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 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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.