Fresh flowers are every interior designer‘s secret weapon, the perfect way to add a burst of color and life to any room. Of course, professional floral arrangements and store-bought cut flowers can be expensive, but you can still enjoy this lush look in your home by starting your own cutting garden.

The great thing about starting your own cutting garden (aside from the beautiful blooms, of course!) is that you can tailor it to fit your space, style, and interest level. If you’re short on time or space, just choose a few types of flowers for a container garden on your porch or patio. If you have plenty of space, time, and you really enjoy gardening, you can plant a large garden that will yield many different types of flowers staggered throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

Types of flowers for a cutting garden

When deciding what to plant in your cutting garden, consider which plants will give you the most “bang for your buck.” Choose flowering plants that give you big, bold blooms and grow fairly quickly, like:

purple lisianthus flowers

Lisianthus– This plant yields stunning blooms and comes in a variety of colors, from deep violet to pale pink to white. The best part is that they are extremely long-lasting blooms. (Photo via Wikipedia)

Snapdragon– The distinctive ruffled shape of snapdragons makes them perfect for floral displays, and they come in just about any color you could want. These flowers don’t do well in excessive heat, however, so try to plant them somewhere partially shady if you want them to survive the Georgia heat.

pink hydrangea bloom

Hydrangea– Hydrangeas are the perfect cutting flowers. They not only look absolutely gorgeous in your yard, but also yield lots of voluminous blooms. In addition to adding a burst of color to your decor, they also dry extremely well. Once they start to fade, just place them in a dry vase. The color will fade, but they are still quite visually pleasing and can last years if handled gently. (Photo via Wikipedia)

Other good options include:

  • Poppies
  • Peonies
  • Roses
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Ranunculus
  • Lilies
  • Delphiniums

What are you growing in your cutting garden? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below. If you are looking for a John’s Creek interior designer to help you cultivate an elegant home, contact us today!