How many of you have a dedicated part of your garden for cut flowers, where you created the best of all worlds by making a separate garden for cutting bouquets? I know it is hard to snip a few fresh blooms in a designed garden without thinking you are robbing the flower beds and borders of beautiful flowers to bring inside, yet it is so worth the extra work to prepare the plot.
Myself, I cut throughout the garden all growing season to bring the fresh flowers indoors up until the snow flies. Most of my beds are brimming with a variety of flowers as you have seen through the years. My garden packs in the flowers like you see of the garden in this post which does it on a much larger scale.
I did start out with a cutting garden on the west side of my property shown below, but aggressive plants like Black-eyed Susan soon overtook the space late summer. It is a beautiful sight massed, so I just let it do its thing. Even though I have a tiny garden, it produces much more than gardens many times greater in size. Some things to consider in making the cutting garden:
Like I mentioned, it does need maintenance to keep the greedy plants at bay, like Rudbeckia.
- Also make sure to have blooms with long stems for your arrangements, like Lupine but also add those that trail or climb like sweet pea.
- Extend your bloom-time for spring, midsummer and late summer to stay in business through Fall, using plants like Solidago and Veronica.
- A cutting garden will not look like a prized mixed border of plants. It is looser in feel and appearance.
- Most cutting gardens with much bloom will require sun conditions.
- A mix of annual, bi-annual, bulbs, and perennials will ensure all season-long bloom in both the cutting garden or traditional borders.
I also supplement my refined garden flowers with “weeds” picked from local meadows as fillers when creating vase designs, so don’t forget about what you might find in a meadow nearby. Many would call them wildflowers, but let’s be honest, most don’t want them in designed gardens, but a number of meadow flowers earn their keep in cutting gardens.
Having some fast growing blooms from seed or plug are very useful in a cutting garden, my garden shown above and below. One thing to notice, many of the cutting garden flowers are the old-fashioned standbys found in your great grandmother’s gardens. They stood the test of time and are very reliable.
Cosmos, sunflowers, Phlox, Mexican Sunflowers, snapdragon, sweet pea, coneflower, foxglove, Delphinium, penstemon, pincushion flower, and poppies, are just a few I have every year. And daisies and lilies of every kind. My garden below.
This post is about another garden – a very special garden. Like my garden, this gardener does not use pesticides, herbicides or commercial fertilizers. I believe she uses Miracle-Gro in the pots though. I myself do as well. Container gardening needs the monthly boost if they are flowers purchased from a greenhouse, as does those big-bloom annuals in the cutting garden.
Last July, my garden club went on a field trip. Yes, a literal field trip in real fields of flowers. The place we visited grows flowers for weddings. I believe they also host wedding parties at this place if I remember correctly.
The owner has created a beautiful property with billowing flowers in fields surrounding her home. The flowers are cut for arrangements that end up at wedding receptions or carried down the aisle by a beaming bride.
Take a tour as we did. Open your eyes, breathe in the fresh country air, soak up the warm July sun, and think about planning your cutting garden full of color, scent and beauty. Not to mention all the wildlife that comes to feast.