Garden Style: Cut-Flower Garden

Growing your own cut-flower garden can be very rewarding. It can also save you some cash, since you won’t need to stop by the florist, or impulse-buy a bouquet from Trader Joes whenever you want fresh flowers in the house.

If you are thinking about growing a flower garden for the fresh-cut blooms, we have a little advice to get you going in the right direction. Planting and tending to a cutting garden is fairly easy, provided some basic rules of thumb are followed. 

  1. Plan your location wisely. Most flowers need full sun (6-8 hours daily), and well-draining soil to thrive.
  2. Speaking of soil, here in the Denver area, the soil is dense, alkaline clay–not ideal for growing many types of flowers. Pick up some compost from the garden center and mix it in with the dirt. 
  3. Choose flowers of different colors, textures, heights, and blooming times, for maximum visual appeal all season long. You can mix annuals with perennials, or even add them to the vegetable garden or in between shrubs.
  4. Plant like you’re lining them up for class pictures–tallest in the back, shortest in the front. This provides the most sun exposure for everyone, and it looks nice. 
  5. For many flower varieties, the more often you cut them, the more they bloom (zinnias, I’m looking at you), so don’t be stingy with the bouquets. Spread the love!
  6. You don’t have to just stick to big-blossom plants — keep it interesting by planting some grasses, herbs, shrubbery, or other non-blooming plants. 

Here are a few flower varieties that are perfect for a fresh-cut bouquet garden: 

Sensation Cosmos

These tall cosmos grow up to 48″ in height, and bloom in various shades of pink and white. They have delicate fern-like foliage.

Rocket Snapdragons

This variety of snapdragon grows to 36″ tall, on strong stems to keep them upright, in the ground and in a vase. They come in many beautiful colors and multi-colored varieties.

Benary’s Giant Zinnias

These vibrant flowers grow to  39″ tall, and come in a multitude of colors. The lime green flower is especially unique, and contrasts nicely with the other colors.


Queen Cleome

The tallest flowers on this list, the Cleome, Queen variety grows to around 48-72″ tall. The blooms are spider-like, which is why it is sometimes referred to as “spider flower.”  They come in shades of pink, white, purple, and even red.

African Marigolds, Crackerjack mix

These are the tallest of the marigolds, at 24-36″ when mature. The Crackerjack mix includes shades of bright yellows and oranges.

We carry all the listed varieties, and much more, at City Floral Garden Center, in our Denver retail location. Stop in soon to create the garden of your dreams!

If you have more questions about planting a cutting garden, City Floral Garden Center’s in-store plant experts would love to help. Stop by the store to ask in person, or reach out online through email ( or social media (Facebook , Instagram).

Happy planting!

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