A bright bouquet of roses or a perfectly arranged centerpiece can completely transform a room. But don't just settle for flowers on fancy occasions. Planting a cut flower garden is a great way to enjoy fresh cut flowers all season long! But cut flower gardening is a little bit different than growing a regular flower bed. So, here are a few tips to get you started!
Prepare the area Cut Flower gardens can be grown in any shape or size (even in containers if you don’t have the space). Keep in mind that cut flower garden is not necessarily grown for its own beauty, so think about picking a place where the flowers won't need to be front and center.
As with any planting, it's always a good idea to amend the soil. After all, beautiful flowers start with healthy soil. We always recommend amending the soil with Colorado’s Choice B.O.S.S.
Plant A Variety of Flowers Think about flowers that will give you different colors and textures throughout the year. A mixture of annuals and perennials can give you flowers of all colors, shapes and sizes that you can use in mixed arrangements all year long.
When creating flower arrangements, professional florists break flowers into four categories; Mass, Line, Form and Filler
Line flowers are tall, slender flowers that bloom all up and down the stem – things like snapdragon or delphinium. These are often used to establish a focal point in the center of the arrangement. Kind of like the “Thriller” in a patio pot.
Mass flowers tend to have slender stalks and big, single flowers. These are used to add visual weight and depth to the arrangement and to cover up any stems or leaves.
Form flowers are those that have a unique or unusual shape that really draw the eye. Big, bold flowers like dahlias or roses are the perfect form flowers.
Filler flowers have sprays of small blooms and are used to fill in any remaining space around the other three types.
Support tall Flowers Staking will help your flowers grow tall and straight and help protect from some of those summertime surprises Mother Nature likes to throw our way – wind, rain and even hail. You can use grow-through hoops, stakes or just garden twine to hold bunches of tall plants together.
Cut Often We’re so used to preserving the beautiful blooms in our gardens and containers that it can feel a bit counter-intuitive to remove all the flowers you've worked so hard to grow, but think of your cut flower garden more like a vegetable garden. Its job is to produce beautiful blooms for you to harvest and use in the home. Cutting the flowers frequently will also encourage more blooming and more growth.
The early morning or the early evening are the best times to cut flowers. That’s when plants are most fully hydrated which will help them last longer in the vase. Place the stems in cool, clear water for a few hours to hydrate even more. Then, give the stems one final diagonal cut with sharp snippers before you put them in your arrangement.
Now that you've got your site ready, how do you choose what to plant? Here are a few of our favorite cut flower varieties that will give you a mix of colors and textures from spring into the fall!
Bloom: Early Spring
More often know by their common name, daffodils, narcissus are not only easy to care for and prolific, they are also one of the very first flowers to bloom in early spring. A friendly bouquet of daffodils in a vase is a sure-fire cure for the winter blahs!
One important thing to keep in mind is that daffodils contain a sap that is toxic to other cut flowers. If you want to use daffodils in a mixed arrangement, just condition them by placing them in a vase of water for 2 – 3 hours before adding them to your arrangement. This will allow the sap to run out and the stem to callus over.