Garden Catalog Time

It's that time. 
For those of you who garden, or have ever accepted one garden catalog request...
you are probably knee deep in garden catalogs by now. Just like weeds, those babies multiply. 

I have done my share of catalog plant purchases....like the time I ordered 9 white bare-root rose bushes

My own personal experience is price or patience.

If you shop price, and boy are the prices low....you need to be patient. 
The inexpensive mail-order plants are small and will take a few years to catch up to the higher priced local nursery version.  

Here are some of the plants that are almost fool proof and great for mail-order.

Astilbe


These are shade plants. They will spread over time, and can be divided easily.

Hosta

White Flower Farm
Another shade plant. Unlimited selection, and easily dividable.

Ferns

White Flower Farm
Same as above, shade, large selection....easily divided.

My personal mail-order favorite are Lilies






I can't get enough of them. In fact, I think I have only bought these from mail-order. 
Lilies are much happier when planted as a bulb. If you purchase one from a garden center already in bloom, once the bloom has faded, cut it back to the bulb and plant that.

Do you have a favorite mail-order plant?


23 comments:

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

I have never had any luck with mail order plants but I tend to think its me not the catalog. Maybe I'll try some lillies.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Thank you Linda!….I am happy to be thinking about my garden right now….makes me feel like spring is on the way….someday….

charmaine said...

I have a black thumb and have never considered mail order plants. Mayble I'll try some lilies.

pam {simple details} said...

I've only tried lilies (yes, they were great) and tulips, I'm way to impatient to deal with those little plants! :)

Nancy said...

I love day lilies and need a boatload more. My problem is I never get enough, of anything. My sister plants 600 bulbs, I plant 12..I need to JUST DO IT. Frankly, my mind is more on the house than the gardens..that's why I need your advice!
xo Nancy
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StagerLinda said...

Lilies are my favorite. I never considered going mail order...you have inspired me to try some lilies. I'm like Nancy and tend to focus on the house more than the garden. (Then I see pictures of Loi's gardens and am jealous.)

Vel Criste said...

Not much of a gardener, the most I've planted are the paper whites and amarallyis I buy after the holidays! But if it's fool-proof, I can try, which site do you go to for your favorites Linda? I need to plant something in my very heavy pots up front. THanks and happy gardening!

Leslie said...

I have done a little bit with mail order, but I have several local nurseries in the area and can usually get what I need there. Ferns are indigenous to this area {thankfully!} so I don't need to buy them. The bulbs are a must though and fall and usually when I start planting them. The lilies are so pretty and I like your photos!

Margaret Mcelroy said...

Hi Linda, I love gardening and get every garden and seed catalog that is
available. I turn down pages, make list of what I want and do diagrams of
were I will plant them. This helps me remember what they are. Last year I
got this funky left wing garden catalog from N.C., they sell great out of
the ordinary plants,sorry the catalog is at home, I will get you the name
later if you want. Anywho, I wanted something that likes shade and is tall
and white for around my pool, they were the only ones selling Foxtail Lilies
in June. I also wanted color around the pool, shade only, and I found a
company that only sells Caladium,30 varieties for $30. They were gorgeous!
Google either of these and the companies may come up.

The Pink Pagoda said...

I've never received a gardening catalog which is to be expected! I'm intrigued. Do you have a favorite?

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

I am always tempted by those catalogues, especially White Flower Farm, but I have never bought anything. My gardening skills are not the best!!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

I have never ordered plants by mail! I have a great nursery nearby.... this would be a fun experience.

Decora Adora said...

lindaI've never received a gardening catalog which is to be expected!THanks and happy gardening

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

I have never ordered plants by mail....I usually just go to the nursery. Which one did you order from?

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Don't think I'm crazy but the favorite mail order plant I received was the old roadside orange daylilies! They bloom so beautifully and I swear you can ignore them for months, run over them with the car, and they just keep growing. PS I never did run over them in the car - just sayin'....

Sadie + Stella said...

Swear you will come and help me plant my garden?!?!? Swear??

Karen Albert said...

Linda, Oh no would you believe I have never ordered from a mail order catalog. I look at them and want everything!! Plantings and flowers are so soothing!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

I have also never ordered from a mail order catalog but this year I will be. We moved into a new house last year and you know what that means?? Empty gardens and lots of plants needed.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I've got a thick sea of hostas but I think I'm gonna add some ferns to the mix. I love ferns more each year.

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

My grandmother always mail orders her lilies! I used to take her old catalogs and cut out the flowers and paste them together and keep them under the glass top of my desk. It was a stunning paper garden! Or at least 13 year old Elisa thought so ;)

barbara@hodge:podge said...

I have never ordered from a catalogue either! But I know my MIL does and has a gorgeous garden!

Amal -- Sybaritic Spaces said...

Linda, you are so ahead of the curve. I cannot even think about my spring garden yet (I am still cleaning up from Sandy)...: )

jeanine said...

There are a ton of gardens around here so I tend to just show up and look, I like dahlias for full sun flowers and I have something called a lenten rose for a shade plant, but I really have an unhealthy obsession with my vegetable plants. I get the seed packets for 40% off {organics too, year round, not sure how this happens} and stare at them from March until October.

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