Cutting flowers for bouquets

Plants that produce long stems for cutting, as well as colorful or fragrant flowers, are tops in my garden. Many of these plants mix well in a perennial border, or you can devote a row in your vegetable garden to them. If you have space and a passion for bouquets, give them a garden of their own. Don't forget to add some everlasting flowers, such as statice and strawflower, which have papery petals that remain colorful for months or even years when dried. Use them for making dried bouquets and craft projects.

¥For the freshest and longest-lasting bouquets, cut the flowers in the morning before the sun heats up, and plunge the stems right into a bucket of water. Use a sharp knife or scissors to cut stems at a 45-degree angle, and choose stems with only partially opened buds. Strip the leaves from the submerged parts of the stems. Use clean vases and change the water daily, adding a floral preservative or two to three drops of bleach per quart.

Great annuals for cutting include aster, baby's breath, calendula, campanula, cosmos, sweet William, gloriosa daisy, larkspur, lisianthus, pincushion flower (scabiosa), salpiglossis, salvia, snapdragon, stock, sweet pea, sunflower, and zinnia. For dried-flower bouquets, try strawflower, statice, cornflower, salvia, celosia, ageratum, globe amaranth, larkspur, baby's breath, and love-in-a-mist. Cut them before the flowers open fully; bundle the stems with a rubber band; and hang them to dry in a cool, dry, airy place away from the sun.

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    How doe grow babybreath flower?
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