06/04/1990 at 01:00 AM EDT
>Today's gardening catalogs (selection below) offer everything from seeds to sundials. One way to keep abreast is with Gardening by Mail, a reliable sourcebook by Barbara J. Barton (Houghton Mifflin, $16.95), which lists nurseries, seed companies, horticultural societies, libraries and more.
WHITE FLOWER FARM Perennials, shrubs, bulbs; top-notch advice. Three catalogs: $5. (800-888-7756)
LOGEE'S GREENHOUSES Begonias and other greenhouse and exotic plants. Catalog: $3. (203-774-8038)
MONTICELLO SEED LIST Seeds grown at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants at Monticello. Catalog: $5. (804-979-5283)
ROSES OF YESTERDAY AND TODAY Wide selection of climbers, ramblers, hybrid teas, you name it. Catalog: $3. (408-724-3537)
SHEPHERD'S GARDEN SEEDS Salad and herb varieties. European, Asian and Mexican produce for the cooking gardener. Catalog: $1. (408-335-5311)
GARDENS ALIVE! Natural insect and disease control supplies: praying mantises to organic fertilizers. Free catalog. (812-623-3800)