Want Beautiful Bouquets from Your Flower Garden?
Growing your own bouquets is perfect way to ensure you have the cut flowers you want. These may not be the flowers you would normally find in a florist’s shop. They will be uniquely yours and you will have your own unique bouquets, bouquets that fit right in with whatever your home decor may be.
Imagine the supply of beautiful flowers for arrangements and bouquets to give to friends and family. You can have flowers to pluck at will for gifts, get-well visits, anniversaries and birthdays. By planting a garden stocked with flowers, you can have fresh flower arrangements to decorate every room in your home all throughout the spring and summer. And by growing flowers that will dry easily into gorgeous bouquets, you can carry this beauty right through the rest of the year.
To create your own cut flower garden, you need to start with a spot that you will be able to access from all sides once your flowers bloom. If you must create this spot against a fence or some other place that does not allow access from all sides, then include stepping stones or short pathways to allow you to reach the backside of your flowering plants. Most flowers you will want to use will love to grow in full sun. Be sure your selected spot receives six to eight hours of sunlight each day. To keep these flowers blooming well, you may need to water daily once the hot weather strikes. For this reason you may wish to keep your new cut flower beds close to your water source for the garden. Having the flowerbed close to the house will encourage those impromptu trips to cut flowers for friends dropping in. For other tips on growing flowers, please see the other articles within our site. Start with our Flower Gardening Tips Articles.
Given the present time of year, you probably want to start thinking of the Fall Bulbs that will give you beautiful cut flowers next spring. Among these will be tulips and daffodils. Daffodils and tulips make gorgeous spring bouquets and will brighten any room after a long cold winter. Spend some time reviewing online flower catalogs or paper ones if you still use those. Find some unusual flowers that will provide you with blooms that will add to your home decor.
A couple other spring-blooming bulbs you may wish to consider adding to your cut flower garden are:
Alliums – Giant flowering onion that grows 3-4 feet tall, with huge purple blooms. Great as a back border in a cut flower garden. Blossoms from mid-spring through early summer.
Windflower – also known as anemone, with daisy like deep pink and white flowers, booms through midsummer.
Crocus – blooms in early spring, though there are varieties that bloom through autumn.
Hyacinth – Tall clusters of blossoms that are stunning in arrangements. Pink, blue, purple and white, they grow up to 12 inches tall. Bloom in early to mid-summer from fall planting.
Perhaps the quintessential cut flower is the rose. What cut flower garden would be complete without a few roses to complement any flower bouquet? The long-stemmed hybrid tea roses are the typical cut flowers. Also include some grandifloras for repeating clusters of bloom upon long stems that have the form of the hybrid tea rose. As these types of roses have fewer leaves than others, you may wish to include some type of plant that will provide interesting foliage, when planted close, to your garden view of these roses. For growing tips on roses, please review our Rose Garden Articles.
Don’t forget once spring does arrive to plant all sorts of annuals to add flowers to your cut flower garden. Besides typical cut flowers such as cosmos, sunflowers, daisies and zinnias, add flowers that would not do well in the normal vase bouquet. Think of other ways to show off your flowers. Individual petals of a hydrangea could be floated upon water in a clear glass bowl. Pansies could be used in a similar fashion. Look around for containers that could be used to float flowers that are not normally considered in a cut flower garden.
Don’t forget to add the filler flowers and ones that will dry beautifully to your cut flower garden. You can have beautiful bouquets or other flower arrangements (wreaths?) all year round to bring the beauty of the flower garden into your home at any season. Some that can serve double duty are baby’s breath, Queen Anne’s Lace and statice.