Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Best Cut Flower List

"Best Cut Flower List"
Omena Cut Flowers' Recommendations


All of these perform well in full sun. Many of them also do well in part shade. I've noted those that I know grow well in both levels of sun with an asterisk (*).


Early Season
Perennials:

    -Daffodils and tulips, of course! *
    -Foxglove "Strawberry Mertonensis" *
    -Peony.
         Longest vase life
         "James Pillow" (pink)
         "Festiva Supreme" (white)
         "David Harum" (red)
         My personal favorite is the pink "Sarah Bernhardt." *

    -Catmint
    -Lady's Mantle (great filler) *
    -Columbine *
    -Coral-Bells
    -Bearded Iris
    -Lupine (buy the Russell hybrids) *
    -Thrift: try Armeria "Joystick Red"
    -Painted daisies: get "James Kelway"
    - Lamb's Ear: pretty filler

Biennials:
    -Foxglove "Digitalis Purperia" *
    -Canterbury Bells (Campanula)
    -Sweet William (get the tall "Dianthus Barbatus") *

Mid-Season
Perennials:

    -Shasta Daisies *
    -Lavender *
    -Monarda *
    -Liatris *
    -Asiatic lilies
    -Sea Holly (Eryngium) good filler
    -Delphinium:
         best bets: "Giant Pacific"(very tall-need staking) and "Magic Fountains"

Biennials:
    - Campanula "persicifolia"

Annuals:
    - Larkspur: buy "Giant Imperial"
    -Snapdragons: buy "Rocket" for spikes tall enough for cutting



Late Season


Perennials:

    -Tansy: "Goldsticks" Can be invasive!

    -Scabiosa "Pincushion flower." Get the taller S. causasica for cutting

    -Purple Coneflower: buy "Magnus" for petals that won't droop

    -Veronica: buy "Speedwell" *

    -Rudbeckia: buy "Goldstrum" *

    -Phlox: White "David" and pink "Bright Eyes." *

    -Mums with tall stems

    -Japanese anemones: can be invasive!

    -Obedient plant: invasive!


Annuals:

    -Gladiolas

    -Zinnias: buy any "Elegans" type. Try "Benary's Giants", "Oklahoma", "State Fair." *

    -Cosmos -will reseed. *

    -Sunflowers:

          My favorites

         Chocolate brown "Velvet Queen"

         "Sunrich Orange"

         "Sunrich Lemon"


          --Look for "pollenless varieties" that won't shed pollen. *

    -Cleome

    -Rudbeckia "Indian Summer" (These come back for me if mulched and left undisturbed. *

    -Verbena Bonariensis -will reseed*

    -Salvia horminium: "Tri-color sage"

    -Coreopsis tinctoria (good filler) *



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