spring, Tulips and
make up the majority of the landscape and cut-flower arrangements.
Both are extremely easy to grow and come in a wide range of colour and
form variations. If you prefer not to take all of your bouquets from
your display beds, where the blooms complement other flowers and
foliage plants, you can create a separate garden strictly for cutting.
For the most interesting bouquets, also include other flowers that are
good for cutting (such as Irises,
Crocosmia as well as interesting foliage plants. Tuck your cutting garden
behind the house or along the back of a border.
If space does not allow a separate cutting garden, group similar plants together into larger clusters. For instance, plant two dozen or more bulbs of one variety together in a mass. That way, cutting a few stems here and there for bouquets will be a treat and not a distress.
Here are just a few of the many outstanding possibilities of bulbs to grow for cutting flowers.
Perennial Tulip Mixture Super Sak® Specially selected for long-lasting blooms by our garden experts in Holland. Large flowers and long stems add to their enchanting beauty. Excellent for beds, borders, bouquets and naturalizing. Red Dynasty
is a must. It is one of the largest, strongest red Tulips ever
Tulips add romance with their striking, long-lasting double
As for Daffodils,the unique green eye and sweet scent of
Green Eyes Daffodil are best appreciated when up-close-and-personal in a table-top setting. Long-lasting
Decoy, has white petals that encircle an almost red trumpet. Try combining it with Breck's Colossal for a stunning bicolour show. A daintily crimped cup of apricot-pink frothed with white makes Apricot Whirl perfect for displaying singly or en masse. Create enduring, exotic arrangements with any of the pink Daffodils.
can fill an entire room with its heady perfume with just the
addition of a single stem in a fresh bouquet. Dutch Irises
make intriguing vertical accents in arrangements, while Grape Hyacinths are perfect for small-scale displays. Ring a vase of red Tulips
with their dainty purple-blue spikes for instant wow-power.
The queen of the
summer cutting garden is the Lily.
All types have big, impressive blooms, and some have spicy or sweet
scents. They come in a wide variety of designer colours arrayed in
solid, speckled and bicolour patterns. And with proper care, cut lilies can
last up to two weeks or even more in the vase. Another favourite is the Stargazer Oriental Lily
, it produces abundant, scented, upward-facing flowers in an
exotic pink, that looks great with anything. If you would like to add
white to your designs, the trumpets of Madonna Lilies
are pristine and intoxicatingly fragrant.