I love a good vegetable garden. You get the benefit of home grown herbs and veggies and the satisfaction of doing it yourself. But I also love flowers! That is why I also plant a small cutting garden so that I may enjoy flowers inside my home as well as outside!
You’ll get the most flowers from annuals, here are a few of my favorites!
Dahlia (vase life 5-7 days)-these come in an array of colors and sizes. Some blooms are so big they call them dinner plate dahlias!
Zinnia (vase life 7-10 days)-you’ll want the medium to tall ones to use for cut flowers. The more you cut them the more flowers will bloom!
Celosia (vase life 10-14 days)-these are either a plume type (feathery spike) or crested (rounded mass). They come in bright colors and also make great dried flowers.
Cosmos (vase life 4-6 days)-these are like sweet overgrown daisies to me. They come a spectrum of pinks and white. They are delicate but pretty flowers.
Larkspur (vase life 5-7 days)-this is the annual version of your perennial delphinium. Impressive spikes of blues, pinks and white!
Snapdragon (vase life 7-10 days)-another impressive spike in an array of colors.
Sweet peas (vase life 4-5 days)-this is a vine so you’ll need a trellis. But the fragrance is why I love these. They smell like heaven!
As you fill your vase with fresh cut flowers be sure to check out the landscape as well. There are a number of perennials and shrubs that will help beef up that arrangement. Look for hydrangeas in bloom, grasses for a wispy elegance, foliage from trees and shrubs and the list goes on!