Flowers for Cutting

We've gathered a list of fantastic cut flowers, now all you have to do is choose which ones to grow.

By Jessica Walliser

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These plants are the top performers in author and cut flower grower Jessica Walliser's Pennsylvania garden. Grow a few from each list, and you'll have months of bouquets filled with color, texture and long-lasting beauty.

Annuals
Brazilian vervain (Verbena bonariensis)
Corn marigold (Chrysanthemum segetum)
Cosmos (Cosmos sulphureus 'Bright Lights')
Dragon Wing Begonia (Begonia hybrid) (this is a cross between Angelwing and wax begonias. The name is trademarked)
Flossflower (Ageratum houstonianum 'Blue Horizon')
Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata)
Globe flower (Gomphrena hybrid) 'Strawberry Fields'
Larkspur (Consolida ajacis)
Love-in-a-mist (Nigella spp.)
Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)
Rex Begonia (Begonia rex-cultorum)
Salvia (S. farinacea) 'Victoria'
Snow on the Mountain (Euphorbia marginata)
Sweet peas (Lathyrus spp.) Zinnia spp.

 

Perennials
Aster spp.
Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis)
Bronze fennel (Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum')
Hellebore (Helleborus)
Hosta cultivars
Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis)
Lilies (Lilium spp., oriental and Asiatic)
Masterwort (Astrantia major)
Ornamental grasses
Phlox (P. paniculata)
Sedum (S. spectabile) 'Autumn Joy'
Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla)
Swamp sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius)
Variegated Solomon's seal (Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum')
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Shrubs and Trees
Boxwood (Buxus)
Harry Lauder's walkingstick (Corylus avellana 'Contorta')
Hydrangea spp.
Lilac (Syringa spp.)
Pine (Pinus spp.)
Red-twigged dogwood (Cornus alba)
Sweetspire (Itea virginica)
Viburnum spp.

Bulbs and Tubers
Crocosmia 'Lucifer'
Daffodil (Narcissus)
Dahlia spp.
Gladiolus spp.
Lily (Lilium)
Summer snowflake (Leucojum aestivum)
Tulip (Tulipa)

Jessica Walliser, along with fellow garden writer Doug Oster, hosts a weekly garden radio program which airs Sunday mornings at 8 am on KDKA Pittsburgh called "The Organic Gardeners". Check out their website—The Organic Gardeners.

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