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How to Create Beautiful & Inexpensive Bouquets with Perennials

Apr 2, 2017 12:47:00 PM

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McKay Staff

in Plant Care Landscaping Tips Plants

 

Here's our list of our top picks for foliage and flowers to create a beautiful floral arrangement from plants already in your garden! Nothing like an inexpensive, but stunning piece of decor for your home and guests to enjoy this summer. Pro tip: Once your flowers are cut, stand the flowers in a deep container filled with luke warm water overnight before use. They'll last longer. 

 

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Wide Brim Hosta

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The Wide Brim Hosta is a classic, large grower with lots of substance. It has large heart-shaped, mid-green leaves that have broad irregular yellow margins that mature to creamy white. It has lots of puckering of the leaves and adds plenty of character. The lavender flowers are an added bonus! Mature growth is around 24" tall x 36" wide. Hardiness zone 4.

Wide Brim Hosta Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: July - August 
Color: Green, Purple, White, Yellow
Plant Size: Around 24" tall x 36" wide
Flower Color: Lavender
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones: 3 - 8

 

 

 

Variegated Iris

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The Iris pallida 'Variegata' is an excellent variegated form of iris with bluish green foliage that has a white streak up the center of the leaves that remains in great shape all season long. The flowers are fragrant, lavender light blue and born on short stems just above the foliage. Mature size is around 30" high and wide. This Iris prefers full sun in very well-drained soils. Be sure not to plant it too deep. This is a very attractive and problem free plant that is looks best in the landscape in borders, open woodland gardens, and shade gardens. The foliage works great for indoor floral arrangements.

Variegated Iris Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: June
Color: Blue, Green, Purple, White
Plant Size: Around 30" tall x 30" wide
Flower Color: Lavender-blue
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones: 4 - 9

 

 

 

 

Dwarf Arctic Blue Leaf Willow

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The Dwarf Arctic Blue Leaf Willow is a low growing willow suitable for low hedges. This shrub is compact, slender-branched and has silvery green leaves. It has a light and delicate texture, which makes it a great addition for floral displays that need depth, height, and interest. This shrub definitely is useful for damp sites in the landscape. This plant will require periodic renewal pruning in spring and fall.

Dwarf Arctic Blue Leaf Willow Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: April
Color: Blue-green
Plant Size: Around 4-6' tall
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Wet, Dry
Growing Zones: 4 - 6

 

 

 

 

Endless Summer Hydrangea

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The Endless Summer hydrangea has beautiful pink (or blue in acidic soils) flowers that are produced on both old wood and new wood. The blooms are up to 8" across. A warm season plant, not coming out of dormancy until late. Overwinter like you would a rose bush by mounding up mulch over the stems later in November, once the plants have gone very dormant. In spring, pull the mulch back and trim back any winter-damage leaving good, viable wood. East exposure is best, in a rich, well-drained and cool soil. Water frequently when establishing these plants and during drought periods once established. Great for the shrub or perennial border. 

Endless Summer Hydrangea Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: June - Frost
Color: Blue, Green, Pink
Plant Size: Around 2'-3' tall
Flower Color: Pink (blue in highly acidic soils and pink in slightly acidic to alkaline soils)
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Acidic
Growing Zones: 4 - 9

 

 

 

 

Raspberry Sundae Peony

The Raspberry Sundae Peony has a beautiful, light fragrance and light/pin yellow and raspberry colored petals, which makes this gorgeous flower a top seller among our peony plants. Voted one of the most beautiful flowers of all-time by "Sunset" magazine. This Japanese peony flower is a mid-season bloomer (June) and grows to be around 27" inches high. Like most peony flowers they do best in full sun.

Raspberry Sundae Peony Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: June
Color: Pink, White, Yellow, Multi-Colored
Plant Size: Around 27" high
Flower Color: Pink, White, Yellow, Multi-Colored
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Normal, Acidic
Growing Zones: 3 - 7

 

 

 

 

 

Orange Perfection Phlox

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The Orange Perfection Phlox is a strong grower and free bloomer that offers perfection in a luminous orange color! Provides 10 to 12 inch trusses of colorful blooms in a sunny border and has no equal when it comes to cut flowers! The closest to true orange yet achieved, this luminous color holds nicely. The individual florets are large and the flower-heads compact. Re-blooms if deadheaded.

Orange Perfection Phlox Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: July - August
Color: Orange, Green 
Plant Size: Around 30-36" tall x 18-24" wide
Flower Color: Orange
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones: 4 - 8

 

 

 

 

Fanal Red Astilbe

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The Fanal Red Astilbe is an outstanding dark red-maroon flower. Plumes are long and narrow and occur early to mid June. This cultivar gets to about 24" when in bloom. The attractive foliage emerges reddish and matures to a deep, dark green. Partial shade and organically rich, moist soils are required to maintain this plant. Additional water may be necessary during dry periods. This is a very adaptable cultivar. 

Fanal Red Astilbe Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: June
Color: Red, green
Plant Size: Around 24" tall x 24" wide
Flower Color: Red
Sunlight: Full Shade to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones: 4 - 9

 

 

 

 

False Indigo Blue

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The False Indigo Blue has purple-blue colored flowers that bloom on 12" long racemes on flower stalks above attractive blue, gray-green foliage. The ornamental charcoal pods can also be used in dry arrangements, too. This plant was once used for making dye and is natural to mesic/gravel prairies, rocky river banks and woodlands. This native plant will also attract birds to your garden.

False Indigo Blue Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: May - June
Color: Blue, Green
Plant Size: Around 3-5' tall x 3-5' wide
Flower Color: Purple, Blue
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones: 3 - 9

 

 

 


 

 

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