Hey all! Kathryn the Cedar Rapids wedding flower farming/ florist here!
Hehe. I think my title changes each blog post, but hey – business owners wear a multitude of hats!
Today I wanted to chat about the 5 best seasonal flowers that we grow during the summer. These are flowers that you could easily start in your own garden. Take a read!
- Dahlias. Wow I love dahlias. This was my first year of really growing them. Last year I drown them all. Yes dahlias can be drowned. They do not want water until the emerge from the ground. But, they are a bit of an investment. One tuber can be about $5. Now, each tuber can give you about 20 – 30 dahlia stems per season so you really have to weigh the pros and cons. Then come fall, your dahlias can be dug and stored over the winter to use again in the next season. And guess what…? They multiply! So that $5 tuber could have produced 3 – 10 offspring that you might be able to use next year! How amazing right?
- Basil. Basil is one of my favorites to grow in the summer. First – they are a great filler for any arrangement. They come in different shades of green and purples! On top of that, they smell sooo amazing. Do you like the eucalyptus smell? Lemon Basil smells 15 times better. They are pretty cheap and easy to grow but they wilt easily if not treated well.
- Zinnias. Zinnias are a classic that you can buy from just about any gardening store. They do the best directly seeded into the ground. I typically grow the creams and whites. My buddies at Over the Moon grow all of the more vibrant colors that people typically see like purples and bright pinks. Check out their Instagram here!
- Cosmos. Cosmos are another fan favorite. The reason I like them so much is that the more you cut from them the more they produce! They also grow to be 8 ft tall so you do not have to hurt your back while harvesting them. The only downside is that they grow so quickly that you have to stay on top of them or else it will turn into a very messy garden bed.
- Lisianthus. Lisianthus is by far my favorite flower in the garden. Their beauty is unmatched in color and craft. Their flowers are paper thin creating a translucent, gorgeous element to your arragement! They are VERY tough to grow from seed. If I were you, I’d recommend buying lisianthus plus from a gardening center before you try starting them from seed.
Again – we grow plenty of flowers in the summer, but these are some of my favorites.
Any questions? Let me know!