Fresh flowers can brighten up any room, and the fact that you cut them right from your own flower garden makes them even prettier. If you are interested in growing flowers in your Houston, Texas garden that you can cut for arrangements or bouquets, below are some suggestions for annuals that will do well.
Ageratum. These pretty blue, pink and white annuals are lovely cut flowers that will do well in Houston, Texas gardens. These flowers will also attract butterflies to your yard. Plant them in full sun or light shade, and they will blossom from April through November. You can also buy ageratums as a perennial.
Hopi Red Dye Amaranth. Gorgeous burgundy flowers that have a distinctive shape, when cut these blooms will make a bold statement in any arrangement or bouquet. This herb will bring butterflies to your Houston, Texas garden, and are also drought tolerant. Plant in full sun and expect these annuals to reach six feet tall. Also known as Prince’s Feather, this variety was used by Hopi Indians to dye their ceremonial red cornbread, hence their name.
Sunflowers. Sunflowers brighten up any bouquet, but they are especially lovely in fall arrangements. Plant these annuals in full sunlight and they will bloom from May to September. Hard to kill and drought tolerant, sunflowers are also a nice accent to your Houston, Texas garden. These annuals can grow as high as eight feet tall.
Heliotrope. Blue and purple flowers that do well in a garden or containers, these fragrant beauties make lovely cut flowers that will last a long time. Plant them in partial sun in your Houston, Texas garden and they will bloom through the spring and summer.
Zinnia. Hardy annuals with colors that include orange, pink, red, white and lavender, zinnias will attract butterflies to your Houston, Texas garden. Zinnias are the perfect cut flower for arrangements and bouquets, their vibrant colors blooming from summer through the fall. This native Mexican plant can reach heights of two and a half feet tall.
Blue Lace Flower. If you are looking for delicate cut flowers for your arrangements and bouquets, these blue and white annuals are the perfect choice for your Houston, Texas garden. For blooms in March, April and May, plant these annuals in full sun and water lightly.
Windflower Anemone. For blue, red and purple cut flowers that look well in arrangements, plant these hardy annuals in your garden. Interestingly enough, these flowers do better if planted in the fall. They are cold tolerant and will bloom in April and May, but won’t do well once summer comes. Plant in full to partial shade.