20 Flowers for a Cutting Garden

Plant these flowers in your garden to yield endless vases filled with beautiful blooms.
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Gladioli

Gladioli grow from corms and form dramatic, tall blooms ideal for displaying in arrangements indoors.

Ageratum

Ageratum, 'Adriatic', blooms from summer until the first frost. It produces small blue flowers in dense clusters above downy, green, oval leaves.

Sweet Pea

The sweet pea is a vigorous tendril climber available in hundreds of varieties. It flowers in shades of red, pink, mauve, blue and white and is often scented.

Daffodil

Daffodils are grown from true bulbs. After planting, a layer of chicken wire will keep critters from digging them up.

Tulip

This 'Ballerina' tulip is a scented lily-shaped tulip bearing orange flowers with pointed petals. Tulips burst with color making them ideal for a vibrant indoor arrangement.

Sunflower

Helianthus annuus, common sunflower, is a widely branching, stout annual, with coarse, hairy leaves and stems. The terminal flower heads are large and showy, up to 5 inches across. Grow in full sun and in any soil. They are a great flower to display alone or in small groups in a vase.

Allium

Dramatic alliums with their fat globe forms resting on slender stalks are ideal for cut flower arrangements.

Zinnia

Zinnias come in a wide variety of colors with large, profuse blooms and are truly an easy to grow annual flower.

Delphinium

Delphinium is a traditional, old variety producing tall spikes of purple-tinged, blue flowers with black eyes.

Echinacea

Echinacea, known as an herbal remedy to fight the common cold, provides brilliant color to any garden.  This variety called 'Augustkönigin' is insect pollinated so it won't effect hay fever sufferers.

Peony

Lush, feminine peonies (Paeonia suffruticosa) provide serious bulk and glamor for any flower arrangement.

Salvia

Salvia nemorosa, 'Ostfriesland', is an erect, clump-forming perennial salvia that is noted for its compact form, long bloom period, purple stems and violet flowers. Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies.

Black Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii is perfect for the naturalistic prairie style planting schemes that are becoming popular. More drought-tolerant than most rudbeckias, it produces masses of yellow daisy-like flowers from mid-summer to mid-fall.

Ranunculus

Plant ranunculus bulbs in the fall for a spectacular spring show. 'Pink' produces layers of delicate petals that are a hit at weddings.

Liatris

Count on Blazing Star to introduce vertical interest to your garden with its purple flower spikes. Butterflies and other pollinators mob blooms. Hardy in Zones 4 to 9, this blazing star variety tops out at 3 feet.

Rose

The 'Chatsworth' rose produces an abundance of deep pink flowers from summer until early winter that fade as they mature.

Coreopsis

Tickseed is a native plant, which means it’s a snap to grow once it’s established. 'Presto' improves upon the true native with 2-inch-wide blooms that are semi- or fully double and make terrific additions to bouquets. Butterflies will definitely visit this perennial, which is hardy in Zones 4 to 9.

Yarrow

A clump-forming perennial, the yarrow has flat, golden-yellow flowerheads that appear from summer to fall.

Aster

Asters always provide brilliant color, but for a show year after year, grow perennial species.

Dahlia

Pom pom dahlias are smaller version of ball dahlia, but with a more spherical shape, growing to less than 2 inches in diameter. Each type of dahlia is further classified in smaller groups within the single or double flowering classification, based on shape.