35 Best Flowers to Grow in A Cutting Garden for Beautiful Bouquets

Are you starting a cutting garden but aren’t sure where to begin? In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss shares 35 flowers that work together to create a spectacular garden and beautiful floral arrangements.

A close-up of a dahlia plant reveals striking red flowers with vibrant yellow centers, adding a pop of color to the garden. The petals form intricate layers, creating a captivating bloom. The green leaves and sturdy stems provide support, with more dahlias in the background.


A while back, I made the commitment to myself that, with very few exceptions, I wanted to be able to grow enough flowers that I no longer had to purchase them from the store for my table. I needed to create a working cut flower garden to go outdoors any time and gather at least a small bouquet to liven things up indoors.

A cut flower garden can be a complicated thing. Where the flowers we leave outdoors can be tattered or chewed on, most people prefer their indoor flowers to be more presentable. For a beekeeper like me, pesticides are not an option, and keeping the insect population down is tricky. 

My best advice for growing flowers without creating a bug buffet is to bring in some beneficial insects, like ladybugs or mantids, to be natural pest control. Outside of that, creating the right environment, planting for varied bloom times and colors, and choosing varieties that thrive in your environment are important factors to consider. Here are 35 flowers that work excellently in the cutting garden and the home


A close-up of Lavender plants reveals their vibrant spikes of purple blooms. Their slender stems and lush green foliage create a healthy garden scene. A bee gracefully perches on top of one delicate bloom, adding a touch of nature's beauty.
Ensure your lavender receives ample sunlight to savor its delightful fragrant blossoms and foliage.
botanical-name botanical name Lavandula
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 2’-4’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

Lavender can be difficult to get the hang of growing, but once you’ve got it down pat, they are very low maintenance. Lavender comes from the Mediterranean region. It likes poor soil with excellent drainage. It grows as a perennial in zones 5-9 and can be grown elsewhere as an annual plant. Its long, stiff stems make it great for cutting and drying.

If you want to find the perfect flowering plant to neglect, lavender might do the trick. Don’t plant your lavender near anything that needs frequent fertilizing because this plant prefers not to be fertilized. Give your lavender plants full sun for as many hours as possible, and enjoy the wonderful-smelling flowers and foliage in spring and summer.


A close-up of Zinnia plants showcases their radiant orange petals and golden centers. These striking blooms rise elegantly from sturdy green stems, surrounded by a sea of lush foliage, bathed in the warm embrace of sunlight.
Zinnia seeds perform in various soil types without the need for stratification.
botanical-name botanical name Zinnia
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 6”-4’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2-11

Zinnias are an ideal cut flower for the garden. They grow quickly, blooming just 60 days after planting. They come in a wide array of colors and flower formations, are very attractive to pollinators, and also have a long vase life. 

The seeds need no stratification and will grow in most soil types. They don’t mind the heat and are quite drought-resistant. I like to plant zinnias several times between spring and fall because they bring me so much joy with their ease of care and colors in the garden. In warm climates, they can be grown year-round. 


A close-up of Dahlia plants unveils their intricate bloom structure, displaying captivating pink petals. Their slender stems and vibrant green leaves form a soft, blurred background, emphasizing their presence in the garden's tapestry.
In cooler climates, dahlias’ tuberous roots are dug up and stored for winter.
botanical-name botanical name Dahlia
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 2’-6’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 8-10

Now that I grow dahlias, I can’t imagine not having them in my cut-flower garden. While dahlias don’t have the greatest vase life, nothing else compares if you are putting together a special arrangement for an occasion. The sheer variety of these flowers is astounding.

Dahlia flowers come in many different shapes and sizes, from huge (12”) dinnerplate-sized blooms to compact pompon flowers with wonderful shapes and eye-catching symmetry. Dahlias are perennial in zones 8-10, and their tuberous roots can be dug up and stored for the winter in cooler climates. 


A close-up of a strawflower plant highlights a single bloom with red-edged petals and a creamy center. Lush green leaves provide a complementary background, creating a beautiful, vibrant contrast.
Strawflowers are exceptional for cutting and drying due to their remarkably stiff structure.
botanical-name botanical name Xerochrysum bracteatum
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 2’-3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 8-11

For cutting and drying, you simply can’t beat strawflowers. The name truly doesn’t do these flowers justice. Strawflowers are cheery and brightly colored with many stiff papery bracts that radiate around a central disk.

They look like many other flowers in the Aster family, of which they are a part, but they have uniquely stiff flower parts that hold up incredibly well to drying

I remember my mother growing these in her garden and being fascinated by how they retain their color and beauty when dried. If you like dried flower arrangements, this is one plant you should not pass up. Usually grown from seed, strawflowers are perennial in zones 8-11 and grown as an annual plant elsewhere. 

Sweet Pea

A close-up of Sweet Pea flowers reveals delicate light purple blooms with intricate patterns adorning their petals. Their slender structure and tendrils are captivating. Nearby, more Sweet Pea blooms grace the plant, creating a mesmerizing floral display.
These colorful flowers thrive in mild weather and are heavy feeders.
botanical-name botanical name Lathyrus odoratus
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 5’-6’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-8

Cut sweet peas are difficult to ship and have a brief vase life, so they are very difficult to find for purchase as cut flowers. All the more reason why you should include them in your garden, as this is the most certain way of enjoying these delightful and wonderfully fragrant little flowers. 

Sweet peas like mild weather, so their seeds should be soaked overnight and sown in late winter to give them ample time to bloom before the hot summer rolls in. They come in a wide variety of colors and are heavy feeders, so be sure to mix plenty of compost or manure into the soil before planting.


A close-up of Snapdragon plants. Slender spikes of pink blooms stand tall, some adorned with buds poised to burst into full bloom. Lush green leaves provide a striking backdrop, and gentle rays of sunlight enhance their beauty.
The moderate vase life of these flowers makes them an attractive choice for floral arrangements.
botanical-name botanical name Antirrhinum
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 6”-15”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-11

Snapdragons are a childhood favorite of mine and most children I know. Their fun little flowers, when pinched on the sides, resemble a dragon opening its mouth. What is not to love about that?

Snapdragons like mild weather, so they struggle in the heat of summer. If you give them enough water and a bit of shade during the hottest months, you’re likely to see them bloom again in the fall. 

There are snapdragons in nearly every color of the rainbow, and they are intensely bright and beautiful flowers. They have a moderate vase life, making a wonderful filler with their tall stalks of flowers with soft, lanceolate leaves arranged in a spiral up and down the stems. 


A close-up of sunflowers showcases their vibrant golden flowers, each with a dark center, standing atop sturdy green stems that sway in the breeze. Lush leaves adorn the lower part of the plant, adding to its natural charm.
Despite their appeal, sunflower plants can be challenging to grow.
botanical-name botanical name Helianthus
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height up to 12’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2-11

Few flowers have the popularity and staying power of the sunflower. A flower that screams sunshine and happiness, such as this, is an excellent addition to the cut flower garden.

I have found sunflowers tricky in the past, not because they are difficult to grow but because every critter, from moles under the ground to birds high overhead, loves to munch on their tender green shoots. 

Starting your sunflowers indoors and hardening them off before planting them will help prevent some of the microgreen munchers from gobbling up your sunflower babies. These big, impressive bloomers are a great addition to the cut flower garden and have an excellent vase life. 

Black-eyed Susans

A close-up of multiple Black-eyed Susans with their cheerful yellow blooms and lush leaves against a blurred background. Their leaves are healthy and vibrant, and they bask in the direct sunlight, adding a lively touch to the garden.
These beautiful and vibrant flowers became a favorite for local bees.
botanical-name botanical name Rudbeckia
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height up to 5’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-9

For years, I noticed Black-eyed Susans in gardens and the wild without much intrigue. That is until my brother’s partner gifted me a pack of seeds last year that she had acquired from a local seed library. One can’t accept seeds they don’t intend to grow, so I started a few seeds in the spring, and wowzers! 

I was unprepared for the sheer magnitude of flowers that a handful of seeds produced. They are such lovely, cheerful flowers, and the local bees couldn’t get enough of them. Being an avid pollinator gardener, needless to say, I’ll never overlook these sweet flowers again.


A close-up of a Marigold plant, the vibrant orange marigold head and its delicate petals take center stage. In the blurred background, other marigold heads or blooms adorn the top of the stem, surrounded by lush green leaves.
Bright marigold blooms hold cultural significance, especially in the Mexican Dia de Muertos celebration.
botanical-name botanical name Tagetes
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 6”-3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2-11

Marigolds have their place in so many gardens. Their sweet flowers are great companions for other plants, as their scent tends to be a pest deterrent, which affords some protection to the plants in their vicinity. They also have their place in terms of cultural significance, most notably for their symbolic use during the Mexican holiday Dia de Muertos.

There are varieties of marigolds that span a wide range of sizes and colors. My personal favorite is Tagetes patula, the French marigold. I love their bright colors and durability in a cut flower arrangement. Marigolds are also edible flowers, so they have use in a culinary or kitchen garden and the cut flower garden.


A close-up of the Hydrangea plant reveals its beautiful blooms with lavender and pink color clusters of petals. The green leaves and slender branches provide a vibrant backdrop to the floral display.
These perennial shrubs can thrive for several decades with proper care and the right conditions.
botanical-name botanical name Hydrangea
sun-requirements sun requirements Partial shade
height height 4’-12’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

Hydrangeas are a staple for florists and gardeners. Their oversized panicles of flowers in shades of pastel blue, pink, green, and white are a sight to behold when this perennial shrub is in bloom. Their blooming season is quite long, and these plants will live for decades with the right care and environment. 

If you are looking for a good backdrop plant for your cut flower garden, it doesn’t get any better than a hydrangea bush. Give these plants some protection from the afternoon sun for best results. They can be a bit sensitive in that way. Keep them well-watered through the hot summer months.


A close-up of a red rose showcases its striking crimson petals, complemented by lush green leaves and the sturdy stem. The direct sunlight highlights the plant's natural radiance.
When selecting rose bushes for cut flowers, consider those with long stems.

botanical-name botanical name Rosa
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height Varies widely
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-8

Roses are a must-have in the cut flower garden for unmatched elegance and a traditional aesthetic. However, roses are heavy feeders and need plenty of nutrients. Make sure to amend the soil with plenty of compost and organic material before planting, as well as give your roses fertilizer on a regular basis for the best blooms.

Pay attention to the type of rose bush you decide to plant for cut flowers. The best flowers for cutting are those with long stems. Hybrid tea roses have long stems and large, single blooms that work well. If you like petite clusters of roses, floribunda roses are just the thing. You can’t go wrong with a grandiflora for a combination of larger flowers on long stems.


A close-up of a Lisianthus plant with delicate pink flowers and emerging flower buds adorning the stems. Dark green leaves provide a rich backdrop to the blossoms, creating a lovely and harmonious composition.
Consider lisianthus if you desire a flower resembling a rose with an extended vase life.
botanical-name botanical name Eustoma
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 1’-3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 8-10

For a flower that looks like a rose but has an extra long vase life, look to lisianthus for a great combination of these qualities. Lisianthus can be tricky to grow, but they are stunning and make excellent cut flowers. They have a long blooming period and a vase life of up to two weeks. 

Lisianthus flowers are usually seen in shades of pink, purple, and white. Some flowers are a combination of two of these colors, and there are bright and pastel variations. In zones 8 and higher, they are perennial plants and will be easier to grow. In cooler climates, these plants act like annuals as they are frost-tender. 


A close-up of a Ranunculus plant highlights its pink flower heads with intricate petals, firmly attached to sturdy green, hairy stems. The combination of delicate blooms and robust greenery makes for an enchanting sight.
Ranunculus flowers are characterized by their tightly arranged rosette-type blossoms.
botanical-name botanical name Ranunculus
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 8”-2’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 8-10

Also known as the Persian buttercup, these flowers have a delicate beauty that sets them apart from many tougher plants we typically associate as good for cutting. Native to the Middle East, European botanists have been hybridizing these flowers for more than a century, and the results are breathtaking.

Ranunculus flowers are tightly organized rosette-type blooms. Their many layers of paper-thin petals resemble roses and are attached at the ends of gracefully arching stems. The foliage is a low rosette that grows close to the ground, avoiding interference with the long stems that make these flowers ideal for the cutting garden.


A close-up of lush Yarrow plants showcases clusters of flowers in various colors, including pink, cream, and yellow, perched atop slender branches. The diverse array of flowers is complemented by the plant's healthy and abundant foliage, creating a captivating and colorful garden scene.
This robust grower has a spreading habit but isn’t invasive.
botanical-name botanical name Achillea millefolium
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

Often underestimated, yarrow proves itself over and over as a delightful filler flower. The clusters of tiny flowers look like something from a fairy garden, and the wispy, fernlike foliage adds a nice texture to the cutting garden. Yarrow is a good, strong grower with a spreading habit, but it is not considered invasive.

I always associated yarrow with the color yellow, which is common. However, many varieties range in color from yellow to white, pink, and even red. Yarrow is very low maintenance, surviving some of the coldest winters and reliably returning yearly without fuss. 


A close-up of the Celosia plant reveals a vibrant pink bloom with intricate, velvety textures. The flower's structure showcases delicate petals and a central cluster of tiny, tightly packed blossoms. In the background, other garden plants create a beautiful, blurred setting.
These flowers bloom from late spring and last until the arrival of the first frost.
botanical-name botanical name Celosia
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 4”-3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2-11

Celosia is an interesting flowering plant in the Amaranth family. Like other types of amaranth, all parts of the plant are edible! The flowers come in diverse colors and forms, from the popular cockscomb varieties to others that resemble small flames or colorful pointed trees perched atop their tender leaves. 

Some varieties of celosia are very short, making them less desirable for cutting. Taller varieties are great for this purpose, though, and really make a statement in cut flower arrangements. These flowers have a long blooming season, beginning at the end of spring and enduring until the first frost. 


A close-up of an Amaranth plant with striking pink blooms that stand out against the lush green leaves. The structure of the bloom features numerous tiny individual flowers forming a captivating arrangement. This garden setting in the background adds depth and context to the image.
It is advisable to avoid planting weaker species near amaranth due to its extensive root system.
botanical-name botanical name Amaranthus
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 4’-6’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2-11

Speaking of the Amaranth family, while standard types of amaranth are best known for their culinary use as a grain or green, the large plumes these plants produce are incredibly dramatic in a cut flower arrangement. The ‘Love-Lies-Bleeding’ variety has a morbid name but is stunning both in the garden and at home. 

Amaranth is a heavy feeder, so it needs some space in the garden. Try not to make other plants compete with this one, as it sends out a substantial root system and will interfere with other plants nearby that aren’t as strong. These will also tower over the garden, reaching six feet tall!


A close-up of an Anemone plant highlights the dark red flowers with light purple centers. Adjacent, vibrant pink blooms provide a lovely contrast. The background features blurred green leaves, creating a harmonious backdrop for these captivating blooms.
The flowers of anemones are a top choice for cut flower enthusiasts due to their mid-sized beautiful flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Anemone
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 1’-5’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-10

Anemones are rhizomatic plants native to all continents except Antarctica and Australia. Their flowers resemble a poppy in form and typically in color as well. They are medium-sized blooms with boldly contrasting centers, making them stand out in bridal bouquets and other floral arrangements.

These relatives of ranunculus are highly favored among cut flower farmers and hobbyists. Different varieties have different growth habits, with some staying close to the ground and others growing quite tall and stately. 


A close-up offers a vivid view of Poppy plants, showcasing their bold red blooms and delicate, papery petals. The slender, hairy stems provide a sturdy foundation for the blooms. In the background, other plants with white flowers add to the charming scenery.
Native to Europe, Africa, and North America, poppies thrive in well-drained, acidic soil.
botanical-name botanical name Papaver
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 1’-4’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2-10

The poppy is a wonderful example of a flower rich in symbolic meaning. Poppies are also well known for their culinary use as seeds for bread and have gained notoriety due to the use of a specific species in the manufacture of opiates. Poppies are native to Europe, Africa, and North America and prefer well-drained soil with an acidic pH

The most recognized poppies are the bright red American Legion Corn poppy and the brilliant orange California poppy. Ironically, these two flowers are from an entirely different genre but are from the same family, and they share a common moniker. Poppies readily reseed themselves, so they will spread nicely and turn into a lovely drift. 


A close-up shot of a Carnation plant highlights the soft pink petals of a single, sun-kissed flower. Surrounding green leaves provide a fresh contrast. The plant thrives in direct sunlight, radiating natural elegance and vitality.
Growing carnations requires patience since they typically don’t bloom until their second year.
botanical-name botanical name Dianthus caryophyllus
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 30”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

Most carnations sold for home growing are unlike the tall, leggy varieties often found in stores and floral arrangements, but they still make very nice cut flowers. Carnations have an easily recognizable flower with tightly packed petals and a spicy, distinctive aroma

Although you may see carnations in many bold, glowing shades that match the holidays, these are generally dyed. Most carnations come in warm pink shades like red, pink, coral, and white, which are good for dying. Carnations usually don’t bloom until their second year, so these plants are a practice in patience. 


A close-up of Beardtongue plants reveals elegant, bell-shaped pink blooms. The slender branches gracefully support them, adorned with lush green leaves, creating a serene garden setting in the background.
Mixing different varieties can ensure a continuous blooming cycle throughout the growing seasons.
botanical-name botanical name Penstemon
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height up to 5’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

Beardtongues are a great perennial that works excellently in a cut flower garden, as they won’t need to be grown from seed year after year. They come in many sizes and colors and are extremely adaptable, growing in some very tough conditions in the wild. Planting more than one variety can keep these flowers blooming through all three growing seasons.

Plant your penstemons like you plant your lavender. These two plants make great companions as they both like gravelly or sandy and infertile soil. If your soil is very clay-heavy, these may not work for you, and they don’t like rich soil either. Beardtongues don’t require cold stratification, but a brief period of cool weather will increase the germination rate. 

Bachelor’s Button

Bachelor’s Button plants showcase a vibrant display of blue, white, lavender, and dark violet blooms. Delicate, thin branches accentuate the lushness of the plant, forming a tapestry of colorful beauty.
These resilient little blooms are perfect for filling your cut flower garden.
botanical-name botanical name Centaurea cyanus
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 1’-3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2-11

Also known as cornflowers, after which the color cornflower blue was named, bachelor’s buttons are delightful little flowers that come in their signature blue as well as shades of pink, purple, and white. These small flowers are surprisingly sturdy and are a great filler flower for the cut flower garden

Bachelor’s buttons also make great dried flowers to pair with your strawflowers and hydrangea in a long-lasting dried arrangement. The best blooms come in early summer, but these flowers are cut-and-come-again types that will continue blooming sporadically until the first frost. 


Starflower or Scabiosa Stellata plants exhibit charming, unique flowers. In the blurred background, the graceful branches and the rest of the plant add depth to the composition, creating a captivating botanical scene.
Scabiosa stellata flowers have a unique shape to their seed heads that look like many little stars.
botanical-name botanical name Scabiosa stellata
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 2’-3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 8-11

The first time I saw these flowers, I knew that I had to have them in my own garden. Although, to be more specific, it’s not the flowers I covet but the highly decorative seed heads that they leave behind. This is another must-have for the dried flower lover, as it retains its shape and integrity very well as a dried flower.

Scabiosa flowers are commonly known as pincushion flowers, but this particular species has a unique appearance. When it blooms, its flowers are scraggly and not noteworthy, but those seed pods are truly a work of art


Aster plants enchant with their lavender blooms adorned with sunny yellow centers. Bathed in bright sunlight, their lushness becomes even more striking, a testament to nature's vibrant beauty.
Asters, popular among pollinators, are great cool-weather flowers ideal for floral arrangements.
botanical-name botanical name Aster
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 1’-6’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

Asters are wonderful cool-weather flowers that make excellent filler for floral arrangements and are very popular among pollinators. My asters are among the plants that receive the most attention from Monarch butterflies in my pollinator garden, and that alone is enough to keep me interested. 

The most common color for aster flowers is violet, but they also come in varying shades of blue and white. In addition to its value for pollinators, its seed heads are very desirable to songbirds. Asters like rich, moist, loamy soil and don’t grow well in sandy or clay-heavy soil types.


A close-up of the Cosmos plant reveals dark crimson flowers with petite, delicate petals. Thin stems support these charming blooms, while a backdrop of green leaves adds a natural, verdant contrast.
Cosmos have a long vase life while retaining their vibrant colors when cut.
botanical-name botanical name Cosmos
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 1’-3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2-11

Plant some picture-perfect cosmos for a cut flower that brings lots of birds, bees, and butterflies to the garden. Easy to grow and huge bloomers, cosmos are delicate in appearance but sturdier than they look. They have a remarkably long vase life for as ethereal as the blooms appear to be and retain their color beautifully after cutting. 

Cosmos are fairly disease and pest-resistant, making them a great option if you don’t have much time to invest but want a bounty of flowers in your cut flower garden. Chocolate cosmos are known for their delicious fragrance, which smells like… you guessed it, chocolate!


A close-up of Mullein plants reveals tall spikes of blossoms with striking yellow blooms and vibrant red centers. These flowers adorn the lush green branches, creating a stunning contrast against the foliage.
These towering plants are excellent for cutting and create a strong visual impact in your garden.
botanical-name botanical name Verbascum
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 1’-3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-8

This is one of those plants that, once you’ve heard of it, you will wonder why you don’t already grow it. Verbascum is a large genus of flowering plants with a vertical growth habit, so they look great and mingle with plants of other shapes and sizes. Pollinators love them, and they are exceptionally easy to grow.

Verbascums can grow in sun or shade and are very drought-tolerant once established. If the flowers are left to dry on the plant, they will self-seed, but they aren’t difficult to control. You can just pull up the volunteers. These towering beauties make great cut flowers and are a statement in the garden. 

Sweet William

Sweet William plants showcase dense clusters of delicate flowers, each with petals displaying a beautiful mix of pink and white hues. The vibrant blooms stand out against the backdrop of lush green leaves in the garden.
The small, clustered flowers of Sweet Williams are excellent filler flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Dianthus barbatus
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 12”-24”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

Sweet Williams are technically carnations, but they are a small variety that makes a great filler flower. The flowers tend to open a bit flatter in profile rather than remaining in a tight cluster like their larger cousins. They do have a similarly sweet and spicy fragrance. 

These plants can tolerate full sun under certain circumstances. In the heat of summer, though, they will appreciate a bit of shade or filtered sunlight. Sweet Williams are slow spreaders, so there is no need to worry about them taking over the garden. They are just a nice, sweet little plant, as their name implies. 


Larkspur plants feature slender branches adorned with striking blue flower spikes, each petal exuding its unique charm. The rich green leaves provide a beautiful complement. In the background, more Larkspur plants grace the scene
Given suitable conditions, larkspur grows quickly and blooms early.
botanical-name botanical name Delphinium
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 1’-3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2-11

Larkspurs are beautiful spring-blooming plants with large flower spikes in shades of purple, blue, pink, purple, and white. They prefer cool to mild weather and require a steady supply of moisture, so they must be planted in soil with good drainage. If given the right conditions, they are fast growers and early bloomers.

While these make wonderful cut flowers, it is important to note that larkspur is poisonous to humans and pets, so handle them with care, wear gloves when cutting these flowers, and don’t leave them within reach of any kids or critters. 


Statice plants exhibit a profusion of slender branches bearing vibrant yellow and pink flowers, creating a visual feast. Lush green leaves enhance their beauty. Numerous Statice plants are gathered, adding to the picturesque view.
Originally from the Mediterranean, statice grows well in well-drained, sandy, or chalky soil types.
botanical-name botanical name Limonium
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 15”-30”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 8-10

Statice is another flower that is excellent for dried flower arrangements. The papery calyces surrounding this plant’s small white flowers are vivid and long-lasting, even retaining their color when dried. The plant hails from the Mediterranean region, where it grows in sandy or chalky soil and enjoys very good drainage. 

Once established, statice requires very little care. Pinching off and occasionally watering will keep this plant producing more flowers throughout the summer. Statice is a perennial in zones 8-10, but it is commonly grown as an annual plant in zones 2-7, as it is fast-growing and can bloom in the first year. 


A close-up of Flax plants highlights brilliant blue flowers blooming on delicate branches. The lush green leaves provide an elegant contrast, and the emerging buds promise more captivating beauty to come.
Fibers from pretty sky-blue flax are renowned in the textile industry, primarily for crafting linen fabric.
botanical-name botanical name Linum usitatissimum
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 16”-36”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-8

Flax is an incredibly useful plant. Not only are its seeds used as a supplement full of fiber and amino acids, but they are also the source of linseed oil. Linseed oil is used for wood finishing projects, similarly to tung oil. Flax fibers are known for their use in the textile industry. They are used to make linen fabric. 

Flax also happens to make very nice cut flowers. One caveat here: the flowers only last for about a day. However, the finely textured foliage and wispy stems make a beautiful, ethereal addition to arrangements.

After the petals fall, the flower leaves behind a small green pearl-like bead that’s the perfect whimsical touch. The richly pigmented blue flowers, when present, are small and delicate. The plants should flower about 60 days after planting, which is fabulous for an impatient gardener like me!


A close-up of Lupine plants reveals numerous spikes of blooms, showcasing a vibrant mix of pink and blue flowers. The garden is alive with the beauty of these colorful, blooming spikes.
Lupines yield exquisite tall flower spikes adorned with sweetpea-like blossoms in various colors.
botanical-name botanical name Lupinus
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 1’-3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

Lupines can be controversial. They are poisonous and, in some cases, have been known to become invasive. However, there is no denying their ornamental value. They are stunning, and many gardeners grow these beautiful pea family members in the cutting garden.

Although a bit high maintenance, lupines produce exquisite flowers. These tall flower spikes are covered in sweetpea-like flowers in shades of purple, pink, white, and blue. The flowers are so eye-catching and flamboyant that they look magnificent in a flower arrangement. 


A close-up of Orlaya plant. A cluster of delicate white flowers takes center stage, surrounded by lush green foliage in the blurred background. The white blooms create a stunning contrast against the greenery.
The flowers have an average vase life of about a week.
botanical-name botanical name Orlaya
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 2’-3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2-11

The lacy white flowers of the orlaya plant are a perfect filler flower and bloom within about ten weeks after planting the seeds. It is a prolific bloomer that produces more the more it’s cut back. If that doesn’t make it ideal for the cutting garden, I don’t know what would. The vase life of the flowers is average at about one week

Orlaya is a late summer and fall blooming flower that can tolerate a light frost, so it blooms for a long time. In mild climates, the seeds can be directly sown in early spring. In cooler climates, start seeds about six weeks before your average last frost. 

Queen Anne’s Lace

A close-up of Queen Anne's Lace captures a cluster of elegant white flowers perched on a slender stem. The intricate white blooms add a touch of delicate beauty to the garden's landscape.
To manage the plant’s aggressive reseeding, regularly cut the flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Daucus carota
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

One of my all-time favorite flowers for a cutting garden, Queen Anne’s Lace is as ethereal and lovely as a plant can be. This member of the carrot family is often considered to be a weed, but for me, it is too lovely to be called by that name. The way the delicate, lacy flower heads bob around on thin, arching stems is simply wonderful.

Queen Anne’s Lace is not picky about its environment and can tolerate poor soil. It does reseed itself rather aggressively, so cut the flowers often, and you will have less to worry about. If too many seedlings pop up the following spring, just pull them out by the root as you would pull weeds.

Sea Holly

A close-up of the Sea Holly plant showcases its unique and captivating flower. The intricate structure of the petals resembles the seafoam and adds a touch of intrigue to the garden.
Sea holly adds intriguing texture with its spiky, bluish-purple cones.
botanical-name botanical name Eryngos
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 1’-3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-9

This European native might remind you of another famous flower, the thistle. Although not technically a flower, sea holly produces spiky, bluish-purple cones that add a lot of texture and interest to the cutting garden and your cut flower arrangements. 

Sea holly are quite cold-tolerant and fast-growing perennials. They require cold stratification, so plant them in the fall for spring growth. These plants are long-lived perennials, so they won’t need to be replanted yearly. They thrive in sandy, well-drained soil types.


A close-up of Phlox plants features clusters of vibrant deep magenta flowers with intricate petals. The slender branches support the lush green leaves, creating a stunning contrast. In the blurred background, other green plants add to the natural beauty.
These flowers are well-known in floral design for their long-lasting nature and delightful fragrance.
botanical-name botanical name Phlox
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 2’-3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2-9

There are many varieties of phlox, but for our purposes, we will exclude creeping phlox and focus on the medium and tall varieties that work best in cutting gardens. You might recognize these flowers from their wide use in floral design, as they are long-lasting and have a very pleasing scent

Phlox are perennial plants that are very appealing to pollinators. Their exposure needs vary from one type to another, with the taller varieties more tolerant of full sun and the lower growing types more accommodating of some shade. Phlox can be grown from seed, but cuttings are the most common propagating method.


A close-up of Verbena plant with exquisite flower clusters in shades of lavender adorning the slender branches. The blurred background reveals the presence of other Verbena plants, creating a captivating scene of botanical diversity.
Pruning verbena flowers promotes higher plant yield and overall growth.
botanical-name botanical name Verbena
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height up to 5’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-11

Verbena is a great, long-flowering plant that is sturdy in the garden and beloved by pollinating insects. Like phlox, there are many different types of verbena, some of which are very low growing and creeping, others which stand quite tall and imposing. These taller types are great for the cut flower garden. 

Plant your verbena seeds in rich soil that has been amended with plenty of compost. These plants need moist soil and are not drought-tolerant. The more you cut verbena flowers, the more the plant will produce, so cut away!

Final Thoughts

Creating a stunning and useful cutting garden has been a passion of mine for quite some time. While it isn’t easy to create a garden like this in one season, over time, you can create a magnificent garden that brings beauty to the outdoors and indoors as well

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