Cut Flower Gardening For Beautiful Bouquets
Imagine a never-ending supply of beautiful flowers for your home,
bouquets and arrangements to give to friends, flowers to pluck at
will for gifts, get-well visits, anniversaries and birthdays. By
planting a garden stocked with flowers that happily give up their
blooms for your pleasure, you can have fresh flower arrangements in
every room in your home all throughout the spring and summer.
To create your own bouquet garden, start with a sunny spot in your
yard. A garden spot that gets 6 to 8 hours of direct sun a day is
ideal. It should be within easy reach for watering, since a cut
flower garden will need daily watering during any dry spells.
Youll also want to design it to make it easy for you to reach
all the flowers in it, so a raised bed that can be approached on four
sides is perfect. If you decide to plant against a fence or as a
border, make sure that you can get to all the plants without stepping
on others by putting in footpaths or trenches for walking.
The best way to start your cut flower garden is with bulbs planted in
the autumn. Daffodils and tulips are among the most popular spring
bouquet flowers. By getting them in the ground in the autumn,
youll be able to start cutting early in the spring.
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Some more unusual spring-flowering bulbs that make gorgeous cut
Giant flowering onion Grows 3-4 feet tall, with huge
purple blooms. Great as a back border in a cut flower garden.
Blossoms from mid-spring through early summer
Windflower also known as anemone, with daisy like deep
pink and white flowers, booms through midsummer
Crocus blooms in early spring, though there are
varieties that bloom through autumn
Hyacinth Tall clusters of blossoms that are stunning in
arrangements. Pink, blue, purple and white, they grow up to 12 inches
tall. Bloom in early to mid-summer from fall planting.
Grape Hyacinth- Purple flowers that bloom in autumn and remain
green throughout the winteralthough its dormant in the summer.
Early in the spring, you can start planting gladiolus. These huge,
showy blooms are a mainstay of cut flower arrangements, and come in
just about every color imaginable. Gladiolus bulbs can be planted as
early as two weeks before the last frost. If you plant a new set of
gladiolus every two weeks, youll have cut flowers from early
summer all the way through the first frost.
Roses are an entire subject of their own, but they deserve
special mention when discussing cut flower gardens. Rambling and
climbing varieties of roses are especially suited to cut flower
gardens, putting out masses of blooms and responding to cutting with
even more flowers. Trail a rambling rose along a wooden fence rail
and youll have sweet-smelling roses for your bedroom dresser
all summer long.
Also in early spring, you can plant your annuals. Snapdragons, cosmos
and zinnias all bloom at different times during the summer, which
will extend your bouquet season into the fall.
Dont forget to include filler flowers in your cut
flower garden. Foliage grasses and flowers like alyssum, babys
breath, and Queen Annes Lace can fill spaces in your bouquets
and add a lacy, delicate touch to a vase full of flowers.