Beginner 'cutting garden' gardener - what would you plant?

jeankeeterJanuary 4, 2010

Hi everyone,

I am new as a "cutting garden" gardener (I typically planted herbs and veggies in containers before I moved into a home with land to plant on!)

What flowers would you recommend for someone like me to grow? I am open to annuals and perennials. I would like to direct sow, if possible ~ but would start seeds indoors if needed.

Thank you so much!


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diggerdee zone 6 CT

Hi Jeannie!

I'm in a rush to get out the door (should be on my way to work and not on GW, lol!) but here's a quick link to a thread with people's favorite cut flowers.

Hope this helps! Have fun!

Here is a link that might be useful: favorite cut flowers

    Bookmark   January 4, 2010 at 4:12PM
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I'm going to add another of my favorites.
I't a saldago called Cloth of Gold. It starts blooming early,June,and continues all season.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 9:52PM
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gardenerme(z9/21 inland socal)

If you are growing from seed, you need to investigate winter sowing on this site. It's fun, cheap and amazingly successful. It stretches a dollar a long way . . . .

    Bookmark   January 15, 2010 at 6:29PM
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Thank you gardenerme! I decided to take your advice and just did some winter sowing today. My first try ever! You can read about it on my blog at Thank you for the suggestion!

Here is a link that might be useful: My Three Gardens

    Bookmark   January 19, 2010 at 3:28PM
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teresa_b(z6 MO)

Good idea on the winter sowing. I was stunned with my great results last year at growing all those perennials I could never grow or paid too much for. I even cut a delphinium bloom here in Missouri in November! My seed order should be here any day for winter sowing; however, for direct sowing, I enjoy cosmos and Benary's zinnias for many blooms in mid to late summer.

I noticed that this site no longer has the history it used to have. I picked up many good ideas from some of those older posts.


    Bookmark   January 21, 2010 at 8:34PM
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You are very organized. Just a reminder columbine, lupine, echinacea most of your perennials will not take off for a few years so make sure you plant plenty of annuals to fill the gap.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2010 at 3:46PM
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perennialfan273(zone 5)

Lavender is easy to grow as long as your soil drains well. It's kind of hard to grow from seed, though. Santolina likes the same conditions as lavender, but I'm not sure if you can start it from seed. Both of these smell amazing after you cut them to bring indoors.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2010 at 10:15PM
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Lavender is not hard to grow from seeds at all. I just did. and i'm new to gardening. just put the seeds in a moist paper towel and put that in a zip lock bag. in 3 days my seeds sprouted. put them in rich potting soil and you are good to go.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2010 at 1:23PM
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