It’s a bonus reward from our gardening endeavors when we can cut some of our flowers and bring them inside to enjoy. But not all plants hold up well to being cut and placed in a vase of water. The long-stemmed variety of roses are well-known for their ability to be cut and displayed in a vase and for those who would like more cut flower options, plant some of these 5 easy-to-grow plants in a cutting garden.
Large, fragrant, multi-petal blooms top long, straight stems each spring and fill the air with a heady aroma outdoors and will do the same to indoor air when cut and placed in a vase. Peonies (Paeonia) are perennials grown from tubers that slowly multiply underground. Blooms last 4-6 weeks during spring and the two-feet tall bushes will provide garden greenery until frost. Peonies will last about 7 days after being cut if vase water is changed daily.
Dahlias (Dahlia) produce large blooms in a multitude of colors. Easy care plants grow well in full sun and well-draining soil. The flowers left on the plants will need to be cut off when they begin to fade to encourage blooms all summer. Cut dahlia blooms will last a 7-10 days with a daily water change and stem-trim.
One gladiola (Gladiolus) stalk can have up to 40 blooms, with the blooms opening at the bottom and slowly working their way upwards until the last top bloom opens. The blooming process takes a week to 10 days. Remove spent blooms on the stalk, change water daily and cut bottom of stalk as needed to keep the plant looking fresh. Gladiolas reach a mature height of 4 feet and when bloom stalks are left on the plants they become top-heavy and tend to fall over. Staking and tying will keep the plants upright when blooms are left uncut.
Graceful, torpedo-shaped buds open to reveal a star-shaped bloom that will last up to 7 days after cutting. Lilies (Lilium) come in a variety of bloom colors and blooming times, with some showing their magnificent blooms in spring, others wait until late summer and others bloom in mid-summer. If cutting garden space allows, plant some of from all bloom times so you can have cut flowers (some lilies are fragrant) all spring and summer.
Not usually considered when thinking of planting a cutting garden, but heart-shaped caladium (Caladium ) leaves are large, colorful, long-lasting and add foliage interest to a vase of cut flowers. Plant caladium bulbs in partial to full shade, water during times of drought and they’ll reward you with colorful foliage born on straight stems.
Old Farmer’s Almanac
North American Lily Society