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Q:

I'd like to start a cutting garden. What flowers can you recommend?

A:

Flowers for a cutting garden need strong, medium to long stems with long-lasting flowers. These flowers can be integrated into the existing garden design, but for a steady supply of bouquets and ease of gathering, it is recommended to devote part of the garden specifically for cutting. It is really only necessary to create an area that can be reached into easily for gathering and cutting the stems. Good choices for the cutting garden include Achillea, Dahlia, Coreopsis, Echinops, Echinacea, Gaillardia, Liatris, Phlox, Salvia farinacea, Veronica, and Zinnia. There are many beautiful flowers to choose from. Visit your local botanical garden for ideas.

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