Cutting flowers & foliage for bouquets Take a few snips to bring nature inside


Cutting flowers & foliage for bouquets
  • Posted May 15, 2014

You don’t need a country estate with a cutting garden to create and enjoy fresh flower bouquets.  A small garden or a collection of containers plantings can easily provide for the occasional fresh arrangement. If you are growing a mix of forms, colors and textures it’s easy to collect a bit of each to make a pleasing vase combination without diminishing your outdoor display.

    • Simply snip a gathering of flowers or foliage with sharp pruners or scissors, place them immediately into fresh water and arrange as desired. 
    • Refreshing the water regularly and keeping the bouquet out of direct sun will extend its lifespan.

Using cuttings with some mix of the following characteristics assures a lush and attractive composition.

Shasta Daisy coneflower coreopsis

Daisy-like blooms (Shasta Daisy, Coneflower, Coreopsis)

salvia Russian Sage foxglove
Vertical blooms (Salvia, Russian Sage, Foxglove)

yarrow Angelica Baby's Breath
Lacy blooms (Yarrow, Angelica, Baby’s Breath)

carnation Double Petunia Rose

Layered blooms (Carnation, Double Petunia, Roses)

Hosta colocasia Caladium
Broad-leaves (Hosta, Colocasia, Caladium)

Ornamental Grasses Dracaena Cordyline

Narrow, vertical leaves (Ornamental Grasses, Dracaena/Cordyline)

Lamb's Ear Sage Dusty Miller

Soft, fuzzy leaves (Lamb’s ear, Sage, Dusty Miller)

Vinca Vine English Ivy Sweet Potato Vine
Trailing leaves (Vinca Vine, English Ivy, Sweet Potato Vine)

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Cutting flowers & foliage for bouquets

Garden Flowers with Long Vase-life

  • Chrysanthemums
  • Roses
  • Carnations
  • Asian & Oriental Lilies
  • Gladiolas
  • Gerbera Daisies
  • Snapdragons