Permanent Garden Tags

$17.00 - $30.00

50 ct.
100 ct.

These low cost aluminum tags are the best product we have found to keep important information recorded for plants in the garden. They will not rust and weather much slower than plastic tags. Size is 1.0" x 3.375" and they can be ordered in bundles of 25, 50, or 100. They are made in the U.S.A, come with a wire fastener, and can be embossed with a pen on one or both sides.   

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US).  

4 Questions asked on Permanent Garden Tags

How do you write on them? Do you need a special tool?
No special tool needed. We use just a ballpoint pen. Press the pen into the aluminum and your words are permanently embossed on the tag.
Where could I get something like the stakes that are pictured?
The yellow metal pole pictured in photo #5 above, our Outdoor Operations Mgr just got at a Farm Supply store locally and he drilled the holes himself to secure the wire for the tag.
Other than buying a dowel and drilling a hole, how would you suggest using these. I am disappointed in their application! Thanks.
Hi Mary! We have used the tags in a variety of ways here – I’ve loaded more photos to this product page.

1. We have found metal garden stakes/poles that have a loop or hole at the end (like you see in the Penstemon and Cinna photo).

2. We have also had success just wrapping the wire around a PVC pipe in a garden bed and they have remained for years.

3. We have stapled them into fabric to mark our fields because poles get in the way of the mower.

That said, if you would like to return your unused tags, we can apply a full refund when they arrive back to us.
How can I get the typeface print on the garden tags, as shown in the Pale Beardtongue photo?
The typeface was created with metalworking letters, like these: Letter and Number Set


Growing your own plants from seed is the most economical way to add natives to your home. Before you get started, one of the most important things to know about the seeds of wild plants is that many have built-in dormancy mechanisms that prevent the seed from germinating. In nature, this prevents a population of plants from germinating all at once, before killing frosts, or in times of drought. To propagate native plants, a gardener must break this dormancy before seed will grow.

Each species is different, so be sure to check the GERMINATION CODE listed on the website, in the catalog, or on your seed packet. Then, follow the GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS prior to planting. Some species don't need any pre-treatment to germinate, but some species have dormancy mechanisms that must be broken before the seed will germinate. Some dormancy can be broken in a few minutes, but some species take months or even years.

Seed dormancy can be broken artificially by prolonged refrigeration of damp seed in the process of cold/moist STRATIFICATION. A less complicated approach is to let nature handle the stratifying through a dormant seeding, sowing seeds on the surface of a weed-free site in late fall or winter. Tucked safely beneath the snow, seeds will be conditioned by weathering to make germination possible in subsequent growing seasons.

To learn more, read our BLOG: How to Germinate Native Seeds

Dormant Bare Root Plants

We dig plants when they are dormant from our outdoor beds and ship them April-May and October. Some species go dormant in the summer and we can ship them July/August. We are among the few still employing this production method, which is labor intensive but plant-friendly. They arrive to you dormant, with little to no top-growth (bare-root), packed in peat moss. They should be planted as soon as possible. Unlike greenhouse-grown plants, bare-root plants can be planted during cold weather or anytime the soil is not frozen. A root photo is included with each species to illustrate the optimal depth and orientation. Planting instructions/care are also included with each order.

Download: Installing Your Bare-Root Plants

Potted Plants

3-packs and trays of 32, 38, or 50 plants leave our Midwest greenhouses based on species readiness (being well-rooted for transit) and order date; Spring shipping is typically early May through June, and Fall shipping is mid-August through September. Potted 3-packs and trays of 38 plugs are started from seed in the winter so are typically 3-4 months old when they ship. Trays of 32/50 plugs are usually overwintered so are 1 year old. Plant tray cells are approximately 2” wide x 5” deep in the trays of 38 and 50, and 2.5" wide x 3.5" deep in the 3-packs and trays of 32; ideal for deep-rooted natives. Full-color tags and planting & care instructions are included with each order.

Download: Planting and Care of Potted Plants

*PLEASE NOTE: we are a mail order nursery and have no retail facilities, but you may pick up your order if prior arrangements are made. Pick up orders are subject to 7.375% MN Sales Tax.

Shipping & Handling Charges

TOOL SHED and BOOKS have the shipping fee included in the cost of the item. In other words, they SHIP FREE!

Shipping Season

SEED, TOOLS and BOOKS are sent year-round. Most orders ship within a day or two upon receipt.


We ship using USPS, UPS and Spee Dee.



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