The Grit and Polish husband-and-wife home renovation duo tackle many an indoor project at their Washington State farmhouse (Zone 6). Since one of Cathy’s favorite finishing flourishes is a jug of freshly-cut flowers, a cutting garden in their family-friendly backyard was a natural fit.
As experienced project pros but newgardeners, they began simply to keep things manageable (smart!).We suggested SunBelievable™ Sunflowers as the perfect “starter plant” for months of happy blooms—each plant can provide a thousand flowers over the spring-to-frost bloom time.
With that success under their belt, Cathy & Garrett were ready for more. This time, we provided flowering perennials and roses that work well in cut flower arrangements. Plants that will come back year after year will cut back on most of the work of replanting their cutting garden next year—but they tell us SunBelievable™ is always worth adding each spring!
Here’s what they had to say about each of the flowers we sent:
The Evolution™ series has five fab colors. We love that this one has multiple colors in each flower (really!) changing from lime green, to peachy sunset, to a brilliant rose as the flower ages. We'll just need one plant to get all these colors.
Monarda, or bee balm, is another pollinator favorite. This lovely flower is related to mint. We'll be growing Bee-You Bee Merry and Bee-You Bee Free. All these pollinator plants will be great for increasing the yield in our veggie garden, too.
Partial to full sun. Up to 18" tall, 15" wide. Zones 5-9.