Cafe au Lait Dahlia

It’s all about survival for me during these cold and grey winter days to let the many flowers of my gardens occupy my mind and heart. So, with the first day of spring having sprung (though you would never know it looking out my window), it’s my joyful reminder to start planning the flowers to grow in my gardens and for cutting. Are you as excited as I am to think about, dream of, and plan the many flowers to grow in your gardens?

What is your favorite flower to grow in your garden?

One of the ways I have been thinking and dreaming about the blooms to grow is by working on a special giveaway of the top five flowers to grow from seed for your first cutting garden. These seeds can be sowed in a pot, on a window sill, in your garden or cutting garden, or all of the above.

While working on the top five seeds, I have thought about many other blooms I have been dreaming of in my garden that aren’t grown from seed, but are lovely for growing and cutting. Here are a few of my favorites:

Hungarian Blue Bread Seed Poppy

Hungarian Blue Bread Seed PoppyIt’s actually not a good cutting flower as it is short-lived, but the seed pods are perfect for adding a bit of whimsy and nuance to your floral arrangements. Also, the seeds from the pods can be used for baking and decorating bagels, cakes, breads and muffins, and note, the seeds are the only non-toxic part of the plant.


ChiveYou can grow it in a small pot or in your garden. Its small flower is a lovely lilac color that creates a sweet bouquet on its own. They can also be dried to enjoy in the fall and winter months when we are missing our gardens. Chives are edible and taste delicious in salads.


White Krinkled PeonyWhat a lovely cutting flower to add to any garden. It has a short season, but its flowers are full and luscious. It’s best to cut peonies early in the morning, and if you cut them as buds you will get a much longer vase life from them. Also, if you are so lucky to have any extra space in your refrigerator, you can cut them as buds and leave them in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. Then bring them out to bloom when you are ready.


XXL Sunset DahliaNot a flower that is grown from seed, but there are so many varieties to choose from. They can be grown in most zones, but in colder zones like where I live, you need to dig up the tubers at the end of the season and store them for the winter and plant again in the spring. Dahlias are a lovely cutting flower to add to any garden, but wait until they start to bloom as they won’t bloom if cut as a bud.

Share with me below: What is your favorite flower to grow in your garden?

Cafe au Lait Dahlia. Photographed @ Anna’s Blooms Cutting Garden.

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