There's Still Time to Plant Your Cutting Garden


Flowers grown especially for cutting are a great addition to any garden. First of all they are lovely! And obviously you can cut the flowers and bring them inside to have summer with you all of the time. Fresh cut flowers are also a wonderful, homegrown gift. A cutting garden is also a good way to make space for beneficial insects in your garden. So, if you’re growing veggies a cutting garden will make them happier too.

And best of all, you can still have a beautiful cut flower garden even if you are only getting to your planting in late June. It’s too late to direct seed anything - unless you want to wait until late fall for your flowers - but by using annual flower staples you can find at City Grange, a cut flower garden is within reach.

Choose your favorites from the lists below and get them in your space now for a beautiful yard landscape that you can take with you!

Annuals for a cut flower garden:

  • Zinnias
  • Cosmos
  • Dahlias (the star of the bouquet!)
  • Celosia - so many colors
  • Sunflowers (try to find the single stemmed version and pollen-less if possible - pollen can fall on your table and make a little bit of a mess)
  • Giant marigolds
  • Mexican sunflower (butterflies also go nuts for this plant)
  • Black Eyed Susans
  • Bachelor buttons
  • Amaranth - globe
  • Amaranth - other (so many varieties - Love Lies Bleeding is common in green or red)

Herbs and veg you might not expect for a cut flower garden:

  • Dill (very pretty when flowering)
  • Bronze fennel
  • Cinnamon basil 
  • Lemon Basil 
  • Purple basil
  • Shiso - purple
  • Artichoke fronds (for bouquet structure)
  • Swiss chard leaves - the stems have stunning colors - red, pink, gold, white - and the shiny/crinkly leaves are beautiful
  • Purple ruffles kale


Various native and other grasses have interesting seed heads and colorful leaves that look great included in a cut flower garden. “Purple Fountain Grass”, millet and other grasses are available in quarts or gallons at a garden center and are easily grown for use in a cut flower arrangement. Many are perennials, too so you’ll be able to enjoy them year after year.

If you are interested in a cut flower garden now is the time. Stop into one of our stores and chat with us. We’ll get you set-up for gorgeous success!