Plant a Cutting Garden & How to Make Flower Arrangements



There’s nothing quite like a fresh bouquet of flowers to brighten a room whether it be an entry table, the kitchen counter or the bathroom vanity.  It’s easy to get the look of a professional floral arrangement using flowers from your own backyard.  Do you have space in your vegetable garden? Consider planting a cut flower garden! Mix up rows of edibles with a row or two of flowers – they attract pollinators and add beauty to the garden.  Below is a list of plants for the garden that are great for cutting plus some tips on design.Fresh Flower Arrangment Peonies & Alstromeria

Flowers Great For Arrangements

Alstromeria
Peony
Roses
Zinnia
Iris
Gerber Daisy
Shasta Daisy
Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan)
Echinacea (Coneflower)
Astrantia
Lily
Camellia
Gaillardia
Hydrangea
Viburnum
Calla Lily
Delphinium
Dahlia
Forsythia
Coreopsis
Scabiosa
Yarrow
Phlox
Lilac
Veronica spicata (Speedwell)
Gladiolas
Baptisia
Japanese Aster
Dianthus
Angelonia
Gardenia
Foxglove

Foliage & Fillers Great For Arrangements

Ferns
Hosta
Boxwood
Ivy
Camellia
Hypericum
Ornamental Grasses
Rosemary
Hemlock
Magnolia
Japanese Maple
Chinese Abelia
Curly Leaf Ligustrum
Fatsia
Danae ‘Racemosa’ (Poet’s Laurel)

Tips & How To

  • Take a bucket of water with you out into the garden to place cuttings in immediately.
  • Start with a vase already full with water.  A layer of decorative stones or river rocks is a nice touch to clear containers.
  • For a more elegant look, stick with 2-3 colors.
  • Focal flowers work best in odd numbers, three or more.
  • Cut stems a second time, at an angle, just before you place them into your vase – this ensure a fresh cut and maximum surface area to let the most amount of water in.  Use high-quality sheers for easy and clean cuts.  Remove lower leaves that will be under the Coffee cup flower arrangment with butterflywater line.
  • Blooms with woody stems, like hydrangea, can last longer with the cut end seared with a flame.
  • Place greenery in first, then focal flowers and accent and filler flowers last.
  • Change water daily or every other day to keep flowers looking fresh longer.
  • Miniature arrangements are adorable for every small space.  Think tiny vases and tea cups.