In late May and June, we can’t help wandering out into the garden with a pair of shears in hand. Bringing fresh flowers into the house seems like a seasonal rite of passage for most gardeners (at least those that don’t have allergies). But it can be hard to cut those precious blooms and take them away from the landscape. That’s why today we’re talking about plants (perennials, annuals, and even shrubs) that we grow specifically for their flower power. These options provide plenty of blooms for the garden AND the vase, and that’s why they’re our favorites. We span the color spectrum as well, with recommendations for every hue imaginable. And we even have several selections that are deliciously fragrant. If you’re looking to add some cutting-garden oomph to your beds and borders, give this episode a listen.
Special guest: Christine Alexander, digital content editor for Fine Gardening.com
‘Benary’s Giant’ zinnias (Zinnia elegans ‘Benary’s Giant’ series, annual)
‘Blue Glitter’ sea holly (Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’, Zones 4–9)
‘Peter Cottontail’ yarrow (Achillea ptarmica, Zones 3–8)
Grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum, Zones 3–9)
Eternal Fragrance® daphne (Daphne × transatlantica ‘Blafra’, Zones 6–9)
‘Miss Kim’ Korean lilac (Syringa pubescens subsp. patula ‘Miss Kim’, Zones 4–8)
‘Limelight’ panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’, Zones 3–8)
‘Stargazer’ lily (Lilium ‘Stargazer’, Zones 5–8)
‘Strawberry Ice’ dahlia (Dahlia decorative ‘Strawberry Ice’, Zones 3–10)
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