Cutting gardens filled with long-lasting, colorful flowers that sit atop erect, upright stems help to create sturdy flower arrangements. Grown in a wide range of colors, heights, shapes and sizes, cutting garden flowers create a showy garden display. Often flowers that keep their sturdy shape and height are used as filler flowers in bouquets. Other flowers, such as cosmos, have a draping effect, and are ideal nestled along the front and sides of a bouquet.
Zinnias (Zinnia elegans) are annual flowers with bright, long-lasting blooms and erect stems that make them ideal for a cutting garden. Growing 1 to 3 feet tall, zinnia plants have a rapid growth rate. Deer- and drought-tolerant, zinnias withstand high summer temperatures without sacrificing their classic blooms. The 2-inch wide blooms on zinnia flowers are single, semi-double or double, and sit atop the long, bright green stem. Attracting butterflies and other winged wildlife, zinnia flowers grow in a wide range of colors, including, pink, yellow, red, purple, orange and white. Emerging in early summer, zinnia blooms provide a summer full of striking flowers. Zinnia require full sun and well-drained soil that is nutrient laden. To promote flowering throughout the season, deadhead or remove the spent blooms.
Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus cvs.) have a clumping habit and moderate growth rate. The bright flowers and fern-like foliage make cosmos an ideal annual flower for a cutting garden. Growing 3 to 6 feet tall and 1 to 3 feet wide, cosmos have pink, white, red and yellow blooms. The sea shell cosmos, a variety of cosmos, has quilled, hollow blooms that make an interesting addition to the cutting garden. A butterfly attractant, cosmos flowers bloom in summer and through the fall, making them a long-lasting cutting garden flower. Cosmos flowers require full sun and well-drained, moist, nutrient-rich soil.
Siberian iris (Iris sibirica) is a perennial flower grown in a wide range of brilliant colors. An ideal cutting garden addition, Siberian iris grows 1 to 3 feet tall and in upright clumps. The 18-inch stem on the Siberian iris holds the bright flowerhead. The blue, purple and pink flowers bloom in late spring and into the summer. Versatile, the Siberian iris tolerates and thrives in a wide range of soil varieties including, heavy, acidic and clay soils. Siberian iris requires full sun to partial shade and a medium to wet moisture content.