Making your own flower arrangements can be a creative and rewarding hobby, whether you're doing it to spruce up your home or preparing a decorative gift. Many varieties of flowers can be grown in your garden that make excellent vase flowers. Vase flowers, also known as cut flowers, are ordinarily from flower varieties that possess long, sturdy stems that allow them to sit upright in a vase. Regardless of your gardening zone, you can grow an endless variety of vase flowers that will beautify your landscape and your choice of decorative vases.
Also known as Gypsophila, baby's breath is a worldly popular flower used in bouquet arrangements. It's identified by it's thin, stick-like stem that produces side stems that resemble small branches. Upon the branches bloom several small white blossoms that resemble little puffs of balled up tissue paper. Baby's breath is ordinarily used as a filler, or accent in flower bouquets of several varieties. Growing baby's breath in your home garden doesn't require much work and the seeds can be sown throughout the sunniest parts of your yard for optimal growth. Baby's breath is a drought-tolerant annual that produces flowers throughout most of the spring and summer months in most climates.
The cornflower, or bachelor's button, is a beautiful flower that is grown in cottage gardens throughout the world. It's varying shades of blue range from sky to cerulean, making it a very popular choice in colorful landscapes. It's long, moisture-preserving stem is sturdy, making it an excellent choice for a vase flower arrangement as well. Growing cornflowers in your garden requires minimal soil preparation, but the flowers prefer partial shade. Sow the seeds directly into the ground in well-drained soil as a border plant beneath larger plants like hostas and rose bushes.
The dahlia is a great companion to the cornflower, both in flower beds as well as in vase arrangements because of its striking colors and intricate petal display. There are thousands of differing varieties and hybrids of the dahlia, and each prefer well-drained, loose soil. In areas with dense soil, or clay soil, using peat moss and sand to lighten it up is beneficial to the health of the dahlia flower. It grows during the spring and summer months, and can be a perennial in temperate climates. In colder climates, the tubers of the flower should be dug from the ground before the first frost of the winter season.