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7 Best Flowers to Cut for Bouquets
This season, bring flowers from your garden inside and fill up your home with color and fragrance when you plant a cutting garden.
Plant colorful lilies that bloom in early summer, and sow annuals like zinnias, for beautiful blooms every week in summer. When you're ready to make a bouquet, head to the garden in the cool of the day, bring a bucket of water and a pair of scissors and trim your favorite flowers.
Read on to discover our favorite flowers for a cutting garden.
The beauty of these perennial shrubs can make you forget their diva-like nature. Roses do need pruning and regular insecticidal soap treatments. But the rewards far exceed the effort.
Roses are versatile garden performers. They grow equally well in containers or in mass plantings. Find out more about caring for roses.
Lovely peonies are long-lived bulbs (there are tree peonies, too, but these instructions are for herbaceous peonies) that grow best in USDA hardiness zones 2 to 8.
Choose a site for peonies with plenty of sun and well-drained soil. Shade in late afternoon protects the blooms in the hottest days of summer. In spring, work plenty of organic compost and a slow-release fertilizer into the planting bed and plant the bulbs “eyes up” no deeper than two inches from the surface. When the plants are three to four inches high, fertilize again with a balanced fertilizer.
Tips for Cut Flower Success:
- Gather flowers in the cool of the day; flowers are more fragrant in the morning.
- Take a sharp knife or pruning snips with you into the garden and a bucket of water.
- Cut flower on a slant to expose more stem surface area and immediately submerge the stem.
- Take off leaves that will be under water in the vase. Keep thorns on roses.
- Change the water in the vase every other day.