Top ten cut flowers
It’s possible to save money on cut flowers when you plant your own. However, given the many options available, choosing what to grow takes a lot of work. To get things in motion, we’ve compiled a list of ten flowers that look beautiful in the garden or a vase. If you’re looking to lighten your house, here’s our “pick” of the top ten cut flowers to cultivate:
- Sweet Pea ‘Scent Infusion’
- Tree Lily ‘Crystal Collection’
- Sunflower ‘Harlequin’
- Tulip ‘Everlasting’ Mixture’
- Gladiolus ‘Tango’
- A hybrid rose of tea, “Breeders Choice Pink.’
- Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Azura’
- Dianthus ‘Rainbow Loveliness Improved Mixed’
- Peony ‘Eden’s Perfume’
- Gypsophila elegans ‘Covent Garden
Learn what each variety has earned a place in our top ten. For more ideas, look through our entire selection of colorful flowers here.
Sweet Pea ‘Scent Infusion’The most popular cut and return cut flower sweet peas were once a trendy choice for glasshouses but now are mostly grown outdoors in gardens. There are many colors to pick from. However, the right mix of shades can create the most beautiful arrangements.
The old-fashioned grandiflora varieties often are the most fragrant Try Sweet Pea “Scent Infusion’ for fragrant and vibrant blooms that are perfect for picking regularly. With a long, sturdy stem, the sweet pea is an absolute delight to observe growing on your garden trellis or obelisk; however, it also looks stunning for a casual display on the inside. Cut the flowers as the bottom blooms open, then place them in water as soon as they open to prolong the vase’s lifespan.
Tree Lily ‘Crystal Collection’
Oriental Lilies are the best choice for scent and beautiful trumpet-shaped flowers. Creating an eye-catching and exotic cut flower arrangement only takes a handful of stems. There are plenty of different varieties of lilies that can be planted as cut flowers.
The only drawback to this gorgeous flower is their pollen may make clothes soiled. To get rid of this problem, take a few minutes to remove the stamens out of lilies before they open or become more sterile; double varieties such as Tree Lily ‘Crystal Collection’ are pollen-free. Be aware that when removing the lily stems from the garden, leaving at least a third of the stem in place to provide food for the bulb the following year is essential.
Sunflowers are the most cheerful cut flowers and are guaranteed to bring a smile. They’re easy to cultivate and don’t require much attention. Plant seeds of sunflower seeds directly in the ground in the area you wish the flowers to bloom.
To cut, it is best to pick a variety with multiple heads, like a Sunflower “Harlequin” for a wide variety of flowers. Cut the stems right when the flowers are fully open and remove the lower foliage off the stem, leaving only some leaves at the top to complete your bouquet. Cut with sharp secateurs sunflowers in the early morning or later in the evening when the temperature is cool.
Tulip ‘Everlasting’ Mixture
To get a bright, early burst of color, plant many bulb tulips to ensure you can cut plenty of them for your home without destroying the garden’s display. Cut tulips can be thirsty; therefore, keep an eye on the fluid level within your vase. Make sure not to mix the cut tulips and Daffodils. The Narcissus species emit a substance that stops your flowers (and others cut flower arrangements) from absorbing water.
Tulips come in an enticing array of colors, that you’ll be spoilt with options. This is why we love the Tulip ‘Everlasting’ Mixture. They’re sturdy and vibrant, and they’re sure to bloom in the first year that you plant them. And naturally, they’ll come back every year.
Gladioli’s tall, striking branches are great for adding dimension and interest to floral arrangements. There are many to choose from, but our favorite is an innovative hybrid called Gladiolus “Tango.” Its gorgeous, ruffled mauve-pink blooms create stunning cut flowers.
Cut gladioli blooms when the most minor two or three colors start to open. However, ensure you leave as many leaves as possible to nourish the bulb for the following year. Gladioli flowers usually mature around the same time; however, if you want to extend the growing season, you should plant them in two-week intervals to ensure they develop over a longer time.
Hybrid tea rose “Breeders’ Choice Pink’
A list of suggestions for cut flowers is complete, including a blossom like a rose. Planting these stunning blooms for cut flowers requires less effort than cultivating them as garden plants However, the results are worthy of the action. Select the suitable varieties to guarantee the most beautiful design and the longest stems. If you’re growing roses to cut flowers, you must be meticulous and eliminate any poorly-placed flower buds to redirect your energy toward the most beautiful blooms.
As our top pick, we’ll choose a hybrid tea rose called ‘Breeders’ Choice Pink.’ Each stem on this well-branched rose bush is adorned with a perfectly shaped, beautiful pink rose flower. What else could you possibly want from cutting flowers?
Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Azura’
The silvery-blue foliage that eucalyptus gunnii makes it an excellent filler for bouquets, vases, and more elaborate floral arrangements. We like Eucalyptus gunnii “Azura” for its gorgeous round, silver-blue leaves, which provide texture and shape for elegant and casual display. Eucalyptus is a stunning vase life that can last longer than three weeks and often is the ‘last man standing in any vase.
Florists prefer the young foliage of Eucalyptus, which is more rounded and attractive than that in mature trees. Plant the Eucalyptus as a coppiced tree and prune it hard every year to provide a continuous supply of immature stems to cut.
Dianthus ‘Rainbow Loveliness Improved Mixed’
Dianthus is a plant family that includes Carnations, Pinks, and Sweet Williams and has some of the most famous cut flowers. Dianthus “Scented Mix” provides traditional flowers; however, trying something new is worthwhile if you’re cultivating your own flowers to cut.
Our top pick is Dianthus “Rainbow Loveliness Enhanced mixed’ which we love for its distinctive feathery blooms. Regular pruning will help prolong the flowering time. Avoid standing carnation arrangements under direct sunlight, or they’ll fade quickly.
Peony ‘Eden’s Perfume’
The peonies are admired for their gorgeous, big flowers. Only a handful of stems are enough for a fantastic arrangement. This is a good thing since it’s essential to be cautious when planting peonies for cut flowers. Just a few blooms from each flower, and don’t cut stems from plants under three years of age, or the plant could get damaged.
The flowers of herbaceous peonies such as Peony “Eden’s Perfume” must be cut right before they begin to open, at the point that the buds are smooth between your fingers and thumb. Cutting double peonies too soon can prevent the buds from bursting, so waiting for the peonies is essential. Single-flowered peonies may be cut off at a more advanced stage if needed while the buds are swelling but firm.
Gypsophila elegans ‘Covent Garden
Elegant and delicate Gypsophila is beneficial as a filler to soften bouquets and provide a frothy fog of tiny blooms to cut flower arrangements. The well-loved cut flower may be planted outdoors in its final location each spring. You can stagger the sowing to extend the blooming time and provide lots of flowers.
We love Gypsophila elegans “Covent Garden’ which has white or pink edible flowers with an astringent, lightly sweet flavor. When cutting each stem, it is best to wait until the majority of the flowers in the branch have opened. Be sure to keep vases clear of fruit bowls. Like many other blooms, Gypsophila is particularly sensitive to the ethylene released by vegetables and fruits, which can cause cut flowers to degrade more rapidly.