Part of the pleasure of planting a garden is enjoying the gorgeous blooms. But why not bring the beauty indoors, too? Many annual and perennial flowers are easy to grow and attract pollinators, and they also make amazing cut flowers for bouquets—whether it’s a centerpiece for your dining table or a single bud on your nightstand. Even if you only have a balcony or a small deck, you can still enjoy a cut flower garden (simply plant flowers in pots and containers) and reap the same benefits.
If you’re planting perennials, make sure you choose those that will survive winters in your USDA Hardiness zone (find yours here). And read the plant tag or description so you’ll know exactly what kind of light your plant needs. For example, full sun is considered 6 or more hours of direct sunlight, while part sun is about half that. Finally, remember that no matter what type of flower you cut for bouquets, remove all the foliage below the water line in your vase and change the water every few days for a longer-lasting bouquet.
Here are the best flowers to plant for a beautiful cutting garden: