Growing a Cut Flower Garden

Nothing beats having fresh flowers throughout your house. Grocery store bouquets get quite expensive after awhile and should maybe be saved for the winter months. It’s very easy to have your own cutting garden where you can grow and harvest beautiful flowers all summer.

Growing a CutFlower Garden with Sensible Gardening

How to Plant a Cutting Garden

Find a full sun position in your garden. Most cutting flowers require 6 to 8 hours of sunlight each day.

Use a nutrient rich, well draining soil that is well dug. A tip is to dig in compost each fall then your bed will be ready for spring.

Plant your flowers in short rows for easier weeding and staking.

Stake the tall flowers early in their growth so they don’t collapse. As your plant grows simply add ties to the stake as you go. Tomato cages work well for bushier types.

Place tallest plants on the North side of your bed so they don’t shade the shorter varieties.

Weed and water regularly.

How to Harvest your Flowers

Pick flowers in the early morning.

Take a tall bucket of cold water with you out into the flower patch.

Re-cut the stems just before placing them in the vase using clean snips.

Change the water every other day.

Keep your fresh flower arrangement out of the direct sun.

Excellent Cut Flowers to Grow

Calendula ( light yellow to bright orange with sturdy stems and 3 inch blooms )

Growing a Cutting Garden

Cosmos ( can be very tall, several feet, grows well even in poor soil. Attracts butterflies into your garden )

Growing a Cutting Garden with Sensible Gardening

Black-eyed Susan (a perennial which when cut encourages new blooms, also deer resistant )

Growing a Cutting garden with Sensible Gardening

Snapdragon ( an annual growing form 8 inches to 3 feet tall depending on variety. Comes in a multitude of colors )

Growing a Cutting garden with Sensible Gardening

Echinacea (a 3 foot perennial which attracts butterflies, somewhat drought tolerant )

Growing a Cutting Garden with Sensible Gardening

Salvia ( Large clumping perennial with blue-violet blooms, the bees love it )

Growing a Cutting Garden with Sensible Gardening

Coreopsis ( bright yellow blooms, drought tolerant and blooms staight through the fall. Dead head for successive flowering )

Growing a Cutting Garden with Sensible Gardening

Verbenna bonarrensis ( tall flowers on a stiff coarse stem. Pinch the first shoots in spring to encourage branching and more blooms )

Growing a Cutting Garden with Sensible Gardening

Dahlias ( a multitude of sizes, forms and colors )

Growing a Cutting Garden with Sensible Gardening

Cleome ( a tall annual often grown from seed )

Growing a Cutting Garden with Sensible Gardening

Zinnias ( sturdy stems topped with brightly colored blooms )

Growing a Cutting Garden with Sensible Gardening

Sunflowers (a favorite of many, short to tall and many new cultivars to try )

Growing a Cutting garden with Sensible Gardening

Daisies ( an old fashioned cottage flower, pick for repeat blooming )

Growing a Cutting Garden with Sensible Gardening

Love-in-a-mist ( best grown directly be seed, will self seed for future years )

Growing a Cutting Garden with Sensible Gardening

Babies Breath ( needs a fair amount of room and is perfect as a filler in arrangements )

Growing a Cutting Garden with Sensible Gardening

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