A Perfect Cutting Garden
By: Garden Gate staff
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Pretty cutting garden combo
These colorful flowers look just as beautiful outdoors as they do indoors in a vase. Learn how to grow this pretty three-plant combination when you click ahead.
But first, a tip to help your cut flowers last longer indoors: Some flowers, like hollyhocks and corn poppies, ooze a sappy substance that can inhibit water intake. Cauterize the bottoms of these stems by holding them in boiling water for 10 to 20 seconds or over a flame until ends are no longer seeping.
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Meet the plants
A – Corn poppy (Papaver rhoeas ‘Falling in Love’) Annual; mix of semidouble and double blooms in shades of pink in summer; full sun; 9 to 18 in. tall, 6 to 12 in. wide; heat-tolerant in AHS zones 8 to 1
B – Hollyhock (Alcea rosea ‘Halo Blossom’) Biennial; white blooms with crimson centers in early summer; full sun; 5 to 6 ft. tall, 1 to 3 ft. wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 2 to 10, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 10 to 1
C – Delphinium (Delphinium (Belladonna group) ‘Bellamosum’) Perennial; small bright blue flowers on tall spikes spring through summer; full sun to part shade; 24 to 48 in. tall, 14 to 18 in. wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 3 to 7, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 7 to 1