a bouquet of cut perennials in a blue vase

We love to spend our time outside, digging in the dirt, watching the growing and blooming of our vegetables and flowers. But when it’s time to go indoors, we are forced to leave all that behind for the birds and squirrels to enjoy.

What if we could bring a bit of that sunshine inside with beautiful arrangements of cut flowers from your garden. Not only will it brighten any room, fill your home with amazing aromas, but it is a proven fact that flowers in the home will lift your spirits!

According to Sally Augustin, Phd., an applied environmental psychologist, research consistently links indoor flowers with wellbeing and a study found that people with fresh flowers on their tables seem to be in better moods. What more of a reason do we need? Let’s get planting!

The bright blooms of Garden Plox look great in the garden AND the inside entryway of your home.

A Space of One’s Own

If you love fresh flowers in your home, but can’t bring yourself to cut them from the garden, I invite you to consider creating a designated cutting garden.

Master Gardener Margo Roten recommends that you plant your cutting garden in an inconspicuous and/or out-of-the-way area. This eliminates the problem of spoiling the look of the flowers in your landscape by frequent cuttings. Try finding space behind a garage, a shed or wherever you stash your trash cans.

yellow alstromeria bloomsThe bold blooms of the Alstromeria make for eye-catching bouquets.

Planting your Bouquet with Perennials

Many perennials will bloom more than once if the flowers are cut frequently or plucked after wilting. And since not all perennial flowers bloom at the same time, your bouquets and arrangements will provide you with ever-changing variety, assures Marie Iannotti, Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticulture Educator and Master Gardener. You will also enjoy the added bonus of not having to replant your perennial cutting garden next year.

Here are some strong contenders for your garden:

  • Lilium - strong, sturdy, long-lasting and fragrant
  • Alstromeria (Lily of the Incas) - a staple in cut flower arrangements
  • Coreopsis - Daisy-like blooms in bright reds and yellows add that pop in your arrangement!
  • Achillea (Yarrow) - strong stems, tall and sturdy
  • Coneflower (Echinacea) - a simple but eye-catching addition
  • Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata) - Tall and bright, these are great for bouquets. Some are fragrant.
  • Hydrangeas - Bold and beautiful! Check out Garden Design's tips about how to use them in arrangements.

Design Trends

Choosing the right flower for your arrangements depends on the aesthetic that fits you best. Before you begin planting, explore some of these design trends:

The interesting foliage of Hostas make for a great contrast against bright pops of colors

More Foliage.

New York florist, Oscar Mora encourages us to go heavy on the foliage and to make space for each leaf. Use cut foliage from Hostas, Ferns and Monstera, or use the bi big leaves from Canna to line the inside of big containers and hide stems, and add ornamental grasses for texture and as fillers.

The delicate white flowers of Achillea (Yarrow) gives your cut flower displays a bold look, with a classic feel.

White Blossoms

Incorporate white flowers to create harmony in an arrangement, or build a bold white design for a modern look. They can be either contemporary or formal, but according to Digger Magazine, white blooms are in high demand these days.

Hipster design.

These days, the look is unfussy and fresh; full but loose. Modern, with a nod to a more wild and natural style, inspired by the way plants grow in the garden. Take a look at this Brooklyn designer for inspiration and this step by step slideshow for arrangement how-tos.

Get started!

Plant what you love, build your garden over time and you’ll never be disappointed in the fresh cut flowers that fill your home with fragrance and beauty.