The 9 Best Places to Buy Seeds in 2021

One-stop shops for growing flowers, herbs, and more

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Our Top Picks

The Home Depot

"This retailer offers the convenience of shipping or ordering online and picking up at the store and offers a variety of seeds from multiple brands."

American Meadows

"At this site, you can search by region, benefit, and growing condition for flower seeds that are good for the local ecosystem."

Terrain

"Sold in kits and collections, their seed products are a great way to start your garden or to give as gifts."

Burpee

"A staple in the seed market since 1881, this company offers a wide variety of seeds along with detailed growing information."

Seeds Of Change

"This company offers vegetable, herb, and flower seeds in packs or collections, with each purchase helping to support school gardening programs."

Eden Brothers

"With the largest variety of seeds in the United States, this company allows you to sort seeds and bulbs by color, planting season, and more."

Seed Savers Exchange

"Here you can order or exchange seeds, including heirloom varieties of vegetables, flowers, and herbs."

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

"This company focuses on preserving heirloom varieties and does not sell genetically modified seeds."

Johnny's Selected Seeds

"With a great variety of seeds, this site offers detailed growing information as well as growers profiles to provide more insight."

Growing a plant from a seed is one of the most gratifying (and cheapest) ways to create a home garden. Whether you are a garden newbie or an experienced farmer, planting seeds is still as simple as digging a hole, dropping in a seed, and giving it time, water, and sun. At least in theory.

You can find seeds available at your local garden center or hardware store, but brick-and-mortar retailers usually just carry the most popular, well-known varieties. If you are looking to branch out into heirloom seeds, lesser-known varieties, or reliable producers of well-known plants, purchasing your seeds online can be more economical, offer greater varieties, and help you develop new gardening skills.

Here are the best places to buy seeds for your garden online.

The Home Depot

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What We Like
  • Variety of products

  • Carries multiple brands

What We Don't Like
  • Limited seed selection

Most consumers are familiar with The Home Depot as a one-stop shop for home repair, renovation, and improvement. They also have a decent garden section. If you are working on multiple projects around your home and just want to place one order, The Home Depot is a great place to do it. Plus, they have brick-and-mortar stores, so returns are generally easier than online-only retailers.

While they do not specialize in seeds and their selection is not huge, they do carry multiple brands. If you like one particular brand for flowers and prefer another for vegetables, this may be a big perk for you. You can also get seedlings and even larger plants by ordering online and picking up at the store.

American Meadows

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What We Like
  • Multiple seed guides

  • Focus on environmentally responsible growing

What We Don't Like
  • Specializing in flowers

If you are looking for a large selection of flower seeds, American Meadows is the choice for you. While they only carry seeds that will produce flowering plants, their sister company, Landreth’s Garden Seeds, carries what you need for vegetables and herbs.

For those looking to plant wildflower varieties that are beneficial to their local ecosystem, American Meadows provides a guide for seeds by region, by benefit, and by growing condition. The company favors growing flowers that are good for the local ecosystem, such as native plants and those that attract pollinators and beneficial insects.

Terrain

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What We Like
  • Attractive packaging

  • Great gifts

  • Specialty items

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Only available in kits

To take the overall natural aesthetic in your home and garden to new heights, popular retailer Terrain has seed kits, gifts, decor, and furniture to make your garden your new oasis. Popular options include seeds to attract pollinators, cut flower seeds, vegetable garden seeds, seed patches, and seed paper.

Terrain’s seed products make great gifts, which is why so many of them are packaged and ready to give to your friends and family. With that being said, these packaged seeds do come at a higher cost than many others (and are only available in kits and pre-arranged products).

Burpee

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What We Like
  • Huge variety

  • Long company history of expertise

  • Gardening advice and knowledge

What We Don't Like
  • Lackluster website

Providing seeds for over 140 years, this experienced company is a staple among the seed world. While you can find Burpee seeds at many other retailers, the most variety comes directly from the company itself. Seeds are organized by vegetables, flowers, herbs, perennials, herbs, fruit, heirloom, and organics. You can find multiple varieties of each, as well as the type of growth and conditions that they prefer. 

If you enter your growing zone (don’t worry, Burpee can let you know if you’re not sure), you can also find out exactly when to plant each seed. For those that you should start indoors, that information is also included. Harvest instructions and tips are also provided, along with a helpful advice center that will provide something for new and experienced gardeners alike. While the website design isn’t particularly awe-inspiring, your garden sure will be with Burpee seeds.

Seeds of Change

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What We Like
  • Supports a mission

  • Gardening Expertise

What We Don't Like
  • Few curated collections

If you want to support a company with a mission, Seeds of Change is the ideal choice. Your purchase will get you high-quality seeds and support school gardening programs around the United States. They have given over $2.5 Million to school programs through FoodCorps to help increase gardening knowledge and enthusiasm in schools.

Seeds are organized into vegetables, herbs, and flowers. You can also get collections suitable for different uses, such as making herbal teas or growing Mediterranean ingredients, although there aren’t a lot of these options. The varieties of seeds are more than some retailers but still don’t provide a lot of options within each type of vegetable, herb, or flower. The Gardening Center portion of the website is worth mentioning, as it has both articles and videos to help you make the most of your garden.

Seed Savers Exchange

Seed Savers Exchange

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What We Like
  • Preserves heirloom seeds

  • Offers many unique varieties

What We Don't Like
  • Some limits on orders

For the gardener who wants to help preserve heirloom varieties, Seed Savers Exchange does exactly that with the help of amateur gardeners, professional farmers, and everyone in between. You can participate in the exchange by providing seeds and getting new seeds or order through their catalog for your own garden. There are some limits on orders and amounts, based on availability. The mission of Seed Savers Exchange is always to preserve varieties of plants, which does require that some seeds are saved and stored.

Seed saving is a cornerstone of this exchange, as many of the heirloom varieties of vegetables, flowers, herbs, and trees rely on this method to maintain their existence. If you don’t know how to save seeds but want to contribute to this mission, their helpful tutorials and tips will get you on the path.

Eden Brothers

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What We Like
  • Large variety of seeds

  • Non-GMO

  • Fun curated collections

What We Don't Like
  • No tools or garden items

Another powerhouse seed provider, Eden Brothers has flower seeds, wildflower seed mixes, vegetable seeds, herb seeds, heirloom seeds, organic seeds, flowering bulbs, and perennials. All of their seeds are non-GMO and they have the largest variety of seeds in the United States.

There aren’t any gardening tools, gifts, or decor offered, which makes this the company of choice for a seed purist. You can shop by garden theme, with collections curated for container gardens, cottage gardens, kids’ gardens, pollinator gardens, fragrant gardens, and others. You can even sort by color, planting season, sowing method, and hard-to-find varieties.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

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What We Like
  • Great selection of heirloom seeds

  • Beautiful catalog and website

  • Recipe index

What We Don't Like
  • No bulbs available

  • No hybrid or GMO varieties

One of our favorite seed sources online to browse for its amazing selection, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds focuses on preserving heirloom varieties to keep species growing in gardens all across the world. They do not sell any genetically modified seeds or bulbs, instead encouraging gardeners to grow heirloom varieties of seeds only and save their seeds for future use. If you aren’t sure how to do that, they’re happy to teach you.

Their pictures are also stunning and will be sure to inspire a total garden makeover if you want to go down that path. Drool over recipes on their website by searching for your seeds or plants, then looking at amazing dishes that you can make once they grow. You can also join them at their Missouri storefront, which includes a vegan restaurant, apothecary, mercantile, natural bakery, blacksmith shop. They also host events both in Missouri and California.

Johnny's Selected Seeds

Johnny's Selected Seeds

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What We Like
  • Agricultural seeds also available

  • Tools and equipment

  • Grower profiles

What We Don't Like
  • Some items out of stock

For large-scale growers, Johnny’s Selected Seeds is a great option that can provide both agricultural seed, garden seed varieties, tools, and equipment. The viability of Johnny’s seeds is reputed to be higher than other seed providers and they have a good amount of variety within their seeds.

Some of the most useful features on their website are their Farm Visits and Grower Profiles. You can learn more about the other farmers and gardeners who use Johnny’s Selected Seeds, including what they love about the seeds and company. If you want some first-hand insight, this is the place to look.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was researched and written by Katie Begley, who has grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers from seeds in her own home garden. As an advocate for sustainable gardening, she loves heirloom seeds and plants that are as easy to grow as they are delicious.

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