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Mailorder Gardening for wildlife friendly seeds and plants

Gardening for wildlife includes several benefits. Birds and animals are wonderful pollinators and farmers of native plants. They bring not only beauty of sights and sounds, but the wonder of the natural process to your yard and garden. But wildlife also need a bit of special care. They need native plants -- some animals can only eat a particular kind of native plant -- and when those native populations are replaced by exotic species from around the world, the wildlife populations are starved out of your region. Wildlife also need gardening without chemicals -- fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, etc. are harmful to the reproductive and growth cycles of insects, birds, squirrels, moles, and all the rest of our wondrous little critters.

By planting with care, you can nurture all life -- plants, wildlife...and human. Here are some sources of high quality plants, but it is still important to make your selection carefully based on the kind of environment you want to create and foster for your beloved critters and family.

The Mailorder Gardening Association Web site at offers dozens of catalogs for the home gardener. This gardening association also provides catalog shopping tips, a glossary and a description of what to expect when your plants arrive.

Here are a few catalogs that offer seeds

Bluestone Perennials

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Bluestone offers owering perennials. You can conduct searches on its Web site if you enter your hardiness zone, soil type, sun exposure, the bloom time you're looking for, colors and so on, the site respond with pages of plant photos and information that meet your criteria.

Renee's Garden
Renee's offers antique flowers as well as a good selection of heirloom herbs and vegetables. It also has new flower, herb and vegetable seeds, some of which are modern hybrids that boast superior flavor, appearance and reliability.

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Specializes in antique and heirloom flowers, particularly old-fashioned fragrant varieties, flowering vines and rare annuals. (antique flowers are categorized as originating at least 50 years ago and are open-pollinated by insects or wind, which produce generation after generation of plants that are identical or nearly identical to their parents. Wildlife such as birds, butterflies, moths, frogs and beneficial insects especially thrive with open-pollinated plants.

White Flower Farm
White Flower Farm catalogs are full of useful growing information and detailed photography. The catalogs feature accurate depictions of perennials as well as annuals, bulbs and some flowering shrubs. White Flower Farm only offers plants, not seeds.