|Local nurseries can be a good source for heirloom plants (except bulbs--see below). Some nurseries specialize in certain plants. Check the nursery advertisements in the Yellow Pages. The discount nurseries (like Kmart and Home Depot) do not carry a wide selection of plants. They focus on plants that are inexpensive and popular.|
|Look for a complete description of the plant on its tag (genus, species, and variety or cultivar, if applicable). Be leery of plants labeled with only a common name. Different species within a genus or even plants belonging to different genera (genii?) can have the same common name.|
|In general, local nurseries are not recommended as a source for bulbs (tulips, narcissus, lilies, fritillaries, alliums, hyacinths, scillas, eranthis, etc.). They have a poor selection, and the bulbs are often dried out from sitting at room temperature in a showroom.|
|The Lily of the Valley Herb Farm, located in Minerva,
Ohio, has a huge selection of herbs and other plants (720 varieties).
They will mail their catalogue upon request. Unfortunately, they
do not sell by mail order.
Their address is:
The Lily of the Valley Herb Farm
3969 Fox Avenue, Minerva, Ohio
Phone (330) 862-3920