I’m procrastinating about planning my cutting garden again, for no good reason. While others have already started to germinate seeds that need a head start, I’m still sitting here debating what I want to plant. I know I get overwhelmed with all of the beautiful possibilities. Also, I’m always wanting to create my best cutting garden yet. For obvious reasons, though, that won’t happen as some seeds need preparation ahead of time and won’t be ready at the rate I’m going.

I know I get overwhelmed with all of the beautiful possibilities.

As I write this blog, I’m forcing myself to stop procrastinating and make some decisions. I have some seeds leftover from last year, which will be my starting point. They are in the pink and red family, both bright and deep in color. So, I’m going to want to add some additional bright colors of yellows, oranges, blues and purples to make it pop.


My garden has grown to a nice size (21’ x 12’), and I’m able to grow somewhere between 14 to 18 different varieties. On the right and left hand sides I will have varying heights. I will start low in the front of the garden to bamboo trellised flowers about ⅔ of the way back and about 4½’ tall. From that point, I will go lower again for the last two rows. That way no matter what vantage point, you can see varying views. In the center I have a brass decorative sprinkler. In front of it and around it I will have mid-height flowers of about 18” to 24”, and at the back I’ll have tall flowers like Dinner Plate Dahlias (4′ to 6′) or Hollyhocks (5’ to 7’).


I have a lot of clean up to do in my garden this year. It’s a mess with weeds and lots of grass that has found its way into my garden, and who knows what else. I’m excited to get it cleaned up and start the process that I love to enjoy each summer. I’m hopeful for a much more fruitful year than last year and maybe as beautiful as my second cutting garden (shown at the top of the post).

Having a cutting garden is different from my other gardens. It brings a different sense of joy to see each flower started from a spec of a seed transform into a full blooming flower. It becomes a destination where my husband (a.k.a. my sherpa) and I look forward to checking out when walking through the backyard and meadow. I can’t express how much joy it brings to our lives, and sometimes a little frustration, too. Each bloom gives a different point of view and breathes beauty into our world. Also, it gives back to the pollinators, as they give so much to us. Nature is such a wonder to behold.

Share with me below: What flower(s) would you suggest I add to my cutting garden?

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