The Fruits (Or Flowers) Of Your Labor – From Beginners to Green Thumbers!

Stepping outside your door and cutting a flower that you have grown is incredibly satisfying.  That doesn’t mean that you have to be an expert to do it!  Here is a list of 5 flowers that are all great for cutting and enjoying in a vase inside your home.  They are listed by their D.D. (Degree of Difficulty),  from the “easy peasy lemon squeezy” ones to the high maintenance types.

sunflower

Who knew?  Not me! The easiest flower award goes to the sunflower!  It can grow to 6 feet in 3 months.  This annual doesn’t mind the heat and they will tolerate poor soil – that makes it Northern Virginia’s best friend!  It’s also drought and pest resistant.

peony-14Ahhh…the smell of a peony in bloom!  I’d take it over a rose any day! Peonies produce huge, delicious blooms and are only a  challenge if you want to get rid of them!  This perennial will grow up to four feet and comes in an array of colors.  It’s also pest resistant and can take some shade, but prefers the sun.

Bachelor’s-buttonBatchelor’s Buttons are in the middle of the pack, as far as maintenance goes.  Easy to start from seed; just throw them down, water occasionally and enjoy their sweet smell!  This annual will need staking when it get going and can grow to 2 feet tall.  They come in shades of white, red, blue and pink.

poppyOriental Poppies!  We are now in the high maintenance zone, but who can resist these tissue paper-like beauties?  Coral, red, white or pink, this perennial could be worth the work.  However, they require rich soil with good drainage, and lots of sun.

dahlia3806The leader of the high maintenance pack is….the DAHLIA!  This tall beauty comes in so many shades and can give you blooms up to 10 inches in diameter, however, dahlias have a long list of needs…Rich soil, tons of sun, staking, fertilizing, deadheading and good drainage are all required!  If you have the time, the payoff is worth it!  You get what you give!

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