While various types of flowers enhance the outdoor landscape, not all retain their beauty in vases. Many gardeners grow and cut flowers to share with friends or to bring inside to add color and beauty to a room. While some varieties of blossoming plants quickly fade after cutting, others maintain their beauty for days in water. Choose perennial flowers that resist rapid wilting, drooping petals and falling pollen. Grow a few of these perennial seed flowers in your yard to cut for bouquets.
Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart
This heirloom flower (Dicentra spectabilis) produces small, heart-shaped flowers along arching stems. The red outer and white inner petals of these blossoms contrast with the blue-green foliage. Old-fashioned bleeding heart plants prefer shady areas in the garden, often growing as tall as 3 feet in well-drained, moist soils. Shortly after seed production, these plants become dormant for the remainder of the year.
The obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana) blossoms in shades of rose, white and purple. The spiked blossoms add interest to cut bouquets. The foliage, which often turns a rich shade of crimson in the fall, also adds interest to cut flower arrangements. Plant the seeds of the obedient plant in a sunny location within a contained area to avoid invasive spreading. These blossoms appear late in the summer, making them a nice choice for early fall arrangements.
Plant this perennial flower (Scabiosa caucasica) seed in borders near a porch or walkway. The blossoms contain an outer circle of flat petals and an inner, tufted section, giving it the appearance of a pincushion. The flowers appear for about a month in the summer, blooming in light shades of blue and pink. Some varieties, such as Pink Mist and Butterfly Blue, continue to bloom for a couple of months. Regularly remove spent blossoms to keep this plant producing new flowers.
These perennial seeds require a slightly acid, well-drained soil. Growing 2 to 3 feet tall, the balloon flower plant (Platycodon grandiflorus) produces saucer-shaped blossoms during the summer months. These blossoms appear in attractive shades of lavender, white, pink and blue. Select some double-flowering varieties to plant in your perennial garden and add interest to your cut arrangements.