Most fragrant HARDY flowers for cutting

phylrae(z5a/centralNYS)March 2, 2010

I grow quite a few perennials/annuals for cutting here in zone 5a, ie, some of each: peonies, lilac, buddleia, oriental/OT lilies, roses, daffodils, carnations/dianthus, phlox, siberian/spuria iris, monarda, agastache, lavender...there may be others, I just can't think of them right now. I didn't have much success with lilies of the valley (they grew, but didn't bloom well), plus they were too short.

I am wondering if anyone can suggest anything ELSE that I might be missing that I can cut for my bouquets (I sell them locally). I tried sweet peas but they seemed too labor-intensive (I have a regular fulltime job as well).

Would trying to grow some kind of honeysuckle or jasmine work for cutting for vases (and wintering it over in the garage like I do my agastache, carnations and lavender) ?

I was also wondering if anyone had any ideas for chocolate smelling flowers (other than the "chocolate flower"-as I read that its petals drop everyday. Not good for bouquets!

I have heard of flowering tobacco (nicotiana) but have never smelled it...it doesn't smell bad like nicotine, right? :0)

Thank you! :0) Phyl

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musaboru(Inland Calif.)

Try Chocolate Cosmos. I am not sure how hardy it is though.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 1:40PM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

Easter lilies and or Oriental lillies..To die for!

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 3:06PM
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phylrae(z5a/centralNYS)

Thanks, musaboru...I will try to order a plant (doesn't come from seed apparently)...
Meyermike, thanks.....I do have some Trumpet-Aurelian hybrids and Oriental lilies...love 'em! :0) Phyl

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 4:47PM
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jeff_al

try "chocolate mint". smells like one of those thin, after-dinner chocolate mints and can also be used in teas and desserts. the leafy stems would be nice filler for your bouquets and pairs well with the spicy scent of dianthus.
nicotiana flowers have a strong, pleasant fragrance(baby powder-like) but do not make good cut flowers in my opinion.
the fragrance comes out in late afternoon and evening.

Here is a link that might be useful: chocolate mint

    Bookmark   March 3, 2010 at 9:48AM
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phylrae(z5a/centralNYS)

Thanks, Jeff. Since your suggestion, I noticed that B'stone P. has them on sale....I think I may get them (3/$10) and put in pots to keep from being invasive in the ground. I also read somewhere that they smell just like Andes Mints...my favorite chocolate/mint combo. :0) Phyl

    Bookmark   March 4, 2010 at 12:40PM
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teresa_b(z6 MO)

Phyl,

You may also want to post your question at the Cutting Garden forum. If you have not tried tuberoses, you may want to give them a whirl. It is a tender bulb. All you need is a couple in a bouquet to add quite a bit of fragrance.

Teresa

    Bookmark   March 7, 2010 at 9:24PM
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alison(6b/OH)

I was just reminded this weekend of mignonette, which you might consider. It doesn't look like much -- okay, it looks like a weed -- but the tiny little flowers are wonderfully fragrant.

Don't know how it holds up as a cut flower. The several years I grew it I would always throw a stem into whatever bouquet I made for others, but since I had the pots right on the balcony I never put it in a bouquet for myself.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2010 at 7:02PM
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silverneedle

Try russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), it grows pretty much like lavender, likes heat, draught tolerant, and thrives on neglect. Hardy to zone 5.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 12:47AM
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phylrae(z5a/centralNYS)

Thanks for the tip! We will check it out at Bluestone when we make a visit there in a few weeks! :0) Phyl

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 6:38AM
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perennialfan273(zone 5)

Santolina makes a great cut flower, and it smells wonderful after it's been set out to dry for a while.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 12:40PM
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dekprizm(6MA)

Nicotiana smells wonderful and it's easy to grow

    Bookmark   April 7, 2010 at 2:37PM
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fragrantgardener01

Boronia. Short-lived, but the yellow form looks great as cut flower and smells wonderful.
FG

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 4:15AM
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phylrae(z5a/centralNYS)

Santolina looks nice, possibly the nicotiana (from seed)....wish I could find that Boronia somewhere locally or at Bluestone! Thanks all! :0) Phyl

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 8:08AM
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prairiegirlz5

Nicotiana smells like a nice aftershave I think, it has a very clean scent; definitely try it!

Some hosta are fragrant, So Sweet is nice. Also the plain green Pearl Lake smells divine. Different!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 8:32PM
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phylrae(z5a/centralNYS)

Thanks again for the Nicotiana recommendation....might try. Not too crazy about hostas personally, but thanks anyway. :0) Phyl

    Bookmark   April 22, 2010 at 6:18AM
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