Learn about 10 easy to grow cut flower garden perennials you can use to create beautiful arrangements in your home.
Many perennials make beautiful floral arrangements in the home. I love cutting some and placing them in vases around the house, especially when we have a party. So today I'm sharing ten of my favorites. All are perennials which means they will come back year after year, and all are easy to grow.
Easy Cut Flower Garden Perennials
If someone held a gun to my head and made me choose my favorite flower, it would probably be the peony. They are so beautiful and easy to grow. There are many to choose from, and many are very fragrant. You can read more about peonies in my post, Praiseworthy Peony. My only complaint is that they don't bloom all season long.
Also known as Echinacea, this common form is purple coneflower. It seems like the growers come out with 3 or 4 new varieties every year of this pretty perennial. Bright yellows, warm reds, pretty pinks, even white, with many different shapes and sizes, make this perennial a collectors dream. And, I recently learned that some forms of Echinacea are now considered threatened or endangered. A great reason to grow this lovely long blooming plant.
Another long bloomer is Lychnis coronaria, commonly known as Rose Campion. I particularly love this one because of its pretty gray foliage that works well as a filler in flower arrangements. This easy cut flower garden perennial readily self-seeds giving you more in the garden. Don't worry, they are easy to pull up if a volunteer shows up in an unwanted space.
The scientific name for this flower is Monarda. The image above is a variety called 'Blue Stocking.' The common name is bee balm because the bees love it. This plant comes in a variety of colors and sizes and grows quickly by sending out runners just under the ground. Another name for this pretty perennial is bergamot because the leaves smell like bergamot citrus fruit. The American Indians used this fragrant plant to make tea. It actually smells a lot like Earl Grey tea.
Anemone September Charm
As the variety name states, this pretty perennial blooms later in the season in September, though often in August, and lasts through most of the fall. I love the cottage feel it gives to the garden. Beware, this one is a rapid grower and will easily fill in a space once it's established.
Number six in this top 10 cut perennial flower list is the Iris. It mainly blooms in the spring, but there are a few varieties that will bloom twice. You may see them listed as remontant which means to rebloom twice in a season. Did you know that the root from the Iris, also called Orris Root, has been used as a fixture for potpourri?
There are many different types of bellflowers but this one, Campanula glomerata, or clustered Bellflower, is my favorite. It's a really deep pretty shade of purple and has flowers blooming up and down the stem. Adored by hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees but deer and rabbits tend to avoid it.
This variety called 'Pretty Woman' is just one of the many color options available. It's a great cut flower perennial that also dries well. It scientific name Achillea millefolium, named after Achilles, who used plant extracts to treat soldiers’ wounds in the battle of Troy.
Here it is in a more common white color. Though we all love color, a little white can really help create a nice balance in your floral designs. This common white variety is extremely hardy and seems to grow anywhere in my garden.
Here's another good white option called Penstemon. This pretty perennial comes in a variety of colors and has a pretty delicate beauty which is great for filling your vase and adding a little airiness.
Here is the same plant with beautiful dark foliage, called Penstemon 'Huskers Red.' It looks great in arrangements, and in the garden all season long. The tall sturdy stems add a nice height to any arrangement. Another self-seeder, I often find a few new volunteers in the garden come spring but they are easily dug up and moved.
Last but not least, is a perennial Bachelor's Button. Some say this is a nuisance plant, because it does reseed freely, but I love the blue color. This particular variety is Centaurea 'Montana Blue.' It comes in a few different colors such as white, pink, and purple. They even have developed a couple of deep-colored ones like Centaurea 'Jordy,' and 'Black Sprite.'
There you have it. A nice list of easy to grow cut flower garden perennials.
This is a nice group of basics, but you can also buy one of the many new varieties available, to create some beautiful flower arrangements for yourself.
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Thanks for this great information. I grow lychnis and have tried to use them in my flower arrangements but find they do not last very long. Is there a trick to cutting them that prolongs their vase-life?
Nancy, try putting the flowers into a bucket of water as soon as you cut them. Also, you can try adding a little lemon-lime soda like Sprite to the water (not diet).
I have difficulty with peonies, as I don't have a protected area for them that is also sunny. I have 8 hydrangea varietals as well as a few irises, coneflower, and spring bloomers like daffodils and Lenten Rose. This is after nine years of digging out a yard full of English Ivy! The project will take another five years, at least! I am going to look into those anenomes.
What a feat digging up all that English Ivy. I think you'll love the Anemone. It's a fall bloomer and gets about 18" tall. It also spreads and will fill in nicely in your new beds.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
Carole @ Garden Up Green
Beautiful bouquet and a great list of cut flower perennials. Peonies are wonderful and I love to air dry them too. I've never seen that type of anemone going to have to see if I can grow it down south because it's beautiful and adds such grace to an arrangement. I need to start doing more with flowers I always miss them this time of year.
I love to dry peonies too. They are the bomb!
You say you need to grow more flowers while I need to grow more edibles. I need to think outside the box and start planting some in the flower beds.
Have a great week,