7 Fabulous Cut Flowers to Grow in Your Garden

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If you’re a hardcore vegetable gardener you might be guilty of skipping over the flower section of your favorite seed catalog in favor of the vegetables. I’ve been guilty of this myself in the past.

In fact, for many of us, buying ourselves fresh flowers often feels like an extravagant and unnecessary expense.

Even at my local farmers market at the peak of summer, I’m guilty of walking by the amazing bouquets of bright flowers in favor of spending my money on vegetables. 

But today, let me try to convince you that choosing to grow cut flowers alongside your vegetables is one of the best ways to deepen the joy and beauty your garden infuses into your life. 

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of harvesting a basket full of colorful produce you grew with your own two hands. If you know just what I’m talking about then I’m pretty sure you’ll also love gathering a bright bouquet of cut flowers just as much. 

Luckily, if you’re already a vegetable gardener it’s incredibly easy to incorporate some cut flowers into your garden so you can harvest beautiful bouquets for yourself and friends all summer long.

cut flowers in the vegetable garden

This post was originally featured as part of the book launch for Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal BloomsI updated and expanded this post with more resources and two additional flowers I grow every year in my own garden. 

This post isn’t sponsored in any way. I’ve been so impressed with their heart-centered business over the years that I reached out to them and offered to help promote their book. 


Photo by Floret Flower Farm

Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus)

A cousin to the carnation, these fragrant blooms are anything but boring. The Dianthus ‘Amazon’ and the ‘Sweet’ series are both consistent performers with great stem length and nice sized blooms.

Often called “pinks,” this plant pumps out mounds of flowers all summer long. Unlike biennial Dianthus, neither require cold temps to set flowers so they can be grown as annuals.

Floret Flower Farm grows and sells its own cut flower seeds and they often sell out very quickly.

Because of this, I’m providing links to other sources as well. See the end of this post for the best places to buy cut flower seeds.

You can find Floret Flower Farm’s seed store here.

I found some other dianthus seeds around the web:

Amazon Neon Cherry

Amazon Neon Rose Magic

Lace Mantle Mix

Sweet White


Photo by Floret Flower Farm

Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus)

These beautiful blooms are highly productive, have long strong stems, a long vase life, plus a lovely citrus scent. Great in late spring bouquets and before the summer heat arrives.

This gorgeous group of ruffled butterfly-type blooms is one of our most requested and best-loved crops of the summer!   

Favorites include:

Rocket Mix

Chantilly Purple

Chantilly White

Chantilly Bronze

Madame Butterfly Mix

Lots of snapdragon seeds on Etsy here.


zinnia bouquet

Photo by Floret Flower Farm


Nothing screams summer more than a handful of cheery zinnias.  Available in a brilliant rainbow of colors, these cut-and-come-again plants are essential for any flower-loving gardener.

As one of the easiest cut flowers to grow, they are a perfect first crop for beginning gardeners.  They also do well in a wide range of climates and growing zones.

Favorites include:

Benary’s Giant

Queen Red Lime

Zinderella Lilac

Zinderella Peach

Zinderella Orange

Lots of cool zinnia varieties in this Etsy shop here.

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Photo by Floret Flower Farm

Chocolate Lace Flower (Daucus carota)

This large-flowered chocolate-colored Queen Anne’s Lace looks great en masse, pairs well with many other colors and blooms for most of the summer from just one planting.

The lacy umbels come in a range of sizes and shades, adding a dramatic, airy quality to garden bouquets.

Seeds for Chocolate Lace Flower.

grow your own cut flowers nigella

Photo by Floret Flower Farm

Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena)

If you don’t already grow this old-fashioned cottage garden favorite, you’ll definitely want to make room for it in your garden this spring.

This complex plant features lacy, star-shaped blooms framed by a delicate halo of fringed foliage and thin, almost thread-like leaves that resemble fennel (even though they are in different families).  

While this plant looks quite fragile, it’s one of the hardiest early bloomers in the garden.  Nigella can be hand-sown into prepared beds in your garden, as they don’t perform as well when transplanted.

Considered a “cool” flower, Nigella is cold-tolerant and can be sown into your garden in the late summer/early fall (in warmer regions) which allows them time to get established and build a strong root system before the winter cold sets in.

You can also direct seed them in your garden in early spring.

This seed seller has lots of unique varieties.

cut flower rudbeckia

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Black-eyes Susan is commonly seen in perennial and prairie gardens in the Midwest where I live. The good news is that you don’t have to be a perennial flower gardener to grow rudbeckias (as they are also known).

The photo above features the best Black-eyed Susan I’ve ever grown – Prairie Sun. Instead of a black eye (or center), it has more of a green center and two-toned petals featuring complementary yellows. 

I’ve also tried and liked

Cherry Brandy (maroon instead of yellow) 

Chim Chiminee

This Etsy shop has many different varieties of Rudbeckia seeds.

cut flowers for the garden globe amaranth

Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena globosa)

I’ve been planting Globe Amaranth as a companion to my vegetables for as long as I can remember. I often rotate the flowers I grow each year, but this one is always on the list!

Many of the varieties are tall and airy, so you easily mix them with your vegetables and they won’t crowd them out.

The blooms last way past your first frost and hold their color when dried so you can use them for winter bouquets as well.

I love Strawberry Fields Gomphrena mixed with the Prairie Sun Rudbeckia in the same garden bed. The red and yellow colors pop against each other and the vastly different forms of the plants complement each other well. 

Other favorite varieties

Bicolor Rose

Qis Purple

This shop and this shop have some fun varieties of Gomphrena.

cut flower gomphrena

Bicolor Rose Gomphrena

Where To Buy Cut Flower Seeds

If you already have a favorite seed company you should be able to find cut flower seeds in their catalog. Some of the varieties we talked about in this blog post are a little more difficult to find because they’re so unique.

But, due to the rising popularity of growing cut flowers I have noticed that more and more seed companies are expanding their seed selections to include more than just your average cut flowers. 

If you prefer to support local and small seed companies and growers like I do, check out some of these seed sources.

Etsy: There are a lot of individual seed savers and growers on Etsy and they tend to carry many of the harder to find varieties. To save you time lots of time I created an Etsy list featuring many of the varieties from this post. Check it out here.

Floret Flower Farm: A family-owned business in Washington state, the farm featured in this blog has been slowly breeding their own varieties and expanding the amount of seeds they offer each year.

They open their seed shop in early January and many of their most unique seeds tend to sell out very quickly. I’d suggest signing up for their email list so you get notification each year about the seed shop’s opening date. Find all of the seed varieties they offer here.

Johnny’s Selected Seeds: This Maine company is a favorite of organic farmers all over the US. Their vegetable, flower, and herbs seeds are focused on high-performing varieties.

If you want to grow cut flowers this season you won’t be disappointed if you order from them. See their offerings here.

Botanical Interests: This Colorado company has been selling herbs, seeds, and flowers for 25 years. They also have a robust seed donation program I utilized when I ran youth gardening programs for a local non-profit in Madison. Check out their flower varieties here.

Amazon: Although it might be more convenient for you to purchase your seeds from Amazon, I struggle with their platform because it’s difficult to know who exactly is selling the seeds I’m purchasing.

While looking for varieties while writing this article I discovered one of the vendors had stolen photos from the Floret Flower Farm website to use in their listing. It’s the Wild West on Amazon sometimes. 

I know it’s convenient to purchase from Amazon, so I did provide some links to that platform in the variety suggestions under each flower type. I also list favorite garden tools, vegetable varieties, and more in my Amazon shop.

grow zinnia cut flowers

Queen Red Lime Zinnia

How to Plant Cut Flowers

How do you plant your cut flower seeds, you ask? If you already start your own vegetable seeds at home you can just integrate the flowers into your seed starting calendar. Easy peasy!
If you don’t start seeds at home you’ll probably want to focus on buying flowers that you can direct seed in spring.
Direct seed means at the correct time in the season (you can find this on the seed packet) you’ll simply remove some seeds from the seed packet and plant them right into the garden soil. 
Of the above seven flowers, two can be direct seeded, three should be started as seeds inside, and two can be planted either way. Or, you can shop at your local nursery or farmers market to see if you can find them as plants in the spring. 
Cut Flowers You Can Direct Seed
Black-eyed Susan (can also be started indoors)
Chocolate Lace Flower
Zinnia (can also be started indoors)
Cut Flowers You Should Start Indoors
Black-eyed Susan (can also be direct seeded)
Globe Amaranth
Sweet William 
Zinnia (can also be direct seeded)

More Resources for Growing Cut Flowers in Your Garden

As a garden educator, I get sent a lot of gardening books by publishers. I read through them all and most of them end up in the Little Library in my neighborhood. Only my absolute favorite books end up on my living room bookshelf.
The Cut Flower Garden is a gorgeous book packed with lots of well-organized, useful information. Reading it will get you super excited to grow cut flowers in your garden this season! Click here to purchase.

A Year in Flowers: Designing Gorgeous Arrangements for Every Season

Once you get the hang of growing cut flowers the next step is mastering how to artfully arrange them into stunning bouquets you can scatter around your house to bring you joy all season long. This is the follow up book to Floret Farm’s Cut Flower GardenClick here to purchase. 




Vegetables Love Flowers: Companion Planting for Beauty and Bounty

One of my favorite gardening books is a holistic view of why and how mixing flowers in with our vegetables benefits us, our plants, and the animals and insects that are a part of our garden ecosystems. Click here to purchase.



Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden 2020 Monthly Planner
If you’re a gardener and a planner user this one’s for you! It’s stunning, user-friendly and filled with lush photography of magnificent blooms, seasonal gardening tips and monthly tabs for easy reference. Click here to purchase.

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden Journal
I highly recommend keeping notes about your garden each year. This allows you to keep an eye on what’s working, what needs improvement and helps you think through how you can keep getting better as a gardener.   This journal would be perfect for just that! Click here to purchase.
If you don’t currently mix flowers in with your vegetables, this is the year to try it! Plant some of Floret Farm’s and my favorite cut flowers and get ready to have fun creating bouquets to brighten up every room in your house.
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  • Melissa Renner

    I’ve been wanting to try poppies for years and last year finally planted some. I’m still waiting to see whether they survived and will re-emerge this year or if I add them to my list of failures. Someday I will have a green thumb!

  • I love growing zinnias and cosmos because they seem to be the essence of summer. I would love to get some lily if the valley for their simplistic beauty and grace.

  • What an awesome post! I follow Floret on Instagram and I can’t get enough of those beautiful pictures. One of my favorite flowers to grow is zinnias too! I also have an appreciation for roses that I didn’t have before moving to this house that had 16 rose bushes I had to learn how to take care of, haha.

  • I followed Erin’s book tour to this website. I can’t wait to explore this site now.

  • Nigella is one of my favorites and has been with me for many years. Thank you for including her ♡

  • Jelena Socava

    I love roses.

  • Zinnias and marigolds are always in my garden areas. Often sunflowers too. I tend to use the older type marigolds as they have more open flowers for bees, and they are amazing for helping control in-ground pests. I’ve used cosmos in the past, but where I am, they can be a bit invasive. I have dahlias in various places but have not yet incorporated them into any veggie beds, other than placing some in lots in between some raised bed sections.

  • I am obsessed w zinnias. I save my own seed each year but also buy lots of packets as well to feed the obsession. I plant them all around the border of my veggie garden and it’s gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Tina Higinbotham

    My favorite flower to grow….well one of many is Liatris. It has a long vase life and gives nice height to an arrangement and has a lovely color and texture 🙂

  • Lynette Bryant

    My favorite flowers to grow are dahlias and cosmos, they were my Mother’s favorites to grow and by incorporating these into my gardens it brings back great memories of her. I also love Cana lilies in the garden, I remember my Dad always growing those in his vegetable garden. I’m anxious to start following Floret online. Great post Megan!

    • I love to grow lots of flowers! I love perennials, annuals etc. My favorite would probably be zinnias! I love old fashioned look they give my garden!

  • Lauren Roth

    I have a soft spot for zinnias- the day my husband proposed to me at the Missouri Botanical Garden, he bought a seed packet of zinnias for us to grow together to remember the day. 🙂

  • I love flowers in my garden! We have sunflowers, lavender, marigolds, echinacea, bachelor buttons and at some point my chives flower. I really like the colors and seeing the bees go for the nectar. Thanks for your blog – I really enjoy it.

  • I have planned to plant tulips for the last 10 years we’ve lived in our house, but have never done it. I have always grown tomato plants and herbs. After finding Erin’s gorgeous Instagram a few months ago, I’ve been bitten by the cut garden bug. I’ve got some Floret sweet pea seedlings that are growing like crazy and the tiniest little poppies sprouting up too. I’ve also got Floret cosmos and zinnias to be sown in the next few weeks. So looking forward to all the colorful beauty to be sprouting up in my yard for the first time this summer.

  • I grew up with snapdragons and peonies in my yard. Peonies smell soooo good and snapdragons were fun to play with as a kid.

  • What a great post! I have been planting various flowers in my gardens for awhike. I love zinnias! They are the happy faces of flowers! Colorful, bright and they bloom a long time.

  • Idalisse Sandoval

    I am looking forward to planting some Dahlias, Snapdragons and Stock in my garden this year.

  • My favorite would be Chinese flowering crabapple and of course, roses! Thanks for the opportunity. Congrats Erin!

  • Such a great post! I planted a lot of flowers last year and am planning more flowers this year because with three little kids, fresh flowers to cut or enjoy in the garden is an easy way for me to feel less overwhelmed and more in love with my garden. My favorite flower is Snapdragons! They even survived a few light freezes in the fall and I was still picking them way later than I expected! Love them.

  • Abbey March

    I love growing nasturtiums and marigolds. The marigolds are easy to start ahead and quick enough that my toddler is antsy to go see them every day. They bring in the bees AND the chickens love to eat them too!

  • I love zinnias and dahlias. I’ve been following Floret on Instagram and FB for quite some time. I would love her book. Now, I’ve also discovered your blog and started following it today. Thank you.

  • I’m relatively new to gardening, but have been delighted by dahlias in my garden the past couple of years. This year, I am most excited to try snapdragons.

  • I always plant sunflowers in amongst my veggies then wait impatiently for them to show their smiling faces. Thank you for this wonderful book give away! Good luck to everyone!

  • I always allow cilantro and bunching onions to flower alongside vegetables to attract pollinators. Cilantro flowers are so delicate and pretty, but I also love the green seed heads in bouquets. After the bouquet declines, I remove the seed heads, dry them until brown (coriander), and use them for cooking and baking. Agastache is another favorite for the same reasons but even more so for its long flowering season.

  • I haven’t tried growing flowers from seeds before because I was a little intimidated. But I done tulips which I love and have a large range of succulents that also flower! Excited to try something new for the first time!

  • Stefania Guarda

    I am such a new flower gardener but am excited to try this year. my fave would really be peonies or poppies!

  • I love ALL flowers, but am especially fond of snapdragons. Whenever, I try to grow the tall varieties, the stems grow curly and crooked. I’m trying some of Erin’s seed this summer and hoping I’ll have better luck!

  • My favorite flower so far I’ve grown are zinnias (although the celosia blew me away last year growing it for the first time!). I can’t wait to grow flowers this year, these photos inspire me. Thanks!

  • Dahlias!! I need to grow these ??

  • Wow, what a great giveaway! My favorite flowers in my garden are my roses. They keep my house filled with fresh cut flowers spring until fall.

  • I thought I already commented so forgive me if it comes up twice… I’m doing quite a bit more flowers this year and less veggies. I’ve come to realize that having enough of both is really good for me and my enjoyment in my garden (realized and figured out through your books/classes Megan!). My favorite flowers to grow are snapdragons! I was so excited when they somehow survived a light frost on the fall and I could still cut from them much longer than I anticipated.

  • I love this for so many reasons! I am always torn between allocating time and space for veggies and flowers. I always feel I have to choose. Veggie gardens are just never as attractive as flower gardens. This inspired me to combine the two. I hope I can succeed. I definitely could use some more guidance in this area. I live dahlias but I worry the dinner plate ones are just too big. I may try sunflowers as the backdrop to my garden…And of course zinnias but that’s where my imagination ends

  • I will always appreciate zinnias because they remind me of my mom, she plants a row in her vegetable garden every year, but I am really excited to try dahlias for the first time this summer!

  • I’m so excited to start growing flowers. Right now my favorites are the bulbs that I just put a little bit of work in and now reward me every spring. But I’m really looking forward to planting some seeds and expanding my horizons in the flower world!

  • Hello from Minneapolis! Thanks for doing the Floret giveaway. Erin is so inspiring!

  • My garden is full of dahlia, roses, peony and daisy’s mainly. Always looking for more and would LOVE to win the spectacular prize! Blessings

  • These have been great fun! My favorite flower is poppies – all kinds!

  • Love following the blog hop! My fav flower in the garden is nasturtiums.

  • Two favorite flowers to grow from seed: sweet peas and annual poppies!

  • I love the combination of flowers and vegetables together. Sweet peas, zinnias granny bonnets, corn flowers all dellightful. I am hoping to plant some honesty and scabious.

  • Jennifer Gill

    My favorite flower in the whole world to grow is the sweet pea. Every color, every type. There is no other flower like them.

  • It’s so hard to choose just one favorite flower! But if I had to pick, I love freesia (and close behind dahlias).

  • Love growing Dahlias! So pretty and easy to grow.

  • Dahlias, dahlias, dahlias! I especially love growing the dinnerplates – my faves!!

  • Lee Chearneyi

    Delphiniums make dramatic and lovely additions, with beautiful indigos and pinks.

  • Love Ziannias. Trying Dahlias this year

  • Cindy Nelsen

    I have to have dahlias in the garden — and I can’t wait to get the dahlia tubers I ordered from Erin 🙂

  • This is the first year I have a garden plot! I am excited to put Erin’s advice to work. (: Thank you!

  • I love the combination of Larspur and Cabbage leaf Poppies in my garden, and they make great cut flowers. The poppies are attractive cut in bud, bloom or seedhead!

  • I used to plant the fragrant oriental lilies until the red lily beetle entered my garden a few years ago. Now I plant what tends to grow best in a garden surrounded by walnut trees. Currently, I’ve been seeking out different varieties of zinnias — Cactus, Benary Giant, and Queen Lime. Would love to try the Zindarella that Erin mentioned.

  • My favorite flowers are zinnias. Hoping to get more flowers planted in my garden this year.

  • Hello from Kentucky! I love growing zinnias and sunflowers!

  • I love mixing flowers into my veggie gardens! Up until now, it’s been more medicinal and edible flowers, but this year, I’m starting non edibles! I have always loved yarrow and calendula! But this year, I’m going full bore with zinnias and cosmos! How fun!

  • I always plant sunflowers along the perimeter of my vegetable garden for a nice pop of color and cheer!

  • I love all of the flowers I my gardens, but if I Must pick one I would say Delphiniums! They pretty in the garden and I love them even more in a summer bouquet!

  • I always grow marigolds to keep the deer away and zinnias for the color in my veggie garden each year!

  • Obsessed with celosia!

  • Bianca Mclellan

    I can’t decide which flower is my favorite-they are all so pretty! Time will tell which plants like the new garden…:)

  • happy to find your blog via floret! I’ll be back to visit again 😀

  • Love Cosmos and starting lavender this year. So excited!

  • I love my zinnias and snapdragons. I am in Arizona but when I lived in PNW I grew dahlias and they were my favorite

  • Hello Erin,I love the old fashioned roses that grow into a bush. The scent is incomparable to anything else I’ve smelled. I love when they bloom and the yard smells so good; wish that they would last longer. 😉

  • Maggie whitaker

    My mom grew up on a flower and vegetable farm in upstate New York. I have such fond memories of going to visit my grandma on the farm and helping her with the seeds and flowers in the fields and greenhouses. When I was a little girl, I was always drawn to the snapdragons that she had in her fields. As an adult, these are still my favorite flower. I bought my own house seven years ago, and ever since then snapdragons have been a must in my gardens! They are very sentimental to me because they make me think of my grandmother’s farm which is no longer in our family. Over the past few years I have really gotten into creating flower gardens in my yard. I now look at them as a way of honoring my grandmother who passed away when I was in high school.

  • I’ve been a veggie gardener for many years and always plant LOTS of flowers – they are eye candy:) and help with bugs, encourage good/deter bad. Just stumbled across Erin’s blog yesterday as I prepare to grow an abundance of cut flowers for a dear friend’s wedding this August, so exciting and daunting all at the same time. Anyway Erin is a wealth of wonderful info, I am so appreciative of all she generously shares. Thank you!!!!!

  • My couple of my favorite flowers to grow for weddings include Alliums, Lemon Bergamot & Rudbeckia ‘irish eye’s, but really there are just way too many to pick from!!!

  • Love daffodils & peonies

  • Cindy Trick

    Love the cover of your new book!!! Zinnias!

  • Must haves: celosia, zinnias, dahlias and snapdragons!

  • Katie Stutler

    Zinnias!!! They remind me of my grandmother. I love how easy they are to grow from seed and how well they do as a cut flower. And the colors! Fantastic!

  • Linda Oliver

    I love to grow zinnias, sunflowers and poppies…..love your new book….ty for a chance to win the book

  • Becky Holmes

    I love growing lisianthus.

  • Linda Schaefer

    Poppies, Bleeding Hearts, Hyacinth, Asian Lilies

  • I love Zinnias … so cheerful!

  • I’m very new in planting flowers, and I attempted Marigolds last year but had no success. (Sad). But I have some new tips to try this year thanks to you guys, and I can’t wait to get started! I plan to try many including these varieties on this post! Thank you!

  • Corina Biltac

    My garden is so pretty when zinnias, cosmos and dahlias are blooming

  • Beth Lessick

    Zinnias for sure, only have containers but want to try some dahlias.

  • Kate Nicholson

    Our zinnias have bloomed out of control here in Maine pretty much anywhere we plant them! In our vegetable garden, though, I’ve only planted marigolds historically. If we can afford the space I will try some of these tips here- I LOVE snapdragons!!

  • Vicki Jennejohn

    I’m hooked on dinner plate dahlias and zinnias! I love sharing bouquets with friends & family!

  • Morgan Regas

    So excited to have just planted these snapdragons yesterday!

  • I love to grow lisianthus and strawflowers. Thanks for the chance to win. Erin is an inspiration.

  • Zinnias & dahlias have a special place in my heart & my garden. My great grandma taught me all she knew about gardening, arranging & showing flowers at the local county fair. These two flowers always had a way of showing up in her yard year after year & are now a staple in mine.

  • Georgia monroe

    Last year I planted zinnias and they did great!

  • I love to grow dummies and cosmos! I can’t wait to try download this year.

  • Dahlias are my passion – can’t get enough of them!

  • Hannah Bennett

    I just love the longevity of snapdragons in cut flower Arrangements. I think my husband’s going to think I’m going to little crazy this year with all the zinnias I’ve planted. We’re up with a lot of pee in the morning glories when I was little. Looks like a great but, following her Instagram now.

    • Hannah Bennett

      Oh goodness, correction: I grew up as a lot of peonies and morning glories period looks like a great book

  • My favorites are sunflowers, marigolds, and snap dragons. I’ve never seen large snap dragons! Last year I added a zinnia and loved it. Blooms all the way into late October! Will need to check out the flower book!

  • linda wong garl

    My new favorite is a Hellebore…an amazing perennial…and the flowers looked great in my Christmas wreath and bouquets! Blooms for many, many months and there is an enormous variety of colors, shapes and a very appealing flower! I have become addicted to this new find! Very easy care and needs little attention! Today, planted a hellebore garden with bulbs, other perennials, primroses in a bed of sweet woodruff…under my Hinoki Cypress trees so it looks like a very natural setting!

  • I love growing zinnias, but I’m hoping with the book I can do a better job with my favorite, dahlias! I also have a hoop house now so I’m excited to see what I will be able to do with that!

  • Jennifer K.

    My favorite flowers to plant would be snapdragons!

  • This year I am urban gardening 6 types of flowers (that I can bring inside without killing my cat) I’m most excited to see how the celosia grow!!

  • Andrea Zniewski

    Dahlias hands down since my first exposure 10 years ago. I am in awe, each season, of their beauty and they sure are fun to share!

  • This is so beautiful & inspiring! So, I love our Hydrangeas & Peonies & varieties in the window boxes! Want to try growing Dahlias! and Sweetpeas! and…and…and… 🙂 Endless possibilities! Thank you for this lovely post and sharing about the beautiful Floret Farm book.

  • I love this post. The book blog has lead me to your website which now I’m excited to explore! I love cut flowers and am starting a cut flower garden this year. One of my favorites right now is love-in-the-mist (nigella), which comes up randomly in our vegetable garden. And I’m trying delphiniums this year. Hope all goes well with that endeavor!

  • Elizabeth P

    Dahlias! Wish I could grow peonies in my climate though…

  • Probably dahlias but I love love love the smell of gardenias!

  • I love dahlias-they just keep on giving!

  • Connie Ascanio Ancona

    I love growing breadseed poppies in vegetable garden. Pretty flowers that attract butterflies, ornamental seedpods to dry for winter bouquets and delicious seeds for baking!

  • This will be my first year specifically growing cut flowers – adding rows of them in the vegetable garden inside a high fence. Anything I grow outside the fence has to be deer proof. Some of my favorites include Mexican petunia, lantana, salvias & flowering sages.

  • I love Sweet William. Love how some gerbera daisies with many petals can be a substitute for zinnias when zinnias can’t be had. Thanks!

  • Zinnias, sunflowers, daylilies, dahlias, cosmos, phlox….I could go on and on. Not sure I really have a favorite just a passion for growing and enjoying all kinds of flowers.

  • Zinnias are my favorite. I’ve never planted snapdragons, but I will this year. Pretty! I love all the old fashioned, cottage type flower.

  • I’ve had great luck with indoor house plants whereas my twin-sister is more of a outdoor gardener. Every time I’d visit her, she would show me her garden and would encourage me to try planting a perennial garden.
    It has been two years now when I’ve finally decided to take my sister’s advice. Throughout the 2 years I have planted in my front yard and backyard area four-o’clock, foxgloves, clematis (my favorite), hostas and just last year rocket mix snapdragons (just added to my favorite list).
    This year I’m going to try my luck on starting a vegetable garden. Besides growing tomatoes, I haven’t decided what else will be in this vegetable garden of mine. I can’t wait for spring to be here (officially 2 days from today ??).

  • I always like to plant marigold and alyssum.

  • I am so glad Erin’s book tour led me to your site! Growing edibles have been my main priority for about a decade. I rarely grow annuals. That will change with the inspiration from this book. I do have my favorite perennials in the garden, Sensation lilacs, daylilies, hydrangeais, a salmon Oriental poppy, tree peony and roses. But now I want to find the room for snapdragons and zinnias!

  • Zinnias, peonies, sunflowers, tulips, daffodils… How can I chose?! ❤ always looking for more ideas!

  • Carol Cross

    I love all flowers but my favorites are bearded iris and columbine.

  • Emily Davis

    I love, love growing roses – particularly Crown Princess Margherita!

  • Favorite flower to grow in my garden? How could I narrow it down to one? Top five: zinnia, poppy, echinacea, upright verbena and dahlias.

  • I find a place for blue lobelia in my garden every year 🙂

  • Jessica M Buller

    My absolute favorite is Columbine. I love everything about them, from the shape and colors of the leaves to the delicate flowers.

  • I love to grow zinnias! Such easy and beautiful cut flowers.

  • Sherry Shuler

    Inspired by an article about Floret that I read in Country Living back in fall 2015, I planned the beginnings of a flower farm. I ordered your beautiful nasturtium seeds and tons of zinnia seeds. Well, I drowned the nasturtium seeds and never got the zinnias planted. we had a small vegetable patch that did ok but ended a painful death caused by a merciless attack of stink bugs. My vision for a flower farm has not died but has been dialed back to the realm of reality. I will be planting Zinnia seeds this coming week and plan to do small succession plantings throughout the summer. Thank you for giving us something to dream about and the knowledge to make those dreams a practical reality.

  • I love the poppies that grow wild here in California. I harvested some seed from my neighbor’s poppies and sprinkled them around my fence. I look forward to their bright orange petals in early summer.

  • My twin-sister is more of a outdoor gardener. Every time I’d visit her, she would show me her garden and would encourage me to try planting a perennial garden. It has been two years now when I’ve finally decided to take my sister’s advice. Throughout the 2 years I have planted in my front yard and backyard area four-o’clock, foxgloves, clematis (my favorite), hostas and just last year rocket mix snapdragons (just added to my favorite list). This year I’m going to try my luck on starting a vegetable garden. Besides growing tomatoes, I haven’t decided what else will be in this vegetable garden of mine. I can’t wait for spring to be here (officially 2 days from today ??).

  • Oh so impossible to choose only one favorite! I suppose I most cherish sweet, cheerful little Johnny Jump-ups. My mother always grew them so they remind me of her and they are one of the first to bloom in early spring after a long winter. I live and garden on the other side of the Cascade Mountains from Erin in Eastern Washington. We still have 2 feet of snow covering the garden right now and I am just aching to get my hands dirty, but I have begun my inside seed starting. Do you still have a lot of snow in Wisconsin too? I never have enough room in my garden for everything I want to grow! Every year I plant more flowers. Thanks for hosting this fun book tour. I’m so glad it led me to your site – it looks right up my alley and I am going to go check it out more right now!

  • Barbara Dominas

    Erin is such an inspiration! Her blog has such beautiful photos and I started growing dahlias in my garden after I saw how gorgeous they are on pictures!

  • I don’t grow flowers in my veggie patch, but they are super close to attract pollinators. The native plants attract the most bees, etc., but I’ll include any plant with a flower I like 🙂 I’d love a free copy of the book to encourage my flower habit! Thanks for the chance!

  • Love Bells of Ireland!

  • I love my butterfly irises in my garden. I would love the opportunity to win this great giveaway book!

  • I just discovered the Creative Vegetable Gardener and can’t wait to convert my “flat” gardening style to NO TILL, complete with all the flower ideas! Love the zinnia varieties – Benary Giant, Queen Red Lime and Zindarella – so blitzy!!

  • I love growing zinnias in my veggie garden. I call them my happy faces and they are the first thing I look at when I rise in the morning. I cut and give them away all summer long to share with others. I look forward to adding some of the others listed in this blog. Thanks.

  • This is my first year with a yard! I’m looking forward to starting a vegetable garden and mixing some flowers in as well! I just started my snapdragons. I’m also looking forward to planting poppies, zinnias and cosmos!

  • So hard to choose a favorite cut flower, but I think I’d have to pick dahlias. They crank out the most beautiful blooms! Can’t wait to see my new varieties this summer!

  • Zinnias as they are such happy flowers 🙂

  • I love planting nasturtiums in our raised vegetable beds. They add such a cheery color with beautiful foliage. Bonus points that they are edible and look absolutely delightful on a salad.

  • Lace Faerie

    My favorite flower is the purple petunia, the large blossom old fashioned strain. I love its’ fragrance and I incorporate them in my window boxes and hanging baskets as well as outline my garden beds, both food and flower beds.

  • I love my flowering vines: sweet pea, maypop (first attempt at growing is this year), and trumpet honeysuckle.

  • Sunflowers are my favorite, hands-down. They just exude so much cheer and are fun to cut and take inside. My kids and I love to grow a variety, especially the ones that are giant! Great idea to intersperse flowers with veggies; I’m looking forward to trying more of that in our garden!

  • Firecracker plant better known as cleome are amazing and easy to grow. Their spicy smell says summer way into fall.

  • I plant Milkweed for the Monarchs and now have fallen in love with this lovely weed.

  • I grow milkweed for the butterflies and bees, along with Zinnias, Cosmos, Dahlias, and various Lilies and Daylilies. These bring numerous beneficial pollinators to my garden. I would love to receive this informative book to further my love for gardening and growing flowers.

  • Growing up, we always had all colors of gladiolus, and I hope to someday have enough room to grow my own! Right now in my tiny little raised garden, I like growing nasturtiums because they are bright and spill over the edge so beautifully! They are also so tasty and I love munching on a few while I work or picking them for garnishing salads!

  • I’ve always grown marigolds and nasturtiums in my veggie garden. My mom taught me how to harvest marigold seed when I was little so I always plant some in memory of her. Haven’t planted snapdragons in a long while and I’ve never tired love-in-a-mist but it looks wonderful and I’ll plant to add these to my garden this year.

  • Elizabeth E.

    I used to live in an urban area with little open space for gardening. I planted sunflowers in a little patch of dirt out front of my house where a small tree was planted. They were the talk of the street! People would always stop to talk to me about them. I love how sunflowers make a big impact like that because they can grow so large.

  • One of my favorite annuals is Profusion Zinnias – easy to grow and gets nice and bushy and lasts until a hard frost takes its toll

  • Zinnias are one of my favorites! However I want to start growing dahlias, as my Uncle Jack was well known for them. Thanks!

  • I love all most all of them. We just moved to our 8th home and in a completely different climate then I ever gardened in, so I’m starting over again, slowly. Planted DA roses Sharif Asma & heritage, globe thistle, sea holly, dianthus, lavender, sweet peas, morning glory, coneflower, galliarda, , lots of herbs and verbena bonariensis on your recommendation. It’s a beginning!

  • Linda Cahill

    I’ve had veggie and flower gardens for years, always a hodgepodge of what looks nice and is on sale. Not this year. I have already started reading/using Megan’s book: keeping a log of EVERYTHING now! Thank you for the time and space saving ideas. And now the lightbulb has been lit again: plan and plant flowers with purpose. Figuring blooming times, plant height, pest resistance (deer!!) and placement of flowers in and around my garden will bring joy to my veggies, my neighbors and to me! Thank you for the reminder.

  • Jeri Cleveland

    My favorite flowers are peonies for their huge, beautiful blossoms and carnations for their beautiful fragrance!

  • Cathy Seymour

    I’ve grown zinnias within my vegetable garden for years. Will be trying snapdragons and love in a mist this year! Thanks for the info!

  • Pat Slepski

    Love-in-a-mist (nigella) so delicate in appearance, so fearless in re-seeding and coming back! And dahlias, plant and cut, cut, cut for un-ending bouquets. And snap-dragons- such a happy surprise to see them again after a long winter. So many favorites…

  • I love to grow coneflowers. There are many varieties, they look great in a bouquet, and I know they will come up every year.

  • A mixture of larkspur, bachelor buttons and cosmos make up my cut flower bouquets! I also have lots of zinnias and nasturtiums in my garden–
    My most favorite of all would be my giant zinnia flowers.

  • I so enjoyed Megan’s presentation this year at the Madison Garden Expo. I am so glad I ordered her book. For the first time ever I feel I will accomplish what I set out to do this year because of the great planning using her book. I am in Wausau and have a short growing season so I need to use my time wisely. I love that she puts flowers into the vegetable garden – it is something I had thought about and wanted to do to make the garden more appealing to the eye. It will also promote pollinators. I can’t wait to dig in this year!

  • Barb Glassel

    I love Jewels of Opar [Talinum paniculatum], as a cut flower. It has airy bare stalks with tiny round buds and raspberry flowers on “Limon,” a variety with lime-colored leaves, elegant! Good mixed into large pots with taller, more robust annuals. It echoes another lime-green tall annual, “Only the Lonely” Nicotiana [Flowering Tobacco]. Not sure how that one does when cut, however. Both of these annuals often produce seedling volunteers the following year, which I hunt for, then move.

    I would love to find a list of native Midwestern wildflowers which do well as cut flowers. Maybe in Erin’s book?!

  • One of my favorite flowers to grow are sweet peas, the running ones. Love the snapdragons too.

  • Love to see my alliums appear each spring! the lavender shades are my favorite- reminds of my Aunts and Uncle’s garden in England- Hope to start an Agapanthus soon. Thanks J

  • Julie Averill

    I love growing peonies. My grandmother had rows and rows and she gave me some of her bulbs.

  • I love marigolds, but also perennial calendulas and coreopsis. Besides having flowers which are loved by pollinators, I snip some of the blooms for dyeing. Win-win. And dahlias, crocus, tulips, niger hollyhocks, delphinium, blue flax, helleboros, African marigolds, California poppies, lots and lots. Give me more ideas. I’m ready, willing and sort of able.

  • Gorgeous! I am determined to get more cut flowers out of my garden this year, particularly peonies!

  • Dahlias are what converted me from a flower lover to a flower grower!

  • I love growing zinnias and cosmos!

  • I like to plant lots of marigolds.

  • I really like to grow cilantro and dill just to see it flower. I think they look like fireworks!

  • I love those first flowers of spring like crocuses and snowdrops.

  • My favorite flower is euphorbia diamond frost! And echinacea cheyenne spirit!

  • My favorite flower is euphorbia diamond frost!

  • Euphorbia diamond frost is a great filler in the garden

  • I don’t think I have a favorite — I live in my childhood home, and like my late father, I’ve grown cosmos, snapdragons, zinnias, daisies, clematis, dianthus, glads, lavender, roses, honeysuckle, jasmine, astrelmeria, hollyhocks, lantana, coleus, hostas, day lilies, geraniums, nasturtiums, calendula, lobelia, cathedral bells, ferns, cacti, iris, tulips, daffodils, poppies, morning glory, nasturtiums…. And veggies…. many from seeds….

  • Would love to be a proud winner of this fabulous book and gifts! Favorite flower? ? I have a few but today I am naming stock for their scent, longevity, and beauty !

  • Nastursium always seem to capture my heart.. And cosmos..

  • This looks like a fabulous book. Gorgeous flowers!

  • LOVE all flowers in a garden but my favorite to plant our poppies! They remind of my grandmother’s garden and always bring a smile to my face. Plus they look gorgeous in an arrangement!

  • Sharon Massey

    Last year we planted two very long rows of sunflowers. I was surprised at how supper happy they made me feel! I’ll be planting them again this year!

  • Sandra Waters

    I have a new picket fence in my yard and want to try hollyhocks beside the gate. I love their tall stems and the flowers are just beautiful.

  • Michelle Rozich

    Zinnias and sunflowers are my go to summer flowers! Going to try something new this year.

  • I want to try snapdragons! What a great cut flower for the summer garden!!

  • Love zinnias’s and dahlias’s. They gave become somewhat of an addiction.

  • I always plant a mass of zinnia someplace. Dahlias and lantana are other favorites. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • I love growing zinnias, marigolds and sunflowers but will love trying others.

  • Megan Caldwell

    My fave type of flower to grow would be any type of bulb! But especially tulips!!!

  • Cherry Habenicht

    Pansies & violas are must-haves every year, but they’re usually so helpful in self-seeding that I can only take credit for caring for them. I’ve grown so many flowers, yet it’s the asiatic lilies that continue to stun me. I usually buy a new variety each year. One bloom is so elegant floating in a pretty bowl!

  • Jessica Herlein

    My favorite flower to grow – I’m so new in this! My roommate two springs ago grew some zinnias that were like magic, so I’m looking forward to growing those this year. I’m also excited to try some lace flower and cosmos…and after reading this post, I think I may have just the right spot for love-in-a mist in my husband’s and my little urban backyard.

  • Renee Oltrogge

    I love puppy’s and zinnias!

  • Last year I tried growing flower seeds geared for bumblebee pollination but none of them germinated. 🙁 This year I would love to grow flowers that are harmonious with vegetables; the Nigella and sweet William look like wonderful options!

  • Mahdi Martin

    I like lilies and other bulbs. Daffodils are wonderful too! Hardy pedals and greenery tickle my fancy.

  • I like growing daffodils and tulips because when they spring up, it means spring is here!

  • My garden is never complete without some giant sunflowers.

  • We love our Mexican Shell Flowers (Tigridia). We received them by accident from a local garden club flower fundraiser. The best part, the flowers only come out for one day. You never know which color it will be and which design.

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