There are few things that I love as much as fresh-cut flowers in the house. They add such freshness and life to a room that I’ll shell out a few bucks when I find some that I love.
These spider mums were the best deal at Wal-Mart the other day. $5 for a bouquet of 7 flowers is a steal. And if I change their water regularly, they’ll last for well over a week…sometimes 2.
But now that it’s planting season, I’m ready to add a small cutting garden to my yard. I love having some plants specifically for cutting bouquets. It’s great to be able to walk out into my backyard and cut my very own flowers for bouquets to bring into the house or to share with friends and neighbors.
A cutting garden can be a big or as small as you like. I doesn’t need to be some huge separate area in your garden. A small bed against your foundation will work just fine.
Here are a few annual flowers that are perfect for a cutting garden:
And a few of my favorite perennials for cutting are:
- Shasta daisies
And may I say a word about vases? I guess you can’t really say no, can you? Over the years, I have collected a vast collection of vases in every shape, size and color. But one particular style remains my hands-down favorite. These narrow-necked vases are so easy to use that I go back to them over and over.
It’s work to arrange a beautiful bouquet in a large vase. But you look like a floral-guru when you stick a single stem or two in a narrow-necked vase. Plus, they have a beautiful shape even when they’re empty.
What are your favorite flowers for cutting?