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dahlia bouquet of cut flowers

Cut Away!

By Amanda

One of the greatest rewards of a garden bursting in blooms is being able to cut a few of your favorites to bring inside for a gorgeous summer bouquet, or to give to a lucky friend. Those who can’t seem to have enough fresh flowers should consider planting a cut flower garden – It makes cutting blooms guilt-free! There are countless varieties of bulbs and perennial plants that are perfect for planting to create blooms for cutting all season long.

Flower Bulbs For Beautiful Bouquets

Spring-Planted Bulbs that fare very well as cut flowers are Dahlias, Gladiolus, Oriental Lilies, Peacock Orchids, Calla Lilies, and Crocosmia. Fall-Planted Bulbs provide early-spring blooms, and garden classics such as Tulips, Daffodils, and Alliums are perfect for cutting for bouquets. 

Try planting different colors of the same species to have a gorgeous rainbow of color to cut and bring inside at the same time.


bouquet of allium and lilies in field

Shop This Look: Lilies & Allium

Easy to grow lilies take up almost no space in the soil, but their flowers and foliage can add a big boost of color a few feet above ground. These reliable perennials take almost no ground space; set the flower bulbs in between other plants and the blooms will rise above their neighbors.

Allium, also called Ornamental Onion, is one of the most interesting blooms in the spring and summer garden. You'll find many variations in color, height and form - all are highly attractive as cut flowers and very deer resistant. Use Allium in repetition throughout the landscape to add a sense of cohesion to your beds.

Perennials For Beautiful Bouquets

Perennials that are great for your cut flower garden are Butterfly Bushes, Peonies, Siberian Iris, Yarrow, and Balloon Flower. Try planting items such as Astilbe, Russian Sage, and Ornamental Grasses to add texture and greenery to your arrangements.

If you are a beginner gardener, or don’t have the time to plan your cut flower garden, try our Beautiful Bouquets Pre-Planned Garden. This Pre-Planned Garden comes with everything you need to plant your own cut flower garden with a map and instructions on exactly where to plant each item.

echinacea with allium and dahlias
lavender as a cut flower
dahlia and sunflowers in bouquet

Wildflowers For Beautiful Bouquets

If you love fresh wildflowers and aren’t sure which to plant for your own cut flower garden (or meadow), try planting our Bouquets For Days Wildflower Seed Mix or one of our All Annual Wildflower Seed Mixtures: All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Variety and All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Simplicity.

Bouquet of sunflowers

Shop This Look: Sunflowers

This easy-to-grow wildflower is a staple of summer gardens and a symbol of optimism. Tall flowers grow to face the sun, creating gorgeous backdrops, flowering fencelines, and even outdoor rooms. Sunflowers attract parades of pollinators as they bloom. At the end of the season, harvest seeds for snacking, birdfeeders, or future planting. All the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free, and guaranteed to grow!

Fresh, fragrant bouquets of flowers bring cheer inside in the summer months and are a thoughtful gift to a friend or loved one, and knowing that the flowers came from your own garden will make them even more special. If you plant a cut flower garden just for this purpose, you won’t feel guilty taking a pair of scissors to them every few weeks! What are your favorite cut flowers? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Happy Gardening!