Cut Flower Garden Plans

2 easy-to-replicate garden designs bring nonstop color

Cutting gardenThe cutting garden in mid-July.

The designs for these pint-size cutting gardens, employs the same 1 ft. x 1 ft. thinking that we brought to the vegetable garden in our Kitchen Garden Planner. There's nothing special about the dimensions of these two garden designs — these are just the dimensions of the beds we had available in our display gardens here in Burlington, VT. It should be easy to adjust these plans to suit whatever space you have available in your own garden. We allowed for a 1-foot wide path down the center.

Why Design a Cut Flower Garden?

We grow veggies and herbs to feed our bodies — we wouldn't we grow something to feed our hearts and souls? Flowers bring color, texture, and movement to our gardens. They can evoke powerful memories, attract wildlife to our yards, and 

First of all, what is a cut flower? Simply put, it is a flower that is grown for the purpose of cutting it off and using it for decorative purposes. Cut flowers make gorgeous additions to our homes and businesses, and exquisite gifts to our neighbors and family. Instead of purchasing a flower bouquet that was grown with chemicals in a commercial greenhouse thousands of miles away, why not join the "slow flower" movement, and grow your own right in your own garden?

Easy Flowers To Plant In a Cut Flower Garden

  • Sunflower
  • Zinnia
  • Cosmos
  • Gomphrena
  • Celosia
  • Verbena
  • Snapdragon
  • Ageratum
  • Marigold
  • Calendula
  • Dahlia
  • Gladiolus

Most of the garden was planted directly from seed. We planted the seeds as soon as possible after any danger of frost had passed. The flowers that went in as plants were the verbena, ageratum, salvia, snapdragons and feverfew. These plants all grow from tiny seeds, and you may find — as we did — that it's easier to deal with them indoors under lights or in the greenhouse. We planted the dahlias as tubers (before they had begun to sprout) and the glads went in as corms (bulbs).


Cut Flower Garden: Design 1

This garden is designed for a 7-foot by 7-foot planting area. Each of the 14 sections measures 1-foot deep and 3-feet wide. In most cases, we put 6 plants in each section (about 2 plants per 1-foot x 1-foot area). The sunflowers were not planted as densely.

Teddy Bear sunflowers and Cupani sweet peas
Teddy Bear sunflowers and Cupani sweet peas
Double Click cosmos Bishop's lace (Ammi majus)
Buenos Aires verbena (Verbena bonariensis) Blue Horizon ageratum
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium 'White Wonder') Clary sage (Salvia viridis)
Berry Basket zinnia Lime Green nicotiana
Polar Bear zinnia Blue Boy bachelor buttons
Giant Fantasy zinnia Lilliput zinnia

Cut Flower Garden: Design 2

This garden is designed for a 7-foot by 8-foot planting area. As above, each of the 16 sections measures 1-foot deep and 3-feet wide. We planted just one dahlia tuber per square foot.

Dahlia 'Who Dun It' 
Dahlia 'Who Dun It'
Mixed gladiolus Buenos Aires verbena (Verbena bonariensis)
Berry Basket zinnia Hot Crayon Colors zinnia
Berry Basket zinnia Hot Crayon Colors zinnia
Rocket White snapdragon Lime Green nicotiana
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium 'White Wonder') Blue Horizon ageratum
Bishop's lace (Ammi majus) Victoria Blue salvia
Blue Boy bachelor button Clary sage (Salvia viridis)

Last updated: 10/04/2023