A lot of gardeners are looking to plant summer flowers, perennials, and shrubs in their landscapes that can double as a cut flower garden. Whether inspired by the proliferation of farmer’s market bouquets or the rising cost of floral arrangements, more and more people are inquiring about suitable plants when shopping at the garden centre. So, to start you off, here are twelve months of seasonal cut flower and berry suggestions, followed by additional lists of annuals, bulbs, perennials, and shrubs.
We start the year with one of the longest blooming shrubs we offer, Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Pink Dawn’. The shell pink buds begin opening in November and continue blooming through to April, showing in spurts of warmer weather. The long stems and enticing fragrance make a nice filler in winter arrangements.
On the other hand, the bright yellow blossoms of the Chinese Witch Hazel (Hamamelis mollis) can stand on their own, as the fragrant bright yellow strap-like blossoms literally envelop the branches and it is also the first Witch Hazel to come into bloom.
It’s no secret that I love Hellebores but did you know they also make excellent cut flowers. Your best choices here are the evergreen forms such as Helleborus lividus ‘Pink Marble’ or any of the Rodney Davey Series such as ‘Anna’s Red’ or ‘Molly’s White’ as they both have strong stems and beautiful foliage.
The little-known Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas) is actually a Dogwood that starts blooming in late February during mild winters. The sprays of tiny yellow flowers hold up well and this species also produces edible fruits.