Growing Flowers

Cut Flowers

^^^^A fantastic intro into field grown and cut flowers.^^^

some nifty ones to start with:

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium ‘White Wonder’): Snow white, 1/2″ diameter mum-like flowers in clusters on strong, 18” stems. Nice foliage. Long vase life. The ultimate bouquet filler.

Ageratum ‘Blue Horizon’: Purple-blue, fuzzy umbels on sturdy, 24″ stems. Available in white and rose as well, but I find the blue to be the strongest performer.

Antirrhinum ‘White Rocket’: Every few years I try growing snapdragons in mixed colors, but I always go back to white. Elegant on their own, the flowers are also good mixers.

Zinnias: These are the backbone of any cutting garden. I usually plant several colors of the large and colorful Benary’s Giant (and always include the lime-green Green Envy). For smaller bouquets, plant Lilliput or Sunbow.

Bishop’s lace (Ammi majus): This looks much like wild Queen Anne’s lace, but it’s more delicate and makes a fantastic filler, weaving most any flowers into a professional-looking bouquet.

Clary sage (Salvia viridis): A great plant that produces deep purple, pink, or white bracts. The stiff stems add a good vertical line when cut, the cut flowers last for weeks in a vase. Frost hardy.

Phlox drummondi ‘Tapestry’: This mix includes a dozen different old-fashioned color combinations that remind me of the faded, 1940s-era aprons worn by farm wives throughout the Midwest. They don’t last very long in a vase, but you’ll be hooked once you grow them.

Asters: Annual asters hate my heavy clay soil and often die out by mid-August, yet I always plant a few. If you can grow asters successfully, you’ll find they’re one of the best cut flowers around.

Dahlias: Buy new tubers in the early spring or dig and save your own from year to year. Choose a variety of sizes and heights, and be sure to stake the plants well, as they’re likely to reach 4 feet tall.

Euphorbia marginata ‘Kilimanjaro’: This annual is grown for its showy green and white foliage. Makes a great filler.

Centaurea ‘Jubilee Gem’: A deep-blue bachelor button with a stocky, upright form.

Sunflowers: If you don’t have room for a row of sunflowers, just plant a few here and there around your garden. Since I grow sunflowers with cutting in mind, I usually plant multi-stem varieties with slightly smaller blooms, such as Italian White.


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