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To bring the garden into the house or to make bouquets to offer, reserve in your beds some special "cut flowers" areas. For example dahlias, roses, gladioli, perennial gerberas and peonies.
Why this flower? The dahlia is making a comeback in today's gardens. It is appreciated for its astonishing diversity of varieties, colors and shapes. It can be dwarf (20 cm) or giant (1.80 m), and is available in multiple tones, lively or pastel, plain or two-colored… Easy to cultivate, the dahlias create superb bushy and generous beds, restore a radiance in the garden at the end of summer. Above all, the dahlia is a fabulous flower in a bouquet that "holds well" in a vase - more than 15 days!
Its specificities: The dahlia was the very first flower to be awarded the Label Rouge usually used in food. This recent approach for ornamental plants is synonymous with superior quality, and the assurance of a more original, healthy and flowering variety, with good production conditions. Certification is also underway for roses, Christmas trees, geraniums, as well as for fruit trees and shrubs. How to magnify it? Its varieties of shapes and colors are an opportunity to make spectacular associations. Bouquet 'tenderness' in pastel tones, bouquet 'invigorating' in flashy tones ... And the marriage of dahlia with grasses is also very successful in bringing it a contemporary touch. Planting tips: Plant the dahlias bulbs in early spring, it will bloom in summer. They like to have their heads in the sun and their feet cool, and benefit from a generous supply of fertilizers. Very easy to grow, these flowers require almost no care apart from regular watering. Cutting tip: The more flowers that are cut, the more the plant regenerates by producing new flowers: double effect! Choose those whose florets are beginning to open and immerse them first in lukewarm water, before changing it regularly for cold water.
English rose David Austin
Why this flower? Created by David Austin in the 1960s, these roses have an abundant flowering and the ability to be able to bloom again very long (two to three times a year) without losing their fragrance - these are the scents that make this charming old rose a modern flower. In addition, its ranges of colors are extraordinary, from porcelain pink to crimson red through all the nuances of yellow and orange, in soft or bright tones, always in harmony with the other flowers in the garden. Its specificities: These are chubby flowers with dozens of petals, love flowers, passionate, which are particularly suitable for the realization of extraordinary wedding bouquets. How to magnify it? These roses are the archetype of charming bouquets. A few heads are enough for a lush creation and you can choose to combine flowers of the same color or mix the tones. Planting tips: Easy to maintain, English roses can be grown as shrubs or as climbers. Plant them in the sun or in partial shade but always in a bright place (and if possible passage to be able to make the most of them!), And just be careful to add water and fertilizer to the height of their spectacular flowering. Cutting tip: Pick them when the buttons are about to open, so that their life is long in bouquet; or choose well open flowers for an immediate effect. A few pruning shears by beveling the stem are enough for effective harvesting. In a vase, offer them food in sachets or liquid to allow them to last.
Why this flower? Like the dahlia, the gladiolus is a flower of our grandmothers which currently finds all its youth in the garden. For a few years now, it has been available in a wide range of colors, even two-tone - in our grandmothers' days, it only existed in blue-white-pink. Its specificities: The gladiolus is a bulb that can measure up to 1 meter. It flowers all summer until October, forming spikes in spikes that have up to 12 flowers. How to magnify it? Make it a modern flower by presenting it in a large bouquet (i.e. not just 7 stems in a vase but 15 to 20 stems or more). So plan an XL vase that will give the impression that the mass springs. Planting tips: Plant the gladioli in the sun and ... in the vegetable patch (less classic than in a bedding). In rows like all bulbs, their straight lines separate the categories of vegetables, and their large stems shade the parsley which will be all the more beautiful. The gladioli will thus be decorative, provided that they are maintained by stretched ropes. Cutting tip: The picking of the gladiolus is final for the current year and does not allow it to regenerate. Cut the stems when the flowers at the bottom show the color: those at the top will then open gently in the vase. Change the water (always tempered) every two days and cut the stems a little to keep them fresh as long as possible.
Perennial (or annual) Gerbera
Why this flower? Gerberas have been trendy flowers for several years now, producing large, beautiful flowers in spring and summer that resemble daisies. Some varieties even have double or triple flowers. Its specificities: The recent Garvinea® range, created in 2010, is particularly rustic (it holds well down to -6 ° C), flowering and resistant to diseases and parasites. If in the north of France, the gerbera is cultivated preferably in pot to be able to be sheltered from the great cold of winter, it is however a perennial which can flower the flower beds of gardens in the Mediterranean region. Garvinea® gerberas are particularly well suited to this crop because they are very frost resistant. How to magnify it? Gerberas can be associated with other flowers (often roses) in floral composition, but are especially very pretty in soliflore. Their rigid stems allow them a good natural bearing, but still help them with a metal wire so that the flower remains beautiful more than 15 days in vase. Planting tips: The gerbera is very generous in leaves as in flowers, and hyper greedy: feed it with liquid fertilizer 'flowers' every 15 days. He also likes natural fertilizers like parched horn and roasted blood. Rich soil, therefore, but also well drained, and always plant it out of frost and out of periods of heavy rain. In winter, protect it from a winter veil when temperatures are lowest. Cutting tip: Cut its flowers, they grow back! The gerbera makes beautiful round bouquets, do not hesitate to tie the stems together to create a density effect. And be sure to give him very clean water every day.
Why this flower? Whether it comes in pink, red-salmon or yellow-orange tones, it is a splendid flower, very generous and healthy. There are even fragrant varieties now: the peony is a magic flower! Its specificities: Its colors and scents have evolved a lot in recent years, making it a sought-after flower. For 5 years, crosses have given it new shapes, colors and colors, as for the Itho peony. How to magnify it? By varying the bouquets: these can be formed with 4 to 5 buttons still closed, or in bulky bundles of shades of open flowers. The very dense foliage of the peony can also make a pretty decoration. Planting tips: Of course, most peonies are found in the ornamental garden, but you can also plant them in the vegetable patch. Choose a location in the sun (in partial shade in the south of France), plant your peony ideally in the fall, and water regularly from spring to summer. The Truffaut garden center now sells strains 30 to 40 cm in diameter (i.e. plants that are 4-5 years old): a little more expensive, it is above all plants that give flowers in your home from the first year - otherwise, you have to wait 3 to 4 years before getting a flowering peony. In addition, the peony is persistent in the cold, it does not need winter protection. Cutting tip: You will recognize the best time for picking by observing the buttons: as soon as they show color, take action. After cutting a few stems, remove a few leaves and above all, while waiting to form the bouquet, immediately put them in a watering can with a little water (so do not leave your peony 10 minutes the stem in the air). The bouquet will appreciate a food in sachet or in liquid; and in the vase, only 5 to 6 cm of water will be enough so that the stems do not soften. Finally, each time the water is changed, cut the stems at a bevel of a few centimeters. Of course, there are many other flowers to plant in order to create pretty bouquets: sunflowers, hydrangeas, buttercups, arums, tulips, round-headed garlic ... Connections : www.davidaustinroses.com/ www.fleursacouper.be Thanks : - Jocelyne Kerjouan from La Comm Verte agency, - Marc Gueguen from Truffaut. Discover 5 bouquet flowers to plant in the garden (part 2). Our practical gardening videos