How to Design a Cutting Garden?

While I’m waiting for the ground to thaw I’m going to share with you how to design a cutting garden. I can’t wait to get my hands in the soil.

For years I’ve wanted a cut flower garden. I want a place for those flowers that I can cut for bringing in the house. I was really inspired by Stacy at Stacy Ling – Brick’s & Blooms and Kim at Shiplap and Shells. Both of them are the most amazing gardeners. I get so much inspiration from both of them.

How much Space do you Need for a Cut Flower Garden?

My plan is to use one of the rectangular raised beds that are in my vegetable garden. The beds get plenty of sun and they have amazing soil. I think that will be the perfect spot for me to start. I’m new at this so I’m not going to take up too much real estate with my first attempt.

From my research, the best way to grow a cutting garden is in rows just like my vegetable garden. This is why it makes sense to incorporate it into my vegetable garden.

We also have a white picket fence around the vegetable garden and that will help keep the deer away from my new cutting garden.

Summer Garden

What I’m Planting in My Cutting Garden

I’m planning to put Dahlia, Snapdragons, Sweet Pea, and Zinna’s. These are my choices for this year but some other good options for a cutting garden are larkspur, sunflowers, aster, gladioli, cosmos, delphinium, and strawflowers.

Many other options are things that I already have in my perennial gardens beds. I have peonies, roses, echinacea, lavender, daffodils, tulips, and more. However, when I cut from my perennial beds, I cut sparingly as I don’t want my gardens to look bare. Having a cutting garden should substantially increase the number of flowers I’m able to bring in the house and put in vases.

The flowers I choose are primarily picked because I like a more natural flowy look to my arrangements.

More Garden Planning

I have a few packets of seeds from Floret that I’m going to start this week in the house. Since we are tearing apart the laundry room, I can’t start very much indoors. I will buy the majority of my vegetables and flowers as plants, in the spring. I have ordered my dahlia tubers from K. van Bourgondien and they will be delivered when it’s time to plant them in the garden.

I keep a journal of my gardens each year so I know what worked and what didn’t work. A garden is an always evolving and changing space and I want to document all of those changes each year. I share my garden journalling HERE. I’m using my journal to help me plan out my veggies and flowers for this upcoming season. I also love looking through my seed catalogs as they help me plan out my gardens. They have a ton of information about spacing, light requirements, etc. Even if I’m not starting most of my plants from seed, these catalogs are such helpful guides.

In other Gardening News!

Last fall I planted a ton of tulips. I’m so anxious to see if they come up. I covered them with bone meal to keep the squirrels away from them but I’m not sure that will be enough to detract them. So fingers crossed that I get to see a mass of pink tulips this spring.

We had a 60-degree day this past weekend and I was out in the greenhouse, planting my seeds and dreaming about spring. But it’s early March in Illinois and so it was back in the 30s the next day with 3″ snowfall the following day.

We are starting to have more nice days than bad so it’s time to start planning my gardens for this coming spring/summer. I’m also learning how to design a cutting garden.

If you’re a gardener like me I hope you are planning too, if not, I hope you enjoy following along with me on my gardening journey!!


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    1. I can hardly wait – my seeds are starting to sprout in the house and it’s making me so happy!

  1. I’ve been thinking about starting a cutting garden. Fresh flowers from the yard for arrangements are the best! Thanks for the tips, Lynn! Pinned.????

    1. It’s my first attempt! Fingers crossed. So far my seeds in the house have sprouted so that’s promising!

  2. Thank you for sharing the gardening inspiration! I’ve been wanting to start a cutting garden, and your pretty pictures are a great motivation!

    1. I just love gardening. I can’t wait to get my hands in the soil but we have a few more months before that will happen here in Illinois. Thank you for your kind words!

    1. I’m hoping that it turns out as lovely as I would like. I’m trying to copy a little of what Kim @ Shiplap and Shells does however, you ladies have that fabulous PNW weather that is so conducive to beautiful gardens.

  3. Hi Lynn! Just wanted you to know I am sharing this post in my All Things Vintage round up this weekend!

  4. I enjoyed this post so much and I wanted you to know that this post will be featured in the next Tuesday Turn About Link Party! Thanks for sharing your tips and I hope to see you at next week’s party! ????

    1. Thank you so much for featuring me on your link party! I’m honored!

  5. Oh my goodness! I LOVE flowers!! I can’t wait to plant a cutting garden. My favorite flowers are peonies, hydrangeas, and dahlias. Oh and lavender, daisies, and cosmos. Thank you for the inspiration. Pinned.

    1. I’m a flower lover too! I can’t wait to be able to get out into the dirt!