Here’s where I order all my seeds, corms, and plants for backyard cut flower gardening in Canada!
The other day I shared all my favourite varieties of cut flowers to grow in my yard and one of the things I didn’t address that you want to know is WHERE TO GET THEM! Of course, you can buy seeds from your local garden centre or big box store, but the more unique varieties can be found if you order. Most seeds get ‘launched’ in batches in January or February. Some bigger online retailers have them in stock year round to order.
Many seed stores also have corms and tubers like anemones, ranunculus and dahlias that they launch in the spring. And they also usually have bulbs like tulips and daffodils that they launch late summer for fall planting (also when Irises are sold!). Often times these bulbs, tubers or corms are sold on ‘pre-order’ then shipped to you at proper planting time so you don’t need to worry too much about the timing of your order.
As a Canadian, I can order seeds from the states, but you can’t order live vegetation like bulbs and tubers. Here’s where I’ve had success ordering seeds, bulbs and tubers.
When possible, I like to support smaller Canadian flower farmers- they’re so fun to follow on Instagram too! But sometimes it’s more cost effective or easier to get certain varieties from bigger retailers or from the stats.
One of my favourite Canadian flower farmers to order cut flower seeds from (and follow on Instagram!) is Whistling Prairie, based in SK. I’ve ordered seeds from them but also anemone and ranunculus corms as well as tulip and narcissus bulbs. They have a great variety of narcissus that you won’t likely find at your local nursery! They all grew beautifully and I’ve ordered a couple more this year! The seeds they offer are more limited to hard to find variety instead of having all the usuals. Their seed sale is early January. Shop Here.
Creekside growers is based in Ontario and is my favourite farm to order dahlias from in Canada. They have a huge selection when they launch. They also offer lilies, but these aren’t something I’ve grown. Shop Here.
Stems is one of the earlier seed sales so I’ve found myself ordering from them in that week after Christmas as I plan my garden and order myself a Christmas gift- ha! They also have a spring dahlia sale and do sell some unique iris varieties in late summer! Shop Here.
Antonio Valente is one of my favourite Canadian flower farmers to follow, he’s just a joy on stories at all times and of course… beautiful pictures of flowers. I’ve ordered seeds from this Ontario farm before and the seeds germinated really well. He has unique seeds as well as ranunculus and anemones. Shop Here.
This farm has the most beautiful selection of dahlias in early February! I started following them when they were farming in Nelson BC but they made a cross Canada move last year to Nova Scotia! I am truly so impressed with the variety of unique dahlias that they offer, I’ll have to pick one or two to try next year ;) Shop Here.
If you are following any kind of flower farm, I’m going to go ahead and assume you’re following Floret! They’re based in the States, but in Washington, so the climate is pretty similar to the west coast of BC. What I love about them is the amount of education they put out. I’ve learned SO much from them. If you subscribe to their email list, you’ll get mini courses essentially emailed to you about specific varieties. I also love their books- I have both the Cut Flower Garden book and the Dahlia Book (affiliate links) and they’re packed full of beautiful pictures and helpful information.
I’ve also ordered seeds from floret my first time growing with a great germination rate. They are a bit more expensive than Canadian farmers, but they are lovely blooms and the growing information on each of their listings is helpful. Shop Here.
Vesey’s is a larger retailer, not a flower farm. I like that they have many plants I’d like to have in my garden from peonies to tulips. Shop Here.
From what I gather, this is a local Victoria, BC garden centre that has a great website and will ship across Canada. I’ve ordered tubers from here and they grew great! They do also have seeds and plants. Shop Here.
This is a US based seed farm that’s a pretty large retailer. They have *almost* everything and their seeds are reasonably priced. I’ve ordered from here as well with great germination rates. Shop Here.
I’ve ordered bulbs and roots from here with great success- when the smaller flower farms sell out quickly, check here for unique daffodils! They’re a large retailer, but again… if you can find what you’re looking for at a reasonable price, that’s helpful! Shop Here.
I hope you’ve found this helpful! You should be able to find almost any type of cut flower you’d like to grow here in Canada from these lists. The only one I’ve yet to find is mums… so if you find it here but doesn’t come in packs of hundreds of plugs, hit me up!
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