I don't know about you, but I'm a fresh flower fanatic. I've learned to make friends with faux as well, but I always try to fit a little flower money in my grocery budget each week for a fresh bouquet of something. And one of the great things about summer is that I usually have something great in my yard that I can cut for inside the house as well.
So, if you're thinking about landscape plants or container gardens for the summer season, you might want to consider some of my faves.
I just bought this bush and planted it this season, and already I've had several new blooms. Click here to read all about growing hydrangeas.
I had a gorgeous huge blue one at my previous house that I had grown from a cutting from my grandmother's bush that she had for years. I so regret not bringing a cut of it with me to this house and I'm seriously considering sneaking over to my old house one night and snipping some off. Anybody want to go with me?
I'm enamored with this flower. Maybe it's because they only bloom for a short time and then they're gone until next year, or maybe it's because I have to guard the little buds with my life against the bunnies eating them before I can snip them and bring them in. But, whatever it is, they're amazing. And they smell heavenly. Click here to read more on how to grow them.
3. Knockout Roses
When our landscaper was proposing a plan for our yard, he had me at the words, "roses on a stone wall", because even though I live in Tennessee, I love anything English garden-esque. And this year, the roses went wild and so did I.
For a couple weeks, there were so many blooms I couldn't fill the vases fast enough. These flowers are a great choice for the Wow Factor indoors and out. For more info on how to grow Knockout Roses, click here.
This may be a flower you haven't considered cutting for indoors, but they can be a great pop of color in a small vase. The great thing about hibiscus is that they bloom consistently all summer and they're relatively easy to get along with. But, just like on the plant, the bloom only lasts for a day or two in a vase, so keep that in mind. Want to know more about them? Click here.
If I had to choose, I think Zinnias are my favorite of all the cutting flowers I grow myself. They come in so many great colors and they just scream "Summer!" when brought indoors. You can grow them from seed or buy the plants for instant gratification. These are perfect for putting in a cute bottle or vase and bringing to a friend. This planter of them was from a couple of years ago. I haven't bought mine yet for this year, but I'm on the lookout.
This pic is a great example of how great they look in vases. Ahh, gorgeous.
Hope this gives you some inspiration! What kinds of flowers do you grow for cutting?