Bringing flowers indoors from the garden is one of the rewards that flower gardeners enjoy. Unfortunately, not all bedding plants make good cut flowers. For the best cut flower specimens, gardeners tend to plant flowers that feature tall stems and hardy stock. The reason is tall flowers and flowers with thick stems tend to stand up better in a vase. But long blooming periods and the ability to live in water is also an asset for gardeners looking for flowers that will become an indoor showpiece as well as a landscape enhancement.
Snapdragons, antirrhinum majus, are Mediterranean natives that are often grown as cutting flowers. These annuals come in a variety of dwarf, medium and tall cultivars and feature bright colors such as yellow, pink, purple, white, orange and red. The Rocket variety of snapdragons works well as a cut flower because it features tall stems and hardy stalks. Snapdragons prefer cool weather. According to Alabama Cooperative Extension System, most snapdragon cultivars will tolerate a light frost. For this reason, snapdragons are commonly used in spring and fall gardens. Harvest snapdragons when the blooms are half opened for the best cut flower specimen.
Black-eyed Susan's, Rudbeckia hirta, are considered to be short lived perennials. This flower is native to prairie lands and features bright yellow daisy-like flowers with a dark brown center. In addition to providing color and texture to the landscape, Black-eyed Susan's are grown for cut flowers because they have long and stout stems. Rudbeckia hirta prefers sun to partial shade as well as moist, well-drained soil. The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center states that Black-eyed Susans will bloom longer if given afternoon shade.
Zinnias, zinnia elegans, are a favorite as a cut flower because they will live for more than a week in water. These flowers are easy to grow and provide a variety of colors including yellow, white, pink, purple, gold and peach. Although dwarf varieties are available, common zinnias work better for use as cutting flowers because they feature large showy blooms and tall stems. According to Iowa State University Extension, zinnias should be cut when the centers are beginning to fully open. In addition it recommends changing the water often to prevent algae growth. Zinnias need full sun, six to eight hours, to bloom but they will grow in a variety of soil conditions.