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Ageratum is a Summer Blooming Cut Flower star
Ageratum is often grown aas an annual bedding plant. Also known as floss flower, this deserves a place in the cutting garden. Taller growing varieties make great cut flowers.

Baby's Breath star
Baby´s breath or gypsophila is a familiar cut flower. This filler flower is so common in the floral industry.

Breathtaking Summer Bouquets star
Summer is a busy time. What we need for this hectic season are ideas for quick, breathtaking summer floral arrangements.

Cut Flowers You Shouldn't be Without star
We expect a lot of our cut flowers. Not only should they look beautiful, but in addition we want them to have a long vase life. Here are a few outstanding cut varieties to look for.

Cutting Flowers From the Garden star
Gardens can supply us with all the blooms we need for summer floral arrangements. Here´s a few tips to help those cut flowers last longer.

Daffodils for Spring Floral Arrangements star
Daffodils or jonquils, whatever we call them, they´re wonderful for spring floral arrangements.

Daylilies for Floral Design star
Though the stems of daylilies aren´t available commercially, they are very useful for floral design. These plants are one of the most popular flowering perennials.

Fifty Flowers-a Premier Source for Fresh Flowers star
Fifty Flowers is a premier source for fresh flowers.

Florals for Autumn Arrangements star
Fall foliage may be in the spotlight. But don´t let it steal all the attention. Create stunning fall arrangements with fresh fall flowers, fruits and berries, and other seasonal materials.

Flowering Kale star
Flowering kale and cabbage are often seen in outdoor gardens during the fall months. These are quite beautiful, and really make wonderful cut flowers. Here´s the rundown on some varieties.

Globe Amaranth as a Cut Flower and Everlasting star
Globe amaranth or Gomphrena has become a favorite summer floral material within the last few decades. Now, numerous varieties of this cut flower and everlasting are available.

Heliconia as a Tropical Cut Flower star
Along with the usual commonly available cut flowers, we are seeing more and more of the tropical ones. That´s a good thing. Tropicals can serve as an accent by providing unusual forms, colors, and texture to floral design. One of my favorites is the Heliconias.

Kumquats in Floral Design star
Winter brings many interesting kinds of materials for floral design. One of my favorites is the kumquat.

Lilies as a Cut Flower star
Of all the lilies, the Easter lilies are best known.

New Cut Flowers for 2008 star
With the old year 2007 behind us, it is time to look to the future with hope. This is an ideal opportunity to take a tour of the new cut flower varieties that will be introduced this year.

Old Fashioned Sweet Peas-the Perfect Cut Flower star
Celebrities stage comebacks. So do cut flowers. In this case its the old-fashioned sweet pea. There´s a revival of interest in these charming vines.

Perennial Cut Flowers star
Though it´s true that many of the common cut flowers are annuals, there are more perennials than we would think. Here are some of the best kinds.

Phlox as a Summer Cut Flower star
The familiar phlox is sometimes used as a cut flower. Yet, these plants deserve to be used more frequently. When you need a change from daisy-like flowers during the summer, these are the answer.

Proteas star
When I first became interested in floral design, proteas were still a novelty. Now they´re generally available on a year-round basis.

Seed Starting for the Cutting Garden star
If you are planning a large cutting garden, it may be worth your while to grow your own plants from seed.

Some Flowering Gingers star
When it comes to exotic flowers, tropicals are hard to beat. Among the ones that are commonly available as cut flowers are some flowering gingers, also known as costus.

Spireas for Spring and Summer Designs star
When we are looking for seasonal material for floral design, don´t forget flowering shrubs. Though the stems aren´t always available commercially on a regular basis, thess plants are often present in our landscapes. The spirea or spiraea is an example.

Summer and Fall Blooming Perennial Cut Flowers star
During the summer and fall months, perennials provide lots and lots of cut flower stems. Here are some of my favorites.

The Appealing Sunflower star
When you´re looking for a cheerful, smiling flower to chase away the blues, there´s no better choice than the sunflower. They´re very much in the news these days.

The Delightful Butterfly Bush star
If handsome is as handsome does, the butterfly bush deserves a place in late summer bouquets. True to its name, this acts like a magnet for butterflies. But they won´t mind if you cut a few stems from time to time.

The Easter Lily star
The Easter lily is unique among flowers. This one is often used in floral designs.

The Pitcher Plant as a Cut Flower star
A decade or so ago the pitcher plant was just a curiosity. Along with the Venus fly-trap and other carnivorous plants, these were hard to come by. Happily, that has changed now with tissue culture, which allows the plants to be propagated in great numbers.

The Vase Life of Flowers star
When it comes to choosing flowers, vase life is an important consideration. We put a lot of time and effort not to mention money into our designs, and want them to last as long as possible.

Tulips as a Spring Floral Material star
It´s hard to resist tulips. Symbolic of spring, these delightful flowers bring us out of our winter doldrums.

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