This summer, bring flowers from your garden inside and fill up your home with color and fragrance by planting a cutting garden.
Following are five of our favorite flowers for a cutting garden.
1. Zinnias. These are a fiesta of color and texture in a flower bed; in shades of yellow, orange, pink and red, on sturdy stems. As cut flowers, zinnias can be the bold blossom that grabs your eye, or the complementary fillers. Either way, they delight.
2. Daisies. Easy-growing daisies are drought-tolerant plants in the summer garden. They adapt well to rock gardens and containers and add classic simplicity to a garden-fresh bouquet.
3. Sunflowers. Beautiful sunflowers can be direct-sown in spring for summertime harvesting. Annual seedlings are available, too. As cut flowers, they’re a bouquet unto themselves, but mix in some zinnias and daisies if they’re nearby.
4. Gladiolus. Brilliant spikes of gladiolus are thrillers in any cut flower arrangement. Stagger planting the corms in spring for waves of gladiolus blooms in summer.
5. Dahlias. These fall into the category of “Almost Too Pretty to Cut,” but go ahead, because they are long-lasting cut flowers. In the garden, give dahlias a sunny location and rich, well-draining soil.
Tips for Cut Flower Success:
- Gather flowers in the cool of the day; flowers are more fragrant in the morning.
- Take a sharp knife or pruning snips with you into the garden and a bucket of water.
- Cut flower on a slant to expose more stem surface area and immediately submerge the stem.
- Take off leaves that will be under water in the vase. Keep thorns on roses.
- Change the water in the vase every other day.
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