Cutting Garden How-To: 5 Simple Tips

Flowers hold fascination from childhood. Remember picking a handful of dandelions to give to mom? We always try to bring a bit of the beauty of nature into our homes in any way we can and gathering flowers for a bouquet is just one of the simple pleasures of planting a garden.

Tip 1

If you want to have a steady stream of flowers to cut, create a production style bed with rows, similar to how you would plant a vegetable garden. If you have space, you could even designate an area of your vegetable garden but we like to keep it simple by mixing plants into your established gardens. In fact, you probably already have some cutting flowers in your garden!

Tip 2

Combine blooms for every season and plants with an array of textures like shiny, rough, frilled and waxy leaves. These will give you what you need to assemble beautiful bouquets for yourself and to share with family and friends.

Spring Perennials & Bulbs: Tulips, Daffodils, Epimedium, Brunnera, Euphorbia, Peony, Violets, Lily-of-the-valley, Columbine, Carnation/Dianthus, Delphinium, Salvia, Nepeta, Coralbells, Zizia, Myositis, Aurinia, Iris, Allium, Baptisia, Amsonia, Dicentra

Summer Perennials: Linum, Daylilies, Lilies, Bee balm, Scabiosa, Trollius, Platycodon, Veronica, Achillea, Liatris, Coreopsis, Echinops, Filipendula, Lupine, Gaillardia, Leucanthemum (Daisies), Aruncus, Allium, Agastache, Geum, Roses, Poppy

Late Summer Perennials: Tall Garden Phlox, Echinacea, Physostegia, Lychnis, Heliopsis, Helenium, Buddleia, Asclepias, Astilbe, Knautia, Astrantia, Eryngium, Helianthus, Kalimeris, Hydrangea

Fall: Asters, Chrysanthemum, Japanese Anemone, Goldenrod, Tall Sedum, Rudbeckia, Sunflowers

Fillers: Artemesia, Gypsophila, Fennel, Calamintha, Hosta (leaves and flowers), Anaphalis, Alchemilla (Lady’s Mantle), Aruncus, Ferns, Tall Grasses, Coleus

Annuals: Ageratum, Carnation, Celosia, Cosmos, Dianthus, Dusty Miller, Gaura, Gerbera Daisy, Dahlia, Gomphrena, Marigolds, Scabiosa, Stock, Zinnia

Trees & Shrubs: Forsythia, Witchhazel, Lilac, Flowering Quince, Hydrangea. Add interesting foliage with Dappled Willow or Purple Smokebush.

Tip 3

Pick a sunny spot, most cutting flowers like full sun, about 6-8 hours, and well-drained soil.

Tip 4

Don’t forget about herbs! They make great additions to bouquets with their flowers and different textured leaves. Plus! They smell wonderful. Some good herbs to try are Lavender, Feverfew, Dill, Thyme, Fennel, Chives, and Hyssop. Tip 5: The more you pick the more they bloom. Some flowers that will bloom more when cut.

Tip 5

The more you pick the more they bloom. Some flowers that will bloom more when cut include Tall Phlox, Nepeta, Salvia, Coreopsis, Calamintha, Leucanthemum (Daisies), and Gaillardia.

Stop in May 5-12 to either location to see the “Weekly Scoop” on cutting gardens and pick up a handout with our full list of cutting garden plants. We’ve barely scratched the surface!

Aurora Location

2000 Montgomery Road,

Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

Naperville Location

25w471 Plank Road,

Naperville, IL 60563

Phone. 630-355-4000

Spring Hours

March 30-June 30

Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm

Memorial Day Hours

Monday, May 27


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