If, for some reason, I had to flower farm on a desert island (that happened to be in a cold climate!), and I could only grow ten (or so) greens and fillers, these are the flowers I would arrange with. These are my ride-or-die cut flowers–the ones I turn to most that enable me to make all sorts of wildflower-inspired bridal bouquets and eye-catching arrangements for subscribers! Filler flowers add movement, texture, and intrigue to bouquets, and I could not arrange without the greens in this list!
Keep reading for my favourite greens and fillers, or watch below if you prefer videos:
Best fillers and greens for zone 3
1. Cloud Grass
This is a new one for me, and it grows so easily in my cold climate! Even once it’s dry, I’ll tuck it into fresh cut flower arrangements. It adds a delicate bit of sparkle to any bouquet without being overpowering.
Even if I’m not using cosmos in an arrangement, the greens from this cut flower work so well as filler in any bouquet! They’re the perfect double-duty flower for any farmer florist.
I use cress in every arrangement I can. It is unfortunately not cut and come again, though I think it will bolt and come again in warmer climates. My chickens also really like cress, so I always plant a little extra in case they destroy it.
Eucalyptus is difficult to grow in a short growing season, but it is so worth it!
If you like feverfew, I recommend planting at least three different varieties of it. I usually plant Magic Singles, Tetra White, and Magic Lime in my cutting garden, and with these three varieties, I’m set up for success. You can start feverfew every year while also letting some from the previous season go to seed so that you have multiple successions.
6. Frosted Explosion Grass
This is my ultimate favourite filler. I put this in almost every bouquet I arrange. It gives movement and light to arrangements, and I will never arrange without it.
7. Lemon Basil
I haven’t had a lot of success growing lemon basil, especially regarding stem length, but when I use it in arrangments, it adds such a heavenly fragrance to my bouquets. If you don’t love fragrant flowers, you might skip this one!
Both the burgundy and lime varieties are beautiful, and I arrange with them whenever I can!
9. Russian Tarragon
Russian tarragon is one of the few herbs that is perennial in Zone 3. I use it in spring and fall arrangments and as a delicious herb throughout summer when it tends to wilt. The more you cut it, the more it comes back!
I use Saponaria in everything! This flower was new to me last year, and I have grown it in both pink and white. I continue to do more successions of it because it is reasonably cold tolerant and works well in my short growing season.
I use the greens from this plant, and the pointed blooms work in both fresh and dry arrangements.
We have lots of willow growing around our acreage, and I always cut it. This is a great dupe for Lemon Bush eucalyptus if you’re in need and it’s not in season yet.
I use yarrow in everything! My mom has an established yarrow patch in her garden, and I cut from that whenever I can, especially if I don’t have enough of my own. It comes in a variety of colours and really helps fill out bouquets.
For more of my holy grail cut flowers, check out the other posts in this series:
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