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The Cutting Garden

Raise your annuals, bulbs and perennials for indoor bouquets - If you don't you could be missing the boat

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There are gardeners and non-gardeners alike that enjoy seeing flowers in their border, yet refuse to bring this colorful display into their home and gain additional benifit's from the fruits of their labor.

The excuses go like this; They are messy, full of bugs such as ants, slugs, bees. While this may be partially true, it certainly is not cause to deny ourselves of spicing up our kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms with cut flowers from early spring to late fall, and dried arrangements during the winter.

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The Cutting Garden

The Cutting Garden: Garden Types

You can use a couple of approaches when planning your flower border.

Some gardeners prefer to have a specialized cutting garden. This is one in which the flowers are raised strictly for cutting of fresh flower and dried arrangements. This type of garden allows you to pick as many flowers as you desire with our worrying about the visual effects on the border.

Many other gardeners, myself included, prefer to select a few flowers for from each clump without ruining the current flower display in the border, and forego the dedicated cutting garden approach.

If you go the cutting flower garden route, you shouldn't locate that garden nearby. If should be out of sight as it is not intended for display purposes. Consider placing it in a vegetable garden or unused portion of your yard.

The Cutting Garden - Cutting Garden Care:

Even though a dedicated cutting garden is not meant for show purposes, you have to tend to some chores to keep it looking healthy and fresh.

    Thin the annuals and weed everything frequently, allowing fresh air circulation, avoid crowding and maximizing moisture and nutrition to each plant.
    Stay on top of watering and fertilizer applications to ensure maximum bloom output.
    Deadhead your flowers regularly to prevent the formation of seed heads, which directs plant energy to producing seeds rather than producing more flowers.
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The Cutting Garden - Flower Bouquets

The Cutting Garden - What to Grow:

Raising flowers and foliage for cutting is almost limitless. The only restrictions are the amount of light moisture and soil type that you have in your border or cutting garden.

You can grown a wide variety of annual flowers, perennial,s and even shrubs such as roses, lilacs, hydrangea and many more.

Grow some the grasses for foliage effects and grow shrubs that produce berries such as Viburnum and holly.

Grow a variety of bulb type flowers for that early spring color splash. Also condenser the summer and fall bloomers such as Iris and lilies.

Another great idea is to have a section of wildflowers to give you variety in your arrangements and bring additional ecology into your garden.

Don't forget the herbs either. Using Barbie's Breath and Mint, among others can fill-in a bouquet nicely and bring wonderful aroma into the house.

The Cutting Garden - Additional Considerations:

Here are some of the elements to consider for The Cutting Garden:

Diversity in plant shapes, color and size:. Variety usually makes the cut arrangement successful, Consider bloomers such as the lily, Iris and lupines for their distinctive flower shapes and gayfeathers, ornamental grasses, delphiniums and torch lilies for vertical flair.

Use the Old Standby Flowers: Then some of the standards such as daisy, redbeckia, peonies, shasta daisy, phlox and many more as to fill in the bouquet.

Bloom times that will span from early spring to late fall: Hardy chrysanthemums and asters can be included in your list to extend well into the fall. For early blooming depend mostly on spring blooming bulbs such as Narcissus, Tulips, Crocus and Hyacinth.

Length of Bloom: Keep in mind that a Daylily will not look the same the second day as the first. There are also certain varieties of perennials that are not receptive to cutting such as certain Astilbe Cultivars.

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The Cutting Garden

The Cutting Garden - List of Perennials:

While your list can vary quite a bit based on personal preferences and growing conditions, we have started a list of good solid perennials that can get you on your way:

Asters (Aster)
Baby's Breath (Gypsophila paniculata)
Beardtongues (Penstemon)
Bellflowers (Campanula),
Blanket Flowers (Gaillardia)
Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis)
Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)
Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum)
Crocosmias (Crocosmia)
Delphiniums (Delphinium)
False Dragonhead (Physostegia virginiana)
Gayfeathers (Liatris)
Globeflowers (Trollius)
Globe thistles (Echinops)
Gloriosa Daisy (Rudbeckia hirta)
Irises (Iris)
Japanese anemone (Anemone x hybrida)
Lilies (Lilium)
Lupines (Lupinus)
Monkshoods (Aconitum)
Mountain bluet (Centaurea montana)
Painted daisy (Tanacetum coccineum)
Peonies (Paeonia)
Sages (Salvia)
Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum)
Speedwells (Veronica)
Stonecrops (Sedum)
Sunflowers (Helianthus)
Tickseeds (Coreopsis)
Torch Lilies (Kniphofia)
Yarrows (Achillea)
Yellow daisy (Anthemis tinctoria)

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The Cutting Garden - Flower Bouquets

The Cutting Garden - Bulbs and Annuals

If you want diversity in your cutting garden or border, then you should certainly include bulbs an annuals in your planting scheme.

Be sure to include such species as calendulas, cosmos, bachelor's buttons and nasturtium for the annuals.

As for the bulbs, consider spring bulbs such as tulips, and daffodils, and for the summer bloom don't overlook the color and variety of lilies, gladioli, dahlias and many more.

As we mentioned, herbs can play a role in your cutting garden plans as well. Consider parsley, dill and the lavanders, among others.

The Cutting Garden - Bulbs and Annuals to Consider:

Here is a starting list for you to consider in raising cutting flowers for bulbs and annuals:

Bachelor's Buttons (Centaurea cyanus)
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Celosias (Celosia)
China Aster (Callistephus chinensis)
Daffodils (Narcissus)
Dahlias (Dahlia)
Freesias (Freesia)
Gladioli (Gladiolus)
Lavatera (Lavatera thimestris)
Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)
Stock (Matthiola incana)
Sunflowers (Helianthus)
Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus)
Tulips (Tulipa)
Zinnias (Zinnia)

The Cutting Garden - Size Matters:

There may be some small bouquet of cut flowers or dried flowers that you may wish to put in a small area of a room, such as the corner of the lavatory or a window sill in the kitchen.

We have compiled a list of cut flowers for you to consider for small bouquets to fill this gap:

Candytufts (Iberis)
Coral bells (Heuchera)
Forget-me-not's (Myosotis)
Leopard's banes (Doronicum)
Lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis)
Pansies and Violets (Viola)

The Cutting Garden - Flower Links:

As our Plant Library develops, we will be linking lists of plants like these directly to the Plant Library so you can get obtain growing conditions and bloom time information.

Look for that to be coming along in the near future.