I like to plant some annual flowers in the vegetable garden and tucked in out of the way places so I can cut them and bring them inside without having to worry about leaving my garden beds naked. They also help with pollination! I add the traditional sunflowers, but others as well.
I like to grow different flowers all the time because... well... they’re different ones... and they’re new... and... I haven’t grown them before...and they looked so pretty in the seed catalog... (I'm wobbly and weak willed - what can I say...)
You do need to plan ahead though if you're growing from seed because some need to be started pretty early to be ready on time.
I do have some cutting flowers I like so much I grow them nearly every year. I thought I’d share a just a few.
One of the best is Ageratum “Tall Blue Planet”. This fuzzy, true blue flower is just lovely and easy to grow. This gets pretty tall (hence the name), about 3 feet. It blooms its head off and the clear blue color looks great with so many other flowers. It lasts forever in a vase. I promise to get you a good picture this year, but you can see it here.
Celosia “Ruby Parfait”: This is a tall, pointed Celosia in two toned pink. Grows so easily and flowers like crazy. It’s long lasting in a vase. You can hang the flowers upside down and dry them, they retain their color well. The bees really seem to like them too.
Zinnias – one of my favorite cut flowers. I like growing “Benarys Giant”. I grow the mixed shades and also the Lime color. I really like the way the lime color mixes with other flowers in an arrangement.
This variety has grown great for me, creating tons of flowers and lasting a long time in a vase. I don’t have problems with powdery mildew. The only thing is the plants grow tall and can be a bit brittle, so you may need to stake them to keep them upright.
Snapdragons: For some reason, I’ve always had a soft spot for those big, tall, old fashioned snapdragons (the kind that actually snap when you squeeze the flowers). Full disclosure here – they can be a royal pain. They tend to flop over and once they do the immediately begin to bend towards the light – no more regal, straight pillar of flowers.
But I can’t help it – I love the colors and the shape in an arrangement. They last forever in a vase – and they snap! You got to love a flower you can play with.
I usually grow “Rocket Mix” but this year I’m trying “Johnny’s Potomac Custom Mix”.
There are so many more wonderful cut flowers. I'd love to hear your favorites.