Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Fragrance is a desirable trait in flowers with some of the spring flowering bulbs are noted for their pleasing scents.
Hyacinths are a favorite cut flower during the spring. The bell or star-shaped blooms are crowded so close together that they conceal the stem. The stems are about ten inches tall.
These cut stems are used as a large mass flower. The individual florets can be removed from the spike to use in corsages. They are great for spring weddings. The vase life is about a week or so.
Noted for their wonderful fragrance, these come in a range of colors, including pure white, pale yellow, pink, blues, purple, and cream.
These are recommended for zones four through eight. Hyacinths grow in full sun and partial shade. Theyíre resistant to deer.
Among the most favored of spring blooming bulbs, lily-of-the-valley is a real treat. These have a vase life of about eight to ten days. They are used as a filler flower and as a mass. They are popularly used for weddings.
The tiny nodding flowers are bell-like. They open in crowded clusters all along the flower stalks. Opening in late spring, these are usually white. However, there are varieties offering other colors, including pink. Lily-of-the-valley is suited to zones two through eight. They need partial to full shade, and spread nicely if the soil is reasonably moist and rich. These are resistant to deer.
This is the quintessential cut flower for late spring and early summer. They resemble roses. Most peonies have a pleasing light fragrance. When it comes time to cut these flowers, try floating one in a shallow bowl of water. Peonies are used as a mass flower and in bouquets. They last for about a week.
There are so many kinds of peonies that it isnít possible to even mention all the different kinds. However, if youíre planning on growing them as cut flowers donít go to the expense of buying tree peonies. These are considered a connoisseur plant. Just decide whether you want singles or doubles, and select colors that you like.
These come in a wide range of colors. Among these are white, and all sorts of pinks and reds as well as yellow and bicolors. Depending on the type, the flowers can be up to five inches in diameter. Some grow to seven inches.
In addition to the ordinary doubles, there are also ones known as Japanese or anemone peonies.
Peonies are hardy in zones three through eight. They do well in full sun and partial shade. These are resistant to deer.