I rarely cut flowers from my garden to bring them inside (except for peonies... I always have lots of them in the spring). I know I should enjoy the flowers both inside and out, but honestly my garden has not been that great of a cutting garden since we bought this house almost 5 years ago. The first few years of gardening I was figuring out what types of flowers I wanted and dealing with a mess that the previous homeowner left me. This year I actually have some good blooms (although threatened by fungus) so I figured it was time to create a small bouquet.
In this vase are cone flowers, gerber daisies, and liatris from my garden. I purchased the green mums from the grocery store as a filler (they were only $3), but I could have gathered up more home grown blooms and eliminated the mums. The vase is a vintage ironstone that was sitting in my basement and the table cloth is also vintage from the 1950s. This has brightened up our little dinning room and even Andy noticed it.
Next summer I'm definitely dedicating a raised bed completely to a cutting garden. I'm thinking it will contain cosmos (which I already have along my front walkway), dahlias (I've only got a few now so would need more), zinnias (I have them now in containers only), and gerber daisies. I'd also like to add a few more cone flowers to my front perennial bed.
Do you have a cutting garden? If so, what do you grow in it? I'd love to hear your ideas!