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Cutting Flowers in a Container Garden

by Fern on August 28, 2008

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Almost every loves to give and receive flowers. But flowers can be E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E. Especially if you want something more interesting than the usual grocery store bouquet. Rest assured, you don’t need a huge garden to have some flowers specially designated for cutting.

Photo by cobalt123

When planning your cutting garden, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when it comes to selecting flowers to grow. First, you’ll probably want to pay attention to when particular plants flower and choose accordingly. By this I mean, choosing plants that flower at different times of the year so that you will have vases full of beautiful flowers from Spring to Fall. You should also think about which flowers will be in bloom at the same time and choose combinations and colors that will look nice together.

Another thing to thing about is how many flowers a particular plant puts out at once. If you are imagining vases full of 2 dozen stems of the same flower, then be sure to plant multiple plants of that variety in order to have enough flowers at once.

One last thing to think about. How much work do you want to do maintaining this garden? Some flowers can be finicky or prone to pests. Others produce such heavy blooms that they need support in order to avoid flopping over. Still others may not be particularly suited to your climate, so you might have to go out of your way to provide what they need. If you love puttering about amongst your plants, then by all means, pick these sorts of plants. But be real. If you really only want to commit to watering and occasionally fertilizing, then choose an equally easy going plant.

Here are some flowers to consider:

  • Bachelor’s Button
  • Black Eyed Susans
  • Campanula
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Hyacinth
  • Iris
  • Lilies
  • Roses
  • Sunflowers
  • Tulips
  • Zinnias

Stay tuned for more tips and tricks about creating a cutting garden on your balcony or patio including what and how to plant a cutting garden and when to cut your flowers.

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