Now that we’ve got that problem solved, it’s time to pick flower varieties that will make the most of your summer bouquets and your home’s curb appeal. We’ve researched the top flowers that not only look fabulous in the garden but also in an arrangement. Our favorites were chosen based on their bloom times, vase life and unique appearance.
Choose from 180 aster varieties in a lovely range of colors including purple, pink and white. Asters are perfect for fresh summer arrangements and can be dried and used during any season.
“Autumn Joy”, “Frosty Morn” and “Matrona” are some of the taller varieties that make the best cut flowers. Choose stems with clusters of full blooms and the base of the stem at a 45-degree angle. Place the stems immediately in water and they’ll up to a week or more.
When the blossoms first show a tiny sliver of color, cut the stems and remove most of the leaves. Wrap several stems together in tissue paper, indicating the cutting date on the outside. Place them in a very cold refrigerator and take the stems as you need them. Recut the stems and place them in water. Within a couple of days you’ll have full peony blooms!
Even though they’re early bloomers, you can enjoy their lush greenery all summer. The deep green, mounded plants are beautiful on their own. You can also use their foliage in your mid to late season flower arrangements.
Most yarrow plants are roughly 2 feet tall, making them the perfect size for flower arrangements. Cut the stem at about 18 inches and remove the leaves. Keep the stems in cool water and they will last a week to ten days.
Dahlias are ideal cutting flowers. The more you cut them, the more buds they will produce. Their vase life is between four to ten days. Beginning in late spring, you’ll find dahlias at the nursery in 1-gallon pots, or you can plant them from tubers in early spring.
Russian sage produces blooms from mid to late summer and resembles a low growing shrub. It is a very easy plant to cultivate—in fact they almost thrive on neglect making them perfect for dry, hot zones with minimal irrigation.
Penstemon spikes grow 1 to 3 feet tall and come in a range of colors including blue, pink, purple, red and white depending on the variety. They are an easy care and low maintenance plant and great source for cut flowers. Penstemon’s unusual trumpet-shaped blossoms work very well in simple arrangements.
You may not realize it but begonias make fabulous cut flowers. They mix well with other garden flowers but really shine when arranged in a casual bouquet of begonias in varying colors. Also consider using fancy begonia leaves as foliage filler for your flower arrangements.