Cut flower gardens can replace a regular visit to a floral shop. Birds and butterflies may share the blooms that you eventually bring indoors to arrange flowers for your house.
The best cut flowers for indoor floral arrangements are flowers that hold their delicate flowers for as long as possible, flowers with strong stems and those with a beautiful scent!
Here are five flowers that make excellent choices for Cut Flower Gardens:
No 1: Best flower for Cut Flower Gardens: Grow carnations in the full sun in well-drained soil. Add compost. Water only during the hot season. Carnations are perfect for cut flower gardens because they grow 18 to 24 inches tall and have a nice fragrance that reminds me of cloves.
No. 2: Best flower for Cut Flower Gardens: Baby’s breath or elderberry bush: Many people like baby’s breath in their cut flower arrangements because they grow to be about 18 inches tall and provide filler with pretty cloud-like flowers. Baby’s breath likes alkaline soil. If you live in an area with acidic soil, like I do, consider planting an American black elderberry bush for your cut flower garden. I cut off branches from the elderberry bush when they are blooming-and friends often mistake the elderberry blooms for baby’s breath.
No. 3: Best Cutting Garden flower: Elegant zinnia or tall Zinnias are also great for cut flower gardens because they grow to be as high as 4 feet. The Benary’s Giants or Blue Point Zinnia have long strong stems perfect for floral arrangements. They come in a dozen different colors. Grow Zinnia in the full sun.
No. 4: Best Cutting Garden flower: Roses are a must if you are planting a cut-flower garden. I love La France, a hybrid tea rose with a lovely fragrance. Long stemmed roses such as hybrid tea roses are the best to grow for flower arranging. A nice white rose is the Home and Family Rose, Crystaline Rose or Cajun Moon Rose. For a dark red, try Mr. Lincoln rose. The Chicago peace Rose is a phlox pink with a yellow base.
No. 5: Best flower for Cut Flower Garden: Statice (Limonium sinuatum), also called sea lavender, is a must if you want to grow flowers for flower arrangements. It can be grown as an annual in Zones 2 to 7. Choose midnight blue statice or American Beauty Rose in pink for a striking color. Statice is also perfect for adding color to fall or winter wreaths.
Some non-traditional choices for a cut flower garden include Scarlet Sage, blossoms from a butterfly bush, or Sapphire Showers.
If you don’t have all the flowers you need for a floral arrangement, there is nothing wrong with purchasing some flowers to mix in with your home-grown flowers. Costco, for example, sells inexpensive flowers which may blend well with what you find in season from your own cut flower garden.
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