Gardens - Specialty Gardens

Plan and plant a cutting garden

Beckie Fox
Photography by
Roger Yip

Devote some space to beautiful blooms that you can snip for homegrown bouquets


From garden to vase
  • Pick flowers in early morning, when stems are full of water and unstressed from midday heat.
  • Take a tall bucket with cool water with you and immerse stems as you gather.
  • Cut to just above a side branch; it will grow and produce flowers in a week or so.
  • Recut stems just before arranging in a vase filled with water and floral food.
  • Strip leaves from the portion of stem that will be below water. (Or strip the bottom leaves when cutting outdoors.)
  • Use clean vases and change water every few days.
  • Place arrangements out of direct sun and on a cool surface.
  • Include leaves, branches, ornamental grasses, vines and berries in floral arrangements for contrast and interest. 



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