The 10 Prettiest Cut Flowers You Can Grow

The Countryman

One of the most rewarding things about growing flowers is creating bouquets, of course. Nearly any flower works as a cut flower, but some are better than others. These 10 blooms, from our 2016 issue of Green Side Up, are guaranteed to stun both in the garden and in your home.

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Purple Coneflower

pink flower

Ever heard of echinacea? It's purple coneflower, and its cheery daisy-like flowers bloom in July abd August. There are other color varieties, but purple is the most popular. They love sun, and they'll survive if there's a dry spell. Bonus: They're loved by bees and butterflies.

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pink flower

Take a close look at a dahlia, and you might recognize its cheery face—it's a relative of the sunflower, but actually a member of the aster family. Dahlias are super cool when it comes to variety. There are teensy ones. There are giant ones, called dinner plate, because they are literally as big as one. Get them short or get them tall, and get them in an amazing range of colors. If they're not hardy in your Zone, you can dig up the tubers (which look kind of like a very small potato) and store them over the winter.

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red orange flower

They're old school but still awesome. Your parents and your grandparents probably grew zinnias, and for good reason. They're tough, can grow in a snap from seed, and like dahlias, come in a range of colors and types. They're an annual, except in the warmest climates, but they're such quick growers that they make up for it. They don't need much—other than lots of sun.

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purple flowers

Phlox puts on a show with clusters of petite flowers in a range of colors that grow up a taller stem. They're great for bouquet height or to fill in the big holes. The variety determines the bloom time—some are active in spring, some in summer. However, never buy one that isn't labeled disease-resistant, because it will be vulnerable to powdery mildew.

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Globe amaranth

You also can call it globe amaranth, but whatever you call it, just plant it. It's an annual and has great circular flower heads (they also dry well). They love sun and come in lots of shades—orange, yellow, pink, white, and purple. Bonus: Just toss a handful of seeds into your garden—that's it.

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sun flower

Like coneflower, sunflowers are natives—great for all those funky bugs, bees, and birds you want in your garden. Some are short, some are tall (up to 16 feet), some are classic yellow, while others tend toward orangey-red hues. They're all simply stunning, though, and if you save the flower heads you can harvest the seeds for planting the next year. Plus they're tough and love the heat and sun.

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Black-Eyed Susan

yellow flower

Black-eyed Susan and sunflowers have a lot in common, since they're from the same family. The blooms on the black-eyed Susan tend to be smaller, as are the plants. They're a native wildflower (hello birds, bees, and butterflies) and bloom a staggeringly long time—summer through early fall, if the weather is right.

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Peonies often get hit with disease. If they are showing brown spots, throw away the cuttings.

There are tree peonies, herbacious peonies, and itoh peonies (which are actually a cross between the first two). The type doesn't matter—you'll know the many petaled and distinctly lush blooms of the peony when you see them. The standard color is a pastel pink, but red, yellow, and white have all made inroads in popularity. Peonies finish blooming once the weather turns hot.

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Yarrow is like phlox—it's great for those fill-in spots in bouquets, especially with the cluster blooms that span out over a flat top. These perennials are tough growers that don't mind the heat or dry spells. They're long bloomers, too, from midsummer until early fall.

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The Countryman

Don't be scared—growing roses doesn't have to be hard, and nothing beats a bouquet of rose blooms. There are literally thousands of rose types, and some are fussier about their care than others. Go for a hardy variety (we like David Austin, shrub, or hybrids) that's also resistant to many of the diseases and pests that bug the more delicate types.

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