flower bouquet

Valentine’s Day has arrived, and you might be considering a cut flower arrangement for your special someone. And sure, you can just head to the floral department at your grocery store and pick up an arrangement… And you probably will since it’s February and your garden isn’t exactly blooming in full force right now.

But in the future, a handful of flowers cut from your own garden might seem more special. Here’s what you need to know about growing a flower garden for the specific purposes of making your own arrangements.

Homegrown flowers are fresher. You can quite literally walk out your front door to gather flowers, and present them to your loved one (or arrange them for your own use) in minutes. Grocery store flowers just can’t compete! And of course, the most fresh flowers will last the longest.

Some flowers are better than others… As far as arrangements go. Obviously, most of us will gravitate toward the prettiest flowers when choosing blooms for our arrangements. But beyond that, you want to look for a strong, thick stem (so that it will hold up in a vase). Roses, dahlias, zinnias, geraniums, zinnias, and sunflowers are popular choices for this reason.

Of course, you can also float blooms in a bowl of water if you don’t want to fuss with their stems. Hydrangeas are popular choices for this type of arrangement.

You might also care about fragrance; some roses, for example, are bred specifically for scent, whereas others are not. And finally, you want to consider the “vase life” of a cut flower. Some do well for a week or more, whereas other blooms wilt within a day or two.

Bouquets all year. Yes, it is possible to enjoy fresh-cut flowers all year long! When choosing flowers for your home garden, pay attention to blooming time. Choose a variety of flowers that bloom at different times of the year, and you will always have something beautiful to fill your vases.

And on that note, give us a call to discuss your landscape design if you want to add more flowers. We can help you determine the right species and placement so that your garden produces beautiful blooms of some type, throughout the year.