Even as a young girl, I loved picking flowers. My sister and I added dandelion blossoms to the tops of mud pies and fashioned crowns of daisies for our hair. I even liked putting my favorite flowers in a mason jar and placing it on the desk where I did my schoolwork. When I began planting my own gardens as an adult, I found that generous bouquets in my home meant a spare show in my garden, so before I had even heard the term, I planted a “cutting garden.”
For more than 10 years, my husband and I have hosted weddings in our gardens and grown thousands of cut flowers for these events. Our flowers need to be bountiful and come in an array of colors and shapes to make every bouquet successful and every bride happy. I select plants based on their cutting potential, and my absolute favorites—with blooms that are bold to spiky to wispy—look as good in the ground and as they do in a vase.