February 23, 2008

Favorite Plant Websites

The internet is a great way to research and order plants! Here are some of my favorite gardening websites:

I use these plant libraries to look up more information about a plant I'm interested in buying: http://monrovia.com/ or http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/ I also Google the plant name and read a few descriptions/reviews before ordering something new.

I love this catalog for its gorgeous pictures and great plant descriptions, though it's not the most inexpensive plant source: http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/

This catalog has a nice selection and moderate prices: http://www.jacksonandperkins.com/

I fell in love with David Austin's english roses, and here's the company's website: http://davidaustinroses.com/american/ My favorites from the website: Eglantyne, Crocus Rose, Claire Austin (only available in the UK so far) and Munstead Wood (only available in the UK).

This nursery is introducing many vigorous new siberian iris hybrids: http://www.jpwflowers.com/ I'm especially interested in the various blue-flowered plants. When I ordered from them, they included an extra plant for me to sample - what a nice surprise!

I've been drooling over the delphinium pictures from this New Zealand nursery for a couple of years and finally ordered some seed this year: http://www.delphinium.co.nz/ Along with the packet of 50 seeds that I ordered, they included another packet of mixed delphinium seed for me to try. Gotta love these small specialty nurseries - I've never had a large nursery include a surprise like that.

About the Author and VW Garden Blog Purpose

My dad introduced me to gardening when I was a teenager, and I loved it so much that I earned a bachelor's degree in Urban Horticulture and Landscape Design. By the time I graduated, I had worked in two plant nurseries. I haven't pursued landscape design as a business, but happily give gardening and landscape design advice to friends and neighbors. Occasionally I take on a full-blown landscape design project, and I enjoy opportunities to teach gardening/design classes. After purchasing my first - and hopefully last - home in the summer of 2007, I've been ravenously researching, planning, planting and transplanting the plants that I want to have around me for the next few decades.
This blog will provide a place for me to record some of my knowledge and experience with landscape design and gardening, and hopefully allow others to learn from it.