Annual Flowers for Cutting

Vases of flowers add a special touch to any occasion or no occasion at all. Start with some low maintenance, annual flowers that are great for cutting. Cut the flowers often to encourage new flowers. Involve children by giving them their own plot of ground to grow their own flowers. It's a great way to encourage a new generation of gardeners.

Zinnias

Sow zinnia seeds in your cutting garden in May for vases of flowers July through October. Zinnias are one of the easiest annual flowers to grow. Thin seedlings out when they start to crowd. Zinnias have the added benefit of being maintenance free. Typical colors are red, yellow, pink, scarlet, orange, lavender, purple and white. The envy double has double green flowers. Plant zinnias in well-draining soil and full sun. Thin seedlings out when they start to crowd. Add compost if you have clay soil. Water once a day in extremely hot weather. Fertilizer isn't necessary with this annual.

Iceland Poppies

Sow Iceland poppy seeds, summer breeze in October for flowering May through September. Other varieties of Iceland poppies are biennials, but summer breeze is an annual. Colors come in red, orange and yellow with a few pink and white. Plant Iceland poppies in well-draining soil and full sun. Thin seedlings out when they start to crowd. Add compost if you have clay soil. Water Iceland poppies once a day in extremely hot weather. Fertilizer isn't necessary with this annual.

Phlox

Sow phlox seeds in February and March. Phlox come in a color range of blue, pink and white. There are also multiwhite colors. Flowers appear all summer and continue until the first frost. Plant in well-draining soil and full sun. Thin the seedlings when they start to crowd. Add compost if you have clay soil. Water once a day in extremely hot weather. Plant phlox in well-draining soil. Fertilizer isn't necessary with this annual.

Baby's Breath

Sow baby's breath seeds in April and again in September. Baby's breath is a staple flower for florists. Their tiny, white flowers add an accent to other cut flowers. Flowering occurs from June through September. Although white is the most common color of baby's breath, they do come in pink and rose. Plant in well-draining soil and full sun. Add compost if you have clay soil. Thin the seedlings when they start to crowd. Water once a day in extremely hot weather. Fertilizer isn't necessary.

Cosmos

Sow cosmos directly in the ground in April and May. Flowering occurs June through September. Cosmos are one of the easiest flowers to grow. Colors range from white to several shades of pink. Plant in well-draining soil and full sun. Thin the seedlings out when they start to crowd. Add compost if you have clay soil. Water once a day in extremely hot weather. Fertilizer isn't necessary.

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Brenda Reeves started writing in 1979. Specializing in gardening topics, her articles appear on numerous Web sites, including eHow. Reeves has a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing from California State University, Northridge.