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The Best Flowers for Cut Flower Arrangements

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Filled with long-lasting, colorful blooms, fresh-cut flower arrangements create showy displays. Flowers with erect, tall stems are ideal for fresh-cut arrangements; their sturdiness keep the flowers upright. Flowers with large flower heads like garden phlox help fill in a bouquet with their fluffy blooms, making for a full arrangement. Grown in dozens of varieties with distinct shapes, sizes and colors, perennial and annual flowers make classic bouquets.

Garden Phlox

Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata) is a fragrant perennial flower with bright, fluffy blooms, making for an ideal fresh-cut flower. Growing 3 to 6 feet tall, the upright deep green stem holds the bright flower heads that grow in a wide range of colors including, pink, white, purple, red and coral. The center or “eye” of the garden phlox is lighter or darker, depending on the flower color, creating a striking flower bloom to nestle in a fresh-cut bouquet. Garden phlox blooms in late summer to early fall, making for a long growing season. The USDA hardiness zone for planting is 4 to 8.

Large-Cupped Daffodil

Large-cupped daffodils (Narcissus "Ceylon") have a moderate growth rate and clump-like growth habit. Growing 1 to 3 feet tall, large-cupped daffodils have long-lasting, large flower heads that are classic tucked in a cut-flower arrangement. The bright yellow petals surround the orange or egg-yolk colored cups, making for a vibrant contrast to the flower head. Deer-tolerant, the showy blooms of the large-cupped daffodil emerge in early spring to light up the landscape with color. As fresh-cut flowers, large-cupped daffodils have a long shelf life and with daily water changes, last for several weeks. The zone for planting is 3 to 8.

Black-Eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) bears daisy-like blooms that emerge in late summer to last into fall. Nestled in a fresh-cut flower arrangement, Black-eyed Susans create long-lasting and stunning bouquets. Growing 18 to 30 inches tall, Black-eyed Susans have light to deep yellow petals that surround the gold to black center. The clump-like growth habit and rapid growth rate makes the black-eyed Susan a summer staple for any fresh flower arrangement. The zone for planting is 3 to 9.

Iris Spuria

Iris spuria (Iris spuria) is one of the tallest growing beardless iris varieties. Grown in a wide range of colors, iris spuria is a classic, fresh-cut flower. Iris spuria grow 3 to 6 feet tall and 6 to 12 inches wide and have a moderate growth rate. The upright flowers grow in purple, yellow, white and brown to sit atop the tall, erect bright green stem. Beginning in late spring, iris spuria blooms to last through mid-summer. Because of their tall, upright stems, iris spuria make commanding fresh-cut arrangements and help to fill in tall bouquets with their vibrant flower head. The zone for planting is 6 to 9.

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