Wednesday, June 22, 2011

5 Fantastic Plants for Yellow Cut Flowers

In honor of the San Diego County Fair, I will be talking about cut flowers for the next 2 weeks.  If you want to see these flowers in person, then go to the flower show at the fair.  I will have my entries there Tuesday thru Friday each week, but the flower show is there everyday.  For a flower to be considered a good cut flower, it needs to last at least 3 days in a vase.  Yellow cut flowers look great when they are paired with purple.  Search my blog for photos of these plants.

Achillea millefolium ‘Moonshine’
Yellow Yarrow
This perennial also has nice gray foliage and gets about 2’ wide.  Yarrow is also a drought tolerant plant.

Anigozanthos flavidus ‘Big Roo Yellow’
Yellow Kangaroo Paw
With long 4’ tall stems, this dramatic perennial looks great up against a wall or fence. 

Freesia – Yellow Variety
These beauties bloom in early spring (here in San Diego) from corms, then go dormant in the late summer.  A native of South Africa, these perennials are great in the front of flower gardens.

Helianthus annus
These annuals come in a wide range of sizes and colors.  The best way to grow sunflowers is to buy seeds in March, and plant them in one gallon pots.  After 2 weeks the seeds will be sprouting.  Leave them in the 1 gallon pots for another 2 weeks and then plant them in the ground.  It takes about 90 days from planting the seeds to the flower bloom.

Rosa hybrida ‘St. Patrick’
Hybrid Tea Rose ‘St. Patrick’
This large hybrid tea rose reaches 4’ in height and width.  The blooms have a slight tinge of green on the edges.

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