Asked on Jul 7, 2013

Cutting garden recommendations?

Lynn SorrellCarolIsamenton


Each summer I plant a cutting garden to fill my home with flowers all season. Zinnias are the only plants that seem to thrive in the heat and produce long lasting cut flowers. My cone flowers have lots of blooms but wither quickly after cutting. What plants do you recommend for a cutting garden?
13 answers
  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jul 7, 2013

    Some good annuals for cut flower gardens are Snapdragons, Straw flower, mini sunflowers, statice, calendula Amaranths and Celosia There are shrubs that can give a good back bone for cut flower vases, Quince, Butterfly bush, Vitex.

  • Irish53
    on Jul 7, 2013

    Carnations are my favorite. Lots of colors to choose from.

  • L. Duclos
    on Jul 7, 2013

    I recommend Dahlias.

  • thanks very much for the great suggestions!

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 8, 2013

    Cosmos make a great cut flower and pair wonderfully with zinnias.

  • thank you - I'll give cosmos another try! I planted cosmos seeds this year in the flower patch, but probably a little too late. The plants haven't become as strong as the zinnias and cone flowers quite yet. The bachelor buttons grew like weeds but didn't produce any blooms. I had to cut them back - still holding out hope for them :)

  • V Valencia
    on Jul 9, 2013

    Roses are my favorite...along with yarrow. I planted sweet pea this summer and love, love, love the fragrance. I have recently been using small leaf ivy as is so pretty and gives the arrangement some shape.

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  • Judy Johnson Wilson
    on Jul 9, 2013

    I have some galardia planted in a few spots. They look just like small sunflowers, and bloom from late spring till late summer, Very bright colors.

  • Diane Finley
    on Jul 9, 2013

    I love lantanas - they are super tough in hot weather and have lots of blooms, plus butterflies and bees love them!

  • Diane @ home sweet homemade
    on Jul 10, 2013

    wow - so many great ideas! thank you everyone :)

  • Isamenton
    on Apr 18, 2014

    How about lilies? And if you do not know which ones, here is a helpful article:

  • Carol
    on Apr 18, 2014

    We are in the middle of downsizing and I wasn't going to do any planting this summer, but after all the suggestions I must put in some seeds.

  • Lynn Sorrell
    on Feb 7, 2019

    Don't know where you live in the world but most of these should work--Freesia bulbs most fragrant flowers ever (get these for sure!)Daffodils,Lavender,Balsam,Stock,Calendula,Snapdragons,Lilies(many,many kinds),Mums,Daisies,Roses,Sunflowers,Gladiolus,Liliac,Dahlias,Salvia,Phlox,Liatris,Delphiniums,Candle Flower,Crocosmia,Hydrangeas,Tuberose.Peony,Iris,Calla lily,Lupines,Bee Balm,Carnations,Begonias

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