Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Green flowers are becoming very trendy. They’re like a breath of fresh air. With these beauties, you no longer have to rely on foliage to provide green in bouquets and other floral arrangements.
Here are some green blossoms to consider.
Hulk China aster
The Hulk is aptly named. This China aster makes an especially good cut flower. With a very long vase life, these are sure to please. This would be a very good variety for cutting gardens because it will produce a large number of stems over a period of several months or so.
Do successive sowings several weeks apart for a longer harvest period.
The green color in Hulk actually comes from the eye-catching, oversized, green bracts that surround the center disks, which are pale yellow. The stems can be over two feet in height.
Hulk seeds will germinate in about two weeks. The seedlings are frost-tender. So, wait until the last expected frost date before planting them out into the cutting garden.
Emerald Tassels Love-lies-bleeding
Now there is a delightful green form of love-lies-bleeding. This is actually a kind of amaranthus.
These stems are three to five feet in height. Emerald Tassels is very floriferous. The flowers are ideal for bouquets. If used as an everlasting, the blooms will fade to tan over time. As cut flowers, these blooms will be ready to harvest about three months from the time the seeds are sown.
One of the feather or plume-type varieties of celosia, this has become very popular in Europe. It was introduced to the U.S. several years ago. The yellowish-green blooms open on tall stems that can be over four feet tall. The full, airy flower heads are perfect as a filler flower.
Benary’s Giant Lime Zinnia
This is a very special flower indeed. Opening on tall, straight stems, the cool green blooms are fully double. They’re over four inches in diameter. The stems are about four feet tall, which is just slightly shorter than the other
dozen colors in this outstanding series.
When selecting green for bouquets and other floral designs, consider using green pods as well as flowers. There are several types available for cutting gardens.
Albion Green Pod Nigella is very suitable. This is grown for its attractive medium green pods. They’re used as a fresh cut. When dried, they also make a great everlasting.
These plants reach about two feet in height. The pods will be ready for harvest in about 3˝ months from the time the seeds are sown.
Oscar milkweed or asclepias (Gomphocarpus physocarpus) is grown for its colorful pods. The round pods are decorated with soft, green fuzz. The stems are well over four feet tall. They will be ready to cut in about 4˝ months from the time they’re planted.