aren’t sure where to start – everything from a beginner’s garden to a salsa garden! Request a free catalog or download the digital catalog.
5. Botanical Interests
Botanical Interests started their company with the goal of inspiring and educating gardeners. That goal is reflected in their beautiful seed packets, which are covered in art, garden history, landscape ideas, tips, recipes, and fun facts. The Botanical Interests seed selection includes vegetables, flowers, and herbs.
35 More Free Seed Catalogs
Adaptive Seeds – A certified organic, farm-based seed company in the Pacific Northwest selling vegetable, flower, and herb seeds. Adaptive Seeds did not print a catalog for 2023 but is referring customers to their 2021 digital catalog to view. See the digital catalog here.
Bluestone Perennials – Perennial nursery with beautiful perennials, shrubs, and ornamental grasses. The website has a handy plant finder tool to search for perennials by color, bloom time, and climate. Request a free catalog.
Burrell Seed Growers – Colorado’s oldest seed house, dedicated to preserving heirlooms and offering new varieties. Heirloom and hybrid flower, herb, fruit, and vegetable seeds. Request a print catalog or view the digital catalog.
Harris Seeds – Vegetable and flower seeds, plants and bulbs, and some organic seed varieties. They offer four different free catalogs – ornamental growers, vegetables & cut flowers, organic seeds, and garden trends. Request a catalog or view the digital catalogs.
Jung Seed – Large selection of non-GMO seeds and organic vegetable and herb seeds, fruit trees, bulbs, garden plants, and roses. You can visit Jung’s garden centers if you live in Wisconsin. Otherwise, see the free digital catalog.
NE Seed – Non-GMO Conventional, organic, heirloom, and hybrid vegetable, flower, and herb seeds. NE Seeds sells to both home gardeners and commercial growers. Request a catalog or see the digital catalog.
Park Seed Co – Park Seed has been in business for more than 150 years. They have a huge variety of vegetable and flower organic and heirloom seeds, herb seeds, fruits, and garden-ready plants. Request a catalog.
Pinetree Garden Seeds – Over 1300 varieties of seeds, including heirlooms and organics, as well as garden supplies, live plants, soap-making supplies, and more. Request a catalog or view the digital catalog.
Seeds ‘n Such – A company dedicated to keeping seed prices and shipping costs low. Vegetables, flowers, herbs, and fruit seeds with discounts for purchasing multiple packets. Request a catalog or download the digital catalog.
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange – Emphasizing plant varieties that perform well in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast. About 800 varieties of vegetable, flower, herb, and grain seeds with about 60% certified organic. Request a free seed catalog or view the digital catalog.
Strictly Medicinal Seeds – Based in Oregon, providing “seeds nourished by homegrown compost, pure mountain air and water, love and breath.” Organic, GMO-free medicinal herb seeds, rare seeds, vegetable seeds, and tree seeds. Request a catalog or see the digital catalog.
Territorial Seed Company – Vegetable, flower and herb seeds, fruit seeds, vines, garlic, potatoes, and garden supplies. Territorial also offers a selection of organic and heirloom seeds. Request a catalog.
Totally Tomatoes – Heirloom and hybrid tomato, pepper, vegetable, herb, and fruit seeds. Also has a selection of garden-ready plants. Paper catalogs cost $3, and with it you will receive a code for $3 off your first order. Request a catalog or you can view the free digital catalog.
West Coast Seeds – High-quality, untreated seeds for home gardeners and market growers. Vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruits, cover crops, and ornamental grasses. Request a catalog. or see the digital gardening guide.
Willhite Seed Inc – A century ago, Whillhite specialized in melon seeds. Today they offer a variety of non-GMO vegetable, herb, and flower seeds, beans, and gardening supplies. Request a catalog or download a digital catalog.
That should give you a place to start when it comes to catalogs! 😉 If you know of any great seed companies we missed, let us know in the comments. Happy gardening!