Grow a great cutting garden

Tips for making cut flowers last. Plus, a painter's palette of blossoms worthy of a wedding bouquet

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FAVORITE CUT FLOWERS

Several of Catherine Mix's preferred long-lasting blooms are listed below.

Early-summer bloomers
Asiatic lilies, callas, columbine, foxtail lilies, peonies.

Blues
Catmint, clematis, delphiniums, peach-leafed bluebell, Siberian iris.

Whites
Dame's rocket, Verbascum bombyciferum 'Silver Lining' (in bud), Nicotiana x sanderae 'Fragrant Cloud', roses, white valerian.

Yellows
Bronze fennel, columbine, Phlomis russeliana.

Fragrant flowers
Anise hyssop ( Agastache foeniculum), mignonette ( Reseda odorata), nicotiana, old-fashioned roses, Oriental lilies, sweet peas.

Fillers 
Chamomile (before bloom), fennel (flowers), lady's-mantle, Euphorbia characias wulfenii and E. polychroma (in the garden only; euphorbia's milky white sap is irritating on contact).

Self-sowers
Baby blue eyes, columbine, mullein, poppies, valerian, Verbena bonariensis.

Info: The Cutting Garden (303 Dahlia Llama Lane, Sequim, WA; 360/681-3099). The display gardens are open 10-4 Mon-Fri, May-Sep. The self-serve U-pick cutting garden is open from dawn to dusk daily, Jun-Sep. Garden design: Sharon Nyenhuis, Bentley Gardens, Sequim (360/683-4468).

 

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