What flowers do you grow for cutting?

bramblebeeAugust 21, 2008

I'm always eager to learn what flowers do well as cut flowers in other folks'gardens, include flowering shrubs and trees as well as annuals and perennials. What's your favorite flower for cutting?

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boxofrox(z8 PNW)

Six years ago when I started my project, I had a few yellow flowers in the lawn and the normal spattering of azaleas and rhodies in the spring :-) Now, for the last several months I have been cutting enough for 4-6 huge bouquets a week. By huge, I mean as many as I can cram in a large mouthed vase and the bouquet itself about 18" across.

The ones I like the best have a combo of roses, hydrangeas, dahlias, and glads. I start with the mophead hydrangeas alternating colors at the base and then fill with the roses, dahlias, glads, and lacecap hydrangeas.

Here's a rose only one before the other flowers were ready. All these are still blooming and are included in the current bouquets.

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    Bookmark   August 22, 2008 at 4:19PM
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Noni Morrison

Are you interested in annuals too or only perennials? Because for annuals I always love to have batchelors buttons, scabiosa, snapdragons, orlaya,ammi visnaga, green nicotiana, zinnias, sunflowers, sweet peas..at infinitum. For shrubs I would add camellias, weigelas, corypteris, viburnums, and hope you have access to salal and huckleberry and pussywillow. TO the bulbs add the brodia(sp?) like Queen Fabiola and Rudy, alliums like purple sensation, and christopheri, dutch iris, tulips and daffodils, and montbretias.Along with the shrubs I like the grasses (Miscanthus varieties especially) for autumn, and leaves and flowers of ladies mantle for early summer.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2008 at 7:17PM
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boxofrox(z8 PNW)

It was ten years ago yesterday that I lost my father so I cut a few flowers for him. Thought you might enjoy......

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    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 2:58PM
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Karchita(WA Z8)

Almost all the flowers, grasses, and ferns that I grow I use for cutting. I can't say that I have a favorite; it's whatever I cut last ;-).

It's easier to say what ones don't do well as cut flowers ... and those are hardy fuchsia, a lot of annuals that don't have tall enough stems, clematis (I know you can float them but I never bother), various trailers, and that's about it for me.

I like to use some plants for their foliage in arrangements without their flowers, like brachyglottis, aster 'Black Prince', cotinus, daphne 'Carol Mackie', and some of the large-leaf scented geraniums.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 4:35PM
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These are great tips -- keep em coming and thanks!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 6:49PM
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novita(SWB.C. z8)

This year I grew zinnias, snapdragons and Chinese Asters in pots. The asters are just starting to bloom but the zinnias have been going strong for weeks. I also put dahlias in 1 gal pots as I ran out of garden bed room.
Boxofrox, your flowers are splendid, and a lovely way to remember your Dad.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 7:40PM
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