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Favorite sources for companion plants

10 years ago

I'm assembling my list of lesser-known mail-order nurseries for ordering companion plants over the Winter to fill-in my new garden. I have a preference for fragrant things, looking to lean heavily toward blue/purple shades but also white and soft yellow (pinks and reds are pretty well represented by the roses), among perennials and self-seeding annuals/biennials. So far, I'm finding very interesting things as I peruse online inventories of the following:

Annie's Annuals

Bluestone Perennials

Brushwood Nursery

Goodwin Creek Gardens

Joy Creek Nursery


Plant Delights Nursery

Select Seeds

Swallowtail Garden

I've also been looking at seeds from some of the bigger places (Burpee's, Thompson and Morgan, etc.). I have a special interest in the following genera: Aster, Campanula, Clematis, Delphinium, Dianthus, Digitalis, Geranium, Lathyrus (sweet peas), Nepeta (catmint), Phlox, Salvia, Sedum, Thymus, Veronica, and Viola (especially sweet violets).

One exciting find was a strain of self-seeding old-fasioned sprawling/climbing Petunias that have fragrant flowers in shades of bluish-lavender, purple and white (see link below). That's not something I'd likely find at a local nursery, and I think the best place to find other obscure gems like this would be the smaller nurseries. Do any of you have more favorite places you wish to share? I figure this would be a good way to promote some of the smaller specialist nurseries to everyone on the forum.

Thanks in advance.



Here is a link that might be useful: Old-fashioned petunias at Select Seeds

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