Best Cutting Flowers
Although the best flowers for your cutting garden can be whatever you love in a vase, some flowers are ideal for cut arrangements
And don't limit yourself to just flowers! There are probably many things in your general landscape that can beautifully compliment the flowers you grow for arrangements. Branches from flowering shrubs and trees can help to create a striking arrangement. Spring, summer and fall changes in the branches provides wonderful seasonal touches to an arrangement.
But here we will focus on some of the best annuals and perennials to grow in a cutting garden. My personal preference is to grow plenty of annuals in the cutting garden and use some of the many perennials already established in my gardens. I find direct sown annuals and self seeding annuals and biennials ideal for a cutting garden.
Cleome - Great for a large vase with huge blooms and full foliage
Cosmos - cosmos stems are typically very tall with good open branching.
Dianthus - tall annual varieties have fully round bloom clusters
Gypsophila - Baby's Breath is a classic vase filler that pairs well just about anything
Marigold - free flowering marigolds gives you bright accents to your arrangements all season
Phlox - light sweet fragrance from full round bloom clusters
Snapdragon - long lasting tall spikes of blooms
Sunflower - Especially a dwarf, multi stemmed variety can fill a vase with one well branched cutting
Zinnia - strong straight stems and large colorful blooms
Achillea - flat clusters of blooms for great texture and interest
Aster - strong stems producing more than enough flowers for cutting
Carnation - one of the longest lasting flowers in a vase, as long s 2 or 3 weeks
Chrysanthemum - large full blooms for traditional bouquets
Dahlia - although Dahlia is a tender bulb, many gardeners store the bulbs over winter. Dahlia is near perfect for cutting flowers with strong stems, long lasting and striking blooms and full beautiful foliage.
Delphinium - tall dramatic spikes
Dianthus - not just carnations, the pinks also make wonderful, fragrant and extra long lasting cut flowers.
Echinacea - Coneflowers have strong straight stems with long lasting flowers
Feverfew - this carefree perennial is an excellent filler in a vase. Delicate branching and tiny white blooms spread through your arrangement.
Lavender - a natural for fragrance, tall spiked structure, and it dries well
Lupine - the more you cut the more they bloom. Striking spikes of bright blooms
Peony - huge bold blooms
Rudbeckia - as reliable as zinnia and sunflower for producing cut flowers
Veronica - showy spikes, cutting encourages rebloom
Dusty Miller - frosty sage greenery is a classic delicate green for a vase
Eucalyptus - a favorite branchy accent fresh or dried, very long lasting and fragrant
Ferns - finely cut favorite for delicate green filler
Flowering cabbage - and flowering kale are big bold stars in large arrangements
Sage - soft grayed green texture, before or after blooming
Just about anything you can cut from your landscape will make a nice addition to a cut arrangement.