5 Easy to Grow Flowers For Your Georgia Cutting Garden

Few things do more to brighten a living space than a vase, or Mason jar, of fresh cut flowers! Believe it or not incorporating cutting flowers into your garden is actually pretty simple, and  inexpensive. The following list of flowers are not only great for cutting, with firm stems, long lasting blooms, long flowering season, and a wide variety of colors, but they can easily be incorporated into your homes landscape!

We’ve done the homework for you, and selected a list of plants that are hardy, heat tolerant, and will provide months of blooms for your home or office!

 

Zinnias

Zinnias are easily the hardest working summer flower!

These stunning annuals come in a huge selection of colors, from deep reds to white and pink. They also  bloom throughout the entire growing season until the first frost hits – giving you a source of fresh flowers for months!

With strong sturdy stems, huge bright flowers, and flowers that last up to a week cut, they are definitely one of our all-time favorites for cutting gardens.
Zinnias in Mason Jar

Cosmos

Few flowers scream ‘Country Charm’ more than Cosmos!

Another easy to grow option, cosmos come in a huge selection of colors.  Taller varieties are generally better for cutting, as the flower stems are larger, but shorter versions work well in mason jars or other similar containers.

Like zinnias, Cosmos are drought resistant and will provide you with continuous flowers till the first frost hits.

Shasta Daisy

Shasta Daisy Cut Flowers

 

This sunny flower brings with it all the innocence and joy or your traditional roadside daisy, but in a hardier, perennial package. It’s large white petals, and striking yellow disk florets, this beauty is guaranteed to be a ray of sunshine in any room.

The plant itself is compact, with dark green foliage, and a perfect fit to tuck into a formal garden.

The cut flowers can last over a week if properly cared for.

 

Gerbera Daisy


Gerbera Daisies are commonly grown for their bright colors, and large, cheerful daisy-like blossoms.  Like Shasta Daisies, this South African native is a compact, neat plant, making it easy to incorporate into more formal gardens, or tuck into already established beds.

The large flowers on tall, leafless stalks will be an amazing addition to any home cutting garden.

When cut and prepared properly, Gerbera daisies can last over two weeks as cut flowers before wilting!

 

Roses

No cutting garden list would be complete without the mention of roses!

Roses have been a classic favorite for decades, and easily one of the most popular cut flowers.  If you’re fighting the urge to roll your eyes thinking of the black mold, and never ending pruning, no worries!

 

There are actually many excellent, hardy, rose varieties that make beautiful cut flowers and are easier to grow than the traditional Tea rose.

We suggest repeat flowering varieties to ensure season long flowers for your home.

*Click here for a list of roses recommended for Georgia.

Dahlias

Few flowers come in as many sizes & colors as Dahlias!

This Mexican Native species, and national flower of Mexico, is a favorite not only in home cutting gardens, but one of the most popular commercial cultivars for professional florists.

With blooms that range in size from 2” pom-pom style blooms, to giant blooms over 10” in diameter, this versatile flower can easily be used as a filler or as the focus of your arrangement.

Simple Dahlia Centerpiece

As a species native to hot climates, there are hundreds of varieties that thrive in the humid Georgia summers, and will provide you months of beautiful, long lasting blooms.

 

Filler Flowers & Foliage

White baby’s breath (gysophila) flowers with lavender.

Including some filler flowers, and plants with interesting foliage such as ferns, into your cutting garden plan is a great way to ensure you have everything you need for a beautiful country arrangement.

Great filler flowers that are hardy in the south include Baby’s Breath, yarrow, Queen Anne’s lace, goldenrod, Sanguisorba, and alliums. These will provide you with flowers and for most of the year. Dusty Miller, ivy, and Ferns make excellent choices for foliage, and can easily complement other garden foliage.

Sanguisorba
Dusty Miller

Brightening your home is easy to do with fresh cut flowers, straight from your own garden. Thankfully, incorporating flowers that are good for cutting into your landscape can be done easily, and relatively inexpensively! The flowers listed here are not only beautiful, but are hardy and well suited to your Georgia cutting garden.

Carnations – The Flower of Love

Delicately scented, frilly as a tutu, and available in every shade imaginable, carnations – the world’s most underrated blooms- are taking back their rightful place, as a flower not to be missed, one petal at a time.

And why not?

After all, the carnation is one of the most versatile flower choices, thanks to its durability, as well as its availability in almost every color and size.

Carnation Simple Bridal bouquet
Photo Cred: Pinterest

Believed to be one of the world’s oldest cultivars, the carnation is historically rich, with meaning and symbolism dating as far back as ancient Greece. Its scientific name – Dianthus – loosely translates to ‘Flower of Love’, or “Flower of the Gods”.  Carnations were commonly used in Greek ceremonial crowns, and is tied into legends dating back 2000 years.

 

Photo: Sierra Flower Finder
Photo: Pinterest

Although the original varieties were available in only pink, red  and white, today’s carnations come in hundreds of shades – from pure white, to purple, yellow, tans, black and even various multi-color mixes.

Photo: Sierra Flower Finder

 

Carnations can also be an affordable option if you’re operating on a tight budget, with many varieties and colors available for a relatively low cost. Of course, although many varieties of carnation are inexpensive, some of the new varieties sporting specialty colors, and extra frill, are definitely a luxury item!

Photo: Martha Stewart

 

Carnations are a perfect choice to include in your bridal bouquet, bouts and centerpieces. The blooms are not only stunning, but again durable and able to outlasting most other flowers.  They also dry well, keeping their color and form, making them a perfect choice for wedding keepsakes if you are so inclined.

Photo: Sierra Flower Finder

Many rare, vintage colored carnations have recently been added to this amazing floral masterpiece, many are seldom, if ever, seen in any other floral varieties, and can lend a sophisticated vintage air to your entire event.

Carnation Bridal Bouquet
Photo: Martha Stewart

With lace-colored petals gracing your bridal bouquets, centerpieces, and boutonnieres – you’ll wonder why carnations were ever considered filler flowers!

Other Uses for Carnations

Carnation Curtain
Photo Cred: Bloom Blog

Carnations are also perfect for use in floral dividers, curtains, and hanging floral chandeliers. The bright colors, large surface area and long lasting ability mean they will not only stay looking beautiful, bright and stunning, but also make a statement out of the gate and throughout your entire event, unlike many other flowers that would soon wilt or brown.

Carnations are definitely making a comeback in the wedding, and floral décor world! These often overlooked, and underrated flowers are making a long overdue revival, and for good reason! One of the oldest cultivars, these stunners are not only inexpensive and durable, but are also available in hundreds of rare, vibrant colors!  It’s no wonder they have been called the ‘Flower of the Gods’.

 

Carnation Wedding Centerpiece
Photo Cred: Martha Stewart