One of the joys of gardening is growing flowers for cutting that can be transformed into beautiful arrangements. Foliage, too, can enhance a floral arrangement or stand alone. A bouquet of hosta foliage or other leaves can be just as gorgeous as blooms.
If you only have enough blooms to adorn your outdoor gardens, it may be hard to cut stems for indoor use. Remedy this problem by planting a mixture of perennials and annuals in a cutting garden. This garden is grown specifically to harvest for bouquets, centerpieces, and indoor arrangements.
Plant a cutting garden with an assortment of perennials and annuals with blooms and foliage that can be combined in varied ways. These plants make good cutting garden choices.
- Campanula (bellflower)
- Gaillardia (blanket flower)
- Hibiscus moscheutos (rose mallow)
- Japanese anemone
- Liatris (blazing star)
- Monarda (bee balm)
- Black-eyed Susan
- Veronica (speedwell)
- Ageratum (flossflower)
- Calendula (pot marigold)
- Centaurea cyanus (bachelor's button)
- Dianthus (pinks)
- Helianthus annuus (sunflower)
- Sweet pea
Continued on page 2: Designing with Garden Flowers