One thing to keep in mind about seed/mail-order companies, is that they often will provide a much larger selection than you might find at a garden center. Many garden centers select a limited amount of seeds, plants, shrubs etc. to sell. If you want something out of the ordinary, a mail order company might be your best bet!
I am the first to admit, the unusual and obscure plants tend to be the ones that draw my attention the most. To have a plant or plants... that few people have, or have even seen gives more of a wow factor than the common plants everyone and their neighbor has.
Over the next couple of blogs, I'll highlight some of the better mail order companies to look into.
I was thoroughly impressed with Acorus Restoration Native Plant Nursery. The first company I am profiling on this blog. They offer over 350 species of native plants suitable for wetland, woodland, prairie, and meadows. Their trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are grown from seed that they collect in an ecologically responsible manner. In addition to offering seeds, and plants, they also offer ecological restoration consultation services, that have included projects across Ontario.
I think its important to plant at least a few native plants in our gardens. Attract butterflies, songbirds, and nature into your backyard...We have a lot of beautiful native plants... why not display them!
I highly recommend checking out their website at http://www.ecologyart.com/
Or the direct link to their catologue at
All of the photos in this blog are used with permission from the Acorus Restoration Website