If you flower farm in a short season like I do in Zone 3, you might already have some favourite cut flowers that you grow. While it can be difficult for cold climate flower farmers to grow all the flowers they love most, the ten flowers in the list below are some of my favourites for bouquets. These are versatile flowers that I return to again and again, season after season.
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BEST CUT FLOWERS for Zone 3 flower farmers
I use amaranth in so many arrangments and wish I’d planted more of it every season. I love the Coral Fountain, Love Lies Bleeding, and Green Tails drooping varieties for the drama they bring to bouquets, the Hot Biscuits variety for its gorgeous burnt orange colour, and, of course, the gorgeous Burgundy Organic amaranth from West Coast Seeds pictured below. I love it all!
Asters are a beautiful, late-season cut flower. I especially love to make arrangments with the Valkyrie series pictured below for its unique spindly blooms. You also can’t go wrong with the King Size Apricot series of China asters.
3. Bells of Ireland
I am getting so close to cracking the code of growing these gorgeous cut flowers well. My bouquet subscribers love Bells of Ireland and always want them in their bouquets. Whenever I grow these in my cut flower garden, I just have to use them. My bouquets that feature Bells of Ireland always get picked first!
Even though these heroes are so much work and there is so much room for failure, they still make the list. Dealing with dahlia tubers and bug pressure is not fun, but the reward is so worth it! I mean, just look at them!
Related: Swoon-Worthy Dahlia Varieties for your Cut Flower Garden, How to Overwinter Dahlias in Cold Climates, How to Get More Dahlias for Free with Cuttings, How to Grow Dahlias in a Short Growing Season and Cold Climate
5. Lady’s Mantle
Lady’s Mantle is an earlier season cut flower ready in a short growing season when not much else is. Its wonderful chartreuse colour adds intrigue to bouquets and is a staple in my flower-farming business.
Lisianthus are late-season cut flowers that are a big commitment to grow. Not everyone is willing to work on starting seeds in December for a flower that blooms from late August to early October. But these rose-like flowers are gorgeous, and I will always have them growing in my cutting garden.
Related: How to Grow Lisianthus from Seed
I wasn’t initially sold on Queen Lime zinnias, but I was in love once I started using them in bouquets! They are magical flowers that pull in all the colours from the other flowers in your arrangement that might not otherwise go together as perfectly.
Related: 10 Best Cut and Come Again Flowers
Some of my favourite snapdragon varieties include Madame Butterfly and Potomac. I use these two varieties in countless bouquets and always make sure to have an early succession, a regular succession, and a late succession, so I have snapdragons throughout the entire flower farming season.
I use statice in everything. I use it fresh in bouquets and other arrangments for weddings, subscribers, and markets and dried in wreaths and other features during the holidays. It’s a cut-and-come-again flower with decent stem length even after the third cutting. Statice is a must-grow flower for every short-season cut flower garden!
Strawflowers are another cut flower that work well in both fresh and dried arrangements. They are a core flower in my cut flower business, and I couldn’t arrange without them!
Sunflowers come in a wide variety of colours and are dependable cut flowers all summer long. You can grow early or late successions, and as long as you have them going every two weeks, you will always have hero flowers!
Curious about early-season cut flowers? Check out this post: 10 Best Early Season Cut Flowers for Zone 3
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EAGER TO MAKE BOUQUETS WITH YOUR HOMEGROWN CUT FLOWERS?
Bouquet Recipes is a collection of my best bouquets of all sizes, throughout all seasons, including a flower-by-flower list with pictures for every single one! I also share my favourite colour palettes that I return to over and over again. Whether you’re a backyard gardener or a farmer florist, this highly visual ebook will help you create better-looking bouquets and give you more confidence that you’re growing the right things.
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