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Old 01-12-2014, 02:57 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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I know we are currently enshrouded in snow and ice but I'm still planning for spring! I'm figuring out that out of state vendors have a bigger inventory than local nurseries, especially for perennials.

Anyone have a favorite site or catalog for ordering starter plants?
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:25 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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guess I'd suggest local 1st-they know what grows there better than anyone and saves shipping costs.

then catalogs.
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Old 01-12-2014, 04:00 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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catalog is definately baker creek and they know their stuff . and they sell only heirloom . good luck .
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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Close to home is usually best but when there is a plant you want they don't carry, the mail order can be useful. I have ordered from White Flower Farm in CT years ago but they seem to be very expensive now. Bluestone Perennials is another I have ordered from more recently with success. I think someone started a thread similar to this recently. Check through the Garden thread and you may find it. I have found that the states closer to where you are the better the results. Such as I wouldn't order from the west coast, as I live in New England.
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I didn't think we could mention names.

Bluestone is the one I use.
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Delaware Native
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Local is always best, I found. Same for asking information about gardening, what grows best, and how-to questions for your area. Asking someone in another state about your area never made good sense to me.
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:42 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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I agree shopping local is usually the best bet. We have some great nurseries here and I'm a big proponent of supporting local business. But for something I cannot find locally, I'd like another option.

But I recently was talking to a woman who does landscaping for a bunch of area churches and I told her that I was having a heck of a time finding shade-loving ornamental grasses locally and she rattled off the names of several. Then we talked about hostas and she showed me pictures of varieties I've never seen. And so on. Then she very kindly gave me a list of catalogs she liked (she's a plant nut) but there are about 200 listed!

So if I find a good mail-order site that's in my zone (6A-5B) that would be a better option, right?
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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another thing you might try: it's early enough in the season so ask your local nursery if they can get a specific hosta or whatever. They might special order for you, or if enough people ask, get some for stock.
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:00 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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another thing you might try: it's early enough in the season so ask your local nursery if they can get a specific hosta or whatever. They might special order for you, or if enough people ask, get some for stock.
You know, I was just thinking that, it's a good idea!
In the meantime I'm browsing online plant stores, OMG so many choices!
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Old 01-12-2014, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Mt. Lebanon
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