One of the true pleasures of the garden is being able to create lavish displays of vases filled to overflow with freshly cut flowers and place them all around the house. If your garden is looking a little uninspired, with fall planting around the corner, now is also the time to consider adding a few new plants with an eye toward late summer arrangement.
Here’s what we’re clipping this month (and a few gorgeous arrangements to get you thinking.)
Baby Joe Dwarf Pye Weed
Zone: 4 – 9
Showy, mauve-purple flower heads on long stems ideal for cutting arrive mid summer to early fall. This taller perennial is a great informal option for the back of the border.
Thriller Lady’s Mantle
Zone: 3 – 9
Distinctive scalloped leaves and creeping habit make this a winner for edging beds, yet we’d grow for the foamy, lime-green flowers alone. Clip and stuff into a vase.
Britt Marie Crawford Ligularia
Zone: 4 – 9
Dark maroon foliage and yellow blooms standout in a cottage or rock garden beds and borders. As a long-lasting cut flower, they add more than a bit of drama.
NEED SOME INSPIRATION? ARRANGEMENTS WE LOVE.
This informal arrangement is just whatever was in the garden including grasses, goldenrod, asters, and foliage from clematis. How lovely would this be on an outdoor table for a Sunday brunch or in the kitchen on the center island?
A simple clutch of snowdrop anemones in a shapely glass vase is all you need to create an elegant arrangement. We would love this on a bedroom dresser.
Masses of the clipped blooms of Lady’s Mantle create a chic/simple display that’s both modern and romantic. Sometimes, less really is more (except for more blooms, of course).
What could be easier on a sultry summery day than filling a few old jars with rudbeckia, edible basil, and adding a few leaves from geraniums?