Cutting Garden: Create a Flower Farm in Your Backyard

What is it about planting flowers that makes you want to grow even more? Once you plant a row of zinnias and see how beautiful and fun flower gardening can be, you may decide you want a whole field of flowers and decide to add more and more varieties.

Cutting red garden flowers

What is a Cutting Garden?

A flowerbed is designed to be enjoyed where it is, outdoors. However, a cutting garden is different in design and purpose. A cutting garden is grown with the intention of cutting flowers to make bouquets and other flower projects to enjoy indoors. 


Since a cutting garden isn’t designed for curb appeal, it has more flexibility and also some serious work to do. There’s a wide range of flowers that can be grown for cutting. Knowing what you enjoy and what works well for various floral projects will help you plan what to grow.

Cut Flower Garden Tips

  • Use long, narrow beds. Narrow planting beds make it easier to reach and cut flowers as needed.

  • Sunshine. Most flowers appreciate full sun. Plan your garden location so the flowers get at least 6 hours of full sun.

  • Always something blooming. Use succession planting to always have something blooming for a continual harvest. 

  • Know blooming seasons. Make note of when different flowers bloom. Some are spring bloomers, others are summer, and some are early fall. For example, Poppies bloom in spring, zinnias in summer, and sunflowers in fall.

  • Plan out the spacing. Just like you plan your vegetable garden, plan your flower garden for spacing. Give your flowers room to grow so they will reach their full size. 

  • Put supports in early. Some flowers will appreciate a mesh grid or stakes to keep them growing straight. If supports are in place from the beginning, it is much easier than trying to put them in when things are already getting out of control.

  • Think ahead to flower projects. Plan for arrangements you want to make and grow the 3 essentials. Focal flowers, filler flowers, and greenery.

  • Plan your colors. When you think about putting together an arrangement of flowers, consider what colors will go well together. This will help you know what to plant, giving you the right ingredients for what you want to create.

  • Enjoy sharing. Whether you’re selling flowers or giving them away, it’s rewarding to see what joy the beautiful blooms can give.
Cutting flowers in garden

Cut Flowers to Grow

If you’re just getting started with flower farming, you can focus on just one or two varieties of flowers or grow a whole range of blooms. Perennials and annuals both make lovely arrangements.

Perennial Flowers for Cutting Garden

Some of our favorite perennials include cosmos, Black-Eyed Susans, coneflowers, lupine, daisies, and more. Our Perennial Flower Collection has a wonderful variety of perennials that make excellent cutting flowers.

Annual Flowers for Cutting Garden

Some of our favorite flowers for a cutting garden are dahlias, zinnias, and sunflowers. They are easy to grow and so prolific.

To help in your planning, we have put together a collection of flowers that will create an amazingly beautiful flower garden. With 24 different flowers, you will be able to create a diverse array of flower projects. No matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong with a variety of flowers.

holding bouquet of cut flowers

Making the Most of Your Flower Farm

Once you grow a cut flower garden, you will want to make the most of the blooms. From cutting to arranging, there are tips and tricks to create successful results.

How to Cut Flowers

The purpose of a cut flower garden is to bring the flowers indoors. Therefore, it is important to know how and when to cut. Each flower will be ready at a different time. 

How to Cut Flowers 

How to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh

Vase life is an important concern with cut flowers. Each flower has its own timeline for how long it stays fresh. But, this can be maximized by knowing some simple principles of keeping flowers fresh, such as knowing bloom time, temperature, and other requirements.

Keep Cut Flowers Fresh Longer

Drying Flowers

Cut flowers can last a week or more. But what if you want to extend the beauty of your blooms beyond that? Try drying your flowers. Dried flowers can be used in arrangements, wreaths, and other things to preserve the beauty of a flower garden.

How to dry flowers

The Right Tools for the Job

Just like vegetable gardening, flower gardening is made easier when you have a few basic tools. Garden scissors, weed barriers, and other things can make even a novice feel like a professional. So when you get into flowers, a few standard tools will help.

How to Make Flower Arrangements

Bouquets and flower arrangements from a cut flower garden are what it’s all about. They can be shared in the entry hall, a dining table, or delivered to friends and neighbors. With some basic knowledge, anyone can make an arrangement that brings a smile to the recipient. 

Flower Arranging for Garden Flowers

How to Make Flower Wreaths

When you have a whole garden of flowers, there are a variety of wreaths you can make. Wreath-making has been around for centuries with simple daisy chains. It’s easy to create a crown of flowers to wear or a circle to place around a candle.

Creating Your Own Wreaths

There are so many ways to enjoy flowers. A cutting garden gives you a ready supply of blooms to spark your imagination. And when you create your own flower garden, whether as a business or a hobby, you’ll be able to reap a beautiful investment.


Written by Beverly Laudie