Hi, I am looking for recommendations for a cutting garden including annuals and perennials.
What do you suggest?
Oh, I can help you out on this. These are a few of what I like to use for perennials: Leopard's Bane, Peonies, Lilies, Lady's Mantle, Sweet William, Glads, Delphinium, tall Sedum, Campanula, Painted Daisy, Liatris, Hosta leaves, Bergenia leaves
Annuals need to be the taller varieties, Rocket Snapdragons are awesome and great pretty much any time in our climate. Benary's Giant Zinnias, Sunflowers (Pro Cuts are best, IMO), Clarkia, Larkspur, Red Velvet Amaranthus, Godetia, Carnations, Euphorbia marginata, Agrostemma, Baby's Breath, Rudbeckia
Here's a link that includes more for the list, as well as when the best time is to cut them and how long they persist in the vase
Here is a link that might be useful: more cut flowers
And of course any of the wild meadow flowers...
Leopard's Bane - spring blooming - stems are kind of thin
Painted Daisy - spring blooming - great for cutting
Coneflowers - wonderful
Roses - of course!
catmint - looks fantastic in rose bouquets!!
Scabosias - lovely color in bouquet
definately cosmos and sweet peas as well as the many other wonderful recommendations
Silene armeria rubra (aka: Silene Electra or Catchfly) really stand out for me. It's a really nice filler, colorful, strong stems and seem to last well. Just beware of its rather vigorous self seeding habit. I also used some Cushion Spurge in an arrangement this spring and it was colorful and longlasting.
If I may humbly add to the request...what are your favorite plants for foiliage in arrangments? I used some Lovage leaves this spring too that were lush looking, long stemmed and lasted well. And I like using bleeding heart leaves as well.
I'm not sure what this foiliage is called but I love it in with my roses. The white and green leaves are so light colored. Someone around here calls it snow on the mountain but I don't think that's what it is.
I also like the smaller hosta leaves.
HI Karyn. That is Bishops Weed. I have a ton of it here in Maine. It spreads ALOT,,and some people dislike it because of its aggresive spreading habit. I think it is nice. I just divide mine and move it around from one garden to another.
Thanks for the info. I do find it spreads when planted in the sun but not in the shade. Mine hasn't spread all that much yet. I love it.
I use salvia spikes in my arrangements, not that I have them in the house to often. I also like to use hosta leaves, Catanache/Cupids Dart, roses, lilies, lady's mantle,coreopsis & helenium. Marg
cilantro (flowers for filler)
dill (flowers for filler)
anise (flowers for filler)
amaranth (the type with fountain-type blossoms - eg palace purple)
sweet annie (for filler)
New England asters
What a wonderful list spartangardener. Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions.