April 2013 - Victoria Elizabeth Barnes

My favorite flowers for a cutting garden.

Since I did my favorite shade plants in last week’s post…  I’ll continue the garden theme, and do my favorite sun-loving flowers for cutting.

My requirements are: low maintenance, long vase life, an extended bloom period…
And?  Repeat after me:  BIG.

Big, bold, colorful, and easy… (my one exception to that would be Lisianthus.)  I’m so over anything that needs more than mulch, water, and a stake.

These are dahlia, Benary giant zinnia, sunflowers, and blackeyed susan.

Best flowers for cutting!  Colorful, easy-to-grow, flower garden that blooms all summer long!

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.

My favorite shade plants: flowering, easy-care perennials.

Before I had a blog, I had a garden.

I used to do things like go to Master Gardener lectures.
About plant pathology.
And conifer identification.
And intro to entomology.

For fun!!  But also because I paid absolutely no attention in eighth-grade science.

As a gardener, I would have been excited to tell you about my favorite shade-garden perennials.

As a blogger?   I’m excited to GIVE you stuff!  FANCY, SHINY garden stuff!
My guess is that you are more excited about the free stuff.

However, the shade garden is just coming into bloom, and I really can’t pass up the opportunity to impress you with my horticultural photography.

Best shade-loving plants!  Flowering shade perennials, come back year after year, and are maintenance free!!

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.