The Best Quick Growing Flowers for a Cutting Garden

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Certain flowers are better than others when you intend to plant them in a cutting garden. Learn about the best quick growing flowers for a cutting garden with help from a certified horticulturist in this free video clip.

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Hello. I'm Donna Emery from Glover Nursery in west Jordan, Utah. Today we're going to talk about the best growing flowers for a cutting garden. When you're planning a cutting garden you can start with seeds or pre-potted plants. It's definitely cheaper to go with seeds, but the advantage of buying a plant in a nursery is you know exactly what it's going to look like. Some of my favorites for cutting include cosmos, zinnia, larkspur, daisies, blackeyed susans, also know as rudbeckia, and an interesting one that I've just started to grow, amaranth great fall color in your garden and dramatic in a flower arrangement. Bachelor buttons are about the easiest flower there is to grow from seed. The come in tall and short varieties, usually in the blue, purple, pink and white family, great in a flower arrangement and very pretty in the garden. Cosmos, another easy one from seed. You just scatter the seed and water it in and wait. They are very easy and they're beautiful and dramatic in the garden. They come in the pink, white, purple family and also in oranges and golds as well. Zinnias are great in your garden and they are fast from seed. You'll have a nice stand by mid summer if you plant seed in the early spring. Just remember to follow the directions on the back of the package. Don't plant them too early or too late or you're not going to get peak performance. There are both annual and perennial versions of rudbeckia or blackeyed susan. If you want the perennials, make sure you find the word perennial on the package for your zone. And larkspur, a relative of... larkspur is a relative of delphinium. It looks beautiful in the garden and comes back year after year. Be careful where you site some of these flowers because they do reseed readily. You're going to have them forever. This is gerber daisy. It makes a nice cut flower. I find it sometimes doesn't have as long of stems as I would like. The kind you get in the florist are very tall. But it's beautiful in your garden and it lasts a long time in a vase.This is one of the rudbeckia or blackeyed susans. This is an annual variety but really easy to grow. And this is yarrow. This is a perennial, very easy to grow in a hot dry spot and lasts for weeks in a vase, makes a great dried flower too. I'm Donna Emery from Glover Nursery. And we've been talking about fast growing flowers for your cutting garden.


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