List of Perennial Cut Flowers

Perennial flowers good for cut flower arrangements are fun to grow in a garden. Enjoy their beauty indoors and out with a supply that will come back year after year without replanting. Growing a white flower or even an all white garden is tricky as the soil can change the color of some flowers. Make sure your soil is the correct type (acidic, alkaline, neutral) that the flower needs for the color.

Dahlia

Dahlia spp., the botanical name for the garden dahlia, is from the Asteraceae/Compositae family. It is a perennial, fragrant, and does well in containers or for cut flower arrangements. Depending on variety, it can reach 6 feet tall with flowerheads 2 to 10 inches wide. Flowers are in the white, purple, red, orange, yellow, or pink range. Grow a dahlia in well drained soils that are fertilized weekly and in a very sunny location. Water should be regular. Propagate via division of tubers in spring, seed, or by winter basal shoot cuttings.

Gerber Daisy

Gerbera jamesonii, the botanical name for the Gerber daisy, is from the Asteraceae/Compositae family. It is an easy to grow perennial that does well in containers, indoor use, or as a cut flower. Leaves can get 8 to 10 inches long with flowers 2.5 to 4 inches wide on 12 to 18 inch stems. Mounds form reaching 12 inches wide. Grow Gerber daisy in well drained sandy or loamy soil with full sun. Propagate via seed or by clump division.

Amaryllis

Hippeastrum hybrids, the botanical name for the amaryllis, is from the Amaryllidaceae family. It is a perennial that is good for cut flower arrangements, indoor use, and container use. Flowers get 6 inches wide on 18 to 20 inch stems. Leaves are basal, dark green, and strap-like. Blooms can be orange, red, pink, or white. Grow amaryllis in filtered sun or in shade. Soil should be well drained. Propagate via bulb offsets and by seed.

Shasta Daisy

Leucanthemum x superbum, the botanical name for the Shasta daisy, is from the Asteraceae/Compositae family. It is a perennial good for cut flower arrangements. It will get 2 to 3 feet tall. Clumps will form spreading to 1 1/2 feet wide. Flowers are white, from summer to fall, and 2 to 5 inches wide. Leaves are 8 to 12 inches long, glossy, and dark green. Grow a Shasta daisy in well drained soil that is not acidic. Full sun should be the location for planting with regular watering. Propagate via seed or winter/spring division.

Tulip

Tulipa spp., the botanical name for the tulip, is from the Liliaceae family. It is a perennial good for container gardening and for cut flower arrangements. It will have the potential of being any color except blue, single or double bloomed, fringed or reflexed, and cup or bowl shaped. Check the cultivar to get specifics. Grow tulips in non acidic soil in full sun in a well drained area. Propagate seed or offsets.

Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia hirta, the botanical name for the black-eyed Susan, is from the Asteraceae/Compositae family. It is good for cut flower arrangements and for attracting butterflies to the garden. Leaves are 4 to 7 inches long with stems to 3 feet. Flowers are 3 inches wide in the summer and fall with different colors depending on variety. Grow a black-eyed Susan in full sun to light shade. Propagate via seed or root mass division.

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Tina Samuels has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 10 years, concentrating on health and gardening topics, and a writer for 20 years. She has written for "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living," and "Mature Years," as well as online content. She has one book, “A Georgia Native Plant Guide,” offered through Mercer University; others are in development.