Help! I need to grow flowers for bloom in September

mdgardengurl(MD Zone 7)October 22, 2005

Hi - My daughter's getting married in September '06. She wants me to grow the flowers for the wedding - colors burgundy, peach and beige. I grew great Glads and Hollyhocks this year, but am not real good with flowers in general. I'm a veggie gal... Most of my flowers were pretty well spent by Sept. this year. Can anyone tell me what flowers can be grown fairly easily to harvest in Sept?

Thanks so much for any help you can give!!

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gardengranma(6a/6b MD)

Gardengurl, here are my suggestions: Maroon zinnias, white marigolds, canna (for leaves and flowers), maroon and white mums, spider lilies, belladonna lilies, oxblood lilies,obedient plant (white, hibiscus, crape myrtles, hostas, nierembergia, ivy. I did all the flowers for my girls when they got married, but I did order the bridal flowers, it made everything so much easier. Enjoy.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2005 at 10:03AM
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mdgardengurl(MD Zone 7)

Oh thank you so much GardenGranma for the suggestions! Do I need to fall sow any of the lilies to get blooms next year?
THanks again!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2005 at 11:09AM
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myloki(7 Va)

I'll add Dahlias and Japanese anemone. And of course - what wedding would be complete without ROSES! A good peach is Tamora. Ducher is a good white. Francis Dubreuil is a good dark red (and really fragrant!) All of these should give some fall bloom.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2005 at 4:02PM
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gardenpaws_VA(z7 NoVA)

Look at some of the peach-colored salvias - I know S. greggi comes in that color. Look for Chrysanthemum 'Starlet' - it's a really nice spoon mum that's fragrant, as well - and also C. rubellum cultivars - lots of singles in shades of buff-yellow to bronze to pink.
All of these have to come from cuttings, but I know I've seen people offering the salvias on this list or the VA list.
'Starlet' wouldn't be a cut flower, particularly, except for fairly low arrangements - it tops out at about 18" if it's not hit with a growth retardant. It isn't new, but should still be available in the spring from nurseries that sell mum cuttings.
I've got C. rubellum Mary Stoker (peachy-buff) and if you like, I can give you some. Best bet is to wait until spring and then grow it fast and well-fed.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2005 at 11:31PM
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faerieannette(z7 MD)

Check these guys out. It you are willing to grown your own flowers then you are willing to do the arranging. Arranging them will be hard enough. I would check out these guys. That way you can be certain that you have flowers for the wedding. You never know what sort of strange environmental factors can curse your flower beds. I have heard good things about them in the book "Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget" I also highly recommend that book!

good luck to you,


    Bookmark   October 26, 2005 at 9:13AM
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mdgardengurl(MD Zone 7)

For some reason, I haven't been receiving the posts to this, so I apologize to all for not acknowledging your replies. And, thank you so much for all your good information! You have been immesurably helpful and I am so grateful.. :)

    Bookmark   November 15, 2005 at 1:04PM
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JohnnieB(Washington, DC 7a/b)

Bear in mind that this wedding is just one year away. Assuming the plants will be planted in spring of 2006, they will have to be things that transplant easily, establish quickly, will put on a reliable show over a long period and produce good cut flowers. That rules out many, many perennials, which either take a season or two to establish and/or have limited bloom periods that may peak before or after the wedding, depending on the weather. In general, annuals and tender perennials will probably be your best bets, and I would suggest hedging your bets by planting a lot of different ones, to ensure that at least a few do well. Also, post your question in the annuals forum, as they may have many more good suggestions.

Turtlehead is one perennial that comes to mind that should bloom well in its first year (if planted early enough), blooms over a long period from late summer into early fall, and comes in both white and pink forms.

I don't know of any lilies that would be blooming in September.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2005 at 2:38PM
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mdgardengurl(MD Zone 7)

Thank you for all the good info Johnnieb! I will post in the annuals forum. I figured on primarily annuals, and will for sure have many glads and dahlias. I will probably also purchase roses from as Annette suggested. They do have a wonderful website and their prices are not bad. Still researching different flowers for the colors I need. This is intimidating, but so much fun, too! :)
Thanks again.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2005 at 8:08PM
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