How to Grow a Beautiful Cut Flower Garden


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Do you ever wish you had fresh cut flowers for your kitchen table or a guest bedroom? It’s easy to grow your own colorful cut flower garden. You don’t even need a huge space.

You just need the right flowers, sunshine, good soil, and a little bit of inspiration. With a bit of care, you’ll soon have beautiful flower arrangements you grew yourself!

woman holding zinnias she grew in her cut flower garden

Grow a Cut Flower Garden

Today we are talking blooms. Beautiful, bright, pollinator attracting blooms. Who doesn’t love flowers in the garden? Maybe even better than flowers in the garden is being able to bring them inside!

I always have irises, sunflowers, and zinnias in my garden to bring indoors, but I recently decided to expand my floral horizons for a more complete cut flower garden. I can’t wait to bring those big, beautiful flowers inside and to use them as homemade bouquets for my friends.

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bouquet of homegrown flowers in a cut flower garden

Cut Flower Garden Layout

One of the first steps is to decide your cut flower garden layout. In general, cutting flowers need a lot of sun. Choose a place that has full sun. Test your soil to make sure it is good for flowers. If it’s missing any nutrients, add compost or manure as needed.

I think annual cut flowers are also beautiful in raised beds. Whether you plant in the raised beds or in flower beds, make sure your soil is good quality and has good drainage.

Make a plan that has the tallest flowers in the back of the bed or in the center of a raised bed for better access to cutting. I recommend making a drawing that shows your beds and which flowers will go where. This helps you envision a realistic cut flower garden layout.

bucket of zinnias grown in a home cut flower garden

Best Flowers for a Cut Garden

If you’re a beginner gardener, start with garden favorite varieties of flowers that are easy to grow. These include

  • Zinnias
  • Sunflowers
  • Daisies
  • Salvia

Once you are more comfortable, try starting flower seeds indoors for a wider variety. Choose flowers that have a long vase life, have long stems, and beautiful blooms. I also prefer flowers that have a long growing season.

Here are other flowers for a beautiful and colorful cut flower garden:

  • Dahlias
  • Roses
  • Peonies
  • Cosmos
  • Snapdragons
  • Gerbera Daisy
  • Sweet peas
  • Gladioulus
  • Tulips
  • Delphiniums
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Lilies
  • African Daisy
  • Asiatic Lily

I also like to grow herbs and use the flower leaves as greenery to add to bouquets. Purple basil and dill are two of my favorites to add to cut flower bouquets.

Use seed packets to start your seeds indoors or buy seedlings from flower farmers or greenhouses local to your area.

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Can Cut Flowers Grow in Containers?

Yes! If you’re limited on space, start a cut flower garden in containers. Just make sure you water them well as the containers dry out faster. Do you remember the Butterfly Garden in a Pot that I made a couple years ago?

flowers seeds for good cut flower garden

Cut Flower Container Garden Tips

Selected large, well draining pots for a container garden. I like to keep my containers close to the house as I’m less likely to forget watering them. I can also bring them inside easily if the weather takes a turn.

  • Use a large container so there’s room for growth.
  • Use a high quality potting soil to give the plants better nutrients
  • Don’t forget mulch because it’s not just for traditional gardens. It also helps the plants maintain moisture in containers as well.
  • Find a high quality, natural fertilizer to keep your plants healthy.
  • Don’t forget to water!!
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Does a Cut Flower Garden Need Fertilizer?

Flowers benefit from regular fertilizer during the growing season. Use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer every 4-6 weeks, starting in early spring. Avoid over-fertilizing as it results in too much foliage and not enough blooms. Fish emulsion or compost tea are also great for cut flower gardens.

flowers in a pumpkin turned into a vase

When to Harvest Cut Garden Flowers

Generally, the best time to cut flowers is early in the morning when they are fully hydrated from the cooler night air. They will stay fresh longer if cut in the morning.

Cut most flowers when the buds are just beginning to open. Always use sharp, clean shears to make a clean cut and prevent any disease.

Place them immediately into water after cutting. Harvesting at the right time will give you a longer lasting display.

As long as your soil is fertile and your flowers have enough sun and water, you will be well on your way to growing your own cut flower garden.

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. Hi Michelle,

    One of the things I love about gardening is being able to cut the flowers and make beautiful arrangements for my home and to take to friends. Thanks for sharing the online zip code feature on Monrovia. That’s a great idea and makes it so easy to shop.

  2. I love color containers of flowers around the house. I’m HORRIBLE at flower arranging but sometimes my daughter comes and makes an arrangement for our table. I Love container gardening and your choices are so bright and cheerful. I’m going to check out that Monrovia blog link. I didn’t know they had a blog. I love Monrovia plants. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I need to plant more flowers for cutting and bringing into the house. I love to cut the daffodils and bring them in but towards the summer I don’t really have any except hydrangeas to cut.

    My grandpa used to grow dahlias and they winter over pretty good here. He had them lining his walkway to the front door. Some of them got so big he had to tie them up to keep the flowers upright.

  4. How fun to be able to walk a few feet outside your door to cut flowers for your windowsill! And being able to have plants I want delivered to Lowe’s- whoa, who knew? Love that!

  5. I’ve always wanted to grow a flower cutting garden, but never thought to start one in a container. What a brilliant idea Michelle! I love the flowers you chose, those Gerbera daisies are so cheerful and colorful. I also love how you chose different sizes of containers. Makes it fun and visually interesting! Great tips girl 🙂