Cut flowers that will survive the summer heat
I posted this on another forum but I may get more expertise here.
I'm in central Texas and am getting married on Oct 12.
I insist on growing as many of my flowers (and grasses, and foliage) as possible and getting the rest from a local cut flower farm (especially if we have a super dry and hot summer and I am unable to keep p!). I've been gardening for 9 years so I am feeling pretty confident, although I am mainly a vegetable gardener, but I do grow a lot of perennials to cut from and attract insects.
I am starting a variety of things from seed to supplement the perennials that I already have and know that I can depend on.
Here's what I have established already:
purple fountain grass
lady's slipper (for bouquet)
fall aster (not sure if it will be blooming by then though - fingers crossed!)
knock out roses (hoping to harvest the blooms that aren't fully open yet)
fall obedient plant
lavender, rosemary, and other herbs.
...I have used a lot of these things as cut flowers before, but not all. For the above plants- do you have any tips on encouraging more flowers, or when to harvest, or storing, drying, pruning, anything?
Others I plan to use that I am starting from seed now: zinnias
strawflower (if it blooms sooner i can just dry it?)
amaranth (globe, elephant head, hot biscuits, love lies bleeding)
dichondra (good for bouquet)
Texas bluebells aka lisianthus - (I started this from seed almost a month ago and it has not sprouted yet. But this is supposed to be a wildflower here! What I am doing wrong?!)
agastache (rose mint) - also not doing well from seed.
powder puff aster - will it take 105 degree days?
sunflowers (including mexican torch)
balsam (old fashioned)
armenian basket flower
What am I missing that you love to grow as a cut flower that will survive the heat? What are your tips and tricks?
I know some of these things might bloom before the heat of the summer sets in, and my thinking is that if I prune, mulch well, use shade cloth through the very worst of the summer, and compost, I can encourage them to bloom again as soon as the temps dip below 95! yeah? what do you think?
I also plan to do succession plantings of things like sunflowers.
Thanks for bearing with me through the long post. I really appreciate your input.