Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Those with cutting gardens can select from a number of seed and garden catalogs, including the following.
Gilbert H. Wild and Sons
This company specializes in perennials and bulbs. The catalog has many varieties that can be used for cut flowers. Some of their specialties include peonies, lilies, irises, and daylilies. The catalog has a separate section for each group. Those with cutting gardens will be especially interested in the many different varieties of lilies and peonies. Almost all of the plants they sell make suitable choices for cutting gardens. The catalog has page after page of dayliles, which are also used as cut flowers.
John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds
Though this company specializes in vegetables and herbs for the kitchen garden, the catalog also has quite a few kinds of flower seeds as well.
This has several sections for flowers. There is an extensive section with flowers for cutting gardens, including ones used as fresh flowers and everlastings. This also has various collections of seeds that will be of interest to those with cutting gardens. There’s an everlasting seed collection with seed packs of six different varieties. There is also a collection of cutting garden varieties. This one has seven different packs of seeds.
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Johnny’s catalog has an extensive selection of annual and perennial flower seeds. Symbols beside each flower name indicate whether it is used as a cut or dried flower. This includes seed planting information as well as details on growing each flower. It also gives day to harvest.
There are color photos of the flowers. This has a great selection of sunflower varieties, particularly ones used as cut flowers. For the most part, the flowers are arranged alphabetically by common name. They also sell a lot of herb seeds with some of these being used for cut flowers.
Klehm’s Song Sparrow Farm and Nursery
This mail-order catalog specializes in unusual perennials, trees, and shrubs. It contains over a hundred pages with lots of ideas for cut flower growers. It features all sorts of varieties that are suitable for cutting gardens. This has detailed information on how to grow each plant.
The plants are organized into sections. There are sections for peonies, tree peonies, daylilies, and clematis. This also has lots of different varieties of echinacea or purple coneflower. For quick reference, refer to the helpful index.
This mail order catalog offers a wide variety of plants, including perennials, ferns, grasses, woody plants, and tropicals. They specialize in native plants and wildflowers. Within each section of the catalog, the plants are arranged alphabetically by Latin name. Symbols beside each name indicate which ones are good as cut or dried flowers. There are also instructions on growing each plant. There is an index of the common and Latin names.
Nichols Garden Nursery
This catalog features seeds of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. An entire section is devoted to everlastings. In the flower section the plants are arranged alphabetically mostly by common name. Each catalog description indicates when a variety makes a good cut flower. This also offers a good assortment of sweet peas, zinnias, and other cut flowers. They also sell an annual cut flower mix.